Using and developing power

Let’s use the framework of managed change at the initiation stage to see what sort of things we need to do to develop an alternative source of power that is capable of replacing exiting power structures.

This section is all about what has to happen, I’ll get to some very specific proposals about how in Tactics

Political Activity and mobilisation

In order to get political activity moving and mobilise people activity needs to focus on three areas

Developing a supportive culture

Political work does not go on in a vacuum, the industrial revolution which created mass society and the industrial working class who mobilised through trade unions and created the Labour Party has gone.

To combat the divide and rule that follows from individualism and the hegemony of “there is no alternative” new approaches are needed to build solidarity and confidence. Although we are starting from scratch with the arguments the same technology that supports precarious ad hoc work can also be used to link people together. This  can be the start for a change of the ruling paradigms in the current culture. We need to start creating the infrastructure within our culture (as a counter culture) that helps bring out, as new emergent properties, the behaviours we seek as civic virtues – collaboration, cooperation, the quest for good governance and commonwealth creation

This cultural infrastructure is needed to bring about the paradigm shift that unlocks change.

Get organised

An organisation will be needed but will not be a political party. It will be an association of like-minded people, it will be open to anyone who accepts the aims and values of holistic political economy. The reason it will not be a political party is that party politics is part of the problem and cross-party co-operation is a step towards the solution,

This supports principle 3 – balancing ends and means

Walk the walk

The strategic choices on the use of power and personal behaviour mean that practitioners must walk the walk, not just talk the talk

This is supports principle 4 – adopting the golden rule

Ideas and Policy Formation

Two areas need to be progressed, the nitty gritty policy details of

Extending democracy and distributing power.

Ou current, limited representative democracy has to be supplemented. As we have seen competition for control of the state attracts power seekers, it may not be possible to overcome this human trait, power is seductive, but it surely can be moderated.

Sortition (selection by lot) will be part of the solution. The tribe can rein in the silverbacks, we can widen democracy and open up all areas (the executive, business externalities) to public scrutiny

This supports principle 2 – equality of citizenship

Reform of the political economy.

Make it sustainable and value adding, create responsible ownership and deal with externalities. This will be achieved by encouraging the responsible and alternative sectors of the economy at the same time as withdrawing favoured treatment from aggressive rent seeking corporations

This supports principle 1 – freedom limited by impact and principle 2 equality of citizenship

Democratic practice and institutions

Economic change and business development

These activities represent changes taking place in society at large that bring holistic economy closer. They may have nothing to do with any organisation set up to promote it but they should all be loosely coupled (see Tactics - Information - HoPEdia). My case is that political and economic activity are indivisible, that is why I use the term political economy.

Loose coupling and solidarity

The supportive culture that provides the environment in which holistic political economy grows will put people in touch – being one co-operative is laudable, worthy and lonely, being one of thousands is encouraging, inspiring and supportive.

Both of these areas are ones that will build up in subsequent stages – build up in the sense that formation rates will increase and numbers will grow, but the point is that they are already going on even in the hostile environment we are saddled with. Those I have been able to find are in Examples of What Good Looks Like