Happy Birthday Liberty

February 23, 2009

Today is the 75th birthday of Liberty, what used to be the National Council for Civil Liberties in the UK. It’s good to remind ourselves why they were founded (in 1934) since we now live an society where the authorities have unprecedented powers of and infrastructure for surveillance. It looks like we gave too much away in response to the terrorism crisis, at least according to the professionals like the International Commission of Jurists and a previous head of MI5.

We should remember how quickly a major recession triggered the collapse of the democracies and how much it cost to recover, since it’s also the centenary of the pre-Fascist Futurist Manifesto.

For all the obvious failings of liberal democracy, I do like that books no longer have to be licensed by the Crown or the Church, and (however weakly implemented) the notion of due process of law, and limits on executive power, and so on. Perhaps I’m just too bourgeois.

Recent Posts

About the Cynefin Company

The Cynefin Company (formerly known as Cognitive Edge) was founded in 2005 by Dave Snowden. We believe in praxis and focus on building methods, tools and capability that apply the wisdom from Complex Adaptive Systems theory and other scientific disciplines in social systems. We are the world leader in developing management approaches (in society, government and industry) that empower organisations to absorb uncertainty, detect weak signals to enable sense-making in complex systems, act on the rich data, create resilience and, ultimately, thrive in a complex world.

Cognitive Edge Ltd. & Cognitive Edge Pte. trading as The Cynefin Company and The Cynefin Centre.


< Prev

Horizon scanning

For those interested I will be running a Webinar with Mike Jackson on Horizon Scanning ...

More posts

Next >


Skin carries – and reveals – the memory of the body’s interaction with the world, ...

More posts

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram