by rob kall
I'm watching Bill Maher. It's a great example of how the media
ignores the big problems and wastes its attention on details. Yes,
we need to spend some time on current events, like the shutdown,
but it is ESSENTIAL that we keep the important issues in the
The big problems are
-an intentionally broken election system that is not designed
to maximize democracy. And the five corporate whores in the supreme
court are going to make it worse, very soon. Those five will end up
going down in history as turncoat traitors to
-laws that give corporations powers and influence they should
not have, which should be erased. Start with corporate personhood,
corporate welfare and attacks on reasonable regulations, like
Glass-Steagall-- which Democrat Bill Clinton helped to
-a system that creates dynasties and individuals who are
dangerously, destructively rich and powerful. We need to pass laws
that make it illegal to accumulate such wealth, in excess of half a
billion dollars. No person needs to privately own a work of art or
a home or a yacht that costs over $100 million.
-an economy that worships big, top-down powers, creating a
system that is destructive, parasitic and unsustainable. We need a
science of small, that develops business models that prevent
companies from getting too big, while exploiting the power of
shared use of resources.
-Fixing and protecting government. Government is a necessary
part of any large, civilized "state." It creates and
maintains regulations that protects the people from predators--
corporations and sociopaths-- though they often overlap. Government
also protects and maintains the health of the commons. But some
aspects of government are broken and out of control, particularly
the military, intelligence/security, the FDA, the food safety and
-Shifting from a Top-down system of operating this country,
including massively destructive programs like globalization
enabling trade agreements (NAFTA, CAFTA, TPP,) centralized economic
approaches, even centrallized, top-down charitable approaches like
Microsoft founder, Bill Gates has implemented. There are bottom-up
approaches which support local communities and get the money
spread in a fare smarter, fairer, more effective way.
-Strengthening and protecting the fourth estate-- the media--
and threats also come from people like Diane Feinstein, who would
only treat mainstream media employees as legitimate journalists. We
need to come up with new financial models that provide pay
for investigative journalists. I think crowd funding could help AND
government funding with crowd designation of use of funds could
These issues may not have the sexy sizzle that Miley Cyrus and
the Ted Cruz sponsored shutdown have, but THEY are the battlelines
where the future of American justice and democracy are being
Rob Kall is executive editor, publisher and website architect of OpEdNews.com, Host of the Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show (WNJC 1360 AM), and publisher of Storycon.org, President of Futurehealth, Inc, and an inventor . He is also published regularly on the Huffingtonpost.com
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