(Although I am posting this, most of the significant work here was written by Josie Freear, as you you will see…)
Traditionally, the new year is thought of as a time of new beginnings.
And yesterday, I watched a news report about young people’s dissatisfaction with politics, and with the political parties, claiming that none of the main parties represent their views, and why, therefore, many are tempted not to vote, and even those who are politically motivated are tempted not to vote, preferring to identify as anarchists, and/or getting involved in more direct action.
At the same time, for those who do vote, it is not uncommon for people to say that they would vote for a smaller party, such as the Green party, but they don’t want to waste their vote, or they don’t want to split the left vote and risk another Conservative government.
I am also reading Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, which suggests that we need a more radical rejection of the status quo, a rejection of free market ideology, and a government that is more active in supporting clean energy and regulating carbon emissions etc.
So this seems a good time to reflect on the possibility of radical political change, particularly through democratic means.
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