Monthly Archives: November 2016

Festival of Ideas: a Martian books tickets.

If I was a visiting naturalist from Mars, the first thing I would notice about the human species is the relentless self-applause of the elites as they lead the species to multiple forms of disaster.

Next, I would notice the eager compliance, and shared self-regard, of the middle classes who do the bidding of the elites.

Then I would notice the pitiful and helpless ignorance of the masses, as their freedoms are obliterated and their lives annulled.

Then I would look up under ‘humans, planet earth’ and discover that their own great naturalist, Charles Darwin, had written that ‘intelligence and the moral instinct are the two most important attributes in the success story of the species’. I would wonder what went wrong.

I would dig a little, and find three sets of laws directing their progress to self-annihilation.

  • Laws enforcing the illusion that giving power to those prepared to do anything to get it is a form of ‘democracy’.
  • Laws enforcing the biggest enterprises on earth to be owned and exploited by people who have done nothing to contribute to anything.
  • Laws that allow the money supply to be created and destroyed at the whim and for the benefit of those who already have lots of money.

Then I would get back in my space ship, hidden in miniaturised form in a small culvert in Blackheath, and say with a sigh to my pilot Sun Ra: ‘What a pity! So much promise, so much self-delusion. Let’s go and take a look at Ursa Major!’

On the other hand, if I was a compulsive optimist, I might book a ticket for the ‘Festival of Ideas for Change’ being held in Brockley on November 20th. www.brockleyfestivalofideas.com