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  1. neweveryday says:

    We do not need to destroy everything. We need to take one step back and restore the Rule of Law. Nobody is beyond the law. We have to re-establish the rule of Law.

    The law is a wimp.

  2. Dump Nuts says:

    That’s a great article, thanks for posting. “Growth” is control.

  3. Dump Nuts says:

    @ Neweveryday,

    The Law as is it currently is remains perverted and broken.

    It is, like the article describes, one of those things corrupted by “Bigness” and endless “Growth”, such that no one person can hope to be conversant with but a single tiny branch of it. It is too complex and unwieldy now to be of good use or public service.

    “The Law” serves the rulers/controllers, the “Growth” merchants. No-one else. There are in fact plenty of people and corporations who are entitled by their wealth and status to functionally live Above the Law as it stands.

    Restoring the “Rule of Law” can only be done by individuals now, not systems or courts. It is only an idea, an abstraction until it is applied.

  4. English Republic says:

    Very interesting article – thanks Max. I agree with this to some degree, hence ‘English Republic.’ Maybe ‘Emperor of the Home Counties, Lord High King of Hampshire’ would suit better. I like the sound of that.

  5. neweveryday says:

    @ Dump Nuts

    I agree with all you say. I would suggest, being a cynic, that Law does not operate until it is demanded to operate. I see ‘the rule of law’ as a ‘second front’ which is, at present, a sleeping giant. When enough people demand the dutiful operation of Law it will become a force.
    The Law is, currently, to all intents and purposes, inert, yet, should it become mobilised is a greater force than anything else.
    I am banging on about Law because I do not wish to see violence, social unrest, criminal anarchy and mindless rebellion. I want to see change. The instruments of civil society already exist, yet the are inert and passive.
    It seems to me that many people take it for granted that ‘The Legal System’ is already a gonner, bought and paid for. I do not think that is yet proven. It may need a kick in the arse, but it has might. Sooner or later it must prevail.

    You may say I’m a dreamer, but I hope I am not the only one.

  6. norcalkid says:

    Article= excellent (the exponential function agrees)
    site commenters=clueless

  7. Jean Desjardins says:

    And we have to abolish the British Monarchy. This symbolism is perpetuating the notion that some individuals would be more worthy and valuable than others when in fact THIS IS A LIE.

  8. Mary Genoud says:

    Kohr was right, look at Switzerland.

  9. Mini US says:

    This is why the insane pursuit of GDP Growth is a fallacy.
    It only serves bankster and their debt creation, otherwise known as ‘The Global Ponzi Scheme’…
    “instead of growth serving life, life must now serve growth, perverting the very purpose of existence”.

  10. Mini US says:

    Ideas, as they are simply ideas, like law and government only work when supported by the people.
    Once the people lose interest, which is what has happened, there is no solid foundation for either law or government.
    When this occurs, words like law and government are simply ideas.

  11. Andy B says:

    Apparently this man Kohr inspired Schumacher, the Brit who wrote the must-read classic promoting sensible smallness (especially he discusses Europe), Small is Beautiful.

    E. F. Schumacher called Kohr “a teacher from whom I have learned more than from anyone else”),
    Scroll down the link to find out more of the life and work of Kohr:

  12. Geoff says:

    ‘Big’ is the wrong word..should have used complexity..It’s not listed once in his article.
    civilization = natural+manufactured systems
    greater complexity = less human manageability

  13. Jayme says:

    Kohr’s claim was that society’s problems were not caused by particular forms of social or economic organisation, but by their size. Socialism, anarchism, capitalism, democracy, monarchy – all could work well on what he called “the human scale”: a scale at which people could play a part in the systems that governed their lives. But once scaled up to the level of modern states, all systems became oppressors.

    There is probably something fundamental about this. Bigness brings anonymity, alienation, and otherness. Hell is other people – Sartre. The degrees of separation between people means that ‘bigness’ isolates the relationships people experience with one another and produces alienation and social ills. Dunbar’s number seems to be about the maximum size of a single group before social instability begins to form leadership fragments and institutions become alienating. This is about a good size for a tribe.

  14. Grant says:

    Max and Stacey, I’ve been pointing you in the direction of Kohr and E.F Schumacher for some time now. Good to see you citing this article. Herman Daly is another philosopher/economist worth looking into, particularly relating to his work on steady-state economics.

    Crucial to Kohr’s and Schumacher’s writing is that larger, more complex systems are also inherently more brittle and susceptible to systemic collapse – the crisis we’re witnessing with industrialised agriculture bears witness to this. Small scale, decentralised biodynamic, working with and mimicking rather than attempting to dominate and control natural systems is the only way to go. Nature will knock that lesson into us one way or the other.

  15. Tamir says:

    Just like software: once it starts to grow too much, all hell could break loose…

  16. neweveryday says:

    @Mini US
    “Ideas, as they are simply ideas, like law and government only work when supported by the people.
    Once the people lose interest, which is what has happened, there is no solid foundation for either law or government.
    When this occurs, words like law and government are simply ideas.”

    Well said. People must demand the Rule of Law into effect.

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