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So, the question comes up more than once…

“What’s different about the changes that occurred in the 60’s and 70’s from the changes we are experiencing during our current crisis?”

There are not many parallels between the two times because they are as different as the 50 years apart that separates them. ALL the context is different. How could they possibly be similar?

First of all, we are just started the reaction and the responses to the last seven years and the 31 years leading up to this. It has just begun. You didn’t think it was some Palooka on Wall Street or in corporate America that made this happen, did you?

There are a lot of things that came together in the 60s and 70s that made them what they were and there are a lot of things that are converging now to make this what it will be. That is where the similarities probably end.

The 60s and 70s was the push back against repression, control, delayed gratification and isolation. The early 60s was a set of things in opposition to the status quo…. then other things came together, not by plan but by their own path and the confluence went POW!

Music was the medium like the Internet is today… But, no one had any idea what they were experiencing and it wasn’t because of the drugs or music.  Caesar didn’t realize what was going on either. It was just what was happening.

There were waves of change between the surfers-dudes and the button-down guys represented on the one hand by parents, Pat Boone, The Kingston Trio and, on the other, the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and the Birds or Jefferson Airplane.

  • Drugs, sex and rock and roll
  • The pill
  • The war – the draft – the secrecy
  • The car
  • Woman’s liberation
  • The idealists

The “pill” represented freedoms never imagined as did the car. Both were escapes from mom and dad’s world… In a similar but opposing ways, Britney Spears music is devoid of any content relating to the world today as the Zits cartoon series is today.  The 60s and 70s had irreverent tunes and MAD magazine… Both ‘anti-now’.

But where is the VOICE of today? I don’t mean the Village Voice, which morphed into respectability and successfully collects ad revenue to support circulation of its coffee house rebels. I mean the “VOICE” of someone calling the ball on what has happened in America. That means accounting for losses as well as our mis-gotten “gains”. Whose voice is going to ring out to address America’s privatized profit but socializes risk, isolation from allies, might-makes-right arrogance and the branding of ‘Democracy’ through colonization?

We have untold messages yelling at us about losing allies, losing hope, losing dialogue, losing respect, losing trust and openness that is displaced with secrecy, fear and loathing of anyone different from us including our government and the other boss in the corner office.

What are you willing to give up? Cassias Clay was willing to lose everything. Martin Luther King Jr. did. Freedom riders, lunch counter activists and everything in between including those who were caught when the world changed on them like it has today for us.   You know who I am talking about; the cops that thought they were doing the right things, the governors, the FBI, the soldiers, the parents… they were All doing what they were told was right even if it was the opposite from what those they were repressing had been told.

If you have no answers, the next 12 years aren’t going to be a good time for you in America or Europe, or Japan or… You will end up sour and ailing because today you are witnessing the tree of entitlements being cut down. It will take years to grow another. What is the expression in business? “He is a dead man just looking for a place to lie down!”

So, where is the lightening rod for change from all this doom and gloom?   Where is that person going to come from? Come on; use that teraflop of processing power and your angry brain to generate something you like.

  • Is it the blogs?
  • The social communities?
  • The recipient paparazzi replacing investigative reporting?

With all the complexity, technology, information, misinformation and confusion…what we’ve done in the past isn’t going to be what we do in the future.    Some prognostications:

  1. More suffering as the financial stuff sinks in and new things will rise out of the ashes.

Hard times are going to drive a new of barter or “in-kind” exchange. Will it be a cottage industry economy? Will it be a network community sensitive to exchange and barter… a Woot.com for product and services grow up? I am guessing it will be those types of things.

That will result in the middle man being taken out of the formula for commence more and more.  That is unemployment and that leads to some heart ache but change.  If it didn’t we’d be using buggy whips today…

2.   Having a black President is a lightening rod! Having a President with a vision will draw the volts    and colts as needed.

    Now the insurgents in our own country will be running for the caves. And when they come out we, the people, have to meet them. We have to find our cohones and get them in the game.  You don’t need to change them; just participate.  After the election we’re going to hear and see some nasty stuff. If anything happens to the President there are going to be riots for all sorts of reasons and it won’t be only if our black president is gone.

    This all sucks you know… it sucks because it is not COMPLEX. It sucks because we have to experience it to grow.

    All the money and power falls apart at our feet without the slightest bit of introspection. We’ve had no introspection and we all are the greedy ones living outside our means.

    For them and for us, it’s all about the race, the chase, the game for positions and status. Trouble is, once you’ve arrived, where are you? We are rudderless now.  Our experiences will put us on a course with a world view rather than a mirror view.

    It is as reported to be for us and for our government?   Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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    Come-on people…it is gut-check time!!! You want a republic to be proud of? Now’s the time to find you spine.

    We got the government we worked to get. Right, none of us worked hard enough and this is what laziness has wrought.   We didn’t mind when it was someone else’s dollar. Enron was a joke. Now we are all in the same financial concentration camp.

