Are you feeling globalized, polarized and fed-up?
It’s tough to admit it, but neither political Left nor political Right offer any lasting solutions to the key problems facing us, whether nationally or globally. Climate change, immigration, threatened national identities, austerity and wealth-inequality continue to blight the international landscape. While culture wars leave politics increasingly polarized and ossified, the ‘reasonable centre ground’ that used to demarcate the extremes and that most of us used to stand on has also has been washed away, since that, too, failed to provide solutions.
Another way of looking at it is that today’s problems simply aren’t solvable using our present way of thinking, as Albert Einstein famously said. It’s not so much that our problems are the problem, rather it’s our thinking that’s flawed and has to move to a whole new level before genuine solutions can emerge.
This is exactly what co-authors John Bunzl and Nick Duffell propose in The Simpol Solution – Solving global problems may be easier than we think. Extending thinking to that new level and explaining how the Simultaneous Policy (SIMPOL) campaign could solve global problems is the subject of the discussion hosted by The Wisdom Factory at https://thewisdomfactory.net/the-simpol-solution/
The key factor that they explain is how impotent governments are. Under our present nation-centric thinking habit, we continue to overlook how each nation’s need to keep its economy competitive in the global market has stripped governments of the ability to act on the problems we face. Staying competitive and attractive to inward investors and the jobs they bring means a series of drastic compromises: maintaining low taxes for the rich, keeping immigration flowing for cheap labour, removing environmental regulations to keep business costs down, and so on. Staying ‘internationally competitive’ just makes things worse because it ties governments’ hands, locking them into a neoliberal policy framework from which there’s no escape.
That’s why whatever party we elect, the policies delivered end up being much the same: a phenomenon the authors call ‘pseudo-democracy’. It’s only when your thinking moves to the higher world-centric vantage point that you can actually see the systemic vicious circle that international competitiveness represents. Only then do you understand why global problems remain unsolved and why people are so fed-up with politics and either move to the extremes, or try to bring down the existing order, or give up on voting altogether.
From this perspective, you can see why something like the Simultaneous Policy is indispensible. The SIMPOL Solution, and the radically new way it invites us to use our votes to drive the politicians of all parties towards the global cooperation necessary for solving our problems, can now be seen as a radical tool to put citizens back in the driving seat.
Endorsed by Noam Chomsky, Ken Wilber, David Sloan Wilson, Ervin Laszlo and many others, the book is now out also in the U.S. and Canada https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/…/the-sim…/9781633883932/ Or visit the book’s dedicated webpage http://www.simpol.org/index.php?id=545