Long ago a distinction was drawn in British political philosophy between the public and private sphere. This is a distinction that has become a foundational key stone of the way our political culture functions and the way that we as a nation tend to view the world, life and society as it swirls and twirls around us. And it does swirl and twirl. It swirls and twirls and it twirls and swirls and all the swirlers hate the twirlers and think they are the problem and all the twirlers hate the swirlers and think they are the worst. ‘Get rid of the Swirlers!’ say the Twirlers ‘They know what they did!’ ‘Remove the bloody Twirlers’ say the Swirlers, till they’re fit to burst. And on it goes on and on, till no one has lost and no one has won. And Swirlers are boring and the Twirlers aren’t fun. Because they’re part of the swirling and twirling, these Swirlers and Twirlers, they can’t just sit and moan on their sofas, they need to get up and stop being a pain, and make Swirlers and Twirlers together again!
The public/private sphere divide means that the state only has the right to make decisions over what happens in the public sphere, in the sphere of action where you are effecting others, effecting society. But not in the private, where your actions are only effective in any meaningful way on yourself. We still own the pubic though, and can and must act on it collectively. Yes in your own home you may be able to pick your own artwork or your own finsa laminate flooring, and you can have your private sphere, that is what we all must do and how we all must live, but never let yourself forget that the pubic sphere is there and there to be acted on. So act!