Not So Fast, Seth

I am a big fan of Seth Godin’s thinking.  He clearly understands that people are rejecting steep hierarchies where an oligarchy makes all the decisions and the rest of us are expected to blindly follow instructions.

He wrote a wonderful book on the subject.  Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? holds some wisdom (and some fallacy) that will empower you to take control of your life if you listen.

As I said, I like Seth’s thinking.  I get his blog posts delivered via email every day. I have his iPod app on my phone. 

I like Seth’s thinking, but not is myopic, prejudiced politics.

Today, Seth wrote a very long post, for him. It seems that the entire purpose of the piece was to slap Fox News and Bill O’Reilly. 

What pains me about the piece is that it exposes Seth’s enormous blind spot.  Seth doesn’t realize that the liberal networks—CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, MSNBC, CNBC, HLN, etc.—invented the divisiveness that Seth can see on in Fox’s presentation. 

Moreover, the grand awaking Seth calls for, in which people stop being cogs who take orders and follow directions, is exactly what the Tea Party movement is about. Seth seems to believe that private companies should surrender power to the people in order to grow.  I agree.  But Seth believes the people should, in turn, surrender their power and their money to the government. 

I utterly refute that notion.

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