Big ideas in the UK - and some stupid mis-steps from May - mean a Tory lead of about 20 points when the election was announced is now down to 5 - and almost two weeks to go.
Maybe Sanders might just have run away with the US election?
Can I ask a silly question? What does “triangulation” mean in the context of politics?
I'm probably mis-using the term. But this is kind've what I meant https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangulation_(politics)
To suggest that this impossible pretty much says “It’s either what scientists reckon, or it’s just prejudice”.
I hope I'm not suggesting that (tho it could be read that way :)) In many ways our lived experience is our primary source, and it shapes our values in all manner of ways.
But big ideas can be a part of our experience too.
being persuaded by someone else to believe something just because that person is good at communicating can so often work against the evidence.
Maybe it would be good if this was a question of evidence based policy-details. But it's not. It's about values, and that means emotion. I don't believe the devil has all the best tunes: Sanders - and Corbyn, on a good day - can be inspiring advocates for our better natures. I want more of that - a lot more.
I think it's working. But probably too slowly, and against a clamour of right-wing popular media that is loudly front-page scornful.
It's a remarkable fact about our democracies - here, England, the US - that the electorate favours policies well to the left of what they appear to vote for. The well-funded propaganda machines of the right are one factor - nothing equivalent on the left to eg Fox News (or Hosking ... ).
The success in peddling fear (and scorn - without any analysis - just arrogant dismissal) is a major factor. But it's also apparent the left lacks great salespeople and clever marketing strategies. Not a complete lack, but a noticeable. They tend to scorn some of these things. But we need great persuasive communicators.
But Corbyn/Labour in Britain do have big ideas at the core of their campaign. Taking key industries - rail, energy, mail - back into government ownership. Putting serious resources back into the NHS. Bolstering workers rights. Building houses and scrapping tertiary fees. Changing the tax system. Whatever you think of the manifesto (here's the telegraph version - of course they hate it all) these are big ideas which if implemented would change Britain.
Simon Wilson had plenty of big ideas for Labour to run on here.
policy and positioning only seem to have quite a small influence on the way people vote.
Yeah. People vote for big ideas, not policy papers. Big ideas well-expressed that arouse emotion. Sadly it's mostly negative emotions that seem to work at the moment - esp fear. What conservative and neoliberal politics seem able to deliver is a worse future. It's usually wrapped up in glossy brochures, but when you unwrap it, it's small and crappy and usually breaks :(
Side-stepping the dildo problem, big ideas - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/labour-manifesto-poll-voters-back-policies-jeremy-corbyn-latest-a7731536.html?cmpid=facebook-post and then http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/labour-party-highest-poll-rating-start-election-campaign-general-election-2017-jeremy-corbyn-a7734866.html
Why is this so hard for 'third way' advocates to see?
We need to talk about Facebook. And Google. It seems to be finally dawning on politicians that NZ giving these two behemoths the lion’s share of digital advertising revenue is a disaster. Not only do they not create content; they don’t pay tax here. I don’t think there’s a solution that doesn’t involve either taxing them fairly, and putting the money into public good journalism, or somehow breaking up their monopolies.
ETA - that involves active government intervention - not something we've seen a lot of ... but surely the commerce commission should be at least as concerned about these monopolies?