The Tea Party vs Occupy Wall Street and the Future

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Today’s blog looks to address the problem of excessive government spending vs. the need to maintain the social safety net.

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Over the last few days I’ve been reading quite a bit about the formation of various Tea Party groups as well as the “Occupy” Movement – Occupy Wall street, Occupy Stamford NY etc.

 

What has been made clear from all these new political movements is that there has been a consolidation of a an economic model that is grounded in the financial sector. The banks, derivatives, the International Monetary Fund, the Federal Reserve, the mortgage crisis and so much more. These are fed by a rampant consumerism so expansive that the Pope has found the need to comment on both corporate behavior and individual attitudes.  

   What both the Tea Party and the Occupy movement seem to have in common is that they are seeking an alternative model to how things are run politically and economically. They are seeking an alternative model of civilization that will match new trends in multiculturalism, technology and social conscious. The fact that they see this situation differently is not the point. What they agree on is that finance is no longer about respect for private property, community, the social safety net, initiative or empowerment. It is about the money business ‘run amok”.

 

Gregorio Harris a community activist based in Baltimore had this to say to me recently in my Blog “The Democracy Project.”

 

I am not sure if you only wanted those who firmly argue Krugman’s point to respond, but I haven’t had time to respond to the other opportunities, and have been working on grant applications and budgets to fund the “safety net”, well more like fraying safety thread, for youth in Baltimore, for days now, and I think I just need to spout…

The argument and associated behavior on both sides of the aisle is fundamentally flawed. It is not about large or small government, or so called “entitlements”. It is about the two V’s, Vision, and Values, which both sides seem to be lacking. Those deeply connected to Wall Street suffer pathological affluenzic myopia, from too much measuring of personal profits on a quarterly, monthly, weekly, daily, and now given the advent of the techno-obsessive age, momentary basis. In other words, if you keep looking at your bank account to make decisions, in absence of a vision guiding your investment, the road becomes more unstable the further out we go. Those who claim to be for the poor and middle-class seem to forget those priorities in the face of wanting to make a deal at all costs to those who are poor and middle-class. There are clearly no values on either side.

Krugman’s most salient point, to this poor-middle-class-Black-man, is “if you look at my list of major areas that were cut, you’ll notice that they mainly involve investing in the future.” Both the right and left are acting out of this short-sightedness. Never before in the history of human-“kind” has there been a more powerful opportunity to shape a future that does not leave anyone out. And interestingly enough, even the early indigenous cultures gave the future generations more thought and foresight. It is time to create a sustainable vision for this country, and the world for that matter, that maximizes the incredible assets we have access to, and minimizes waste of any sort, particularly as it relates to our most vulnerable citizens.

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Lewis Harrison is the founder and director of the Harrison Center for Personal Development. He is a radio talk show host, speaker, consultant, practical philosopher and Contemporary Spiritual Teacher. Lewis is a pioneer in the personal development movement The author of nine self help books on human potential he offers a monthly retreat/seminar “How to Solve Any Problem”.

Listen to Lewis on the radio on his show “That Was Zen, This is Tao” Wednesday and Thursday 4-6 PM

Lewis speaks to companies and other organizations on stress management

Lewis also offers phone-based and on-line life coaching services and a monthly workshop/Retreat – a simple program for decision making based on Game Theory, the idea expanded on by John Nash, the Nobel Prize winning subject of the biopick “A Beautiful Mind”.

Listen to Lewis on the radio on his show “That Was Zen, This is Tao” Wednesday and Thursday 4-6 PM

Lewis speaks to companies and other organizations on stress management

Lewis also offers phone-based and on-line life coaching services and a monthly workshop/Retreat – a simple program for decision making based on Game Theory, the idea expanded on by John Nash, the Nobel Prize winning subject of the biopick “A Beautiful Mind”.

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About Lewis Harrison

Problem Solver, Author, Speaker, Trainer, Consultant, Peak Performance Coach, and Radio Talk Show Host. Expert on Personal Development, Futurist, Game Theory
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