- Published on Saturday, 04 October 2014 10:44
Political argument is invariably cast in terms of left versus right, progressive versus conservative, socialist versus capitalist and so on. As Jonathan Swift keenly observed in Gulliver's Travels, with his allegory of big-enders and little-enders (referring to from which end to eat a boiled egg), there is little of significance which divides the two ideologies. This essay proposes that the real issue, if we want to reverse the madness of contemporary civilisation, is centralisation versus decentralisation. Both sides of the current ideological divide aspire to concentrate power, either in the state or capital, but control remains with the same "elite" cabal.
It might be a division between social identities based on class or region or race or gender, but it is certainly not a clash between different ideas.
Until we move beyond the left-right illusion, permanent resolution of the world's intractable problems: poverty, inequality, conflict, environmental destruction etc. will remain beyond our grasp. Decentralisation of political and economic power is essential.