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As a progressive, I continue to be frustrated with the ideological split in our country's governing bodies that seems to be preventing them from addressing key issues that will help us move forward as a society.  But as not a particularly partisan one, I always try to appreciate the positions and underlying world view of more conservative comrades on the other side of our current dysfunctional divide.

So trying to get beyond all this pitched political conflict that has lead to a paralysis of pragmatism (how Spiro Agnew, if you even remember that far back!), I am trying to synthesize something, using components from both sides, that could be a practical path forward.  My thinking at the moment revolves around some sort of synergy of entrepreneurship with a strong “commons”.  We can continue to be an innovative risk-taking society, but with an overarching belief, as Bill Clinton so eloquently pointed out in his Democratic convention speech, that we are all in this together, rather than “You're on your own”.  The latter I fear will lead to all sorts of bad stuff like competition within a world view of scarcity, economic winners and losers, one dollar (rather than one person) one vote, and increased “us and them” thinking.

So first a quick look at these two concepts: the commons and entrepreneurship.

The Commons

From a definition of “commons” from Wikipedia...

Commons are resources that are owned in common or shared among communities. These resources are said to be "held in common" and can include everything from natural resources and common land to software. The commons contains public property and private property, over which people have certain traditional rights...

The commons were traditionally defined as the elements of the environment - forests, atmosphere, rivers, fisheries or grazing land - that are shared, used and enjoyed by all. Today, the commons are also understood within a cultural sphere. These commons include literature, music, arts, design, film, video, television, radio, information, software and sites of heritage. The commons can also include public goods such as public space, public education, health and the infrastructure that allows our society to function...

Institutions like the Internet are defined as “hybrid commons”, because you generally have to pay an Internet service provider to gain access, but once there, you have free access to a world of content and services, many of them free (though some with advertising).

A stronger commons would tend to make money less important, and make life easier and richer for people who do not have a lot of money, because there are more shared venues (like parks, museums, libraries and schools) and services (like health care and education) that are paid or mostly paid for by the collective purse.  By the same token, that strong commons, particularly in a high-technology society like our own, involves people paying more taxes to maintain those shared resources.

I think conservatives in particular often argue against a strong commons because they feel that it facilitates human laziness, based on that persistent Calvinist belief in inherent human depravity.  As the line of thinking goes, having to work for and pay for everything we get forces us to rise above that nature and become better people (that is strive to be winners rather than losers).  Increasing what is shared in common, rather than packaged as a commodity at a price, dials down (at least a notch or two) the need for money, lessening our need to struggle for a strong economic position.

Entrepreneurship

From the Wikipedia article on “entrepreneurship”...

Entrepreneurship is the act of being an entrepreneur or "one who undertakes innovations, finance and business acumen in an effort to transform innovations into economic goods". This may result in new organizations or may be part of revitalizing mature organizations in response to a perceived opportunity. The most obvious form of entrepreneurship is that of starting new businesses (referred as Startup Company); however, in recent years, the term has been extended to include social and political forms of entrepreneurial activity.

In more recent times, the term entrepreneurship has been extended to include elements not related necessarily to business formation activity such as conceptualizations of entrepreneurship as a specific mindset (see also entrepreneurial mindset) resulting in entrepreneurial initiatives e.g. in the form of social entrepreneurship, political entrepreneurship, or knowledge entrepreneurship have emerged.

Important to note here that entrepreneurship has traditionally been framed around making money for oneself (and partners) by offering some new good or service, or a new take on an existing good or service (at say a higher quality or lower price).  This can include various acts of commoditizing or monetizing bits of the “commons”, like cutting down the mature trees in a forest to sell them for lumber, plowing wild prairies for farmland to grow food, or worst case, as Joni Mitchell sang back in the 1960s, paving paradise and putting up a parking lot.

