Friday, 7 December 2007

Some reflections on power and leadership

A political Party looks for power.
If the Green Party had more power, then ordinary people would have more power. Power over their own lives. Power which turbo-charged neo-liberal capitalism deprives them of
Political Parties and governments don't have a huge amount of power, in these globalised days. They -- we -- should strive to attain all and use of it that we can. And thus GENUINELY empower people. Such empowerment surely means people being empowered. Not just sitting around talking and giving themselves a fantasy of control over their own destinies. ACTUALLY having more such control and power.
This recent Green Party referendum has created a Leader post. A Leader with more influence and more power -- e.g. votes on GPex, and hopefully more research and secretarial support than our Party can afford at present, as we fundraise on the back of this change that the Party has voted for -- than our Principal Speakers have been allowed. Our Leader being empowered by us to act and seek media opportunities and so forth will result in more power for us, as we come to have influence more than just at the margins, and eventually as people in our society actually start to be more empowered, through a more real democracy, less extreme corporate power, and so forth.
A sustainable society will be achieved reasonably fast or not at all. We do not have time for a glacial timetable -- the glaciers would then all be gone, by the time we got any real power... [See my http://www.recycledart.org/node/11172 on this.] If we take an overly long march to power, then all that will be waiting for us at the end of the march will be deserts and war-lords...

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A political Party looks for power.
If the Green Party had more power, then ordinary people would have more power. Power over their own lives. Power which turbo-charged neo-liberal capitalism deprives them of
Political Parties and governments don't have a huge amount of power, in these globalised days. They -- we -- should strive to attain all and use of it that we can. And thus GENUINELY empower people. Such empowerment surely means people being empowered. Not just sitting around talking and giving themselves a fantasy of control over their own destinies. ACTUALLY having more such control and power.
This recent Green Party referendum has created a Leader post. A Leader with more influence and more power -- e.g. votes on GPex, and hopefully more research and secretarial support than our Party can afford at present, as we fundraise on the back of this change that the Party has voted for -- than our Principal Speakers have been allowed. Our Leader being empowered by us to act and seek media opportunities and so forth will result in more power for us, as we come to have influence more than just at the margins, and eventually as people in our society actually start to be more empowered, through a more real democracy, less extreme corporate power, and so forth.
A sustainable society will be achieved reasonably fast or not at all. We do not have time for a glacial timetable -- the glaciers would then all be gone, by the time we got any real power... [See my http://www.recycledart.org/node/11172 on this.] If we take an overly long march to power, then all that will be waiting for us at the end of the march will be deserts and war-lords...
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