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by rob kall

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. I think we can do it while separating out the baby from the bathwater. There are a number of reasons to look at reasons to oppose government that could be used by the left. 


I believe that there will be 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. 

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At the least, 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. 

In the past, the right has been very effective at marginalizing or neutralizing language the left has used. Smart use of progressive anti-government framing could weaken, or even take the whole anti-government meme away from the right and teapartiers. 

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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. 


Here's a list of some aspects of government that Progressives already oppose. 
Let's start with the easier stuff. 

-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

-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

-a redistricting system that allows outrageously uneven, unfair, undemocratic gerrymandering. 

-Money that buys politicians way into government with the help of billionaires and massive businesses. 

-Lifetime appointments for Supreme Court Justices

-a two party duopoly political system which has made it extremely difficult for third parties and third party candidates 

-a two party duopoly that makes incumbents almost entirely safe when it comes to primaries. 

-government secrecy, opacity, abuse of top-secret classifications.

-privatization of the commons-- selling out resources and functions of our nation that should be owned and run by government rather than handed over to private companies which, overall have a history of law and regulation avoidance or breaking as well exploitation that is not in the interest of the public. 

-weak, corrupted government regulations. One of the main purposes of government is to create regulations, laws and enforcers to protect the people from the predatory behaviors of corporations and the rich and powerful, where it is far more likely to find the worst white collar narcissistic and psychopathic harmful behaviors. 

This is just a beginning, an off-the-top-of-my-head list of objectionable aspects of government, as it now operates, that I believe most progressives would agree with. I think that some of these might also resonate with other political ideologies, and perhaps with different church groups and religious organizations. 




 

