Why Progressives Can’t Progress & Conservatives Can’t Conserve

“When 21st century Ceasars have the technological, scientific and financial  power to undermine and to undo Creation, then the question arises what is and is not Ceasar’s? And to whom should we render it? ” from ‘Beyond Freedom’ by J. P. Malkin

The foundational principles of our long accepted political philosophies are no longer able to deal with the contradictions of a technological, globalised world.

Read more

Imagine Politics Without Political Parties

A Non Party Political Broadcast

The purpose of the economy is human wellbeing. The purpose of politics is to protect the sacred {1]  and to restrain self-serving power of the market, the state and the individual

Read more

Freedom Is Always Freedom – Until It Is Not

Politicians of all persuasions still haven’t got it yet

The two main lenses through which we view the world politically – namely left and right, liberalism and conservatism – are broken and are unable to protect what we hold most dear.

Read more

Three Ways To Change The System

Beyond ideas of left wing and right wing

Beyond ideas of freedom from and freedom to there is a space that is generative and life-enhancing for everyone. It is a space where we choose to treat each other with respect, as  having value – simply because we are human. – irrespective of our differences of affiliation, birth or capability.

Read more

Prosperity & Wellbeing Are Beyond The Market & The State

Civil Society Is The Ground Of  Wellbeing

“The major problems of our time — energy, environment, economy, climate change, social justice — cannot be understood in isolation. They are systemic problems, which means that they are all interconnected and interdependent, and they require corresponding systemic solutions’ Fritjof Capra

Read more

The Wellbeing Economy vs The Vampire Economy


The Wellbeing Economy vs The Vampire Economy

How much longer can the mantra of neoliberalism remain stubbornly in place? Whilst governments, mainstream media and millions of people still see it as normal, natural, rational and inevitable, millions more are waking up to the fact that it is none of the above. They are recognising that symbiosis requires real benefits for the host if a relationship with a non-productive parasite is to persist – especially if host has conscious agency. Populism is a symptom of the recognition that the sacred contract between people, power and nature is broken. The question is whether a renewed sacred contract can be restored in a Vampire Economy that turns Life into cash, feeding off our lives rather than supporting them.

One of the potent myths of the Vampire Economy is that the purpose of the economy is (private) ‘wealth creation’. But systemic legitimacy requires the creation of shared value and common wealth

Read more

Liberalism Is Part of the Problem Not The Solution


Is Liberalism The Dead Body in the Doorway To A New Future?

When –isms become –ists they are on their way to becoming –wasms

If Liberalism is not quite dead, then it is certainly rapidly heading past its sell by date. In the UK liberal culture has become mainstream. As well as becoming the unquestionable mantra of the BBC, liberalism for many has become a conventional identity – and like nationalism in 1930’s Germany – it increasingly demands conformity and brooks no divergence from its political correctness.

As Rowan Williams has observed  “What we are now refusing to grasp is that “liberalism” in fact undermines democracy, ethics, human respect, social justice, scientific creativity and pretty well everything else.”

Read more

The Four Crumbling Pillars Of Neo-liberalism


Few recognise we are at the end of the neoliberal era

The media and political class are well behind the curve in this regard.

Old assumptions still dominate the BBC and the right wing press which in this regard are hardly distinguishable. But it’s not only New Labour that is as dead as Monty Python’s parrot. It is the whole horizontal separatist left –right political spectrum. Life – in the sense that human and natural value are not left wing as the Greens and Labour still believe.

The new political spectrum is between Love and Extractive Power not between left and right

Power must be contained by the forces of Love which itself is a power capable of not being extractive. Consequently it is neither weak nor self serving but is at the same time generative and self-limiting. And the societal equivalent of Love is Civil Society – whose values of fairness, respect, responsibility and reciprocity are all self- limiting. These values need to be legally integrated into new institutions so we are no longer dependent on the frail ethics of individuals in power. Until the Liberalist and Conservatist philosophies can embrace their respective shadows of Entitlement – the shadow of claiming rights without responsibilities- whether we are in the business of making money or creating a new society, we will remain in an impasse that has no way forward. We need a civil society alliance committed to building a space that is free from the mafia-like domination and dependence on either market or state. This requires a new way of resourcing communities such as the Commons Equity Society www.commonssociety.org Read more

What is systemic change?


Ethical solutions and social enterprise are a necessary but insufficient basis for systemic economic change

Joshua Malkin describes a Commons Equity Society – a new model of ownership, finance and distribution – that institutionalises ‘indirect reciprocity’ within the market through a systemic structure that reconnects wealth creation with the common good and bestows sovereignty upon communities. April 2016

Words like ‘systemic,’ are not easily comprehended from within our mechanistic culture.

The work of architect Christopher Alexander suggests that without the right language we cannot “see” the existing design of a system or envision a new design of how it might be. His thesis implies that if we cannot name it, we cannot know what we are looking for. In this sense, normal economic activity that automatically and naturally works for the common good is almost unimaginable today because we have no name for it. In part this is because we are so embedded within the current system it is difficult to imagine anything else and hence a different way of doing things remains invisible to us. Even when we think we are imagining something new, it often turns out to be a version of the same system in different guise.

Read more

Wellbeing & Civil Society 

Civil Society Is The Ground That Is Necessary for Wellbeing to Flourish

Civil society is much more than social and economic justice or a label for voluntary or not for profit organizations.Civil society is an abundant, generative culture based upon deep values of respect, reciprocity, responsibility, collaboration and the protection of the shared value found in the human and natural commons. It is an evolved cultural lens that allows new capability, relatedness and creativity ( including enterprise) to generate and emerge. It allows difference to be valued and be framed within values that allow individuality to become sociable and serve and celebrate the whole as well as itself.

It also represents a systemic, self-limiting ‘ecological’ approach to social and economic systems that focuses on stability and distribution as well as production and expansion.

In this sense, civil society is the societal equivalent to the love found in a functional family

Consequently civil society is an essential part of ‘the new story’ because it is the soil in which collective human wellbeing can flourish.

Read more