I posted this over on the excellent http://feministphilosophers.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/research-into-tory-slogans-it-gets-worse/ a while back.
As the phrase 'Big Society' is still being thrown around, here it is again. Short and sweet.
Basically ‘Big Society’ is a better slogan than ‘Small State’.
But then Thatcher said there was no such thing as society only individuals and families. So ‘Big Society’ points to the ‘personal responsibility’ argument.
Of course, if the wealthy in society are too busy to volunteer perhaps they could make donations…perhaps we could formalise that system by linking it to just how wealthy people are… and give elected people the job of making sure that the money gets to the right people, rather than leaving it to a hap-hazard approach where individuals find the most appealing cause to contribute to.
Now, what could we call that system? And who could those elected people be?