The Death Of Ideology

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Take away 25 media names and ideology would disappear! Add 25 corporate names and threats to voting, regulation, health, women’s rights, wages, and economic stagnation are made vivid, evoking the older struggle of class and ownership, political power and political economy, cultural narratives and human rights.

The realignment of the global world is not about left and right, despite media and writers constant error! Instead despotism, tyranny, authoritarianism, the rule of law, broad participation of the people in their government clash with developing economies of scale, business clusters, infrastructure, job creation, and access to global markets.

The principle of success are independent of ideology—and are neither conservative or liberal! Success is a part of the greater struggle to distribute knowledge and create action that follows. The powerful are without principles, do not direct ideas for sustainability, do not act for progress, and no longer innovate. The powerful insist we join sides and turn us against each other, by nationality, religion, color, and gender.

A third column of ideas and actions must develop deeper insights about the cultural narratives and political decisions embedded in power! Many on both sides point out the superficial force of media. The next step should  be to point out the broken conventions. Look beyond: trends, demographics, the frames of power no longer fit the old thinking and divisions. They are being exploited by power for greater wealth and control. The ignored fundamental by both sides is that greater wealth is now produced by greater waste, bookended by Haiti and Detroit.

An entire body of literature and global social programs have established best practices and show proven records of success. In the New York Times are articles describing a Vietnamese architect’s effort to build inexpensive, steel-framed housing for working poor and refugees (along with other efforts in Chile and Japan []).
Neither US party–or conservatives or liberals–buttress housing plans outside of schemes that transfer wealth through tax incentives and subsidies. They fight over safety nets and taxes. To break the poverty cycle, Mexico and Brasil innovated a successful social welfare program, Bolsa Familia; it ties cash grants to families to children’s educational success and health–education breaks the cycle and becomes a central focus within the family!
From China’s Pearl River zone to Durham’s Research Triangle to West Virginia’s chemical alliance zone (West Virginia ranks 6th in chemical and polymer manufacturing, exports over $1 billion annually, is a leader in biotech, supports the industry with business clusters and education–so why do we only hear of coal, never the 15,000 jobs paying $75,000 in chemical manufacturing for global leaders?), models of sustained, expanding success exist, but never enter the political conversation!

Why is this data excluded? Because for both sides, it can change the balance of power. Because it threatens some industries and corporations. Because it topples a smug consensus. Because it attacks profits and capital and the society of waste. Because it alters politics: it shifts power and provides homes, work, and security for the poor!

World's forth largest coal mine. Vale Mozambique.

World’s forth largest coal mine. Vale Mozambique.