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  •  That's a big part of it... (2+ / 0-)
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    Mr MadAsHell, pfiore8

    ... but it will involve more than talking to our neighbors.  We are going to have to force the issue at some point and insist that the money be stripped from politics.  

    For one thing, elected officials should be prohibited from working in the private sector in any capacity related to any area over which they had oversight while in office... or maybe just have their incomes capped if they do go through the revolving door.  The system is rife with corruption, people moving from high positions in government to multi-million-dollar consulting or executive gigs in the very industries they were tasked with regulating.  (Witness: Robert Rubin, Dick Cheney,  Giuliani, Gingrich, and many others from both parties who made fortunes in the private sector after leaving office.)

    We are going to need to re-boot the whole system and install some anti-virus software.

    When the power of love overcomes the love of power, there will be peace. - Jimi Hendrix

    by CharlieHipHop on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 07:05:55 AM PDT

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    •  disincentives are stop gaps but not (0+ / 0-)

      the answer, imo.

      forbidding, prohibiting... well okay. but hasn't seemed to work too well......... regulations? they don't work too well either.

      i like regulations. what i like better? a systemic values reboot.

      what do we deem important? integrity or income? power or peace?

      i mean values here, on the ground, among citizens. the way we live will decide the future. how we spend our money and how we understand the utility of politics... policy... legislation.

      i like this essay because i have been urging the same for years now. further, i have urged that we stop pouring energy and resources into conventional politics and politicians. pull the lever for "D" as another kind of stop gap, but it is only that.

      take politics local and regional. school boards. town boards. zoning boards. we need to bring our principled stands and integrity to these places and create new platforms of influence. we need to rethink regional economies and how to fund such incentives. we've allowed mega stores and this silly idea of CHEAP goods to usurp our very ability to maintain local/regional economies. Most Americans can't walk to work or to the store. They need their SUVs and cheap energy... how do we design future communities? do we learn? when do we see it? that cheap goods are the most expensive goods we can buy...

      i don't know what will happen. i'm looking for evolutionary thinking. enough of revolutions... we don't need radical and sudden change.

      we need staged, thoughtful, and careful strategies that result in agile solutions, elastic enough to meet the pressures and realities of ever changing conditions.

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