Matthew Illsley asked me to look at his pamphlet “A call to Arms”.
You can download the PDF from his website if you wish. In principle, Matthew is saying much what many of us are saying; the system is broken. It doesn’t matter who you vote for, you get the same old, same old and don’t we know it.
Blogging is a cul-de-sac…
Blogging is surely nothing but a cul-de-sac of dreams if it doesn’t lead to positive, real-world
actions, and I believe it is within our power to rally people towards secession.
And this is the thrust of Matthew’s argument, secession. Now, the thought of seceding does have appeal to me. However, it’s not entirely clear how this will work from the essay. Secession has a pretty bloody precedent – the Confederate States of America found out pretty sharply that governments don’t take kindly to folk packing up their bags and leaving the party. Closer to home, the Basques would very much like to secede from Spain and France. Much good it has done them.
Given this, how would we secede? The article tells us what the problem is and for people reading this, none of it is likely to be new – the party system guarantees more of the same, social democracy results in a bloated state and over taxation to bay for its largesse.
The question that I would ask Matthew is this; who is to secede and how? Will it be city states a la ancient Greece? Or will it be something more akin to counties such as Cornwall?
I would also suggest that the only way this would happen is through violent revolution. This always comes with a caveat; one tyrant becomes supplanted by another.
So, all in all, an interesting read, but tends to raise as many questions as it answers.
Over to the floor, chaps – or is that the cul-de-sac?