Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday reading

Jeffrey Sachs on a new force in the U.S. that has begun with Occupy Wall Street: "The New Progressive Movement." After reviewing the influence of Reagan on the modern era, historical pendulum swings and the present day U.S. state of affairs, he ends with a focus on what needs to be done. This is how he believes the agenda will be enacted:
Finally, the new progressive era will need a fresh and gutsy generation of candidates to seek election victories not through wealthy campaign financiers but through free social media. A new generation of politicians will prove that they can win on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and blog sites, rather than with corporate-financed TV ads. By lowering the cost of political campaigning, the free social media can liberate Washington from the current state of endemic corruption. And the candidates that turn down large campaign checks, political action committees, Super PACs and bundlers will be well positioned to call out their opponents who are on the corporate take.

Those who think that the cold weather will end the protests should think again. A new generation of leaders is just getting started. The new progressive age has begun.
That might be a little on the optimistic side of things as campaigns stand now with the heavy influence of TV in the U.S. But in coming years, he just might be right.