Tom Atlee: Must-Read Article on Money in Politics

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Tom Atlee

Must-read article on approaches to money in politics

The debate over corporate power and money in politics is beginning to generate some significant light – good analysis, integral thinking, creativity – as well as heat – passion, slogans, quick response. If both of these forces of nature can synergize we might get some seriously transformational results out of the process.

The Alternet article below by Steven Rosenfeld gives an excellent overview – the best I’ve seen so far – of many major streams of thought and action currently being played out regarding “money in politics”. It is an excellent contribution to helping us see the bigger landscape through which all these streams are flowing. (After the article, I’ve excerpted nine of the best comments on it, the ones with additional thought-provoking approaches to handling the problem.)

As a journalist, Rosenfeld is fairly – and with due complexity – presenting diverse perspectives so that we – citizens, activists, voters – can see them with all their strengths and weaknesses and make up our own minds. This is a gigantic gift and, in my view, one of the highest forms of journalism. The subsequent comments add to such journalism’s service to our democratic collective intelligence.

But something is still missing. Even higher forms of democratic collective intelligence can be called forth, more dynamic uses of this rich diversity, namely productive conversations of the following two types:

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