America was built (for better or worse) by leveraging the vision of entrepreneurs. Benjamin Franklin was a visionary inventor and administrator (he was America's first postmaster) from Colonial times who is still pretty universally well thought of today.  Entrepreneurs from the Industrial Age of the 19th century are more of a mixed bag, known (depending on how you view them) as either innovators or robber barons.  Andrew Carnegie building mills to make steel to build our modern cities and railroads.  John D. Rockefeller selling petroleum products to power those trains.  Henry Ford innovating the mass production of automobiles.  Thomas Edison inventing the phonograph and motion picture camera, and bringing the electric light to practical mass availability.  More recently we have people like Steve Jobs of Apple and Bill Gates of Microsoft, making computer technology accessible and affordable to many individuals as Henry Ford did with the automobile a century earlier.  

As a side note... it is interesting that I struggle to find a female person to put on that list of iconic American entrepreneurs, it is such a male-identified role!  

Read these men's stories and they are tales of vision, but also in many cases exploitation of the commons and/or the labor and ideas of others.  But they are icons of the kind of American “can do” spirit that many people still resonate with and fear (rightly or wrongly) being destroyed by political progressivism and a more regulated and managed capitalism.

American conservatives regularly champion the entrepreneur, arguing that we need to minimize government regulation and control of economic activity to unleash the full power of entrepreneurship.  American progressives (other than say some doctrinaire socialists) generally support entrepreneurship as well, but hedge to some degree with concerns about diminishing the commons (including environmental degradation and  privatization of public space), economic disparity, the rights of labor, and concerns about economic power leading to inordinate political power.  

Synergizing the Empowered Actor within a Strong Shared Infrastructure

I don't believe the empowered actor (entrepreneur) is incompatible with a strong shared infrastructure (commons).  It all depends on your underlying world view, essentially whether you see the cup as half empty or half full.

In the half empty view, there is not enough to go around, and therefor there must be a natural competition between people, with winners and losers.  Since we humans are intrinsically unworthy, those of us who can rise above our nature through hard work should be rewarded as winners.  That said, part of rising above that natural unworthiness is exhibiting some degree of charity to the acknowledged losers (but not too much or positive motivation will be lost).  In this world view a robust commons just encourages natural laziness and discourages the competitive incentive for the empowered actor.

But in the half full view, there is enough to go around if we are all sufficiently frugal.  Cooperation becomes critical so we can most effectively share finite resources.  But that's okay because it is consistent with a belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.  In this world view we all win if we can strengthen the commons or lose if we fail to do so.  We recast the entrepreneur as the innovator that helps us with that strengthening task.

Since I don't believe in the Calvinist idea that people are naturally lazy and unworthy, I believe that a strong shared support network actually facilitates entrepreneurship.  Making educational resources universally available to all young people (particularly if we can move away from the current standardization, regimentation and top-down control) facilitates their full development, bringing out the inherent self-directed empowered actor in everyone.  Making health care universally available regardless of your job or health will make it much easier for people to change jobs or take on more entrepreneurial projects that don't include employer paid health insurance.

Entrepreneurs Strengthening the Commons - Wikipedia

Beyond a strong commons facilitating it, entrepreneurship itself can be recast in more cooperative rather than competitive terms with the concept of the social entrepreneur, highlighted in the Wikipedia article. We are talking about the innovative visionary person or group of people creating a good or (more likely a) service that is widely accessible at no or low cost, where that service was previously commoditized or available on a more limited basis only.  

Wikipedia itself is a perfect example; an online encyclopedia created by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, and managed and updated by a worldwide cadre of volunteers and getting financial support from donations.  In the past you either had to pay the cost of your own set of hard-copy encyclopedias (or more recently virtual ones like Microsoft’s Encarta) or go to a brick and mortar library and access a copy.  Now if you have web access on your own computer, a massive knowledge source, always being updated (though some argue not always authoritative enough) is quickly accessible and searchable.  Please ponder the profundity of Wikipedia, decomoditizing and bringing a huge chunk of the accumulated knowledge of the human species into our shared virtual commons.

From the Wikipedia article on Wikipedia (makes me laugh to write that grin)...

