We live on a One Party Planet

November 18, 2014

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One Party Planet

So just who is in charge of this planet? Is it a small group of people with one plan? A large group of people with lots of competing plans? Does it even make sense to think of ‘control’ in these terms at all?

This short pamphlet makes the case that it not only makes sense to think in these terms, but it is essential. Indeed, anyone who believes in the potential for vastly less inequality and poverty, and a richer, more stable natural environment must do so because the few thousand people that are in control don’t share the view that anything is profoundly wrong; they subscribe to the same ideology to such a degree that they can be thought of as members of a single political party; and they would like the rest of us to leave them to it.

One Party Planet from /The Rules

7 thoughts on “We live on a One Party Planet”

  1. hey there – thanks for this, didnt read through it completely yet but will take the time tonight! just for now – who is the “i” in the introduction? I’d really like to get in touch with the person behind this! pls get in touch 🙂

  2. Martin Kirk says:

    Hey Anja. Sorry for the slow reply. I’m the author of this pamphlet. Just message me here and we can find the best way to chat.

  3. This is good stuff -well done. I’ve come to many of the same conclusions through fighting to stop the TPP in Australia.
    I see three outcomes over the next 2 decades or sooner.
    1. A global warming catastrophe so severe that it will force a paradym mind change in the majority of the middle class who currently benefit from and keep the neoliberal system working. 2.
    2. The creation of another cold war between the TPP+TTIP countries against the BRICS coalition for world dominance.This is undoubtably the desired near future of the 1% however it is likely to be strongly influenced by Global Warming and may lead to scenario 1.
    3. A slow but steady regrowth of grass roots democracy as a resistance to the 1% inspired by the fear of Global Warming, unconventional mining, privatization of wealth and privilege, inequality. This is the desired way by most people but whether it can succeed on the Global warming timetable set by the IPCC seems more and more unlikely.

  4. sylvia goddard says:

    Martin, thank you.
    Extraordinarily good work.
    Have you tried summarising key points, to fit, say, in letter to newspaper? a mag article (e.g. Resurgence, Kindred Spirit, The Chartist; etc) ?
    I hope we may have some contact (I am embarking on a dissertation for post-grad Climate Change & Policy, and am bent on changing the c/Curriculum)
    I have found so many amazing websites (all ‘grey’ literature, none on the academic reading lists), your ‘Where there is hope’ section could be quadrupled or more… A very good thing.
    No doubt you are familiar with evonomics.com? another very good sign.
    With very best wishes
    Sylvia

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