As the UK government takes the philosophy of “muddling through” to new extremes those old fashioned enough to try to exercise rational thinking probably would be best giving up, going away and hiding and watching DVD’s of the saner and happier world of the 1970’s.
The general idea then was that we ought to be functioning on the basis of the idea of democracy, after all women had now been voting for almost fifty years and were beginning to get the hang of it. Also, there was the happy thought that with the right arrangements we could all look forward to being better off.
This is what we were promised and what we were assured would be the result of electing one party or another. Whilst they disagreed about many things, Labour had several versions, the BBC liked the East German model and the Tories had almost as many versions as they had M.P.’s. Somehow somewhere over the rainbow would be prosperity for all and a happier more secure life.
Our democracy now looks badly flawed. Many people do not vote, very few are active in any of the major parties, only a minority take much interest in politics and our Houses of Parliament only represent themselves and a narrow self appointed elite, with few exceptions.
But it the government soon will have to tell us the bad news. If it does not and continues with the happy slappy versions of policy of the last thirty years then it will soon be apparent to even the least thinking or discerning members of the public. Even those who read the Murdoch press.
Firstly, we are not all going to be better off, the great majority of us are going to be ever shorter of the readies and realising what marginal attrition of spending power means.
Secondly, we are no longer going to be secure, in fact personal and national security is one of those fantasies politicians talk about in the same way that film makers tell you the next mish mash of violent idiocy is the best ever.
Thirdly, we are not going to be living in a world community where all the people will work as one for a happier future. His happy future is my misery my happy future is his disaster.
Fourthly, the time for flinging around predictions of “growth”, “development”, “progress” has now gone. It is all guesswork done by people whose analysis of past data is no better than the chemical hyped up Oracles of Delphi.
Fifthly, “democracy” is dream world with a media under the control of the money barons and the money barons in control of the politicians and with most of the working populations of the world on the payrolls of public sector activities.
Greece may have given us the notion of “democracy” but the “democracies” of the world will look ever like the present Greece and the authoritarian states more like Ancient Rome if we are lucky, Ancient Egypt if we aren’t.
And space travel is not an option. We cannot afford it.