George Monbiot’s Advice – Ignore The State And Its Regulations, She’ll Be Right


We thought this was interesting as an injunction about how to make the world work better. Simply ignore the State, its regulations, the clipboard wielders and she’ll be right, the world will be a better place.

He’s talking about how the people are doing it for themselves, that Burkean idea that the little platoons organise and manage society better than any central office can. Not that he realises this of course, for to do so would be to say that the conservatives, the free marketeers, have a point. Which they and we do of course, large chunks of life do work better that way rather than determined by the dead hand of the state.

Even then, this is still something of a radical statement:

They launched Every One, Every Day in November 2017, opening two shops (the first of five) on high streets in Barking and Dagenham. The shops don’t sell anything but are places where people meet, discuss ideas and launch projects. The scheme has also started opening “maker spaces”, equipped with laser cutters and other tools, sewing machines and working kitchens. These kinds of spaces are usually occupied by middle-class men but, so far, 90% of the participants here are women. The reason for the difference is simple: almost immediately, some of the residents drew a line on the floor, turning part of the space into an informal creche, where women take turns looking after the children. In doing so, they overcame one of the biggest barriers to new businesses and projects: affordable childcare.

Excellent. The barrier to new businesses and projects is the cost of childcare. The way of reducing the cost of childcare is to give the State and it’s rules, regulations, the Anglo Saxon Wave. She’ll be right when government buggers off that is.

And when are you going to see a better exegesis of the free market credo than that?

Thanks George, even if you don’t realise what you’ve just said.