“I believe that education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform. All reforms which rest simply upon the law, or the threatening of certain penalties, or upon changes in mechanical or outward arrangements, are transitory and futile…. But through education society can formulate its own purposes, can organize its own means and resources, and thus shape itself with definiteness and economy in the direction in which it wishes to move.”
John Dewey, 1897.*
Raedwald has posted on the loss of membership suffered by the three main parties – and the attempts by the political elite to rectify the shortfall in the voluntary contributions required to ‘keep them afloat’ in order that they may continue to impose their ideology upon us. What is the betting that there won’t be a referendum on the compulsory funding of political parties?
But then, this is but yet another ploy designed to further the continuance of their existence, the practice of which has intensified in recent years. Have we, the people, not suffered manifesto after manifesto promising ‘goodies’ untold, that have failed to be delivered? Have we not suffered subsequent manifesto after manifesto, conveniently omitting that former promises have not been delivered?
That we have not been ‘led’, but have suffered psychological ‘brain-washing’ from pseudo dictators whose only claim to the position they hold is a university degree based on ‘theory’, cannot be in doubt. Have we not been presented by political parties, at times of general elections, with candidates who have lamentably failed when given the opportunity, but who are lauded as the answer to our problems – many of which they caused in the first place?
All hail the system known as representative democracy!
* Is this not the purpose – and aim – of Harrogate?