The idea is changing the neoliberal master slave relationship. We are not the servants. That is what we pay the administrators of our estate to be. But they need constant reminding, otherwise they become delusional if left to their own devices.
The idea is how do we find the tools that will build a strategy to convince ordinary people "they" are the real masters of their own destiny
One of the things about political philosophy, is it becomes just about that. It becomes so wrapped up in itself. People get bored which instigates the “I just want to do things” philosophy. Well the thing is, slaves just do things but it doesn’t advance their cause nor progress towards their freedom. Just doing things, no mater how progressive these things may seem or look doesn’t necessarily advance much our own advancement towards freedom. Unless these ideas are based on, or are part of a plan that moves us nearer freedom, or the goals we seek. Just doing things, can have the complete opposite effect and work more towards maintaining the status quo, and can also thwart genuine efforts to change it.
So we have a dilemma here when we think about change. What to do? When there is so much to do, we are always in the danger zone of “just doing things”. There is nothing wrong in just doing things, so long as they as mentioned are connected to some kind of strategy building idea that will advance the cause or the freedoms we seek.
The reason we are in political deep water at present is because we continually just keep doing things, or not doing things, which can add up to the same results.
Doing what things we need to be asking? Are we doing things that just keep us busy? Are we doing things just because we like them. Is our work contributing to maintaining the status quo rather than changing it? Is our work worthy of those we deem to represent? Should we be doing something else? Do we know what we are doing in the first place? And importantly why? Do we have some clear overarching aims? If we do. Do people understand what we are getting at? Do they agree? Is there a place for them in what we do? Are we serious about movement building?
There is no reason our work (movement building) can be enjoyable creative and rewarding to ourselves. It is important that we have other outside interests that we enjoy even just for the sake of it. Is this not what we strive for for others? A creative life? The difference is. In movement building we are not working for ourselves, but for each other. We are working towards displacing that which draws a pall across all of our lives, the collective neoliberal project, described elsewhere.
The radical imagination project is about finding workable connections and avenues of activity that helps build work towards a progressive, sustainable, movement for change. (that includes more than activists)
We are not about presenting eloquent speakers describing how poverty works. But about struggling to help those who suffer through poverty to articulate their problems and figuring ideas to building the solidarity and to look to the solutions of alleviating it.
We are not interested in being more right and having all of the answers. We are not academics and concerned with stroking t’s and getting dates in the right place. We don’t want to get involved in big heavy discussions about anything. There is plenty of that going on already.
We are about encouraging others to and helping to do the movement building dishes. Opening sources to small achievable ideas. Working with the liberties, institutions and achievements we already have, that past generations fought and struggled hard for. Rebuilding our commons and sense of community ownership.
We have to talk to the people who have the problems not just data junkies, or those who think they have the solutions.
We need meetings, many meetings, to discuss, planning, collaborating, tactics, strategy. People don’t like to go to meetings, they are boring, they just want to do things?
We need educators in our communities sharing their knowledge and expertise. Many university educated folk are running gardening projects, DIY projects and researching the grassroots. We need movement intellectuals ready to practice what they learn in the garden projects and town halls.
Things like Open Source computing and technology which would help massively in working class communities, both in education and economically is practically unheard of.
The practitioners of Open Source technology are mainly part of the middle classes and are usually concerned more with defending the Open Source, than what access to it could do in less well off communities.
So. We are not here just to do things, just to do what we like, although there is no reason we can not enjoy what we do. We see great potential all around us for change. As well as experiencing and being fully aware of the decline of our resources, assets and future well being by the policies of the master slavers.
Of course we need meetings and plenty of them. How do we think the slavers organise? By not talking to each other? We need to do many things, but to concentrate on the things that need done first. And we will need to spent time in doing things, not just because we like doing them but because we are good at doing them and they need done.
The idea is to make meetings well organised, interesting, relevant and engaging. And about strategising and activity for going forward to reaching our goals (after we figure out what they are). Our sources of knowledge need to be open, honest and available and accessible to those we work for and with. And realise it is not going to be easy for some time to come. That is what we see the core work of the radical imagination to be.
We are struggling against junk politics, junk economics, junk education, junked human rights. These are the masters tools. Hopefully we can reflect here what we are attempting is some joined up thinking. (Another term that finds space in rhetoric but is all to often ignored in practiced.) in presenting our own.