A global idiot. I’m sure that, like me, a few names spring to mind at that phrase! But it is not them that I am writing about today. It’s you.
To explain, let’s start with a little history and etymology.
This Wikipedia article explains how in Athenian Democracy:
‘An idiot… was someone who was characterized by self-centeredness and concerned almost exclusively with private–as opposed to public–affairs. Idiocy was the natural state of ignorance into which all persons were born and its opposite, citizenship, was effected through formalized education. In Athenian democracy, idiots were born and citizens were made through education…‘
The Online Etymology Dictionary – an invaluable resource, surprisingly enough – defines the origins of the word democracy thus:
‘from demos “common people… + kratos “rule, strength” …‘
So we can quickly see that, when educated, the power of the common people is the very basis of democracy. Thus our purpose must be clear:
1) We must educate our people in politics and citizenship. There are already campaigns – notably Bite the Ballot and Campaign for Political Education – that work with young people. But political education is not just for young people, important though that most certainly is. It is something which should be ongoing throughout our lives. It is up to each and every political organisation to educate and inform its supporters and the wider public. Simpol, as much as any organisation, must be a part of this.
2) To provide a means for the common people to utilise their power. This is the essence of what Simpol is and what it does.
So don’t be a global idiot, join Simpol today and become a true global citizen!