THE MODERN UTOPIAN

GOVERNMENT IS NOT THE PROBLEM

How the government is run is the problem.

FIRST STEP:   Time to aggressively counter the right wing mantra  ("government is the problem") by explaining to everyone in every way what the government does right.  Whenever a piece of legislation passes that provides benefits to the people, explain and promote the fact that only government could do this, not the private sector.

 

 

Tell me.  Why would anyone vote for someone who believes that "government is the problem" (circa Ronald Reagan)?    

These are the people who want to create a "self-fulfilling prophecy". 

You want the government to be a problem?

Place roadblocks on its effective functioning.   Make it operate as poorly as possible so that you can prove you are right.

Andrew Kimbrell explains there are 5 "roadblocks" to creating an effective government:

1) The myth that "small government" is better.  Today, our society and the world we live in is  very complex. We can no longer return to a 19th century agrarian world, no matter how much we think it was ideal.

2) The myth of the "free market".   The word "free" is indesputable. We all want to be free.  Still, there are people and groups that will abuse that freedom to the detriment of others and the society in which we live.  Greed must have its limits.

3) The myth that healthcare is a commodity for sale to those who can afford it.  Health care is a privilege, not a right. Can't afford it? There is an alternative: disease and death.

4) The myth of how to counter terrorism. Invading countries and fighting land wars and overthrowing dictators does not work. Terrorist live everywhere and can fight us without the aid  of a country or a dictator.  We fight them with Special Forces,  not troops and tanks.

5) The myth that Global Warming (climate change) is not real, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.  Not dealing with it is  not a problem?  Each year we see the effects of this phenomenon and it is not looking good.

THE FREE MARKET?

What They Don’t Tell You: The free market doesn’t exist. Every market has some rules and boundaries that restrict freedom of choice. A market looks free only because we so unconditionally accept its underlying restrictions that we fail   to see them.

How 'free' a market is cannot be objectively defined. It is a political definition. The usual claim by free-market economists that they are trying to defend the market from politically motivated interference by the government is false. Government is always involved and those free-marketeers   are as politically motivated as anyone. Overcoming the myth that there is such a thing as an objectively defined ‘free market’ is the first step towards understanding capitalism." 
       - Ha-Joon Chang's "23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism"

IDEOLOGY TRUMPS REASON
"Just a few years ago, a powerful ideology – the belief in   free and unfettered markets – brought the world to the brink of ruin...
"I was among those who hoped that, somehow, the financial crisis would teach Americans (and others) a lesson about the need for greater equality, stronger regulation, and a better balance between the market and government. 
    Alas, that has not been the case. On the contrary, a resurgence of right-wing economics, driven, as always,        by ideology and special interests, once again threatens the  global economy.  
          - Joseph E. Stiglitz, Project Syndicate in Truthout.org

 

Government intrusion into people's personal lives. How does this square with the ideology of "small government".  How can people favor "keeping government out of my Medicare"  and also believe the government should be in charge of what a person can and cannot do in their own personal lives, and with their own bodies.  We need to pass a law that subjects people, organizations, government to fines and even jail time   for restricting what a person does with his or her own personal life when that person's actions does not harm other living beings. This is not the job of government.