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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".


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.

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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.


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.

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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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