Break-ups

Of the many concerns of local self-government/democratic decentralisation, people are subject to the problem of the dominant group’s dictates. Again, I wonder the extent to which we can use the idea of majorities as a validation for that which is correct. Indeed, there is a need to safeguard basic human rights of some peoples. this ought to include disadvantaging aspects. We must recognise that there are certain privileges in society. This is not to discount the fact that those who do gain from privilege are not intentionally bad; instead, we need to rectify the system’s faults. However, we need to look at conditions with some basis for acceptability. I would propose that Article 3 of the UDHR ought to be the first. A right to life must precede an arbitrary condition of “equality”. Of course, this does not imply that minorities such as elite people (which we know is around 10% of people) do not control situations.

This, to me, points to a need to contextualise this concept of ‘justice’. Or perhaps devise a new equation.

Ok, read this article.

Trodding along the seaside

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“But how do we dance?”, they ask. “We are but mannequins on display, elaborating or possibly just hinting times told, perhaps of rot and decay”.

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The view was vivid, the coffee strong. And with a song we hummed along the way down to the shore. The waters behaved.

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Eroded.

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Invaded.

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And the breeze told a story of past times (perhaps it was assumed by the song we sung).

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Entangled glamorous contraptions; perhaps not so.

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But directed in segments,

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onto strange paths.

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Then, finally, to rest.

 

Footnotes on Globalisation: Movement

The current idea of globalisation is closely linked to and emerged from the industrial age. The difference lays in the power relations, the violence, through control over spatiotemporal dynamism. This period was a race; in order to get ahead, colonial powers then started to draw out populations from their ‘place’ for the purpose of cheap labour. We may observe this through the way in which migration was promoted during the 1800s in England. Migrants, therefore, appear in vast quantities through this process.

In current times, it is thus strange to observe powers suggest that the movement of people across borders is wrong and will be tackled. It is at this point that we realise its hypocritical nature. When attempts are made to navigate out of non-first world lands, movement is deemed undesired, even illegal. Immigrants become the problem. It is not solely the jobs that apparently will be taken, or the benefits that may be sought. It is the very fact that agency is being used, whether minuscule and run down to its bare essentials such as escaping from a previous land. This agency is what power fears. A challenge, it believes.

It is the nature of power to sustain itself. Be assured that it will do everything to stay this way.