Wikipedia is a free, collaboratively edited, and multilingual Internet encyclopedia supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Its 22 million articles, over 4 million in the English Wikipedia alone, have been written collaboratively by volunteers around the world. Almost all of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the site, and it has about 100,000 regularly active contributors. As of September 2012, there are editions of Wikipedia in 285 languages. It has become the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet, ranking sixth globally among all websites on Alexa and having an estimated 365 million readers worldwide. It is estimated that Wikipedia receives 2.7 billion monthly pageviews from the United States.
2.7 billion times each year, someone in the United States proactively reaches out to learn about something (or find something that they can share with others so they can learn) using this free repository (other than of course the cost they may incur getting online).  Before Wikipedia, how many of those 2.7 billion thoughts of “I wonder about...” led to nothing for lack of a hard-copy encyclopedia (up to date enough to have an applicable article) or other easily accessible source.  Now with a computer in front of you with Internet access, it just takes a quick thought, a few key clicks and bits of the repository of human knowledge are easily revealed to you... Such a deal!

Linux

Linux is another example.  It's a computer operating system  developed in 1991 by a Swedish social entrepreneur, Linus Torvalds, and made available for free, including its source code, and today is used throughout the world on computers instead of proprietary operating systems from Microsoft and Apple.  Most software, including operating systems, are highly prized intellectual property protected by controlling the source code.  Torvalds turned the entrepreneurial paradigm on its head by building a great piece of intellectual property and then giving it away, source code and all, adding it to the commons rather than “keeping” it, commoditizing it, and selling it for his own profit.  

From the Wikipedia article on Linux...

It has since been ported to more computer hardware platforms than any other operating system. It is a leading operating system on servers and other big iron systems such as mainframe computers and supercomputers: more than 90% of today's 500 fastest supercomputers run some variant of Linux, including the 10 fastest. Linux also runs on embedded systems (devices where the operating system is typically built into the firmware and highly tailored to the system) such as mobile phones, tablet computers, network routers, televisions and video game consoles; the Android system in wide use on mobile devices is built on the Linux kernel.

The development of Linux is one of the most prominent examples of free and open source software collaboration: the underlying source code may be used, modified, and distributed — commercially or non-commercially — by anyone under licenses such as the GNU General Public License.

FYI... my little netbook computer that I'm typing this piece into is running a version of Linux.  It cost me about $250, but would have cost maybe 20% more if I had purchased the Windows operating system for it instead of a freeware Ubuntu Linux OS.  And given its limited hardware, it runs much better on the smaller, more efficient, Linux platform.

Google - Hybridized Virtual Semi-Commoditized Commons

We humans are cleaver creatures indeed!  The entrepreneurs who run Google are leveraging this concept of an enhanced virtual commons and hybridizing it with a kind of commoditization built around creating virtual spaces where ads can be displayed.  Google essentially offers an array of online services for free in exchange for posting ads everywhere in the margins.  To some it may feel like the billboards distracting from the beautiful view of nature, and some of Google's smart advertising placement based on analyzing things you have written about and posted from their G-mail email platform can have scary big brother portents.  But with Google, things that we would have had to have paid for (if we had the money to do so) or go without are available to us for free.

Moving Towards a Gift Economy

So if we can recast the entrepreneur in this newer social entrepreneurship mold, and celebrate the likes of Wikipedia's Wales and Sanger and Linux's Torvalds, then there is no need for progressives to hedge about entrepreneurship.  We can put forward a strong humanistic alternative to the conservative “let the cream rise to the top” and “you might get rich too” arguments for unrestrained capitalism.

Social entrepreneurs are the innovative actors within the new concept of the “Gift Economy” that I wrote about in my previous piece, based on the Yes! Magazine article by Charles Eisenstein, “To Build Community, an Economy of Gifts”.  Eisenstein writes...

