I interviewed Andrew Bard Schmookler on February 23rd, 2013. This is part one of a two part interview.
Thanks to Don Caldarazzo for doing the transcript.
Rob Kall: And welcome to the Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio
Show, WNJC 1360 AM, sponsored by Opednews.com , reaching South
Jersey and metro Philly. My guest tonight is Andrew Bard Schmookler. He's an author, a speaker, a radio show host,
and a recent candidate for Congress.
He's been writing for Opednews for a long time, and I'm finally getting
around to having him on the show, because he wrote something today that just
really grabbed me and the whole idea of what Bottom Up Radio is all about --
talking about how Republicans are hierarchical.
Good to have you on the show, Andy!
Schmookler: Thank you Rob, thank you very
much! What I'm saying is that the
culture in which the Republicans are operating is a historically hierarchical
culture, and that's reflected in the Republican Party, and that's part of how
Rob Kall: And?
Tell us more about that. First of
all, what do you mean when you say that their culture is hierarchical?
Schmookler: First of all, I should maybe
tell folks - I have deep roots in Philly, I'm living on a ridge in the western
edge of Shenandoah Valley. The seat I
ran for Congress for is the 6th District in Virginia, which is the
most Republican District in the State of Virginia. I'm surrounded by people, and have talked on
the radio for twenty years with the people, who make up this political culture. So I know a little bit about the ethic which
has, through the generation over the centuries, developed in the South, and I
see how Republicans have been exploiting it.
Rob Kall: How is that culture hierarchical?
Schmookler: Well, there is an ethic that
those who are lower down in the hierarchy, it's not their job to question or
challenge those in positions acknowledged as leadership. You're supposed to respect, heed, defer to,
and obey authority. That's what a
hierarchical society, how it is organized.
That has great virtues, but it also has some inherent vulnerabilities,
and in our time we're seeing those vulnerabilities being exploited.
Rob Kall: How is that different than Democrats?
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more detailed bio:
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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