Digitally enhanced – ‘friends of’

Are you a moderniser or values driven? It is suggested it is a logical postulation that evades resolution, and is a true conundrum for the politic.

To illustrate, Douglas Carswell is authentically a modernizer and has quipped, in his book The End of Politics published in 2012, where he argued that “The digital revolution will do to grand planners in the West what the collapse of Communism did to socialist planners in the old Soviet bloc”. “Reform” in the 19th century meant increasing the franchise until it eventually included the entire adult population. In the 21st, it means “iDemocracy”, the crowd-sourcing of politics. We were asked where did you read this stuff? The, 29 Aug 2014, was the reply.

Thinking about this in a local setting – it occurred; The Independent senators have a handle on these problems and in particular how to save our country from being a dependant service industry – the advent of the exit of manufacture. In other words they are thinking on how to rally ‘Friends of Manufacturing’. The simple question is why is Australian politics having so much difficulty understanding the dependency issue and what then occur is causal of other uncalculated change too! History is full of such things that happen, and in particular that they were results of as opposed to outcomes of the change.

Change is always a difficult path and it is not as easy as engaging in old style reform. In a visit to the UK the tour guides constantly delivered the message that to save England from descending into moral decline they built churches that also served as an economic reform.

The difference today is renewal requires a different form of discipline – discipline to resist pandering your own ego. Why because eidetic recollections are called for, and you don’t have time to perform lengthy research for your answers, or just call on a higher ‘authority’ – how do you do that? Google or DuckDuckGo it of course, for the instant answers for the crowd.

It follows that the danger is you will selectively pick what suits ‘you’ and ‘your’ ideals and therefore cannot be empathetic and understanding of what is ‘the going concerns of real life’ – think of it as viewing life as a theme park. This simply means the view is an invitation to join the like minded and is sufficient to set change in the right direction. What examples let us think that this is a problem? The political scene in the UK illustrates the point very well, as reported by the Telegraph – being it “showed a weakness for the political equivalent of botox”. As a sense of humour must prevail – does that explain the goofy grin that seems printed on our PM’s face!

So is being a ‘friend of manufacturing’ the illustration of a present-day confrontation of social systems and civilizations and implies a confrontation exists between various systems of values. This implies the belief that as the creations are part of given social forces, each type of civilization embodies the values of the respective social forces.

Therefore what is needed for such a move to be successful is we distinguish between the sociological-politological and the axiological approach to values. You could argue the former disregards the intrinsic substance of value. The axiological approach is based on historical experience, on the social situation, on the interests and ideology determining the way in which a social group, a human community, a society ascertains values, non-values and anti-values. You could also argue, there is a correlation between these two approaches. We could say if you define political values as political relationships, institutions, organizations, views and ideas resulting from the transforming, creative sociopolitical practice of the social forces that meet the requirements of social progress and of the development of human personality on a social scale.

What this does emphasize is the special role of political values. Of course you then might say if you believe this you accept there is no place for the intrinsic character of political values.

That is not the case here, we believe to identify the issue, you need a group that can intrinsically recognize and then know where their mediating role in the creation-and, respectively, assimilation-of these values is needed. Therefore the ‘friends of’ person of today ‘experiences’ the values centered on political values. For all the differences between civilizations and their values, the common fundamental interests of mankind—the necessity of setting up a new economic and political order, of creating a new climate of peace and cooperation among states and peoples—require the assertion and promotion of common, general, and acknowledged political values. So ‘friends’ become political no matter what.

So what is the conundrum? It is the political values that interfere with real life experiences and that interferes with modernising. The question then becomes how do you prevent the hollowing out of your attempts to modernise? Then you develop your ‘friends’ and then along come the ‘rent seekers’ wanting to influence their interests.

If you then argue it is a matter of ‘friends’ being pro-market and not pro-business you will come across the issue of old fashion values and entrenched responses of we need more regulation. Then we have another issue – the policing of the regulator? How do you do that? By reverting to your values system you then effectively hollow out modernising.

What is the answer? Maybe we just postulate – change will occur, but what we must do is accept that where non-conforming activities are evident it is that anticipated remediation contingencies also need to be in place. What is this meaning? It is the place where conforming bodies are confronted by non-conforming bodies with pro-business friends. It is happenings and is akin to corrupting practices. You might say they will plan to achieve a competition to fail event. To be concluded over time as to whether the issue evades resolution!