Problem

Unconvincing alternatives to existing societies

Other Names:
Ineffective opposition to existing social order
Low credibility of alternative social structures
Scepticism of alternative images
Non-viable alternative modes of social organization
Prevalence of psychological conditions unfavourable to a transition to a post-capitalist social order
Unacceptability of conserver society policies
Claim:
Many who oppose the existing social order lack sufficient vision of the future to propose useful alternatives. This lack of vision creates an ineffective idealism which does not enable the opposition to transcend the role of victim. For example, when when what is actually needed may be an entirely new system, rather than building a new model, there is a tendency simply to oppose the established decision-making process; when the opposing voice is unable to make a move, it spends too much time trying to interrupt the present process. Without some practical methodology this raw destructive power will not be converted into effective creative action.

Alternative groups involved in the economy; such as alternative magazines, worker's cooperative, voluntary organizations, and campaign groups; operate from a set of dogmas which prevent the groups from being effective. They ignore the market because practices like market research is suspect. Budgeting, credit control, accountancy, and financial planning are all given low priority. These anti-business prejudices results in dependence on various forms of subsidy. Consensus decision-making results in inertia, indecision and difficult decision being deferred. Egalitarianism produces disdain for the division of labour and down playing or even the failure to recognize the importance of skills. Individuals with skills are often required by social pressure to hide them. The inability to understand the nature of management means that functions like, clarifying objectives and devising strategies are not done.

Related Problems:
Global financial crisis
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
03.06.1999 – 00:00 CEST
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