I've been on the fence about voting for the Green party, but this week I have finally decided I'm voting for them.
The deciding factor has been my increased awareness of the dangers of Fracking that are popping up all over our country. I also watched a very shocking documentary yesterday called Gasland, about all the problems people have been having in the US with it. I maybe wrong, but I don't think you should be able to set fire to the water you are suppose to be drinking and bathing in?
Anyway, have a look yourselves:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cutGpoD … pp=desktop
Following that I went on to watch some very impressive interviews and speeches from Caroline Lucas. I know she hasn't got strong competition, but as far as politicians go she seems one of the better one's.
I'm skeptical that any party can make an impact within the current system, but we really need to kick these oil companies out of our back yards before they turn the UK into a poisonous block of cheese. For any party to make a big impact they would have to make some drastic changes like locking up some bankers, corrupt politicians and ending lobbying donations. It's going to be interesting to see what Greece do now with a left wing party in power. And I have a feeling this Fracking issue could really shoot the two big parties in the foot.
The best idea and potential for a completely different system I've seen is a decentralized system like bitcoin. The problem at the moment and in the past is that the monarchs, governments and corporations have been able to organise better than the rest of us, giving them the power to write the rules as they see fit. The internet has given us the tools to organise better, but the liberating potential is slowly being taken away by governments and corporations. This is where decentralized systems come into play. They are a protocol / network that is secure, allow freedom of information, transfer of money, trade of services among many other things without anybody being able stop it, and give us the best chance of a true democracy. There are already a few people working on a decentralized internet in Scotland called Maidsafe, as well as a decentralized market place called Openbazaar that will act a bit like ebay but with hardly any fee's or restrictions. Once these systems get going they are very hard to stop. Bittorrent is a perfect example. And bitcoin just seems to be getting bigger and bigger every year. If bitcoin had been created with a centralized server / company they'd have been shut down a long time ago.
Here's a good article on the subject:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/n … archy.html