"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Cameron's Acorn

Cameron has made much of his Big Society theme, of devolving power down to 'the people' What it means in effect is a 5,000 strong, government-trained, ‘neighbourhood army’ of volunteer leaders and charity organisers, all overseen by groups like this (Citizens UK)this (London Citizens) and  this (Citizens Connection). It's a top-down initiative that will be riddled with Common Purpose graduates and heavy with Third Way aficionados.  Oh, and he intends to establish a national "Big Society Day" to celebrate the work of local groups and encourage others to participate, not forgetting his "Big Society Bank".

According to The Independent:
"Community organising is a means by which ordinary people influence the decisions that affect them by building relationships with people in power. People are organised via the institutions to which they belong – faith congregations, trade unions, schools – and trained in the art of negotiation. They agree on the agendas they wish to pursue in assemblies, and then carry out campaigns and "actions" to achieve them.

A community organiser is a professional relationship-builder who spends at least 15-20 hours a week in one-to-one meetings with the leaders in every community who have drive, vision, and followers."
It sounds very much like America's ACORN organisation - the one mired in sleaze and tales of misappropriated funds and vote rigging. 

Obama said:  "I will set a goal for all American middle and high school students to perform 50 hours of service a year, and for all college students to perform 100 hours of service a year."   Sounds familiar.

How can Cameron be easy about adopting one of Saul Alinsky's hobby-horses for the future of this country?  It just doesn't make sense on many levels.  A person gives because of what's inside them, what's in their heart, not because they'll get brownie points or because a local organiser tells them it's 'the right thing to do'.    I suppose more details might emerge before the GE but at the moment there seem to be too many opportunities for the State to manipulate and corrupt what should be a natural grassroots inclination towards charity and volunteer work. It also 'harmonises' very nicely with EU structures.

Saul Alinsky:  "There can be no such thing as a successful traitor, for if one succeeds, he becomes a founding father."
 "Our rebels have contemptuously rejected the values and the way of life of the middle class. They have stigmatized it as materialistic, decadent, bourgeois, degenerate, imperialistic, war-mongering, brutalized and corrupt. They are right; but we must begin from where we are if we are to build power for change, and the power and the people are in the middle class majority."

Saul Alinsky urged the active and deliberate "conscious-raising" of people through the technique of "popular education." Popular education is a method by which an organizer leads people to a class-based interpretation of their grievances, and to accept the organizer's systemic solutions to address those grievances. "Through the People's Organization these groups [of citizens] discover that what they considered primarily their individual problem is also the problem of others, and furthermore the only hope for solving an issue of titanic proportions is by pooling all their efforts and strengths. That appreciation and conclusion is an educational process."
If you want to know more about Acorn's activities you'll find videos here.

2 comments:

  1. Yes GV and these clowns always have an unmistakable signature to them throughout history.

    Firstly they will do anything not to have to actualy toil and break sweat with the scum they are prosletysing. Oh no they are much to cerebral for work. They like sitting around yakking, smoking pipes, wearing berrets and slobbing all over the left banque.

    Secondly they are ALL foundation bitchboys working for the hidden objective of transferring all wealth to the occult oligarchic entity that seems to call to them down the ages.

    Not that smart then are you lads!!!

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  2. Same destination but the scenic route, Incoming. As you say, they'd much rather marshall us into tightly-controlled pens than do anything truly innovative and constructive themselves.

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