February 12, 2009
-- by Dave Johnson
This post originally appeared at Speak Out California
After decades of anti-government speeches claiming that government holds back business, government takes money out of the economy and government is less efficient than corporations, people came to believe that, as Ronald Reagan famously said, "Government is the problem, not the solution." This led to deregulation and budget cutbacks in all areas including education and infrastructure.
If you think about it, government really is what We, the People want it to be. In a democracy we jointly make decisions about the best way to manage our affairs. So saying that corporations do things better is really an anti-democracy message. What they are saying is that organizations run by a few wealthy elites telling everyone else what to do, with the benefits of everyone's work mostly going to those few at the top, is a better way to manage society than to have everyone making the decisions and sharing in the results.
As the financial crisis hits, and the fabric of that pro-big business philosophy is shredding the fabric of our society, we can see clearly just how foolish and destructive the right-wing machine has been to our economic, social and political values. (Not to mention cutting off peanut processing plant regulation and inspection, leading to the current situation of 9 dead and hundreds seriously ill across the country. This is just ONE more example of the consequences of right-wing policies.)
Alone those lines, here is an interesting video, making fun of some of the anti-government propaganda we have heard over the last few decades:
Click through to Speak Out California
Posted by Dave Johnson at February 12, 2009 1:45 PM
I think that restoring trust in the government is essential - because without that the government's hands will be tied. I feel really inspired after reading an essay called Capturing Democracy’s Surge in the book Thinking Big. The 2008 election was a landmark in the success of democracy, and I think it’s so important we continue the push for responsible citizenship in the United States. I think the government needs to be put back in place as an agent for change, and that the citizens need expanded involvement in all legislation. I like the idea from Thinking Big about re-introducing citizenship classes into the public school curriculum - and establishing government organizations like an office of civic participation. Without targeted change people are much more likely to be swayed by the ridiculous fear and hatred of the idea of government.
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