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The State is an instrument of society. When one group takes control of the State and then convinces the other groups that they don't exist...

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jul 4th, 2007 at 07:00:25 AM EST
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That is because the State is an entity, typically defined by legal protocols.

If we redefine the protocols we redefine the State.

We must aim for a Society which IS the State, and in which we are all participants, rather than being subject citizens. Complete "embedding" rather than the oil and water State/Society mix we have now.

Politicians and Executive as public servants is a myth.

It was illuminating to hear all the talk and read all about Brown now being "in power".

That is how they see themselves - "in power" over us.

They do not, and have not for a very long time, seen themselves as being "servants", or the State as an "instrument" of Society.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Wed Jul 4th, 2007 at 07:40:55 AM EST
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I don't want to be too naive about Brown, but I'll point out that all the talk and writing about Brown being "in power" is in this case not "how they see themselves" - They might! - but how the shallow chattering class we call the media sees Them. This is how They are talked to by the media, day by day.

On Brown, I'd say his first steps towards further devolution - which cam wrote about here - are promising and I'll wait to see if he follows up before I make a judgement.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Wed Jul 4th, 2007 at 08:14:29 AM EST
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