The power of small actions community-driven action

The power of small actions community-driven action

Vauban: you don't have to be a hippy to live the dream Sitting in a curry house after a meeting, a friend of mine was getting passionate about the importance of governments. Never mind all this local community stuff, he argued: if you really want to improve society you need governments to take big actions to redistribute income. I wouldn’t disagree about the importance of government in general and income redistribution in particular. National governments, in centralised societies like the UK especially, still have enormous powers to influence the wellbeing of ordinary people. A cut in benefits here or a tweak to taxes there can make the difference between coping and barely surviving. There’s a problem, though: for much of the last forty years government actions in the UK have shifted society in the opposite direction, favouring the well-off and entrenching rather than redu...

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