Day: May 1, 2009

Real. Green. American. Liberal. ( a Californian explains why this article is so sad about our country)…

I had this book when I was a little teenage girl.

I sort of failed Home Ec, but, my grandparents got me a Singer Sewing machine and I used to design a lot of things.

I think looking at this book and reading about what women did in this community to help the poor might have been one of the seeds for my feminism.  Imagine– that is 1974.  Whew.

Anyway.

This is a book about a crafts cooperative, and how that started.

These women who had nothing made quilts.  You can read a little about them over here by clicking this link…

Well, the time has come in America to revist that 70’s spirit again.

I have read so much about “Liberals” of late I thought I’d let you know what that means to me — because there are two strands of that.  Here is the wiki:

Liberalism

“…Liberalism is a broad class of political philosophies that considers individual liberty and equality[1] to be the most important political goals.

Liberalism emphasizes individual rights and equality of opportunity. Within liberalism, there are various streams of thought which compete over the use of the term “liberal” and may propose very different policies, but they are generally united by their support for constitutional liberalism, which encompasses support for: freedom of thought and speech, limitations on the power of governments, the rule of law, an individual’s right to private property,[2] and a transparent system of government.[3][4][5] All liberals, as well as some adherents of other political ideologies, support some variant of the form of government known as liberal democracy, with open and fair elections, where all citizens have equal rights by law.[6]

According to author and philosophy professor Peter Vallentyne, “Liberalism comes in two broad forms. Classical liberalism emphasizes the importance of individual liberty and contemporary (or welfare) liberalism tends to emphasize some kind of material equality.”[7] In Europe, the term “liberalism” is closer to the economic outlook of American economic conservatives. According to Harry Girvetz and Minoque Kenneth “contemporary liberalism has come to represent different things to Americans and Europeans: In the United States it is associated with the welfare-state policies of the New Deal program of Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt, whereas in Europe liberals are more commonly conservative in their political and economic outlook”.[8] In the United States, “liberalism” is most often used in the sense of social liberalism, which supports some regulation of business and other economic interventionism which they believe to be in the public interest. A philosophy holding a position in accordance with Adam Smith, that laissez-faire economics will bring about a spontaneous order or an invisible hand that benefits the society, is referred to as “classical liberalism.”[9]…”

My mother taught me in childhood to help those less fortunate than myself — so, the fact that I had this book in the 70’s shows my mindset at that time.  I suppose I am a classical liberal in the European sense, except, where the “invisible hand” of goodness that laissez-faire capitalism provides normally? — when that has failed AMERICA?  A new order of LIBERAL is in order.

That is a green thinking grassroots liberal.  I think that is what the Republican party might want to build for America right now?

Classical liberalism

“…Classical liberalism (also known as traditional liberalism[1], laissez-faire liberalism[2], and market liberalism[3] or, outside the United States and Britain, sometimes simply liberalism[citation needed]) is a doctrine stressing individual freedom, free markets, and limited government. This includes the importance of human rationality, individual property rights, natural rights, the protection of civil liberties, individual freedom from restraint, equality under the law, constitutional limitation of government, free markets, and a gold standard to place fiscal constraints on government[4] as exemplified in the writings of John Locke, Adam Smith, Ludwig von Mises, David Hume, David Ricardo, Voltaire, Montesquieu and others. As such, it is the fusion of economic liberalism with political liberalism of the late 18th and 19th centuries.[2] The “normative core” of classical liberalism is the idea that laissez-faire economics will bring about a spontaneous order or invisible hand that benefits the society,[5] though it does not necessarily oppose the state’s provision of some basic public goods with what constitutes public goods being seen as very limited.[6] The qualification classical was applied retroactively to distinguish it from more recent, 20th-century conceptions of liberalism and its related movements, such as social liberalism.[7] Classical liberals are suspicious of all but the most minimal government[8] and object to the welfare state[9]…”

Take a look at this article off the Guardian on POVERTY in America.

US families rely on handouts in world’s richest country

You read that.

An overbloated Government has done nothing to solve poverty in America in my lifetime.  I thought the Democratic Party had actually been working on that all these years.  But no.

I am sick to my stomach after seeing the slums in Chicago in the web and reading this article.

I don’t consider myself part of that party anymore.

Something NEW politically has got to be born in America.  Something from the Grassroots of the collective American Heartbeat.  The Democratic Party had illusions of grandeur in my lifetime — and it has neglected its own.  It has neglected its own.

Laissez-faire policies have ruined our great country.

So, like the co-ops of old it is time to rebuild confidence here.  You gain far more by employing Americans than stuffing welfare down their throats.

So, perhaps the Repblicans can pick up where the Democrats left off?

John McCain’s ideas regarding jobs in this country were great.

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

————————————–Lao Tzu

That is how I feel, as a Californian who tried to help the poor.  Every day I see the homeless here.  They have nowhere to go.  Nothing to hope for.  Nothing to build towards.

It seems to be a time of starting from scratch and the whole country feels it.

I have spoken many times of Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs.

After you finish reading that article off the Guardian?  You will see that even the bottom rung has not been achieved.  One other thing the 70’s did had to do with tremendous preservation.  Of architecture.

Green liberals believe in that, in our disposable culture of 2009.  It isn’t hard to see how that model is healthier for all.  Maslow’s bottom rung is where these new Republicans can start?

It’s not a big deal to see how a Democrat can leave their political party.

All you need to do is read this link.

Real Democrats do a lot of research before they vote for people, or at least we all did once.

I have no problem changing political parties at all, right now.

Personally?  I think a dose of people who care about the Republic are in order.