ONE DAY – by John A Smith

One Day.

One day through community and consensus human beings ruled collectively
One day the village idiot stood up at the village meeting and declared himself ruler
The villagers laughed and exclaimed “What an idiot!”

One day the village idiot stood up at the village meeting and declared himself ruler
He had friends with weapons and explained that anyone who wouldn’t accept his rule would be hurt or killed
The villagers bowed and stuttered, “Your majesty!”

One day the town fool stood up at the town meeting and declared himself ruler
He had friends with weapons and explained that anyone who wouldn’t accept his rule would be hurt or killed
The townsfolk had weapons
The town fool had another friend, a cleric who explained that the ruler had been chosen by God and that anyone who wouldn’t accept his rule would be damned for eternity
The townsfolk bowed and cried, “Your majesty!”

One day the city eccentric stood up at the city meeting and declared himself ruler
He had friends with weapons and explained that anyone who wouldn’t accept his rule would be hurt or killed
The city folk had weapons
The city eccentric had another friend, a cleric who explained that the ruler had been chosen by God and that anyone who wouldn’t accept his rule would be damned for eternity
The city folk were sceptical
The city eccentric had other friends who had created tokens inscribed with his likeness and explained that anyone who wouldn’t accept his rule would be denied these tokens
The city folk bowed and cheered, “Your majesty!”

One day those with weapons hurt or killed only to accumulate tokens
One day the clerics damned for eternity only to accumulate tokens
One day the token creators only created tokens to accumulate tokens
One day the ruler only ruled to accumulate tokens
One day the tokens ruled

One day a human being stood up and declared that the tokens should be abolished and through community and consensus human beings should rule collectively
The human race laughed and exclaimed “What an idiot!”
One day the tokens were abolished and through community and consensus human beings ruled collectively

One day

Planning Democracy – by Clare Symmonds

The referendum and now the general election have brought greater scrutiny of one of the most historical and influential political systems in the world. In a certain sense, the referendum is holding the Scottish political system to account.  Furthermore, the debates generated have gone into very meaty issues: economics, currency, taxation, nuclear issues, among many others. Continue reading