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As we watch President Obama, with both grief and dismay from the leftward leaning sidelines (and lesser playing fields) we have to ask ourselves (all progressive communities) what are we doing to lay the groundwork for liberal literacy in this country? For it has surely been both taken for granted and swept away from honest discussion, as if we actually imagine that we have lived for the last 50 years under pure laissez faire capitalism.
In fact, since Roosevelt, we have been living in a socialist society that has, for the most part served the public well. Well indeed until legislation under the Nixon administration opened the flood gates for the healthcare industry to drive the practice of medicine away from care toward profit at all cost. Now that we are reaping that cost, the radicals on the right claim that this is the moral hazard of the welfare state.
But this is malarky breeding "MAL-Archy."
So I believe Liberal literacy is something that can only be promulgated through deep strategic interfaith conversation and political action.
I would suggest as a start a media fair and/or lecture series that travels among congregations and pushes back against the narrative which claims it is liberalism rather than religious fundamentalism, extreme conservatism and criminality and corruption that threatens america's economy and politics.
If anyone would like to join me to start a discussion that would lead to a simple page or two of talking points and historical references I look forward to it.