chapter  6
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Learning from Obama and Learning from Our Enemies Steps toward a Progressive Core Narrative and Communication for the Common Good

There are hopeful signs in The Battle of Narratives. Health care reform passed into law. Student loan reform-and removing the big bad banks from the lending equation-passed into law. Reform of the financial industry is opening up new ways of thinking about the relationship of banks to communities and calling into question practices that reward greed over the common good. In the week following these announcements President Obama’s approval rating jumped to 58 percent, and more and more people began admitting that reform of health care was a good thing. Implicit in these new laws and new questions and higher approval ratings is the fact that the progressive ideal of using government to help people is a good idea.