Transforming Governance

This article is based on my ideas about the Great Turning Movement. If you aren’t familiar with them, click here.

In my 8-part vision for the Great Turning Movement, the final part is Transforming Governance.

Hopefully, a time will come when many social, economic, professional, and ecological alternatives have been developed, tested out, and improved so we have a pretty good idea of what works in what situations. A time when the movement has expanded its size and public recognition so that we can wield significant political power. Then the movement will tackle changing large-scale social structures such as the money system, government, and justice system.

This will probably involve demonstrations, rallies, civil disobedience, and other tactics commonly used by movements. In this process, we will draw on creative practices for engaging the public as part of our actions, for example, using art, humor, and story. (Re:Imagining Change, Patrick Reinsborough & Doyle Canning, Dream: Reimagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy, Stephen Duncombe)

This will be the most difficult phase of the endeavor because it will require interacting with the existing power structures. The movement will need massive funding, publicity, tactics for building momentum, understanding how to keep demonstrations peaceful, and so on. Past movements have tended to demand changes from the government (unless they aimed at violent revolution). This movement should aim to peacefully become the government (as well as transforming consciousness and social structures) by growing so massive and powerful that it can’t be stopped.

However, that isn’t quite accurate, because it still implies an us vs. them mentality. It’s not so much that the movement will become the government, but rather that the values and aims of the movement and of the Regenerative Era will become so widespread among the population that they will naturally begin to replace the existing government. So we don’t want to approach this in a adversarial way unless we are forced to.

However, if we are forced to struggle because the powers-that-be try to hold on through illegal or violent means, then we must be ready for this fight, as much as it goes against our regenerative values.

Replacing existing governments is only the beginning. We need to transform the governments so that they operate in a vastly different way (see Governance). Otherwise, we will just reproduce the problems of the Modern Era.

There is a good chance that by the time this kind of political change becomes possible, the breakdown of society may have gotten to the point that existing governments are falling apart. Things may have regressed so badly that governments can’t provide food, water, power, safety, and other things that people depend on them for. Therefore, the movement might need to create new governments that will start functioning in the vacuum of the old. However, there is still the danger that the remnants of existing governments may try to hold on with their military might, so this may be quite difficult. It is hard to predict how this might go.