Blogger at www.Bollier.org (no longer at OntheCommons.org). Co-founder of Commons Strategies Group. Activist and writer about the commons. Author of Silent Theft, Brand Name Bullies and Viral Spiral.
| by David Bollier
The Republican Party used its national convention to ridicule the very idea of public service. In her acceptance speech, vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin joked, “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.” Similar sneers about community organizing were made by former New York Governor George Pataki and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The GOP’s contempt for citizenship had a more vivid manifestation as well — in the police intimidation and violence against peaceful protesters outside of the Republican National Convention.
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