Community is woven from gifts. Unlike today’s market system, whose built-in scarcity compels competition in which more for me is less for you, in a gift economy the opposite holds. Because people in gift culture pass on their surplus rather than accumulating it, your good fortune is my good fortune: more for you is more for me. Wealth circulates, gravitating toward the greatest need. In a gift community, people know that their gifts will eventually come back to them, albeit often in a new form. Such a community might be called a “circle of the gift”… The less we use money, the less time we need to spend earning it, and the more time we have to contribute to the gift economy, and then receive from it. It is a virtuous circle.
So still needing to do a lot of thinking on this, I put it out there for your consideration and comment.

Originally posted to leftyparent on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 05:00 AM PDT.

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  •  Problem:many conservatives want no commons at all (7+ / 0-)

    This choir member is already convinced. I'm typing this on my Linux laptop. I'm familiar with the gift economy concept. I appreciate your exploration of the concept.

    Near the beginning of your essay, when you first write about conservative views about a strong commons, what springs to my mind is that it may not really be about strong or weak. It may be about existence, period.

    From my observations, many conservatives have totally abandoned the idea of any common anything, whatsoever. Many conservatives seem to have utterly abandoned the concept of "public".

    So, there may be a preliminary step before working on the entrepreneurship concepts you've described. That step might involve  just getting conservatives to acknowledge and to participate in the social concepts of "commons" and "public" once again.

    Thanks for contributing your thoughts here. Cheers,

    •  Good point tho IMO most conservatives... (5+ / 0-)
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      accept certain aspects of the commons.

      1. Taxpayer financed education for young people

      2. Taxpayer financed military

      3. A certain level of public (more tied with private) charity

      4. Parks and recreational areas (tho allowed to be exploited for resources as well)

      But I agree with your basic concerns.  

      I don't think the path forward is changing a lot of minds, just having a clear vision of a strong commons, present it in a compelling way, moving in that direction and going for it.  Again, its the folks who are neither progressive or conservative, those in the middle, who will make the difference.

      And demographically, I think our conservative folks are aging and its just a matter of a generation or so I hope.

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

      by leftyparent on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 07:55:36 AM PDT

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    •  Honestly I don't see most of the conservatives who (3+ / 0-)
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      claim to believe in no commons as being intractable. Someone has sold them on that idea, and they will hold it until a different idea gains their allegiance.

      As Cooper says, there are lots of commons that conservatives don't fight against.

      Poverty = politics.

      by Renee on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 11:34:28 AM PDT

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  •  On common vs entrepenueralship... (7+ / 0-)

    I once had a good conversation with a Texas Republican about the oil industry's use of a natural resource for international profit. In the end, we agreed the companies who extract the resource should indeed realize profit from the venture; at the same time, it is a natural resource rightly belonging to the nation, and perhaps the national government should recieve compensation for this.

    If a Yankee Lib and Texas Con can come to an agreement on this, perhaps there is yet hope.

    "The less time you have, the more you need to use it wisely." - Cpt. Avatar, Starblazers

    by DeathDlr73 on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 07:39:09 AM PDT

  •  Open Source Open Hardware (7+ / 0-)

    Both of those movements also point out the benefits of the Commons and Entrepreneurs working together to strengthen each other.

    A wonderful case in point is the Aurdino. This small micro controller has become the default controller for experimentation simply because it is open. Multiple small companies have formed to support it and these in turn have remained open sourced.

    3d printing is advancing at a rapid pace because the Commons is innovating and creating, Hacker spaces are popping up all over to support the commons. Large companies are opening up their hardware and software to distribute development.

  •  Mondragon Cooperative (5+ / 0-)
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    What you describe works so well that the basic strategy can turn a minority subsistence farming community into a modern industrial powerhouse in under fifty years.

    Mondragon Cooperative

  •  The Library. (7+ / 0-)

    Greatest common we still have, and yet one that Conservatives are dead set on dismantling it through reduction of funding, etc...

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 10:15:31 AM PDT

  •  Hi Cooper. I am interested in this too. (3+ / 0-)
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    You write it out much more coherently than I would. I am coming from a more intuitive direction I think.

