Our present and future generally become easier to understand, and therefore accept, if you consider history.
So, for example those seeking ‘instant’ changes to our system of governance, need to realise that such changes take time and need to be fought for. It is in considering the above that I want to cover two points this week.
First, I came to the conclusion a while back that the radical reforms to our governance we seek, through our six demands, will take years to achieve and possibly even generations.
At one point I thought that modern communications would greatly assist to promote our cause but I’m now certain we need more than the internet to achieve our aims.
Since our conception, in 2012, I have often pointed out how long it took for the Chartists to get five of their six demands enacted. The first demand to become law took 20 years and the fifth 73. However, recently I realised that many of the demands of the Chartists were actually held by the Levellers, a political movement during the English Civil War 1642-1651.
So, if you factor this into the timescale one could justifiably argue that the Chartists reforms took 269 years to become law or around 10 generations – thus proving the old saying ‘that a good idea never dies.’
My second point follows on from the observation above that about 10 generations passed before the Levellers political reforms became a reality as this period of time is the same that Sir John ‘Pasha’ Glubb analysed in his essay, The Fate of Empires’, that it takes for a nation to rise, plateau and decline.
Pasha Glubb’s analysis sets out the six stages nations go through from, Pioneers, Conquest, Commerce, Affluence, Intellect and finally Decadence. For each stage he explains why they happen and the reasons nations progress through each stage. What I find fascinating is that throughout history, regardless of the era, the reasons and symptoms for a nation’s eventual decline are the same and by his analysis we are currently well into the age of Decadence.
The relevance to our agenda is that the ‘People’, who have to demand the changes as political parties won’t enact them without pressure, are rather preoccupied in just trying to survive and for the time being, any questions about restoring their inherent sovereignty, electing their PM and Separation of Power or the ability to stop government legislation they disagree with, are not at the forefront of their minds.
Link to Glubb’s essay is here - http://people.uncw.edu/kozloffm/glubb.pdf?
In conclusion, history proves that radical political reform takes time and will certainly not be helped by our country being in decline which produces poor quality leaders and currently a largely docile materialistic people. However, I’m confident that our agenda is a good idea and like all good ideas is the most resilient parasite for once it takes hold of the brain it’s impossible to eradicate.
Our six demands will happen, when the people finally wake up, it is only when that will happen that is in doubt!