Thursday 9 August 2007

Interesting Vintage Interview

I often wonder exactly why we need the nation state at all. It's a political structure that really only exists because of the problems in the world today. The nation state is a good way or responding to ecomonic disasters, military threats, imposing laws to alleviate poverty etc. Do away with the current ecomony, war and poverty then we'd start wondering why we need these expensive and inefficient bureaucrats in Westminster and Washington.Why can't we have a system where each city, town or even small village rules itself? We could have local govts, independant barter economies with our own currencies and all industry run by workers' cooperatives, companies where every worker is also an equal shareholder.

I've looked into setting up a Hospital porters' cooperative and we're going to apply for the contract at my hospital if it goes out to tender again.