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Why not politics

  • Jul 17, 2014 · 6:00 PM
  • The Coffee Club

They say you should never discuss religion and politics with friends - phooey. 

People tend to back their politics like they back their sports team, giving loyal and often blind support to their policies and celebrating each goal in the hope of winning the game.   But is it working for us?

Having recently seen a very small part of China for just a short few weeks I find myself questioning the doctrine I've been feed all my life, that of Capitalism good - Communism bad.  We've gone to war over that ideology and achieved what? 

It is not a game, there are serious repercussions that impact real people sometimes generations into the future.  Is the current system working for us, or do we have a better way of structuring our governance system?

This is not a debate over the policies of a given party, but the structure under which our political system works.  Keywords include Capitalism, Communism, Feudalism, Republicanism, Democracy, Socialism, Fascism, Imperialism, etc.

Is there with our global instant connectivity now a better way to organise ourselves and perhaps add another word to the list - Globalism, Internet-ism?

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  • Megan O.

    This is totally unrelated but I thought people might be interested:
    I gather it is as much about the way we live (view ourselves and others, behave) as "toxic substances"

    August 1, 2014

  • Ziggy

    Here's something worth reading, especially in regard to politics :

    July 25, 2014

    • Megan O.

      I think in the case of the plane shot down, it isn't a matter of "evil" or "good" but understanding that there are political forces at work... e.g. Russian imperialism, peak oil and how that motivates Russia and USA, etc. Those on the ground are pawns in this game, just as those in the plane were. I agree that restorative approaches are the only way forward- outrage only feeds more conflict- but in order to progress those restorative approaches you have to have a deep understanding of the issues. (My understanding of this issue does not reach to Ukrainian history for example so I don't really understand the actions of the Ukrainian people).

      July 25, 2014

    • Megan O.

      Sometimes a level of outrage is necessary to motivate people to seek a solution (rather than ignore a problem) but once the issue is on the table, ultimately in order to solve it, you need to research, listen, and problem solve. Personally I'm well-versed in outrage (tend to be an action-orientated person) but am trying to let go of it! Meditation is the best :-)

      July 25, 2014

  • Maureen

    Globalism for the betterment of the world rather than for individual nations seems ideal, but how to achieve? My vote goes to Socialism, seems more equal political system, and individuals are compensated for their contribution to society. Unfortunately I missed the bus into the city and now too late to get there anywhere near on time. I will look forward to comments on the site tomorrow.

    July 17, 2014

  • Megan O.

    Sorry can't come as am going on a mindfulness course for the next 4 weeks.

    July 15, 2014

  • Peter

    Oh sorry - didn't mean to change the time. The perils of doing admin at 3am. I'll put it back to 6

    July 10, 2014

  • Nicola A.

    Hi guys, now the time has been moved to 7pm, it's harder for me to be there, so I might not be able to come..... I don't live in the CBD anymore and on public transport I'd just be getting home at silly hour....

    July 10, 2014

  • Peter

    OK so I've had a topic running through my mind and decided to throw it out there.

    July 8, 2014

  • Gloriann

    Hi everyone
    You may have noticed I put up a suggestion topic and just wondering if anyone is interested. The topic is Honesty. Venue and date can be changed if it that would suit others better. Happy to meet in town also, as usual.
    cheers, Gloriann

    July 3, 2014

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