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There's a shorter version of Massie's argument. Are Owen Jones & Laurie Penny saying the fox hunting ban should have been abandoned after the Countryside Alliance marches?
There's one fairly straightforward way of squaring the demand for a more participative politics with the competing demand for better decisionmaking. The problem with participative decisionmaking is (at least in part) that it tends to select out social or economic groups. It's only better than representative democracy if it involves lots of people in making better decisions than politicians can. One way of stepping closer to this is to find a playful way of getting a diverse group of disinterested people to play games with data In order to cast new light from many minds on a problem. MPs can't defensibly ignore such evidence in their deliberations. It's not easy but it's do-able. Every attempt I've seen at participative decision making seems to attempt to side-step this.
Toggle Commented Nov 18, 2012 on Interests or preferences? at Stumbling and Mumbling
Thanks for the link Chris. I think this comment - above - is another way of putting what I was trying to say there: http://stumblingandmumbling.typepad.com/stumbling_and_mumbling/2012/02/a-crisis-of-managerialism-or-neoliberalism.html?cid=6a00d83451cbef69e2016302383cef970d#comment-6a00d83451cbef69e2016302383cef970d Also, you do have to wonder what planet some people are on when they say "Government decision to "save" said organisations does not demonstrate market failure." I suppose it's an accurate thing to say, but it's a bit like saying that - just because the wheels on a car aren't going around any more, it doesn't prove that there's been an engine failure.... Anyhoo,
"Of the 3000+ new criminal offences created by New Labour, how many have been repealed?" Or 'no matter who you vote for, The Government always gets in.' Isn't it annoying that the last few years of New Labour were marked by a combination of liberals (including many of them within the Labour Party) and Tories squealing about New Labour's 'authoritarianism' - it was such a misdiagnosis, and the result was to lionised politicians who would bring back hanging and allow the party of Section 28 back into power. It was managerialism all along.
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2012 on Capitalism against freedom at Stumbling and Mumbling
Aside from your arguments here, I can barely think of any reasons why Labour shouldn't embrace an attack on managerialism. It's not something that has any appeal to ordinary party members, it would be lapped up by most Trades Unionists once they understood what was happening. It would give the party an enemy (as with businesses, this is always a good thing) and it'd provide ideological consistency and focus. I don't agree with you that Labour MPs necessarily come from the managerial class either. I just don't think they're yet as immune to the overtures of managers as they are of out-and-out capitalist bastards. The one good thing about the way that the political class behaves is that they can turn quite quickly. A few spiky newspaper columns attacking managerialism is almost all that would be needed to get that particular ball rolling.
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2012 on Biased towards bosses at Stumbling and Mumbling
I'd agree with this post (and it seems to be part of your extremist/fanatic meme which is a really good one). The line about "we live in an era when such posturing is the norm" is a timely one. Last week, I stopped turning to my favourite bits of newspapers (the football bits) because they were entirely devoted to John Terry's selection and England being allowed to wear poppies on their strip. Not sure how a political life that's entirely devoted to posturing can be discouraged, but it would be a useful application of the 'hive mind' of the internet, if such a thing does exist.
Toggle Commented Nov 13, 2011 on In praise of disengagement at Stumbling and Mumbling
@Cathal, "Say"? Thought it was a typo first time. Who s/he?
If I can play devils advocate here, surely the state only behaves in this way when capitalists are better at ideological warfare (and having the resources to conduct it helps here)? Is the problem really the state, or the way that the state is coerced? Are you saying that an instrument like this should be weakened because it could be abused?
This... "When we compare the poorest with the richest nations, it is hard to conclude that social capital can produce less than about 90 percent of income in wealthy societies like those of the United States or Northwestern Europe." ... is a stunning conclusion if it stands up. Surely is also applies in some measure to places where a sudden economic jolt has led to large-scale emigration as well?
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2010 on Why history matters at Stumbling and Mumbling
Kevin McGuire was a lot more cynical than you are about the whole 'I'm going to be a community organiser' claim. He saw it as a respectable fig-leaf behind a retreat into the private sector. On your point about over-powerful state / market, Tom Powdrill crystalised something for me recently in this post: http://labourandcapital.blogspot.com/2010/01/krafty-cuts-2.html ... discussing the Kraft / Cadbury takeover: "I think any radical reform of the financial system must focus on fees. Because no-one is really acting in the ultimate owners' interest, no-one challenges all the money leaking out to advisers of various kinds - because it's not their money. According to one estimate £250m will have been peed away on fees in this deal." Tom consistently argues for a reform of the way that shareholders powers are exercised. Perhaps the implication of what he's saying that the lack of responsible ownership of businesses is replicating the 'tragedy of the commons' problems with the public sector. That *both sectors* have been captured by budget maximising bureaucrats. That, in some ways, the left v right arguments are partly irrelevant (or surrogates for more naked tribal materialism in which tories object to bureaucrats protecting OUR interest while we lefties object to bureaucrats protecting the historical advantages of the already-wealthy.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2010 on politics against politics at potlatch
Slugger will certainly miss you. Don't stop taking our calls in four weeks time will you? We'll still want to pick your brains....
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