26 June 2019
In the last 24hours I have read two articles that give me some hope that at long last we might be seeing the demise of the ME society and a slow movement towards reclaiming the WE society .
The first is an article in The Guardian about a cohesive New Left Economics developing in the UK and America. It’s a long read but well worth it because too many people still mindlessly chant the neoliberal mantra of the 1980’s that “there is no alternative” when there always has been one that doesn’t pander to the wealthy few at the expense of the many.
I particularly like the British Labour Party’s idea of the inclusive ownership fund which inserts into a company’s ownership structure a group of shareholders – its employees – who are more likely to favour higher wages and long-term investment.
You can find that long read here:
The other glimmer of hope for a more caring society is a decision by New South Wales Supreme Court Judge Stephen Rothman who has found that commercial entities, including media companies,could be regarded as the publishers of comments made on Facebook, and as such had a responsibility to ensure defamatory remarks were not posted in the first place.
If you have visited my page before you will know that I sometimes have to reprint my HOUSE RULES which include items such as “no name calling “ and ‘no denigration of individuals or groups ” and that you have to “ tackle the argument not the person.”
My only comment on Judge Stephen Rothman’s ruling is that I think it should apply to Facebook itself because they are commercial publishers.
To those who cry that such a ruling undermines “Freedom of Speech” my reply is – that particular freedom has never included the right to defame and be vile.
You can’t have a fair and decent society if you don’t behave decently yourself.