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Why are people in power so afraid?


By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Research shows that on average, rich people are less empathetic than poor people. There are two possible explanations. First, part of climbing the ladder in many cases is a willingness to step on others, this selects for lack of empathy. Second, once a certain level of “success” has been achieved, fear of losing that perceived advantage sets in.

People in power are nearly always afraid of the people they hold power over. Wealthy people fear poor people getting part of “their” wealth. Whites fear sharing power equally with minorities. The military and military contractors fear peace activists. Bankers fear “occupy wall street”. Extractivists fear environmentalists. Men fear women controlling their own bodies. Corporations fear government control. Religions fear people deciding for themselves and scientific evidence. Governments and corporations (security state) fear an uprising of “the people”, that would be too much democracy.

I have heard people criticize the demonstrators. We must be aware that as long as we only object in politically acceptable ways we will be ignored. That is why those methods are politically acceptable, because they do not apply pressure to the power structure for change. People wanting change are not treated as equals in the debate with people who are in positions of power by definition, it is a vertical relationship. Power is never given away, it must be taken.

Evidence of this fear is the violent and often illegal crack down on whoever tries to suggest alternatives to the status quo. This abuse of power is not the occasional failing of our system, it has become the system. Violence, intimidation, spying and even torture are used to keep people in line when policies do not match the will of engaged people. A lack of tolerance for descent implies fear and a lack of confidence in the “rightness” of what is being questioned.

The power elite falsely claim they want less government. While saying that, their actions are to vote for larger military and more military intervention, militarizing the police, more prisons, spying on citizens, control of women’s reproduction, increased subsidies for the largest and wealthiest businesses, bank bailouts, and any measure that will silence protests.

This fear by people in power shows they understand how precarious their power is. Real power lies in the will of people to fight for the truth, justice, compass .....
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Easing sanctions on Cuba? It’s about time!

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

It was 1958. I was 25 and living in Vero Beach, Fla. when I decided the time was right to accept an invitation I had received to go to Cuba. I met Gordon David when he was dock master of a boat-line in Hyannis Port. He was very excited about purcha ..... 
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Guest Commentary: The City of Peterson should do the right thing!

By Jennifer M. Wood

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Commentary

When my son was in the 6th grade, his teacher had a big banner strung across his wall that said: Whatever is right is not always popular and what ever is popular is not always right. Those words have stuck in my mind for 15 years now and are somet ..... 
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It’ll never be time for term limits on Congress

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

It didn’t get much attention at the time, but the elections last November did more than give Republicans a majority in the U.S. Senate. Voters also added to the ranks of people on both sides of Capitol Hill who believe members of Congress should ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Erding is good for a laugh

By Mark Gusa

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

I finally had to write. After reading Mr. Erding for many months I had to reply. I read his commentary to get my daily or weekly laugh like I do when listening to Sean Hannity on the radio every night on the way home. They both cherry pick facts a ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Response to Mr. Erding’s rebuttal

By Herb Panko

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

I generally do not respond to rebuttals to my articles as I feel that such replies are of little value. However, in this particular instance I am making an exception, since Jeff Erding sardonically invites me to do so at the end of his rebuttal ..... 
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Results of the Harmony Community Chest 2014 charity drive

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Commentary

The 2014 Harmony Community Chest Drive has been completed. A total of $5,300 was collected via solicitation mailings. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the door-to-door campaign was not conducted this year, so the total collected is down from 2013 an ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Thanks to Bruce

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

You may have recently heard that Bruce Fishbaugher was retiring from his long-time leadership role with KFIL Radio in Preston. Well, he’s not completely retiring. He’s going to continue to help the station with advertising sales. While peop ..... 
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Sweet home Minnesota

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Greetings and salutations from Hokah! Yes, that’s right: after two years of struggling and trying to persuade Sarah to move, we closed on a house in Hokah less than a week after the birth of our darling baby girl. After a housing deal fell thro ..... 
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