Shape of things to come

Communism, welfare state – what’s the next big idea?

Most of the world’s people are decent, honest and kind. Most of those who dominate us are inveterate bastards.
George Monbiot

George Monbiot ran a poll asking people to nominate inspiring, transfiguring ideas powerful enough to shake society out of its willingness to be subjugated by the wealthy minority.

The two mentioned most often were land value taxation and a basic income. As it happens, both are championed by the Green party. On this and other measures, its policies are by a long way more progressive than Labour’s.

He concludes:

These ideas require courage: the courage to confront the government, the opposition, the plutocrats, the media, the suspicions of a wary electorate. But without proposals on this scale, progressive politics is dead. They strike that precious spark, so seldom kindled in this age of triangulation and timidity – the spark of hope.

Communism, welfare state – what’s the next big idea? – guardian.co.uk

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