00:00 - 11:51
"People ask me, 'Why Don't I Despair?'". . . Two interlocking crises that are more important than climate breakdown: the ecological cleansing of both the land and the sea by the food industry; the political crisis in which the grip of neo-liberalism is able to exist without restraint.
11:52 - 16:12
Political failure is a failure of imagination. This conviction has been reinforced by four observations:
1) It’s not about political parties or leaders, it’s about big political narratives. (i.e., Keynesian social democracy vs neo-liberalism.). . . “You can’t take away someone’s story without replacing it with another one.”
16:13 - 19:52
2) The restoration story and the common structure of opposite political narratives answering the question: How do we restore order to the land?
19:53 - 20:40
3) Almost every political or religious transformation has employed the structure of the restoration story.
20:41 - 28:16
4) The need for a new story. We are stuck with neo-liberalism because we have failed to tell a new restoration story. . . While Keynesian economics should not be abandoned altogether, though a growth-based narrative is not sustainable.
28:16 - 29:59
One new story that proposes ‘a politics of belonging’ “where we see the stirrings of new democratic and economic order arising from the people — no longer controlled by the elite.”
30:00 - 32:00
How might this work? Building communities that work. . .
What possibilities might come from transferring money and power back to the people and away from the elite, facilitated by a supportive and enabling state.
32:01 - 34:05
The ability to easily attach to communities. Geographically based communities — communities attached to place; bioregional communities.
34:05 - 40:58
A science of how to make this work . . . the mixture of low threshold, low commitment activities. Revitalizing community by encouraging a participatory culture, participatory democracy, participatory economy, participatory budgeting. Shared activities. Lobbying by citizens to have their taxes raised. The Rotterdam and Porto Allegri examples.
40:59 - 47:42
Reclaiming the commons (one of the four pillars of the economy, now practically forgotten). Inventory of resources held by a particular community; and its rules and negotiations. The Enclosure Movement. Monbiot’s international experience with the elements of enclosure in foreign communities.
47:42 - 49:50
The poems of John Clare, mid-19th century, and how he describes what it's like to have 'engagement in community, whatever you did.' How things changed for Clare in mid-adulthood when the enclosure movement comes in. [Read a recent article in these pages with reference to John Clare here.]
49:51 - 57:02
Examples of reclaiming the commons. Land value taxation and community trusts; local community-held properties for productive social use. What possibilities might come from transferring money and power back to the people and away from the elite, facilitated by a supportive and enabling state . . . leading to democratic regime change.
57:03 - 1:03:39
How to achieve effective regime change? The surprising momentum of the Bernie Sanders campaign of 2016, what it had tapped into; and its application in UK politics. Monbiot’s conclusion . . .
George Monbiot's website.
Enclosure, Anti-Vagrancy Laws, and the Rise of the Urban Poor, or, Why Swift Was Always So Pissed Off. [o]