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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Progressives should not follow hypocrisy. It is &n... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 4:22:12 PM
How do you make sure that you have good people in ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 5:11:05 PM
Seversl things:1. No money into voting- same fundi... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 5:20:31 PM
Good ideas.I also have a problem with states havin... by David Vicks on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 2:34:46 AM
You know, I agree, sorta ..and yet, it has seemed ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 12:48:40 PM
Yeah I see your point.Having states with different... by David Vicks on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 5:09:51 PM
What you're pointing out David is the value of com... by June Genis on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 10:58:30 AM
Yes your right.And I can see how the first states ... by David Vicks on Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 at 2:14:11 AM
So, you didn't bother taking a few minutes to look... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 10:22:31 AM
Mark, you routinely make links in comments that fo... by Rob Kall on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 11:26:50 AM
Usually, I use a link to go into the explanation b... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 12:35:07 PM
Unfortunately, the right to present evidence to a ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 12:44:03 PM
I guess we can sort  it all out later:Power c... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 3:00:03 PM
Ideally everybody would be informed and everybody ... by David Vicks on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 2:24:03 AM
I think most of this is spot on!I would be a littl... by Scott Baker on Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 4:27:52 PM
I'm sure many here are aware of this, but if any r... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 12:38:52 PM
The green party and the justice parties are much m... by David Vicks on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 5:24:34 PM
Though the details would take an article to explai... by George Flower on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 3:24:30 PM
Just a couple of thoughts-- less government = fewe... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 7:06:06 PM
I do not believe Rob's article mentioned doing awa... by M.I. Lee on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 5:05:08 PM
I don't know how you got the impression that I was... by Kim Cassidy on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 6:40:04 PM
First, the conservatives want to pass themselves o... by Darren Wolfe on Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 8:24:14 PM
Good one.However, once upon a time, Progressives w... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 10:18:18 AM
HA!That would be me :PI didn't become a Satanist, ... by Julian Lobato on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 11:12:11 AM
The problem is that we have too much bad governmen... by Don Smith on Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 9:38:56 PM
Good point Don, I agree --  fighting against ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 12:55:47 PM
One reason there are so many problems to point out... by Philip Zack on Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 11:46:05 PM
Moving Forward, Zeitgeist 3 offers a glimpse at wh... by Julian Lobato on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 11:15:54 AM
While I agree with most of what you have said, esp... by Truth Will Prevail on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 1:36:12 PM
True, they could come out of the chaos even strong... by Philip Zack on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 8:06:10 PM
Love your comment, gave a thumbs up. However,... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 7:44:17 PM
When you say "Collapse" I wonder exactly what you ... by David Vicks on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 1:51:13 AM
Ref: Should-Progressives-TakeIf Progressives had A... by Paul J. Landis on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 1:49:10 AM
Good list.Also you can add a government telling a ... by David Vicks on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 2:12:41 AM
Oops I said "get rid" of instead "keep or create" ... by David Vicks on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 2:41:14 AM
First, these anti-government billionaires don'... by Dennis Kaiser on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 7:36:01 AM
How to Overthrow Corporate Rule in 5 Not-so-easy ... by Ethan Hollow on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 7:48:31 AM
Liberal democratic and republican rule fails for ... by Ethan Hollow on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 7:56:32 AM
Agree completely. ... by Georgianne Nienaber on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 9:16:12 AM
Let's see...what was omitted from Kall's list?HOW ... by Shireen Parsons on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 9:24:53 AM
By all means and while you are at it, why don't we... by Rod Rylander on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 9:36:46 AM
actually, I really like that idea. Why not take as... by Rob Kall on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 6:47:50 PM
How about starting two campaigns, even parties:1) ... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 7:35:21 PM
Here's my current opinion: Top down approaches ser... by Kim Cassidy on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 7:01:13 PM
To clarify, by "top", I mean the 1%. Those really ... by Kim Cassidy on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 7:08:07 PM
I'm really surprised that you, Rob, of all people ... by Ed Lytwak on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 9:42:49 AM
Most of these are legitimate complaints, but where... by Ralph Demers on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 9:44:47 AM
No. This is a terrible idea.Progressives should NO... by Linda Milazzo on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 9:54:05 AM
We're might disagree on this one. But my intention... by Rob Kall on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 7:03:31 PM
I am getting a better idea of where you are headed... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 7:19:26 PM
Amazingly, we already have laws requiring governme... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 10:55:48 AM
More unfortunately, people tend to rely on attorne... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 10:57:17 AM
What is needed is a statute for misprision of cons... by Rob Hager on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 9:18:17 PM
We should cap defense spending at half its current... by Ralph Demers on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 10:05:40 AM
HALF???  Too much.  I vote for 1/100th.... by Jill Herendeen on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 5:14:22 PM
The problem with the idea on a first blush basis i... by janet O'Connell on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 10:15:36 AM
What do you suggest we say if we don't "anti-MEME"... by David Vicks on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 5:38:58 PM
I am not sure that the rule is not to use the othe... by Rob Kall on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 12:11:56 PM
The federal government assiduously cultivates acri... by John Pepper on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 11:15:55 AM
The federal government is not the primary divider ... by Linda Milazzo on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 11:36:44 AM
Thanks Rob,When the big Duh-bya ran roughshod over... by Julian Lobato on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 11:29:42 AM
Yes!  And the Military/Industrial complex, of... by Ralph Demers on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 11:53:54 AM
"Owning our government!"  I like that phrase.... by Rob Kall on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 6:53:14 PM
Government used to be for the people, for the comm... by Rob Kall on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 11:51:19 AM
Wow, Rob, you're starting to sound like me! :-) He... by Darren Wolfe on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 12:44:01 PM
japan has laws against militarization. Maybe that'... by Rob Kall on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 1:47:49 PM
Unfortunately, Rob, much of the problem IS the ant... by Linda Milazzo on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 1:55:01 PM
The Constitution does not block good governance.&n... by George Flower on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 4:39:25 PM
The constitution created the senate-- an archaic, ... by Rob Kall on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 6:57:13 PM
Gerrymandering and most the issues listed in the s... by George Flower on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 1:44:17 AM
However, with direct election of Senators the Sena... by Darren Wolfe on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 5:58:55 AM
For many years I have been a strong proponent of t... by M.I. Lee on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 6:10:26 PM
Frederick Douglass: "If the American governmen... by George Flower on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 1:03:29 AM
Yes we need good Government, which will not happen... by Michael Dewey on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 5:52:45 PM
Good govt is a fantasy. Some are obviously worse t... by Darren Wolfe on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 6:08:47 AM
200 million not just 200... by Darren Wolfe on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 6:18:54 AM
How about the phrase "The People's Representa... by David Vicks on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 5:48:42 PM
Scratch the second one... now that I think about i... by David Vicks on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 2:10:55 AM
I love it. Where do I buy the t-shirt?One of the t... by Tsara Shelton on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 12:17:00 PM
Great thought.  If you would be interested in... by George Flower on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 4:57:42 PM
Well done. I am posting this on my Facebook page. ... by Dan Cooper on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 1:48:31 PM
Is it truly the size of government or who is p... by frang on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 7:54:30 PM
The real problem is dilution of interest.  As... by June Genis on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 11:16:24 AM
EntitlementYes I hate that word because it stands ... by David Vicks on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 10:31:59 PM
I believe most libertarians would support nearly a... by Maxwell on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 10:45:02 AM
Rob, this is brilliant! As a registered Independen... by M.I. Lee on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 4:42:36 PM
Progressives are the real "Libertarians", after al... by Anthony Kalamar on Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 at 1:26:52 AM
  Sir,  Not even now, when a signif... by Ad Du on Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 at 11:19:08 AM