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Left-Right Terminology Doesn't Work, Time for a new Paradigm

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The question we should ponder is whether an economy is healthy if 1% of the population owns 99% of the wealth. We're not there yet, but we're relentlessly heading in that direction under both parties. If you agree that this level of inequality is not healthy, then the public conversation we need to have is how to correct our unhealthy system.  As the Chinese Proverb says, "If you don't change direction, you're likely to end up where you're headed." But we can't have an honest and productive conversation if some of the people in the conversation have been bribed.

The current situation is a lot like an incurable and fatal disease due to a virus which attacks a host person. The virus thrives and multiplies in its greed, but eventually it kills the host, and then the virus dies as well. The south-wing is destroying our country (and eventually will destroy themselves) by their myopic greed - the classic case of "killing the goose that lays the golden eggs".

Politicians

Neither Bush nor Obama has done anything substantive to clean up Wall Street, and if Romney is elected, we can be sure he will do nothing as well.  All have accepted huge amounts of money from Wall Street sources, so it should be no surprise that it's "business as usual". Clinton championed the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act to pay back Wall Street for their contributions. Thus, the last three Presidents (in fact, most of the presidents for the past 50+ years), as well as most of Congress and the Supreme Court would be regarded as in the south-wing, and thus, against us.

On the other hand, there are a few politicians who are north-wing, and thus are worthy of support. They are willing to speak out for us in spite of the culture of bribery.  For instance, Dennis Kucinich and Bernie Sanders on the left, and Ron Paul on the right are north-wing.

Organizations


Both the Tea Party and Occupy were originally populist movements. But thanks to the mainstream media, casual observers might think there's a world of difference between the two organizations. The Tea Party is right-wing, and Occupy is left-wing, and never the twain shall meet.

However, the basis of the Tea Party, for at least the members who don't merely parrot what corporate news tells them to think, was a reaction to corporate and governmental control and perceived over-taxation. Occupy too was a reaction against corporate and Wall Street control of our government and us. Unfortunately, the Tea Party has been co-opted by the south-wing and has been turned into another organization promoting the agenda of corporations. The individual members and supporters of the Tea Party may be very sincere, and think they are supporting a north-wing organization, but they are unaware that they are merely being used by the south-wing.

If we plot the two groups (Occupy, and the original Tea Party) on the new spectrum, we find that both groups lie on the same side - that of the north-wing - populism. But the corporate media is desperate to keep the two groups as antagonists - divide and conquer. The "co-opt and redirect" approach has worked against the Tea Party, but has failed against Occupy.  Thus, Occupy is still north-wing, but the Tea Party has become fundamentally south-wing.

Other "astro-turf" organizations (faux populist organizations), such as American Future Funds, Freedom Works, and Crossroads GPS, are quite effective in giving the appearance of being north-wing, but in fact, they are organized, controlled, and directed by the south-wing.

Great Minds Think Alike

Perhaps as a result of the "Hundredth Monkey Effect", as I was composing this article, I ran across a piece by Kenneth LaFave titled "Left, Right, Left, Right".  His article is targeting the same issue but from different perspective.

This is an idea whose time has come. Let's start using this new terminology.

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its wage earners v, capital and big corps that is ... by Kent Welton on Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 11:42:36 AM
That feels like a better division but being called... by Lexi Mize on Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 4:09:24 PM
I considered for awhile the 99/1 terminology, but ... by Paul Kinzelman on Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 5:50:09 PM
The "Inner Circle of Our Society" and the "Outer C... by Daniel Penisten on Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 11:54:02 PM
Maybe some kind of globalistic configuration? More... by Daniel Penisten on Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 12:01:50 AM
I don't think we want to fight the civil war again... by David Zhavah on Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 11:45:42 AM
North = industrialists, South = poor farmers, at l... by Lexi Mize on Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 3:55:53 PM
Whether you like it or not (and I certainly don't)... by Paul Kinzelman on Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 5:53:34 PM
There's an article titled How the Old South vs Nor... by E. J. N. on Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 5:09:11 PM
You seem to be forgetting that I picked the north-... by Paul Kinzelman on Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 6:02:09 PM
However, while the north-south terminology can be ... by E. J. N. on Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 9:20:00 PM
I think you're detouring off into the weeds trying... by Paul Kinzelman on Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 10:37:15 PM
Regarding the Second Amendment, that was apparentl... by E. J. N. on Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 2:00:55 PM
That sounds great, but how would you go about it? ... by Paul Kinzelman on Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 2:43:32 PM
...they are and vote not for them. ... by Daniel Penisten on Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 12:12:52 AM
But corporate news (which most people mistakenly t... by Paul Kinzelman on Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 8:48:17 AM
I'll just quote excerpts from the article that inc... by E. J. N. on Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 8:28:53 PM
But the devil would be in the details of implement... by Paul Kinzelman on Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 10:22:46 PM
The Executive Council (of six men and six women) w... by E. J. N. on Sunday, Jul 29, 2012 at 2:21:40 PM
> The Executive Council (of six men and six wom... by Paul Kinzelman on Sunday, Jul 29, 2012 at 3:21:33 PM
But seriously, as I said: "Of course they would al... by E. J. N. on Sunday, Jul 29, 2012 at 5:03:38 PM
If you look at The People's Campaign for Reformati... by E. J. N. on Sunday, Jul 29, 2012 at 2:28:36 PM
I suggest using Peacenik and Warmonger .  ... by Anton Grambihler on Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 6:27:02 PM
Those terms, while accurate, just seem kind of bla... by Paul Kinzelman on Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 10:00:58 PM
Although your observations are correct. The cause ... by Arend Rietkerk on Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 7:00:47 PM
Economy and civics classes are one of the first th... by Paul Kinzelman on Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 10:13:40 PM
I forgot the other problem with the bourgoise/prol... by Paul Kinzelman on Sunday, Jul 29, 2012 at 3:15:11 PM