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I don't know if it's sad to say that at least someone's beginning to (try to) do it. Best practice and all that. There maybe--somewhere--a generation on the rise (connected by...the internet! among other things--shared interests, approaches)...who can play the game...get voted back in.
I'm not an expert on the Green party, but as far as I understand its agenda it is all for sensible town planning among other things. It's frustrating for me to see that when people come to choose, they refuse what they think might work--because it probably won't! Vote for what you know! So then it takes huge damage done by a party (Black Wednesday in the UK)...and then the voters think...hey, there's this other lot. And all the other parties (and voices) shout:
No, no! Over here!
Including the small nationalist parties, the racists, the revolutionaries, the single issue groups--
Well, I really don't know enough about the Green party. Round our way they come over very reactionary...I think because they want to be seen as "listening to the people", though it seems the people are conservative with a small "c". When they could be agitating for getting local farmers to supply produce direct to the area's schools, hospitals, care homes, council offices...
But they'll complain about the new parking regulations...
...as if they too care about the issues of car drivers...
coz they're so caring!
So local individuals make a difference, sometimes a big difference...
...so, yeah. Yeah! Some nations (oh how I don't like the concept of the nation...such corrupted routs)...
I like the concept of the city state, city states, cities as centres, as support to the...areas between...coz there will always be areas between...
It'll take the public wanting real change that will push real change. Seen already in wind power. But also seen in the sense of injustice among english (british?) car drivers....because the govt. has it in for drivers.
No! For driving...too much...unnecessarily. And then we're back to town planning.
I'm waiting for someone to build the boom housing....called...I dunno...a...homesite? All eco-housing, all wired up and electricity supplied by wind/solar/water/other renewable source. The houses capture rain water, there's agricultural land...
...build 'em (with perhaps many grants available?), then decide to...
...sell them to the wealthy (lotsa cash!)
...give them to...people chosen out of a hat!
...lease them to co-operatives, using an LLP (Chris Cook!) to maintain the houses, and maybe getting leasees to sign agreements (a la "no domestic animals, no visitors after 10 pm" in the laws around here [well, used to be, maybe they've changed])
But yes, all kinds of tensions rising, but also all kinds of old tensions maybe being dissipated (between the old and the young perhaps...also...and between men and women...perhaps...in some ways...
...The age of Aquarius!
The Greeks held to this same idea, but named the constellation for Ganymede, the Trojan boy carried off to Mount Olympus to serve as cup-bearer to the gods.
Aquarius is the first sign of the zodiac in India, where its patron saint is Varuna. This ancient god was originally the all-powerful lord of all the heavens and creator of the stars. But later he was looked on as just god of the water who looked down on the Earth through the thousand eyes of the stars. From his throat issued the seven streams of heaven. Varuna patrols his realm on a fabulous steed, half crocodile and half bird. So he is quite able to patrol both the air and the sea.
...you know, I'm presuming on your diary...on yer goodself, margouillat!
Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.
So do not abandon all hope, the Aquarius (Hair's music) might be there still :-)
"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
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