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What's Next: Peter Leyden
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The next area for the world-changing juggernaut to hit will be politics and government. The short answer is that American politics is entering a transformative period that is roughly analogous to a handful of other periods in American history – namely the earlier progressive eras. Think the first two decades of the last century – from Teddy Roosevelt to Woodrow Wilson. Or think about the New Deal transformation with FDR in the 1930s and 40s. We’re in the beginning of another one of those progressive political reinventions right now.

What happened then, and is happening now, is that fundamental economic and social restructuring gets to the point where the old politics don’t work, particularly conservative formulas that look backward. The new world’s new challenges go unsolved, and problems build to the breaking point – then a new politics begins. These periods have been characterized by a burst of progressive politics – an innovative, forward-thinking, people-powered politics. These progressive reinventions can last a couple decades but at the end of the process new models for politics and government are established and pretty much work for a long run.

The 2006 election marked the end of the most recent conservative era, one that ran for 25 years from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush. The American people made a fundamental repudiation of the modern conservative formula. Think Hoover. The conservative brand is going to languish for a long time.

Now everyone is starting to look around for the progressive alternative. Not old-style progressivism, but a new 21st century version. And true to the WorldChanging mantra, the signs of the new progressive politics are all around us. This year California blazed a trail with landmark laws to aggressively take on climate change. Even Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger should be seen for what he is – a new kind of progressive Republican. Then both Houses of Congress flipped to the Democrats, as well as state houses and legislatures across the so-called red heartland. And now the talk is of Obama and Gore shaking up the 2008 presidential race with big, bold, world-changing ideas. Hang on for what will be a tumultuous year in politics and government.

Peter Leyden is the Director of the New Politics Institute

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This article is FUBAR.

Woodrow Wilson was a fool, a man who screwed this country into another bank controlled system that former president Andrew Jackson worked eight years to kill, and stayed dead for 70 years. Even Wilson himself, three years after the initiation of the Federal Reserve, said: "The growth of the nation ... and all our activities are in the hands of a few men ... We have come to be one of the worst ruled; one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world ... no longer a government of free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the free vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men."

FDR and his "new deal" was socialism. He lied to the American people about our interests in the war and decimated our rights through government control. And, got away with it because people were too poor to care.

The "next stage" in political reform isn't about to happen, it already DID. Bush WAS the "next stage." By playing off of fear and lying, he got us involved in an illegal war, destroyed our foreign relations, and instantiated laws to basically circumvent the constitution (much like your hero FDR).

This toggling between Democrat and Republican doesn't bring in new ideas. It's doesn't portray a victory, or stand for landmark change. It's the same old crap we've seen in history time and time again. Want change? Do what George Washington asked us to do in his farewell address and don't vote party. Those of you who voted Green, Libertarian, Populist, or anyone other then Democrat or Republican, I extend you a hearty pat on the back.


Posted by: brenton on 30 Dec 06



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