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  •  I don't see a dichotomy here (1+ / 0-)
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    How does being a citizen preclude being a consumer, unless one becomes so obsessed with the latter that one loses interest in being the former?

    I.e. there may be a dichotomy, but not a necessary one.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 09:06:16 AM PDT

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    •  Citizenship took second place (0+ / 0-)

      We were told, in an emergency, go shop !

      In a thousand different ways citizens are discouraged from participation in the political process.

      "Just shut up and buy stuff" is the message.

      No explanation of where you're supposed to get the money if you have no job and no prospects.

      This is the country delivered to us on a silver platter by Reagan and his worshippers.

      B.S., I say.

      I am not now, nor will I EVER be a "consumer" dammit-- I am a CITIZEN and I want my rights. No just for me, but for all Americans.

      I must be dreaming...

      by murphy on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 09:40:16 AM PDT

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      •  Point is you can be both (0+ / 0-)

        It's up to you, and only you, even if not everyone realizes this.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 02:28:43 PM PDT

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        •  The emphasis is on consumption, not participation (0+ / 0-)

          in the political process.

          Just look at what is going on in state after state to discourage prospective voters from even registering, let alone voting.

          Yeah, you can be both.

          Good luck on that in the environment imposed on us by the Teapublicans and their buddies.

          I must be dreaming...

          by murphy on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 04:15:26 PM PDT

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