Jonathan Walker wonders whether the British public really is crying out for socialism. Yes: all over the country thousands are currently flocking to meetings looking for a truer form of socialism, offering equality of security and opportunity to all.
John Gray (LSE, emeritus professor) describes our world ruled by and for “financial and geopolitical forces that care nothing for the human individual” . . .
Corbyn’s supporters at last see some hope of a society in which people elected to serve actually do just that – serve the public interest and create a system in which all can flourish – not just those already well placed.
At present, commitments to reducing greenhouse gases are set aside as government, encouraged by oil corporates, reneges on commitments to develop clean energy and lobbyists such as the chancellor’s father-in-law advises it to avoid the affluent (and therefore unbribable) south and concentrate fracking in the north.
The 99% pay the heaviest price in most respects, for instance:
- privately run services grow ever more expensive and often inefficient
- for years, health-damaging air pollution in cities has risen above legal limits.
If not for ethical reasons, would enlightened self-interest encourage people to support action for the common good?
In a society where all can flourish would we find that contented people, respected for their contribution to society, do not attack their fellows in the street, cheat them or rob their homes?