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There is an old adage is that there are two sources of political power: organized money and organized people. The Right has almost unlimited oceans of money and organization.
The Progressive Movement needs to organize people in numbers far far greater than we’ve done to date. I’m going to argue this: That in order to organize and engage the masses of people we need, progressives have to expand their notions of what makes people tick, of what they need, of what they value and long for----from a simplistic liberal emphasis on economic justice and equity to a broader view of human needs that include needs for recognition, meaning, connectedness, and agency.
Bruce Springsteen’s music and his performances do just that. They suggest the possibility of a relationship with oneself, with others, and with the social world that elicit and cherish just these kinds of values and needs in his audience.
the best aspects of that America are being allowed to wither away. Her first book offered an often-flattering juxtaposition of the Western literary ethos of personal liberty against the totalitarian fundamentalism of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Here, however, is where Nafisi calls Americans — left and right — to account for abandoning a glorious cultural legacy to wallow in materialism, narcissism and groupthink.
LOL You seriously don't know about the economic concept of "creative destruction"? Or how hedge funds, investment bankers, foreign exchange firms, and vulture capitalists work? There are plenty of different business practices that support what I said. And if I was a heartless person, I'd be doing this stuff instead of warning people about it.
"Here, however, is where Nafisi calls Americans — left and right — to account for abandoning a glorious cultural legacy to wallow in materialism, narcissism and groupthink."
originally posted by: Moegotti
I believe the core of progressiveness is to take from the top and give to the bottom (pun intended). Fiscally they advocate taking money from the rich to give to poor. They advocate raising min wage, taking from consumers and business to give to the lowest wage earners. Take traditional marriage and bestow it upon two dudes.
Pretty easy to see how that contradicts American ideals like freedom and independence.
No chance can a progressive be a patriot.
originally posted by: seagull
a reply to: enlightenedservant
Good for you!
If more people were like you, getting involved in the world around them, gee, maybe the situation wouldn't have arisen in the first place...