    • Bills, in one form or another, assigning $700 billion to Paulson are on the table or will be…

    • Henry Paulson, is the Secretary of the Treasury; a Cabinet position, fifth in line to succession as President.

    • He and the other people who 3 months ago said the economic fundamentals of the nation were sound are now in the triage room trying to keep the economy alive. Our economy…

    Before succumbing to fear’s faux response, the watermark of the major arguments for everything for the last 7 years, we, not Congress, should re-read Article 1, Section 1 of the Constitution; our Constitution.

    “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in Congress of the United State, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives”

    The congress has abdicated essential legislative powers in the last 24 years to the executive branch making this bail out not only ill conceived and anti-market driven but above the law. Supplanting the rule of law – laws written by the elected representatives now abdicating their responsibility to leave for legislative recess – with the rules of the executive branch places another jewel in the imperial presidency.

    This is about information and misinformation, subjects addressed here without much coddling or political correctness. Right now the putzes in Washington want you to decide without information.

    First of all, legislative control of public funds is not a discretionary matter for our government. It is not as Commander and Chief of the Treasury that the President or a Supreme Court Judge gets to ramble on down to Wall St. in an exercise to control the flow of capital through the veins of American Capitalism.

    In a free market the impact isn’t always positive. There is always a risk of malfeasance as well as determined but unpredictable events robbing the speculators and the institutional investors of their goals.

    When new programs are reviewed be they healthcare or tax treatments we get no where. The Congress stifles discussion and leadership.

    Subject Matter Congressional Response

    Social Welfare Reform:

    “…just a payoff to lazy cheats!”

    Socialized Healthcare Reform:

    “…just another liberal giveaway scam…”

    Socialized Capitalism

    Thank God!

    WE ARE RUDDERLESS!

    You can’t tell the difference between the parties any more. None of them can tell themselves apart from the people they ridicule across the isle or across the sea.

    The enormous range of intricacies including our financial services under siege is of our Congressional making. Financial services are interesting because they are THE bridge between the private and public sectors that were shunned by congressional oversight and lack of cohunes to make the tough decisions for two decades.

    If you abdicate getting involved and allow this bailout, which program might you consider more seriously in the future? Healthcare, earthquake relief, atomic weapons for Texas…? Find you spine!

    As George Will has stated, “these are micro problems, although quite huge, pale next to the macro problem…”

    And what are those you ask?

    o Retirement of 78 million baby boomers in roughly the last 9 months

    o Aging population with medical needs that can’t be met

    o Transition to a welfare state requiring more economic growth, not collapse

    o Lower revenues for everyone moving from a manufacturing to service entity

    Today’s crisis will require our governments to print large amounts of capital further devaluating the dollar here and in the world market – at an accelerating rate that has been dropping for almost 6 years.

    o That money is being allocated based on a non-existing economic plan

    o That money being controlled by people who didn’t do the job they were hired by Congress to do in their Cabinet positions.

    o That money is being allocated on non-economic considerations

    o That money allocation is not subject to review by Congress just like we are being asked to forfeit the right to do in governments hast today

    Either way, we are all going to suffer for past bad business entanglements that our government put in the hands of the very people who are now telling us that $700 billion will make the problems go away.

    I don’t believe it.

    What’s more, are subsequent generations willing to sign up to pay for rippling cost acceleration generated by a predatory role of the state in allocating financial resources without consequences that even Congress walked away from?

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    I am reminded of an experiment done by a teacher, Jane Elliot, with her 32 3rd grade school students in 1968. Mrs. Elliot came to class one day and announced students were to be divided based on eye color. First, the brown-eyed group was given preference and regarded as “superior” based on their eye color, with the other group repeatedly being considered inferior in intelligence and learning ability as well as having fewer privileges and less recess. On the second day of the experiment, Mrs. Elliot said she was mistaken and it was the blue-eyed group that was superior in every way. Thus, the values, bias’ and attitudes of the groups were completely reversed with blue-eyed students being regarded as superior and the brown-eyed being seen as inferior in every way.

    Elliott gave tests to both groups on each day of the experiment. The students scored very low on the day they were racially “inferior” and very high on the day they were considered racially “superior.”

    Other results:

    • When expectations are set to do well and show improvement, people do. When those expectations are lacking, performance and the experiences are thwarted in a variety of ways.
    • When we believe “the others” are inferior, we treat them that way independent of the ridiculousness of the basis provided.
    • When we believe we are superior we treat others with discounted value showing that how we believe the world can have powerful effects on how things turn out.
    • It is justifiable to treat someone poorly if you are told they are ‘evil’. When the reverse conditions are used, the superior group who was previously the ‘evil’ group, has an additional set of emotions that contribute to their poor treatment of others.

    It is dangerous carnival that the bigotry, meanness, triviality and lack of value toward others can be institutionalized publicly every four years in America by two governing bodies when the country is rudderless of government leadership and when programs de jour are punctuated with felony indictments, earmarks, corporate handouts and loss of constitutional rights perpetuated by both groups.

    Certainly have come a long way in those 40 years!

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