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  •  wow. what a diary! i think john galbraith summed (1+ / 0-)
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    it up when he said . . .

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. ~ J.K. Galbraith

    by bluezen on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 06:53:44 PM PDT

    •  The Chicago School Sociology of the forties (0+ / 0-)

      growing out of the leisure class which could afford to attend university because of the post war wealth of the middle class led to Johnson's "War on Poverty", Saul Alinsky and Obama.

      Both in the rise of sectarian community organizers taking on a role which had once belonged exclusively to the clergy and the radical popularization of dialectics in academia as a process of asking and answering questions, godless communists began to redefine the rights of passage for women, working men and women, children and the elderly.

      By the Sixties it had become the Great Refusal, "turn on, tune in, drop out". A refusal of the best and brightest to become cannon fodder in wars or in institutionalized corporate political Machiavellianism.

      Institutionalized corporate political Machiavellianism in right wing think tanks ranged from the privatization of prisons, the post office  and healthcare to denial of tobacco being related to cancer, climate change denial and the voter suppression of ALEC.

      One of the best examples of the counter attack might be the free clinic movement that became the thousands of community health centers at the heart of the affordable care act.

      I went to NACHC's 40th anniversary convention in Washington DC with its grant writing seminars that led to New Markets tax credits as a self funding scheme later expanded to crowd sourced finance and also followed it down to South Beach where Electronic Medical Records (EMR) were headed to things like "My Healthy Vet" for the VA.

      New entrepreneurs began to develop a " money is not a good reason for doing or not doing anything" philosophy that allowed the back to the land Green's to go off the grid with the "Whole Earth Catalog" full of alternative energies, solar, wind, tidal, geothermal and social.

      The message of cultural co-optation working toward the obsolescence of physical wealth as a status symbol in favor of information and knowledge as a wealth of ideas is at the heart of Obama's eleven dimensional chess.

      Human Rights are becoming a condition of Foreign Aid.

      Diplomatic attacks on sources of funding instead of military attacks on manufacturing, supplies of natural resources and infrastructure make our commitment to continuing the entitlement of Defense Contractors to a $700 Billion a year budget as arms dealers obsolete.

      Alternative energy making carbon dealers the equivalent of drug dealers with a "War on Carbon" that makes us rethink what has value.

      If you look at all of the cultural innovations as a process and wonder where the process is headed, what it is becoming; if your question is "what will the consequences of redefining 'what is wealth' eventually offer us in the way of a redistribution of wealth and a better quality of life for everything living on the planet from bacteria to humans", the answer is an alternative to a sixth global extinction.

       

      "la vida no vale nada un lugar solita" "The Limits of Control Jim Jarmusch

      by rktect on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 03:16:51 AM PDT

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