I observed a characteristically parochial performance from a politician on the morning news today. The topic of the Global Climate Strike was under analysis and the tired old excuses for workers and schoolchildren not attending the rallies and protests were wobbled around with rhetorical ineptitude. An argument was made for the importance of a strong economy, with an underlying subtext of the importance of submission and obedience. (As though we could ever believe that our treasured (yet, like all political systems, implicitly flawed) democracy could ever allow anything other than those leaders who specialise in the continuity of the political game to percolate to the top of the popularity contest.)

The economy is critically important but the key fallacy in the political assertions was never going to deal with the truth. The truth, or more substantially – the fact, is that the economy that partisan political systems are most interested in is that 3 or 4 year cycle of spectacle and election. The economy that the Climate Strikers are interested in is the long-term viability of human civilisation.

Which economy is more important? Which future should invested in – short-term or long-term? It seems to be a no-brainer to me. The greatest test for democracy may not in the end turn out to be whether or not it can stand strong against a rising tide of Global populism and authoritarian ideology. The greatest hurdle for democracy to overcome is its own slavish adherence to methods of governance and election, of value-attribution and economic management which are themselves long out of date and which do more to attempt to self-propagate a status quo than they ever could to provide adaptive solutions to pressing Global problems such as Climate Change.

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