Thursday, October 6, 2011

Pre-occupied with Wall St

Here we go again. I feel political reforms kickin' in. But all we need to do is get a little organization through.

“There is nothing automatic about democratic responsiveness”—Winner-Take-All Politics. We have to make it work. So the next question: is this your fight? Do you, an American, really need to care?

Well, yes. In a democracy where our politicians have failed to be accountable to us, it is time to make that happen. Let me put it this way (rather, let my awesome political economy book that has been keeping me feeling pumped about social and economic reform tell you) “Larry Bartels and Martin Gilens” have found a strong positive correlation to policy success for those in the top tier of wealth, that is, “there is a pretty high degree of congruence between senators' positions and the opinions of their constituents...in the top third of income distribution...When the opinions of the poor diverged from those of the well-off, the opinions of the poor ceased to have any apparent influence.” Simply put, the poor don't get squat of a voice.

And why should they? Americans don't give a damn. “In 1980...38% of Americans surveyed believed that the Soviet Union was a member of NATO.” And it hasn't gotten better, “in 2000...only 55% knew the Republicans were the majority party in the House—a success rate only a little superior to a random guess.” At least it's better than “the less than one third of Americans [who] know that a member of the House serves for two years or that a senator serves for six.”

And I repeat the mantra: I am asking for logical non-partisan political reform.

I want to organize to make the fight worth fighting. I want to shed light on an ignorant and feudal political backroom. I never want to fight for these things again. There is no reason that my outrage should originate from people not listening. From people not thinking. From a political system that does not ask, “what do we know and how can we help everyone with that information?”