    One of the things I have considered is documenting a start up which could be replicated by someone in a different community and sharing it on a site. Another is selling something we all need and use to folks in my neighborhood and then putting that model out there and forming an alliance with people who want to supply the same thing to their neighborhoods. That way we the sellers would have purchasing power in order to keep the prices down which would (I hope) remove the price barrier that might encourage folks to buy from a supermarket. No matter what, I love the idea of sharing the model freely and encouraging others to try it. I think it would be empowering.

    It is sort of like an MLM. The difference is that I am not charging anyone a start up fee. The only way we are attempting to sell to our neighbors is through convincing them that if our price is comparable wouldn't you rather support a neighbor than a corporate entity? We would not be selling them on some dream of making money from their purchases.

    Poverty = politics.

    by Renee on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 11:48:05 AM PDT

    •  You are selling but not on the profit model... (2+ / 0-)
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      More on the co-op model instead!

      Your approach is one aspect of a challenge to corporate capitalism by going local.

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

      by leftyparent on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 12:17:30 PM PDT

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      •  I thought co-ops included member fees and then (0+ / 0-)

        decreased rates for members. Sort of a buying club idea...

        Poverty = politics.

        by Renee on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 12:41:11 PM PDT

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        •  Those are kind of watered down versions (2+ / 0-)
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          I know what you mean about the buying club form of co-op.

          The Mondragon cooperative factory (in Spain, is it?) and a taxi cab company in Madison, WI, are examples of different, perhaps earlier forms, of co-operatives. Those two involve employee ownership of the company and active, involved employee management.

          Since the Mondragon co-op is in Europe, those folks don't have to deal with American attitudes about such things. The folks in Madison, I suspect, may have to be kind of careful about how they describe themselves. If the Madison taxi co-op model caught on in the US, conservatives would start shouting about certain scary "ism" words. The taxi co-op doesn't really fit the model of capitalism that devout conservatives hold dear.  ;)

          Cheers

  •  The problem is that conservatives don't use (1+ / 0-)
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    "entrepreneur" in that manner, they use it more as "baron". Similarly, "cooperatives" are communes - comunist/socialist islands trying to destroy our way of life.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 06:29:25 PM PDT

    •  That is definitely a framing used by many... (0+ / 0-)

      of our comrades on the conservative side of politics.  An "entrepreneur" is any rich person with economic clout who should have power commensurate with one dollar rather than one person one vote.

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

      by leftyparent on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:37:45 AM PDT

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  •  A Couple of Thoughts: (3+ / 0-)
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    1. In response to this:

    As a side note... it is interesting that I struggle to find a female person to put on that list of iconic American entrepreneurs, it is such a male-identified role!  
    Here's somebody who's well worth learning about: Madam C.J. Walker:
    Madam C.J. Walker (December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919), born Sarah Breedlove, was an American businesswoman, entrepreneur and philanthropist, commonly regarded as the first African-American millionaire. She made her fortune by developing and marketing a successful line of beauty and hair products for black women under the company she founded, Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company.
    2.) And in response to this:
    I am trying to synthesize something, using components from both sides, that could be a practical path forward.  My thinking at the moment revolves around some sort of synergy of entrepreneurship with a strong “commons”.
    I think this MAY be part of what you're aiming at:  http://bcorporation.net/...
    What is a B Corp?

    Certified B Corporations are a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

    B Lab, a nonprofit organization, certifies B Corporations, the same way TransFair certifies Fair Trade coffee or USGBC certifies LEED buildings.

    B Corps, unlike traditional businesses:

    1.   Meet comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards;

    2.   Meet higher legal accountability standards;

    3.   Build business constituency for public policies that support sustainable business.

    There are over 500 Certified B Corporations across 60 different industries. From food and apparel for you and your family to attorneys and office supplies for your business, B Corporations are a diverse community with one unifying goal: to redefine success in business.

    Through a company’s public B Impact Report, anyone can access performance data about the social and environmental practices that stand behind their products.

    •  Thanks for your thoughts and references... (0+ / 0-)

      I'll have to explore your link about C.J. Walker.  Glad to be able to put some women on a historical list of entrepreneurs!

