often seems such a long way from any focus on communal needs and personal concerns. But it only seems so because that is the way it is at present. It doesn't have to be like that.
We saw in the Spiral of Political Maturation that several stages (and much social mayhem) lie ahead for even the most advanced nation-states before become the centre of political attention.
We saw in the Tree of Political Choice that sit at while are found at the opposite end: .
We saw, however, in the framework of Political Life, both the possibility and the route for bringing politics and needs together. We also recognized there that ordinary people, unlike politicians, are primarily concerned with their personal and social needs.
Finally, we now see here that our needs are primarily met at local level—in L3-territories.
Putting services to vested interests to one side, national politicians and top officials currently make decisions on many matters that are far too complex to be understood. The result is vast waste, corruption, and mindless harm.
Only in local communities can the typical politician consider choices being made, understand the funding applied, appreciate the consequences, and be around to personally experience the end result.
Most people are concerned to get their everyday needs met, whatever other interests they may have. These needs do require political oversight. But politicians cannot deliver services effectively or often at all. Services belong in the hands of professional executives providing them in a properly regulated market.
To bring needs and services together for a community, there must be:
Financial issues are often where problems and conflicts seem to emerge. But finance should be more a facilitator than a motivator in government. It should be used to support principles of democracy and justice and in finding ways to enable effective responses to.
Originally posted: August-2009; Last updated: 15-Nov-2010