Some fascinating commons-animated political undercurrents are starting to surface in Ireland and Spain, two of the “troubled” nations of the Eurozone. (I will focus on Ireland today and Spain later this week.) In Ireland, a new all-Ireland political federation, Fís Nua hopes to shake things up. Its self-professed goal is “to bring together, under one umbrella, all those disaffected with the corruption in politics and government and who feel that they have been left without a voice within the political arena in Ireland.” (A tip o the hat to Michel Bauwens of P2P Foundation blog for this news.)
Fís Nua, a registered political party, wants to open up a new sort of political conversation and agenda. The catalyst for the movement is the systemic ripoff of the Irish people in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. As the Fís Nua website puts it:
We believe that up to 90 billion Euro of our tax money that is presently being used to ‘bail out’ or pay for the corruption of politicians and banking officials is the greatest crime in Irish history, one that we are paying for with a collapsed economy, soaring unemployment, diminishing social facilities and a scarred environmental and cultural landscape. We believe that this money belongs to the Irish people and it should be devoted to dealing with our present crisis rather than guaranteeing the profits of criminal developers, bankers and corrupt politicians.
As set forth in a bracing manifesto, Fís Nua seeks to draw upon the work of social justice, ecology and anti-corruption constituencies “with the intent of breaking the mould in Irish politics.” The party’s manifesto is comprehensive, thoughtful and well-worth reading. But what I found especially exciting were Items #6 and #7 in the party’s “Ecological Economics” platform: