Monday, January 23, 2012

Dogs in 2012

It's looking like the Republican presidential candidates are "going to the dogs." Romney put his dog on the top of his car when going on vacation. Santorum discussed homosexuality and man on dog in the same paragraph. Gingrich is being called Romney's attack dog and his words are being called dog whistles for bigots. Paul aired a spot that portrayed him as the "big dog" when it comes to cutting the federal budget.

The Washington Post published a list of the positions on issues of the four top Republican candidates. This list shows that "conservative" means "conserving hierarchies," and there's plenty of hierarchy-conserving to be found among these four candidates. Their radical stands and fighting among themselves can only help accelerate the death struggle of hierarchies that is gathering steam in 2012.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Reagan Today's Moderate

Today's GOP presidential candidates want to be associated with Ronald Reagan conservativism; in one debate he was mentioned 24 times. A recent NPR segment points out that the current conservatives have moved so far out that Reagan would most likely be too moderate for them.

For example, Reagan campaigned against a statewide measure that would ban gays and lesbians from teaching in public schools. Reagan granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, a law that current Republicans are rallying against. While in office, Reagan supported many tax increases, and promoted the policy that those living at or near the poverty level pay no income taxes.

A comparison with Reagan's policies shows that current hierarchy conservators have moved to an extreme position as they play out their predictable role in the death struggle. As support for hierarchies has eroded continuously over the past 50 years, hierarchy-conservators have had to resort to a radical platform that is steeped in rhetoric and fear. They have been forced go further out to balance the social/cultural see-saw.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fantasy of Horatio Alger

Working your way from rags to riches was once the American dream. Now it's more like the American fantasy.

Researchers have concluded that people in the United States enjoy less economic mobility than their peers in Canada and much of Western Europe.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Change is in the Stars

Eugene astrologer Johanna Mitchell gave her 30th annual public astrological predictions on Sunday. With Mars in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces and the odd lunar and solar eclipses coming our way, she said that 2012 should be a very good year if you’re an activist.

“It’s a great year if you’re ready to change. It’s not such a good year if you can’t find inspiration in chaos,” Mitchell said. “We start the year with Mars — the planet of action — in the sign of Virgo, which is all about getting your plans together. In February, Neptune goes into Pisces, where it remains for the next 13 years. The last time this happened in the world there were a lot of people who formed utopian communities.”

Sounds good to us! 2012 - the year of big changes - the turning point - in the outdated dominance of hierarchies.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Reframe the Right!

In his Iowa ads, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum claims he's "a trusted conservative who gives us the best chance to take back America."

Let's reframe his message to reveal the truth simply:

Santorum is a trusted hierarchy conservator who gives us the best chance to take America back to the dominance of the hierarchies that channel resources to the top.