The Pyramid of Power

Democracy. A Greek word (demos + kratos) that means “people power”. The idea of government by the people for the people has taken hold around the world because it sounds like a fair and peaceful way to organise our collective effort. But so far we’ve made a pretty poor fist of turning the idea into…

This Is Not Democracy

We need to stop pretending that our pathetic attempt at democracy is in any way fit for purpose. The spectacle of the next Prime Minister of the UK being elected via television gameshow is merely the most ridiculous manifestation of a system of government that has long since given up any pretence of representing the…

Scottish Independence: Do They Really Want To Know?

The Yes Scotland campaign website has a page, “Undecided – tell us why?”, where you can fill in a form with your reasons for not knowing which way you might vote at next year’s independence referendum. A week or so ago I sent them this message: Our financial system is designed in such a way…