Collections of "my" vocal essays with additions, are available as printed books ASIN 197680615 and 1980878536 also some fictional works and some e books available at Amazon;-
The politics of material wealth. Political ideology has been replaced by material possession. While most democratic nations have a party political system and while in most of these nations, one party is often perceived as being for the wealthy while another is for the poor; these distinctions are no longer valid. With the small number of tragic and horrible exceptions, the terms poor and wealthy are now more relative than absolute. There is not mass starvation in western democracies. There are those with far more wealth than the average but even that average have more material possessions and a greater level of materialistic living standard than all but a very few had 100 years ago. Is this an improvement? The answer must be a positive yes, since real starvation and abhorrent levels of deprivation have been largely eradicated, in modern western democracies.
What do adverts tell us about society? Has politics been taken over by the advertising industry? A casual glance at any form of advertising, from the web to P.O.S displays; from “sophisticated “ features in the press, (that look like news items,) to cereal packets. You can see that the key words are: --- quick, easy, simple, no effort required, instant, ready, just heat, half price, two for one, automated, new, latest. improved, celebrity endorsed; and in food stuffs, Spicy, salty, caramelised.
Diet and Health are we really what we eat? There is so much media attention focused on human diets, or rather; so much professional media time given to the money making subject of diets and food. But what is the reality? There are billions of humans on this planet and although they are almost all so very similar, they are also individuals. It is impossible for anyone to know what is the best diet for everyone of these billions of individuals. To do so would mean knowing what age there were, what health issues they have, what exercise they did, what their occupation was and the workings of their individual metabolism. They would also need to know hour by hour, what medication was ingested and what level of stress the individual was under. They would need to know if any allergy was present and what food stuff they were raised on.
Improving democracy Giving power back to the people. Improving parliamentary democracy. Whilst the following uses the British terms for its elected representatives etc. The same principles could apply to all democracies.
The politics of statistics. Headline numbers can mislead voters. The media is so very fond of headlines that grab attention but do not provide very accurate information. Unless you can find the definitions used and the basis for the figures publicised, you can not have any validation of the truth of what is being proclaimed. Finding the definitions and actual numbers used, is not easy. Just as in those advertisements for cosmetics, which are fond of saying X% of women think this product will improve their appearance, while the tiny print at the bottom of the screen says something like 20 out of 75 people surveyed. Even this does not tell the real truth, what age were these 75 people? what was their appearance like to start with? did they undergo controlled tests with scientific measurement of the results? or did they just agree with some one saying they look better? 75 out of a world wide potential number of customers, several billion, is not statistically relevant at all.
The politics of doing nothing Sometimes doing nothing is the right thing. We live in a period of time when constant activity is the norm. Doing nothing is not acceptable; but it has not always been like this. The ancients in China had a philosophy, enshrined in the Tao Te Ching; that contained the statement that all things can be achieved by non action. This classic work has been translated from ancient Chinese, to modern Chinese and then to European languages and so may have lost the ancient meaning. ( ancient Chinese had several meanings for each “symbol” like most other nations at the time language was spoken and not often written) It is possible that non action should be interpreted as not acting in in a way that is not in tune with and part of the natural way. Farmers and gardeners know that impatience is counter productive. It is no good sowing seeds in mid winter; you have to do nothing ( about sowing seed --but you can prepare the ground in some climates) until the spring.
Politics and personalities. Does the personality of a politician decide if they are fit to govern? Personality definition; the sum total of all the behavioural and mental characteristics by means of which an individual is recognised as being unique.--- an alternative definition is -- a remarkable person but this is usually used within the context of they are a personality, rather than; their personality is such and such. It should be noticed that the definition is non judgmental.
Politics and the delivery of policy. Political policy has to be delivered and the elite are seeking to take over the means of delivery.