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    societal collapse - can it be reversed?

    my increasing despair at the polarisation of society between those that game the system and the rest of us (as most recently exposed in the paradise papers) has me now wondering whether it is even possible for us to address inequality and the societal harm that generates through the democratic process? such is the resistance to reform in governments (both Holyrood but especially Westminster) that my fear is that it will provoke violence in the form of either 'armed revolution' or state oppression - perhaps not imminently but if we continue seeing a divergence then surely at some point things will break? Can someone please point to a positive path that will deflect my morbidity and renew my optimism and faith in the general goodness of humankind? if not what's to be done?
    "The old is dying and the new cannot be born. In this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms can appear"

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    Viva la revolución
    Vive la révolution
    Viva la revolution

    Take your pick!

    I think Spain and France might go first. Spain probably not for economic reasons.
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    this is the kind of dynamic I was talking about in the OP written by someone who put a bit more time into framing it -

    deeper crisis facing the British state – and the challenge it offers to left reformism.

    1. The deep crisis of the British State is not simply the product of multiple scandals. It has much bigger a problem – with far more profound and far reaching consequences.

    2. The Tory ‘government’ reflect a broader decline rooted in a decaying social, political and economic order.

    3. Each and every calamity is leading not towards an increased unity of a beleaguered ruling class – but towards splits, faction fights and and shattering of confidence.

    4. There is no road map for British capitalism. Privatisation, deregulation, and the supremacy of financialisation has failed. It is not just the left who are saying this. It is the experience of millions of people.

    5. The major centres of capital no longer have a coherent political wing. Brexit has hard wired a split into the core of the UK establishment.

    6. That overlaps with a pre-existing economic crisis – the religion of neoliberalism is over. They have lost their back bone. You can visibly see that their once assured certainty is fading.

    7. Some put hopes in the likes of Emanuel Macron – himself the target of a mass protest movement. This is a hope for a miracle, not a strategy.

    8. Others attempt to channel memories of Empire. And with it racism, scapegoating – the death agony of imperial decline.

    9. Some – well outside the Tory party – are sure a sense of order will be restored, and that this is a blip. The world will reset somehow. But it won’t. History is on the march.

    10. An earthquake in consciousness is taking place. Every contradiction that arises as a result of the system is unraveling and is the subject of polarisation. Gender, race, class, power.

    11. Cynicism is the last vestige of comfort now for an ailing system. In its place we need: ideas, action, leadership, radical democracy, debate beyond the old paradigm and tenacity.

    12. The left has a choice now. It will either see itself as a force to revamp the system – to in a sense give it new life and to restore faith in the old institutions. Or it will be bold enough to confront the decaying social order by building an alternative.

    13. Can the latter can be achieved via the British state itself? Or must that state must be the subject of radical democratic overhaul and dismantled. The next decades will be as much a test of Left reformism as they will neoliberal capitalism.
    "The old is dying and the new cannot be born. In this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms can appear"

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    When push comes to shove, it all boils down to two things (in my opinion):

    1. Electoral reform.

    We need to be better able to hold those who govern to account. We just can't do that with FPTP.

    2. The Fourth Estate.

    It needs burned to the ground in Britain and started again. The standard has dropped so badly, yet significant influence is still wielded, and that needs to change.

    Until those two problems are fixed, the left (and even the right) will make no inroads. We've had right-wing, "Conservative" government since Thatcher and that's why the country is in the mess that it's in. The fourth estate is meant to hold government to account, but it's universally become government's mouthpiece.

    The romanticist in me says revolution is perhaps the only way and, honestly, I think we're seeing its birth throes.

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