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Sharpening our wits on the grindstone of Life

Friday, July 22, 2005

A message of hope

Viral Marketing of Hope

Amidst the ranting and raving that's thundering through the ether these days, I came across a beacon of hope for a brighter future. Richard Blair, who in his alter ego is the primary brain of the All Spin Zone, is branching out from railing against the establishment to promoting change within the establishment. His goal appears to be to acknowledge the successes of alternate ideologies that can bring about positive change in our society.

...some day soon, people in America are going to wake up to the fact that the alleged bad guy in South America (Hugo Chavez) provides quality health care for an entire country, even while 45,000,000 people in the richest country on earth can't afford to get sick.

I realize that any talk about a different ideology than standard capitalism - that the demand for products and services will provide monetary incentive for the provision of these products and services - will be met with skepticism. After all, that's what America is about, and why it became the most powerful nation on earth. But it's also why America became the most hated nation on earth (I know - it hurts, but it's true), and why the richest nation on earth has so many of it's citizens living in poverty.

It's the openness to new ideas - whether you embrace them or not - that makes this country what it is (or should be). Current American business practices encourage it's leaders to "think outside the box". It's new ideas that move us forward, and innovation that keeps even the most stubborn business managers from falling into the abyss that sunk the Soviet Union.

So while I'm a capitalist myself (in a loose interpretation of the term), I can see where these guys are coming from. Money is the great equalizer in our society. Someone who has piles of money can influence many people, regardless of his or her ideology. And as long as they have the business acumen that keeps them wealthy, they can continue to influence people.

But this country was founded on the concept of " government of the people, by the people, and for the people". At present it's government of the money, by the money, for the money. We need to get it aimed back toward the people, not the money.

We're also a nation founded on action. It's time we took action in order to lift us from this quagmire of reticence. To return our country to greatness, and take our rightful place in the world - that of a leader.

It's our only hope for a brighter future.


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