well busy as usual, I am tempted to write a book about power, a bit like Babylon, looking at different theories of power and change (rather than anti-capitalist economics) and yes I love writing books, it is a real hit, and in the same way some people are seduced by romantic notions of become 'El Jefe' and changing the world, I am a complete sucker for romantic notions of 'the author'.
Lets sit around all day, typing...they call it blogging today.
To be honest, I am not a total individualist when it comes to the word, I love the writing process but I do it fairly collectively/wiki style....Babylon drafts went out to a whole load of great people Peter Lockley I think read every word and quite a few other people did good work, Xanthe comes to mind but look at the acknowledgements in the book, I think I got you all in.
You write, you get some one to criticise, you rewrite...ground hog day until you are no longer in the suicide stage....honestly it works.
In fact although the leader push has been getting me down, lets talk ground hog day again, parties endlessly cycling with the push of a gently charismatic hand from republican virtue to monarchical excess.....the one positive element has been the collective writing on the no leader side, helping put together some articles for the media.
Anyway power would be Foucault and beyond.
Is there a book in it, may be...you need a free year with a book, which I never get...Babylon was during one or other election campaign and about 30 hours a week teaching, as were all my other books and yes the blog has taken over.
Suffice to say power is not like a chocolate eclair...the leader will insist we must grasp power and use it for the good, they get tempted don't they, just a little bite here and there...voila the whole confectionery has been eaten, the leader is bloated the people starve.
Universal but then power is not like an eclair, a tasty morsel in a safe somewhere guarded by the Swiss Guard...power is more subtle.
I still think most leaders, say to get power....you need giant posters of me, everywhere...because people identify with personalities.
Then they sweet talk their way past the Swiss Guard and eat the cake. There are exceptions but they are rare. I get the impression Muhammed was a brilliant consensual political leader but after his sudden death, succession battles tore Islam apart (theo-political argument for another day!)
Being rude to leaders is a neccessity, it keeps them on track (before you start I hope that Chavez is an exception, he does seem more aware of the risks and I think too many people are rude to him anyway!).
It is interesting the Caesar momement when they decide that they have a destiny.
I like the speaker moment just get as much out in the media, books, blogs, tv, radio, public meetings, you tube...we don't need a single voice for the greens if anything we need to swap Sian and I or our successors for the multitude.
Green voices certainly need to be louder, clearer, deeper....oh fuck it where is the eclair.