We've got to take the power back

We need a new system

Defacto global power relationships

Each part of society wields a certain amount of power within our global system.
At the moment the majority of this power comes from Business.

In this diagram the extent to which any part of society has power over (or influences) any other is represented by the extent to which its colour approaches and encapsulates any other.

For example, in the current situation Individuals influence Business to some extent (by buying things) and the Government to some extent (by voting) but do not control them, Individuals only control the NGOs (represented by the green encapsulating the blue).

A preferred system would see Business’ huge power over Government and Individuals reduced so that: Firstly, Government has control over Business, then NGOs have control over Business and ultimately Individuals has control the entire system. Incidentally, the discrepancy illustrates that our current system is simply not a democracy.

Complete systems change is essential

At last, Naresh Giangrande has made the first useful post on Copenhagen arguing for complete systems change. At least someone understands!

Change or dieWe can moan at politicians, we can protest and fight the police but none of these actions are going to change the way the world works. Naresh points out that: "We are faced with a system that cannot and will not make the changes necessary to create a resilient world in the face of climate change and peak oil. It would go against everything the system is designed for." That, in a nutshell, is the central problem with any kind of political debate, rationing scheme, trading mechanism or other 'solution' being propossed. So what can you do?

Gregorian versus the Mayan calendar

This is re-posting of an old article originally entitled 'Vanquish The Vatican' and published on February 4th, 2005

Of all the conventions which shape the modern world our interpretation of time is paramount. We live, work and play according to the rules of ‘man-made’ or Gregorian time.

Does Environmental Impact Assessment actually promote Sustainability?

The Rio Declaration calls for EIA to be undertaken for activities that are likely to have a significant adverse impact on the environment but is it actually succeeding in promoting sustainability? This essay discusses the fundamental problems of current assessment and acknowledges the limitations of EIA whilst proposing several means by which to improve on the current system.
Oliver Sylvester-Bradley, May 2003

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