Ok you all have access to our prompts but since you've ceded power to me... 😆
#reset Prompt 3:
How does thinking about deep democracy change the way you might live and work? How would social change campaigning be different if we centred democracy?
Tim Hollo's point about *just getting on with it* without waiting for government really echoed something that stood out to me in "Revolution 1989
" - a book I've just finished reading, about the fall of the Soviet empire. The Polish "Solidarity" movement deliberately avoided direct confrontation with the state and instead built up parallel structures. #reset
@hugh I think Tim Hollo's article in Meanjin is relevant here.. maybe local groups shouldn't be asking for permission but just doing
Not entirely sure whether I'm responding to the first or the second prompt here, but I've certainly been thinking about democracy like this for a long time. However I found this week's readings really clarifying in terms of striking that balance I've been looking for between Anarchism and democratic socialism.
Tim Hollo's point about the disaster of nobody really believing our parliamentary system can do the job was also pretty sobering.
Ok apologies but I need to move on to prompt 2, However if you have more to say on prompt 1, go for it!
Have you thought about democracy in these terms before? How have the readings changed the way you think about democracy?
In the current set-up we're systematically denied a say about so many things and we're trained from childhood to accept that and engage in the world passively. Everyone being able to be meaningfully involved in governing opens up a world of possibility and requires ppl to embrace both autonomy and collectivism. Epic paradigm shift! #reset
To expand on Holly's point, (https://ausglam.space/@holly/104319069265874975) I think we need to acknowledge that perceiving that one is "interested" in governing ones own community requires the 'art of governing' itself to be a safe and welcoming space for all. Which it certainly isn't' at the moment. #reset
Let's get started, we'll be following the "official" discussion prompts this week since I failed to keep to time in Week 2 with my "mystery questions".
#reset Prompt 1.
"If politics was ‘an art in which every interested member of a community participates in the governing of the community’ what do you think would look different?"
I'm Hugh and I will be your #reset host as usual. I'm a librarian living an working on Wurundjeri country aka "Melbourne".
Sorry I'm late, I was washing up 😆
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