      A thanks for the info about B corporations... I had not heard of that.  Are there any that people might generally know?  Or are they generally smaller companies most folks have not heard of?

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

      by leftyparent on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:44:07 AM PDT

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  •  Benjamin Franklin is a great example (1+ / 0-)
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    of someone who was both an entrepreneur and a builder of the commons.  He was a successful businessman, but he also was always trying to start public organizations like postal services, fire departments, or educational institutions for the public welfare.

    My idea is that society should be aiming for a situation where conflict or competition does not destroy the loser.  The loser of a baseball game is not banned from playing again, the loser of an election can run again.  But the current conservative ideal is that it is ok if the loser of economic competition becomes destitute or even homeless.  In our society there is no reason why we have to accept that.

    "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." Bertrand Russell

    by Thutmose V on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 08:26:03 PM PDT

    •  I generally accept competition frame for sport... (0+ / 0-)

      but not applied to real life, tho I know that many other folks do think of life in terms of a competition.  

      I think continuing Calvinist ideals play into this too, equating economic failure with immorality.

      Appreciate your thoughts wrestling with the concept of competition, which I wrestle a lot with myself!

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

      by leftyparent on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:48:32 AM PDT

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  •  Your solution doesn't address root of the problem (1+ / 0-)
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    Your problem is that you have adopted the conservative framing of the debate. It has you playing defense, so that you are distracted from the real argument. Bringing up obvious examples such as public roads, public schools, variations on 'common good' philosophy as solutions, etc. - these things do not strike at the heart of the conservative argument. It is the rebuttal that they are expecting from you - they are already two steps ahead to counter your argument.

    The rhetoric that we are all 'rugged individualists' who are 'on our own' is purely marketing. It 'sounds' like common sense and 'feels' good and responsible. It is designed to instill a gut feeling of pride and patriotism.

    The real debate is that these politicians and ideologues themselves do not practice it in reality.  We're all familiar with the countless examples of 'Red State Socialism' and corporate welfare that the Right engages in and have lobbed such accusations at them.

    However, we're still missing the target.

    You see - when they sell 'self made, rugged individualist' ideology, has the effect of getting voters to consent to their privatization agenda. To them,  'privatization' conveys a continuation of their feel-good 'rugged individualist' theme. Yet, many examples of what they argue is 'privatization' is an illusion.  

    As an example - when a Republican politician cuts public sector or government jobs, and either subsidizes them or gives them a tax break on a promise to 'create jobs', the Right STILL erroneously considers these trickle-down beneficiaries to be self-made and independent of the government, simply because they are perceived as 'private' entities operating in a free market.

    But how can that be? Our tax dollars are still subsidizing employment as well as the private business itself - so they aren't exactly self-made and independent, right?

    What we actually have in reality is a competing collectivist or socialistic vision that is veiled in an false impression of feel good, privatized, free market capitalism.

    The Left's problem is that they have never effectively articulated this reality that is at the heart of the conservative vision. Until this false illusion of self-made individualism is properly destroyed, they will continue to 'feel' as if they are on the right side of the debate.

    •  oops (0+ / 0-)

      that should read :

      when a Republican politician cuts public sector or government jobs, and outsources them to a private entity, and/or  subsidizes them or gives them a tax break on a promise to 'create jobs'

    •  Point taken.... (0+ / 0-)

      I'll have to think about that and reevaluate my position.

      I think of my take as coming from what I would call a more left-libertarian position which emphasizes freedom beyond institutional control, including the freedom of enterprise.  My take is that the conventional positions on both the left and right are both based on models for top-down societal control, just using different mechanisms and managed by different elites.

      For example, in education it seems that both progressives and conservatives believe in a standardized state-controlled education system but disagree on the details of curriculum and the position of teachers within that control model.  I reject the whole control model.

      Would you say with ed policy progressives have bought into a conservative framing?

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

      by leftyparent on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 11:05:41 AM PDT

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