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Our Cancer Cured, Now Our Recovery

The illness that we have struggled with since the election of Ronald Reagan in 1981 has been eliminated. We are like a people who have collectively been afflicted with a slow growing cancer that almost killed us during the Bush presidency. Last night we got the CT scan and lab work back and our doctor told us we are cancer free. The chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, was successful and we are ready to begin our recovery. The disease we have suffered is the notion that we stand separate, that each of us is only an individual, not a part of a whole, but alone, afraid, fighting against each other for a larger part of a meal that has no flavor, or nutritional value, no heart, no soul. Weakened, but grateful for a new chance at life, we have a new day. Our task will be to rebuild our strength while moving with a new purpose. [important]More about radical individuality v. communality illustrated by comparing Adam Smith (The Wealth of Nations) and Tom Jode (Grapes of Wrath), below…[/important]   I see a new kind of revolution, a respect revolution and it strikes at the heart of the illness of separation, greed, and fear. Comparing the vision and purpose expressed in Barack Obama’s commencement speech at Weslean College to the vision and purpose expressed by Adam Smith, a visionary in his day and a philosophical hero of contemporary corporate capitalists illuminates a significant dispositional difference between the Obama movement in the Democratic party and the corporate wing, whole bird really, of the Republican party. Looking at Obama first, talking about service as a central theme in the life of an individual is a good starting point for comparison.

“It’s because you have an obligation to yourself. Because our individual salvation depends on collective salvation. Because thinking only about yourself, fulfilling your immediate wants and needs, betrays a poverty of ambition. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential and discover the role you’ll play in writing the next great chapter in America’s story”

Here the view of self is individual, but inclusive of others. In fact the inclusion of others is represented as an integral aspect of self, not something remote from self that can be argued for or against. Here is the ancient hero of the Republican party and the corporate elite who have poisoned the land and the spirit of our human heart. Once upon a time, 1776, Adam Smith wrote the Wealth of Nations, creating many of the principals of modern economics, and giving birth to a famous son, The Invisible Hand. Mr. Smith was a Scottish moral philosopher who accomplished his life

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