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Posted by Karen Lehrke
Written By Barry Ritholtz
The Left Right Paradigm is Over: Its You vs. Corporations
Every generation or so, a major secular shift takes place that shakes up the existing paradigm. It happens in industry, finance, literature, sports, manufacturing, technology, entertainment, travel, communication, etc.
I would like to discuss the paradigm shift that is occurring in politics.
For a long time, American politics has been defined by a Left/Right dynamic. It was Liberals versus Conservatives on a variety of issues. Pro-Life versus Pro-Choice, Tax Cuts vs. More Spending, Pro-War vs Peaceniks, Environmental Protections vs. Economic Growth, Pro-Union vs. Union-Free, Gay Marriage vs. Family Values, School Choice vs. Public Schools, Regulation vs. Free Markets.
The new dynamic, however, has moved past the old Left Right paradigm. We now live in an era defined by increasing Corporate influence and authority over the individual. These two “interest groups” – I can barely suppress snorting derisively over that phrase – have been on a headlong collision course for decades, which came to a head with the financial collapse and bailouts. Where there is massive concentrations of wealth and influence, there will be abuse of power. The Individual has been supplanted in the political process nearly entirely by corporate money, legislative influence, campaign contributions, even free speech rights.
This may not be a brilliant insight, but it is surely an overlooked one. It is now an Individual vs. Corporate debate – and the Humans are losing.
• Many of the regulations that govern energy and banking sector were written by Corporations;
• The biggest influence on legislative votes is often Corporate Lobbying;
• Corporate ability to extend copyright far beyond what original protections amounts to a taking of public works for private corporate usage;
• PAC and campaign finance by Corporations has supplanted individual donations to elections;
• The individuals’ right to seek redress in court has been under attack for decades, limiting their options.
• DRM and content protection undercuts the individual’s ability to use purchased content as they see fit;
• Patent protections are continually weakened. Deep pocketed corporations can usurp inventions almost at will;
• The Supreme Court has ruled that Corporations have Free Speech rights equivalent to people; (So much for original intent!)
None of these are Democrat/Republican conflicts, but rather, are corporate vs. individual issues.
For those of you who are stuck in the old Left/Right debate, you are missing the bigger picture. Consider this about the Bailouts: It was a right-winger who bailed out all of the big banks, Fannie Mae, and AIG in the first place; then his left winger successor continued to pour more money into the fire pit.
What difference did the Left/Right dynamic make? Almost none whatsoever.
Looking back a couple days to a report put out by CNN stating that despite the number of days worked, it has very little accomplishments to show for this time spent. I do not think a deep or intense level of analysis is needed, as most see Congress in the news daily without any real results.
Granted the House and Senate may have spent in excess (not spending this time) days in session, respectively, but have only passed 132 out of thousands of measures introduced. Really, did we need thousands of new laws and regulations passed? If so, who was to profit, not we the people? They have not even been able to pass a budget, no that is the intersection of Dysfunction Junction!
Published on May 30, 2012 by Folkvar2012
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There are occasions that I like to look back at and share information that is basic and that I normally assume to be in the general knowledge. Sadly, I am reminded often through posts read and conversations that this is not the case. Life evolves in a circular fashion. and this is only visible if one can see the past to see the patterns.
Once again we see the potential for history to repeat. Nothing is a given as long as we have an opportunity to divert the natural flow of progress from one stage to the next. Consider what you see and know today, reflect back to earlier eras, then make educated decisions on that basis. Simplicity is the core, while confusion, distraction and division are the goals of the governmental controlled main stream media.
To my knowledge one Constitution was written by or founding fathers. Not a right verses left version, white verses black version or even a this religion verses that religion version.
We The People should appreciate our differences as that is what makes us all unique and focus on the similarities. That is a We The People focus that will join masses to collaborate forces for good verses focusing on differences to only alienate and divide us as a people.
Back to basics, the building blocks of knowledge needed to focus. Without knowledge of were we are, were we should be, the direction we are going and the potential of were we could most likely end up, how do we determine what action is needed?