So what are the implications for knowledge and its acquisition that are relevant to the political economy we build?

What we know

If what we think we know is wrong we better start looking at what we do know.

This means the politicians who advocate cooperation and collaboration have to start practicing it else be shown up as hypocritical humbugs, not to mention the small fact that they undermine the case for cooperation and collaboration in the first place. Since party politics and our form of representative democracy is designed to be competitive it cannot deliver and therefore we need to alter it.  I will describe at length what the alternative involves (Part 2 Review, Vision) and I deal explicitly with objections based on realpolitik (Part 3 Consider, On Power) and getting that change to start from where we are now (Part 4 Consider, On Change).

Acquiring knowledge

The process by which the acquisition of knowledge takes place is precious. We have to be able to withstand a number of trends that put commercial interests before societal ones

Both money and information, when accumulated can be translated into power and must therefore be defused. Quite simply democracy means that all citizens can have a say. Buying a say (or extra says, or just more face time with politicians) is undemocratic. Using privileged information to manipulate and influence others is undemocratic. Since our current form of representative democracy delivers these priveliges to small powerful groups, provides an elected dictatorship (that is a government majority with minority public support) to deliver what is purchased and limits citizens ability to challenge by voting once in five years we can hardly describe it as functional. Representative democracy the way we experience it - we are not well represented and it is not very democratic - it needs to change.