BiS gives us:
I think it’s because they feel a certain ownership for public spaces. It’s remarkably common to see shopkeepers sweeping the pavement outside their shop. Even washing it. A lot of householders do the same thing.
And, of course, where they’re starting from.
France? Paris. It is dog poo country. But then again the Poo Patrol. Guy on a bright green motorbike. Freezes it solid with liquid nitrogen, scoops it up into a bin on the back. (Lille had one as well. So did Bordeaux.) Dunno what it’s like now though. Since the Hiidalgo vache’s been running it. Pretty bad I’m told. Socialist of course. French villages are usually spotless & shit free. Ownership of public spaces again.
So, the Bloke in Spain test for where socialism might work. Not full on Murphism, but just a more general consideration of the public and not the private. Where there is already a more general consideration of the public and less of the private.
Fortunately this is simple to test for. Where the pavements are strewn with dog shit then municipal socialism will not work. Where folk clean up that public space as there’s that ownership of the public space then it could work.
We can test this well enough – those small French villages and towns, with the Mairie (??) subject to the Bjorns Beer Effect work pretty well in their local governance and bureaucracy.
So, there’s merit to the idea at least.
So, I propose the “BiS Dog Shit Test”. Check for dog shit. The absence of tells us that more socialism could – could – work. The presence that it would not.
There is, of course, one significant problem with the implication of the test. Which is that if we’ve already got that private ownership of the public space which leads to the lack of dogshit then what the fuck is the need for socialism?