This has been the talk among progressives lately, especially since the rise of the Tea Party and more extreme conservative agendas are trying to have their way in Washington. There is an overwhelming imbalance of money with more political association and organization than the common person involved with civic organization. Along those lines, such a trend, also moves that influence away from more progressive agendas. A recent study has shown that major political associations in Washington are now 28 of them, and of that 28, only 4 are of a democratic and progressive agenda.
In support of political association of upper class industry influence and its associated conservative agenda is a movement of middle America mostly white Christians with the self ascription of populism, and in turn the political association of wealthiness supports that movement. This strange, and in my opinion, ill-logical reaction to Economic crisis is a topic for another day. But you can count that it will come up as a post, because it very much annoys me that it has occurred and has undermined the chance of success of progressiveness. My focus right now is the disappearance of middle and lower class America from political association and organization influence in Washington. There is a rich history behind this trend, a history of gradual movement away from civil organization across political and class divide, that was influential and in turn encouraged and funded by Federal policy. That hey day of civil organization was in the early 20th century, but in that rich history is the growth of money and envy of money commandeering the control of the organizations away from a wide selection of people to a very few wealthy. More recently with a major growth of income inequality also is the strength of more powerful political influence of money.
I suppose my question is, not necessarily about how to change the super strength of influence away from wealth and industry to common person and consumer, a definite change in Federal policy and Court ruling. But why is it so hard for the people in larger masses to re-engage in political civil organization to really create an overwhelming strength in voice. I, and many others, think it is ignorance of and indifference to political issues. Industry and the wealthy have reason to care more about and not be indifferent to political issues and motivation towards political association because it is far more apparent to them that Federal policy will affect their business and lifestyles. But for the majority of people, like the middle class, and with the exception of the Tea Party, don’t think Federal policy will make a difference in their lives, and like the Tea Party have a distrust for the Federal Government. This is a lot of the problem, political apathy, and I wonder what sort of trends will ultimately change that, because the hipness of Occupy Wallstreet didn’t even do the job. Ultimately Federal policy and Court ruling has affected the rights of the consumer and middle class, it has moved not only political power away from them, but wealth away from them, causing a decline in the integrity of the whole of America.
We will have to wait and see.
In the mean time, eventually I will touch on the topics of ideology such as free markets and efficient markets versus progressiveness, and their associated movements.