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  •  RedDan, what's seemed missing to me in all this (2+ / 0-)
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    is some talk about the what you might call spiritual nature of trade. I hesitate to even use the word "economics," since every repetition gives it another microgram of gravitas. Not that I have any great insight to offer, other than the observation that a lot of humans recognize the long-term wisdom of group adherence to the Golden Rule, all that stuff about "do unto others as you would be done to."

    "Meta" has taken on an ugly meaning, which distracts from legitimate use of the fragment, as in "meta-stability," meaning what you see in physiology in the homeostatic processes that keep an organism, and often a community of organisms, "close enough" to optimal conditions and able to respond to disturbing impacts and preserve "freedom" to move, adapt and extend.

    What our Kleptocrats are getting away with is the same game that cancer plays: learning to hide its aberrant and deadly nature behind a screen of signals that tell the immune system, the organism's police force, that it's really just nice healthy tissue; tricking the body into growing huge new arteries to feed more lifeblood to the tumor, so the nastiness can grow untrammeled and unregulated; spreading metastatic cells into healthy tissue to increase the cancer's realm, and eventually killing the whole body after a "successful" run of concentration and collection and ultimately consumption of all available assets.

    The "capitalists" you note, as discussed here generally, are little more than tumors in a deadly progression. What seems to me to be missing in a lot of the head-shaking and finger-wagging about what we're suffering is much talk about instituting some stabilizing tendencies, some set of socially homeostatic elements, that might help keep the Kochs and the Rockefellers and even the Waltons in some kind of check.

    I wonder if what the Occupiers are up to will produce some permanent changes in the nature of us humans, the current net expression of which leads to what we're infected with today...

    "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

    by jm214 on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 10:35:52 AM PDT

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