What are the Dividing or Fault Lines in Today's Society?
So much has been said in the past that the main social divide was how you voted politically.
In the 1600’s were you a Royal supporter or parliamentarian, then once parliament was formed in the early 1800s whichever political persuasion were you, did you vote left or right?
Now that we have voted to exit Europe a new age transcends the social scene. Politics is different there are more complicated divides as smaller parties have a voice in our wonderful democratic society. The liberals come and go, the Green Party appears to have one issue, despite speaking at length on many such issues and UKIP seems to be turning its attention to supporting the working man or woman having had a “one policy” crusade. There are many more smaller parties and too many to mention in this blog.
But the divides in the UK are;
- Graduates v Non-graduates
- Old v Young
- Property owners v Renters
- Metropolitan v Provincial
- Indigenous or Ethnic
- Leave or Remain
- Closed v Open
Closed versus open is the new slogan on the political battleground. What does it mean?
Modern liberals spend immeasurable time and possibly too many hours preaching the rules of political combat. They seem above and outside the scope of understanding the conditions, generally emotionally based, which causes people to transgress those rules. Please consider how frequently, socially disadvantaged voters are dismissed as racist or otherwise. So when liberals depart from a moral or political standard they condescendingly seek to educate rather than empathise. They try to be open however, quickly become closed.
The result of this approach is liberalism shorn of its ideological history for an uncompromising, biased and unfortunately cosmopolitan form of politics. It develops its own radicalism that in itself is unpopular as it becomes polarised in today's egalitarian, internet driven and digital society.
The other side is considered closed and yet they are themselves open. It is very confusing. Who is open or who is closed? It depends on the issue being debated.
Let's go back to left or right with a muddled center ground up for grabs each 5 years!! That is far far simpler.