Progressives and Conservatives: Can Share the Anti-Government Meme?
|November 23, 2013||Posted by Staff under Editorials|
It’s usually right wingers– Republicans and Libertarians who take stances opposing government. This anti-government stance has become a meme that many moderates are embracing.
Maybe it’s time for people on the left to take their own stance criticizing government and own the meme.
Most on the left oppose too-big-to-fail corporations. Perhaps we need to look at ways to de-centralize government and shrink aspects of it that become so big they are not longer manageable or accountable. If we take on government, it may be easier to take on too-big corporations as well.
There are a number of issues that progressives may find common cause with those in the middle and on the right– which may give us the leverage to make major change happen.
- The Patriot Act — a huge danger to democracy and the freedoms guaranteed by the constitution and its amendments.
- a bloated, uncontrollable, unaccountable military
- a bloated uncontrollable, unaccountable security/intelligence
- a congress that a massive majority of Americans are disgusted with, which has surrendered its power to the White House and the Supreme Court [and Federal Reserve]
- laws that people who don’t harm any person or property criminals, like marijuana possession laws.
- a prison system that is bloated and unaccountable
- militarization of the police, moving towards a police state, where police and prison guards can literally kill without any worry of having to be accountable
- government regulatory agencies thoroughly corrupted through the appointment of agency directors and staffers with deep, long-term, conflict-of-interest ties to the industries they are supposed to regulate
- an executive branch that has grabbed and amassed a record level of power
- lifetime appointments for Supreme Court Justices
It could give progressive candidates a way to tap the power of the anti-government meme in a way that is synergistic with progressive values and goals. So much of how we make change happen is based on the framing, the narrative and stories we tell.
Ed. Notes: Left and Right might also agree on repealing counterproductive taxes and wasteful spending. Some even appreciate the notion of commons and replacing welfare for rich and poor with a dividend to citizens from the worth of Earth, society’s surplus, making it our common wealth. Geonomics for everyone!