Devolving powers for Anarchy!

Devolving powers around the UK is not going to happen. That’s the first thing we need to get straight. Even if they say that they are giving greater power to local authorities etc. etc. blah blah, those authorities will still hold fuck all power. They’ll still have their amount of income decided in London and will have absolutely no traction on laws or anything of any real importance.

 

I think an important part to note however, is the fact that everyone is suggesting how good an idea this is, yet in essence, it is a move towards anarchy. These people, who use the word ‘anarchy’ interchangeably with ‘chaos’ and ‘destruction’, are actually now supporting an idea that lends itself towards this archaic and brutal ideology. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we will eventually have an anarchist society if this carries on, yet what I am saying is that if a lot more people sat down and gave anarchist theory an open-minded thought, they might be surprised. Do you not think that it’s convenient that people think these words are interchangeable though?

 

My girlfriend’s sister was doing an art project at school where they had to show a whole spectrum visually, from peace to anarchy. So that implies to the students (who don’t get taught anything about political ideologies, never mind that of anarchism) that anarchy is the opposite of peace. Anarchy is war, chaos, death, everything dark in the world. From an early age institutions use the word in a negative manner so that if someone were to bring it up in a serious conversation you’d say, inwardly at least, ‘fuck off ya muppet’.

 

What we need in this country is a higher focus in schools on non-exam education. Education where students can be taught lots of different information for themselves to mull over and to think about, not to be graded on, but to be rewarded for thinking of new ideas. This could then introduce teenagers to politics, philosophy, current affairs or even just talking about sport. It would help them to become more interested and interesting in the long run. I don’t know if they do this in well-to-do schools already as I went to a comp, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they do. Nowadays there’d be no chance in average schools. With nearly all of the schools now being academies there is beyond no hope that they’ll run a lesson without funding for the qualification and, let’s face it, the government wouldn’t fund that. Why would they pay to have it harder in the long run?

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Artwork by Sophie Pitchford

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