Thursday, March 7, 2013

Grand Coulee Dam - Woody Guthrie


  1. still today theres lefties that are for big infrastructure projects just like woodies support for the new deal and the dams. but you may be right that liberals today are a different crowd

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  3. 1. Indeed Ideology is a fascinating topic. I used to get so irritated by the lift/right divide, feeling that it prevented new creative problem solving by confining us to ready made solutions. I also often wish that there where parties out there with a mishmash of different approaches, I tend to gravitate to the extremes, I am just as disappointed by the common ground people tend to take for grated as I am with the needless disagreements. These day’s though I’ve found great inspiration in learning about the development of the left right divide, and although I still think we must all transcend it I no longer think it’s completely arbitrary.

    For the most part my political perspective has been small is beautiful, gravitating toward things like down sizing the military, or promoting more local governance,(see murray bookchin) but then maybe I am missing out on another side of things. Jill Stein of the green party proposed a 'new deal' style plan for getting us on renewable energy, and put people back to work. Now, I'm thinking of dramatic advancements brought about by the space program and the public works projects of the 30's and 40's. Now you got me thinking, that that could be fun. How knows what we could achieve if we all got together over something other than war.

    The thing is, Its my understanding that these kinds of projects require deficit spending which cases inflation through the expiation of the monetary base.

    Richard D. Wolff has connected inflation with the diminishing standard of living of the working class. Although I think one could make the argument that even with the technological advancements brought through government spending could make up for the lost value of income. The products you can buy today are considerably more “lingerie” then those you could buy in the 20’s.
    Here’s a link to my post on Richard D. Wolff:

    As for Ol’ Woody Guthrie, his ideas on labor and government, are highly consistent, and I would consider his uncompromising advocacy of the down trodden to be down right saintly, Which is exactly way in the spirit of Woody Guthrie, we need to continue to seek out new solutions.

    I hope I didn’t over do that. I still have a lot to learn.
    Once again, thank you for your comment.