The Steering Wheel: Confronting the ideologies driving the West

The Steering Wheel gets under the skin of Western societies and reveals the attitudes and assumptions which underlie many of the phenomena of popular culture. It is essential reading.David McIlroy, Visiting Professor in Banking Law, SOAS, University of London

Are you concerned that the dominant ideas in the Western world are undermining the dignity and value of human beings? 

The Steering Wheel is a new research paper that examines afresh the four major ideologies driving Western culture and society, and proposes a relationships-focused strategy to subvert these trends.

Focusing on the four main ‘-isms’ at work in the Western world, Individualism, Consumerism, Capitalism and Statism, this paper rigorously re-examines the literature around each driving force, and incisively analyses how the different combinations of the four produce and reinforce some of the dominant characteristics of our age. It is only through renewed focus on putting relationships first that these ideologies can be confronted. The paper concludes with a call to action, setting out a relational vision for society that offers hope and a renewed sense of identity that aligns with a biblical understanding of humanity.

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We acknowledge with gratitude the assistance of Sallux (the ECPM Foundation) in funding this research.






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March, 2018

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  1. john craddock says:

    When most of the world is run by corruption and Islam and lgbt ideologies are oppressing Christians why are you piffling about in this Ivory tower stuff? Get real, if you can find a paradigm that recognises reality

    • JubileeCentre says:

      Thank you for your comment. If you read the paper, you will see that these are four deeply powerful ideologies that influence the lives of everyone. They are subtle, not strident like the ones you mention, but are no less prone to distorting the truth.

  2. Martin Light says:

    Very interesting summary and guide to the thought in this area. Many thanks.

  3. Ian Cooper says:

    This is a helpful and wide ranging analysis of the key assumptions which lie behind our culture. I found the comments on individualism,consumerism and statism especially helpful. On capitalism it’s easy, especially after 2007/8, to criticise it but it has raised more people out of poverty than the alternative socialism and because it’s usually associated with an open society it allows criticism of it excesses. On the environment communist countries were notoriously toxic as complaint was stifled.Capitalism, however, certainly needs radical reform. One aspect that could be considered is is that it encourages the free movement of labour through immigration which arguably undermines the nation state and contributes to a atomised society where people see themselves as consumers rather than citizens.
    It might also be helpful to see where the four key assumptions have come from, that is from as Maurice Glasman would put, from a commmodification of culture starting in the secularising Enlightenment.People became things ultimately despite the rhetoric.

  4. Barry Watson says:

    No argument that the four ‘isms’ addressed are deeply powerful ideologies. Where I think this paper falls down is that fails to place all of these ideologies firmly in the context of the most important issue facing this country today – namely – Brexit! There is only one mention which is relegated to a footnote on page 3.
    While Relational Thinking is useful at a community level – there is so much which needs to be dealt with at an International – not least of which is environmental protection.
    On Page 24 that Britain has the “most extreme centralisation of power in Europe”. Today we have a ‘Power Grab’ by the Westminister Government which is creating a constitutional crisis and undermining the Scottish and Welsh Governments. Also the potentially serious consequences in Northern Ireland.
    Perhaps, I was expecting too much from this paper? All I can say in conclusion, it is an interesting contribution to the debate – read, put on a Library shelf and left there.

  5. Laurence says:

    On reply to Barry Watson – it isn’t Brexit that isn’t addressed but climate change

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