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The grassroots are connected in new ways, like never before. Glen Beck's madness can be reinforced on right wing blogs and media sites. Tea partier activities can be shared by listserves and e-mail blasts, whereas in the past, it took money and much more time for bulk mailing via the post office, by conservatives like Richard Viguerie, to get the word out.

The grass roots are the ultimate "bottom" and they have more bottom-up power than perhaps any time in history. But they can be influenced, aggregated, coalesced and whipped up by top-down powers, forces and entities. Top-down groups that thought they had control of bottom-up groups and energies will more and more find that they have created powerful new coalitions that they have little or no power over. It's unlikely this will stop top-down organizations from creating, encouraging or exploiting these groups. But it will, or at least should get them to change their expectations and the way they handle these forces of nature that are no longer in their control.

That doesn't seem to be happening with the Republican party today. It may be because the forces of wildness-- Limbaugh, Beck, Palin and their imitators-- have become more powerful than any of the top-down leaders, like Michael Steele, who in some ways, has echoed the sentiments and messages that have emerged from the grassroots teapartiers.

What happens when the bottom causes the top to adopt its ideas and issues? Sometimes craziness, but sometimes democracy, and maybe even elected officials actually representing the true interests and concerns of their constituents. Or those elected officials could just represent the loudest voices. That's also a bottom up consideration. Squeaky wheels will always get the grease.
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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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Even the biggest believers can't believe their eye... by Steven G. Erickson on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 8:03:38 AM
... for it is no "man" at all.Rather, it is a supe... by David Kendall on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 5:09:16 PM
"The Democratic party has moved to the right and t... by Maxwell on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 8:04:59 AM
<Sat Nov 07, 2009 at 09:22:55 PM PST We had a t... by janet o'connell on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 8:16:18 AM
What the Republican Party relies on is the stupidi... by Angel Ocasio on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 8:21:39 AM
...is also being able to pull off a lot of vote-co... by Jill Herendeen on Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009 at 10:01:04 AM
It would serve the Republicans right if the monste... by robert braunstein on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 8:56:01 AM
Kall, do you get paid for writing this tripe? 'Cau... by Phil Weingart on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 10:20:06 AM
well and modestly written.... by robert braunstein on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 10:57:51 AM
... by David Kendall on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 3:55:19 PM
It's easy to call names. Let's see a sample of you... by John Lorenz on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 12:48:37 PM
Rob, the crazy "grassroots" on the right, is less ... by Frank Rommey on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 10:30:30 AM
They all lost my vote years and years ago.[[vote]]... by Michael Dewey on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 10:41:49 AM
....out there on the left and the right. Though I ... by Michael Shaw on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 11:23:19 AM
You got that right Michael Shaw. I feel the same w... by Michael Dewey on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 12:23:55 PM
Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dee being abandoned? Abou... by Carol Crown on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 11:30:26 AM
I QuickLinked David Sirota's interview with PBS's ... by Margaret Bassett on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 12:06:00 PM
There is diversity in the Republican Party, in spi... by John Sanchez Jr. on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 1:12:40 PM
Yes, Rob, there is some "bottom-up" activism in Ph... by Paul Roden on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 2:28:54 PM
Rob Kall's article in which he states that Republi... by Richard Hirschhorn on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 2:34:56 PM
I was primarily citing Krugman on that. But I'm su... by Rob Kall on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 2:58:44 PM
There is not one iota of truth in the contention t... by Richard Hirschhorn on Thursday, Nov 12, 2009 at 2:06:01 PM
I gave washington a warning several months ba... by Larry Monks on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 3:31:29 PM
Hmm, as well as they eat, they should taste pretty... by Ginger McClemons on Saturday, Nov 14, 2009 at 10:59:55 AM
Neofascist garbage like this needs to be washed in... by Ed Encho on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 4:50:54 PM
I can only speak for myself, but I am angry and my... by shirley reese on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 5:45:16 PM
Rob,Who are the 4 percent who won't be covered and... by Marta Steele on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 9:30:37 PM
Just a few quick thoughts: 1) Thanks for not using... by AJ Villalba on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 10:52:35 PM
Sorry AJ, you can't sell that here. The teabaggers... by Ed Encho on Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009 at 4:57:52 AM
Since the fat cats pull the strings in both partie... by Jason Paz on Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009 at 5:35:59 AM
I'm not crazy enough to lock horns with Paul Krugm... by Perry Logan on Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009 at 12:34:24 PM
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The tea baggers are consistent. They Don't care ab... by robert braunstein on Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009 at 6:20:41 PM
They've been appealing to the worst instincts of A... by Bill Samuel on Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009 at 8:01:27 PM
have no idea what is going on within their own gov... by Ginger McClemons on Saturday, Nov 14, 2009 at 1:13:08 PM