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National Public Radiators

All this long week
of early spring head colds
our National Public Radio informants
and performers,
speakers and listeners,
have been about the business of raising capital investments
preferably in their corporate direction,
to support further public broadcasting
for the benefit of our children
and their children,
and so on.

While this has often felt like a guilt-inducing headache,
I was drawn into a list of statistics about NPR listeners.
Contrasts between those who do listen
and those who do not,
or,
more likely,
those who send in cash,
and those who do not.

At first the list seemed random.
More likely to recycle,
to attend live theater,
go to the symphony,
grow gardens,
bake their own cookies,
read bedtime stories to their kids,
read anything at all.

And then I realized we are looking at social capital;
growing and re-investing in social capital.
What a permacultural designer would relabel
and spread across endangered soils and waters and souls
as eco-capital re-investment;
re-investment in ourselves
in each other’s talents and ideas and skills
in Earth’s re-creative abundance.

The economic thing sometimes not noticed
by ecopolitically cooperative re-investors:
high consumers tend to also be high producers.

So, while they didn’t say so,
I have heard it said elsewhere,
NPR listeners also list heavily toward higher education,
and rabid too-the-roots,
White Protestant Victory Or Die
Republicans know what that means.

Why isn’t eco-capital investment as robust
in traditional Republican neighborhoods,
as in more multicultural Democratic necks of woods
and urban forests?
Or is it?

While there may be as many answers
as there are people who do not invest cash in NPR,
I suspect those Republicans who prefer to NPR listen,
rather than RightWing AM Rant,
also find this soft correlation between deeper learning
and eco-capital active re-investment troubling
to their centrist nurturing instincts and orientations.

It seems difficult to listen to an International Public Cooperative Economy
while simultaneously expecting positive outcomes
from ecopolitically competitive egocentric and supremacist
nationalistic success is divinely inspired
by God’s Invisible Hand of Independent Might Makes Right EgoNomics.

While it seems harsh and judgmental
to speak cooperative prophecy to competitive strength,
we might do well to remember
with Paulo Freire
that teaching is best practiced as mentoring,
and mentoring is always ecopolitical cooperative,
more than competitive, relationship.

Political mentoring relationships that work,
whether you are part of an academic research community,
or part of an architectural design and implementation team,
or part of a cooperatively-owned and self-governing corporation,
require Yangstrength of balance to fall on the side of harmony,
resonance,
both-and nutritionally inclusive and diverse health,
rather than egocentric
eco-capital disinvestment through autonomous competitions,
in a monocultural assumption of EitherOr fundamentalism
where Earth’s historically regenerative evidence
more resonantly broadcasts BothAnd eco-capital re-investment.

If love powers define ecopolitical power of WinWin cooperativity,
so fear power refines mistrusted egopolitical WinLose competing disempowerments,
then we could not have healthy and reliable growth of empirically-supported and replicated information,
much less wealthy faith re-investment economies,
unless the power of positive eco-capital investment
overwhelms and absolves powers of negative ego-decapitation
capitalistic small-self-investment.

But then,
I am one of those International Public Broadcasters,
so sometimes my multicultural balance
can become merely eisegetically polypathic,
which is a multisyllabic way of saying
nuts
and empty zero-sum notnot double-bound.

It all started with the head cold
and overheated brain.

 

 

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