When states monitored their citizens we used to call them authoritarian

When states monitored their citizens we used to call them authoritarian. Now we think this is what keeps us safe | Suzanne Moore | Comment is free | The Guardian.

The article includes this relevant quote from John Locke:

As soon as men decide all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil they set out to destroy.

He could have been talking about our passivity.

After Neoliberalism? An attempt to articulate a better way of doing western democracy

From Soundings: A journal of politics and culture

After Neoliberalism? The Kilburn Manifesto

Finally, an attempt to articulate a better way of doing western democracy!  Encompassing all spheres of life, society, politics, economics, and the environment.  Taking on the big criticisms and problems of the current consensus that sees all major political parties conduct business along the same lines with the same assumptions.  Trying to hold on to the values of things like democracy, openness, justice, and equality that society has long fought for and held to be important, yet have not been implemented at the highest levels even while lip-service was being paid.  And attempting to come up with an alternative.  Not only does it say, “Our politics, democracy and capitalism are broken.” but also “We believe there is a new better alternative, and this is what we think it might be.

My Tune

“My Tune” is a song written by me (Martin Burch).  This recording is by Rebecca Burch, my sister.

Here are the words:

My tune: there’s no fixed words
to tell the band to play it loud,
Or when to break in to the verse.
My tune: I’ve got some chords
but notes avoid my melody,
and lyrics shine out when they clash.

My life, its ups and downs,
still move me, hurt me, comfort me.
My life, the plans I had,
all dashed by singing in a band.

My tune: I’ve got a first line
and no-one likes the harmony
or how it chimes with my tone of voice.
My tune: should I sing it loud?
But the choir don’t like how the lyrics feel
and I can’t help singing with my dancing feet.

My life, its ups and downs,
still move me, hurt me, comfort me.
My life, the plans I had,
all dashed by singing in a band.

Words and chords © Martin Burch 2012

Simon Sinek’s ideal: people wake up inspired to go to work, and are fulfilled by work

swissmiss | CreativeMornings Video: Simon Sinek.  (Found through http://lifehacker.com/5906427/to-get-what-you-want-ask-for-it-first-and-save-the-pleasantries-for-later )

This seems really inspiring, and I’m sure there’s some truth to it.  But it feels like it isn’t totally backed up by evidence, and is a bit “new-age-y” and preachy.  Something to ponder on…