With the election in the US, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to politics, and where I might fit on the political spectrum. Here are my conclusions:
1) Everybody deserves the same chance
Your worth shouldn’t be determined by the lottery of your birthplace. If humanity is to survive, it needs the best minds; and that can’t happen if those minds don’t have access to education, healthcare and opportunity. Everybody deserves the same chance to become all they can be. This is why I support universal healthcare and universal income schemes, both of which have been shown to be hugely beneficial.
2) Scarcity is bullshit
Our current economic model (capitalism) is based on the idea that the scarcer something is, the more value it has. It is also based on the myth of eternal growth. Capitalist economies have to grow every year or (gasp) risk going into recession. But how can economies keep growing on a planet with finite resources–especially when a handful of billionaires already own most of the wealth generated by the system? If someone like Jeff Bezos can afford to end world hunger and world poverty and still have enough left over to be a billionaire, you have to admit the system is fucked.
Carefully managed, the resources of this world could support its current population, giving everyone the same chance. The focus on allowing a few successful businessmen to accumulate all the wealth shows the system doesn’t work–because the trouble with unfettered capitalism is that eventually somebody ends up with all the money and there’s none left for anyone else.
Start giving everyone the same economic and socio-economic opportunities and we’ll be able to stop worrying about the politics of resentment.
3) Sort the planet out
The destruction of the climate is an existential crisis for humanity. If a corporation or industry places their profits or existence above that of our survival, they should be immediately declared an enemy of the human race and disbanded. No exceptions.
4) Stop putting the ignorant in charge
In the UK we have a political class that go from boarding school to studying PPE at university, to a seat in the House of Commons. They have no real experience of the outside world. Parliament is an extension of school, and Boris is the epitome of this infantile cliche. But beyond the top jobs, I firmly believe that ministers (or secretaries in the US) of education, finance, health, foreign affairs, etc. should have some ground level experience in their field. It’s ridiculous that you have to get a qualification in teaching to be a teacher, but not to be minister of education. And the same goes for health and climate change.
We’re facing unprecedented times and desperate challenges. The only politics I’m interested in are those that treat the human race as one, place the importance of individual lives above that of the economy, and strive to ensure our continued survival.
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