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  •  Thanks very much for this. (0+ / 0-)

    For killing the pseudo-science essentialism monster.

    Now let me just work on how to keep the libraries without keeping the tyrants :-).

    I like some of my stuff, and don't feel it has to be an either/or choice.  But then again, I thought we could keep capitalism with sufficient regulations.  I thought we could re-take the government via elections.

    We could have too.  But everywhere I go, there's always an asshole.  Or in this case, a few thousand of them, sitting there grinning like dinosaurs that don't understand they're sinking in a tar pit of their own design.

    Being ignored is the difference between being a one percenter and an American.--sweeper

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 03:01:37 PM PST

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    •  and this is why we must reframe the conversation (1+ / 0-)
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      i wrote an essay last year about the paradigm shift, though unfortunately i think it has been lost.

      bigger vs. smaller government? no. more effective, more efficient.

      and let's not pretend this is capitalism, or democracy for that matter.

      the toughest though might be getting past people's fears about socialism, because the reality is that virtually all first world governments have been sociocapitalist hybrids or some time now, and that, I think is what we are going for...without the corrupting influence of money in politics of course.

      it's not like the system is so broken we need to throw the whole ting out and start over. we have arguably the best foundation in the world to build on.

      99% isn't enough. We're all in this together.

      by Frank Lee Speaking on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 08:08:56 PM PST

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      •  no, it's neither capitalism nor democracy (0+ / 0-)

        but I thought we could get those systems back through elections and laws.

        Oops.  Not so much.

        Being ignored is the difference between being a one percenter and an American.--sweeper

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 08:35:16 PM PST

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        •  and I'm the one accused of being an optomist? (0+ / 0-)

          ;) 2008 was promising. unfortunately the Senate's abuse of the filibuster prevented more progressive legislation from being passed, the freshman President has made a number of tactical errors over the last few years, been less forceful than he could have been and capitulated too much, and apparently a lot of people either slept through or were duped in 2010. I'm predicting a big blue swing in 2012 though.

          But as I've been saying for almost 3 years now: the thing that most needs fixing is the hardest thing to change--the elected officials on both sides benefit from the current campaign finance system, so it's going to be exceedingly difficult to get them to change that from the inside...it certainly can't be done unless we put tremendous pressure on all of them.

          99% isn't enough. We're all in this together.

          by Frank Lee Speaking on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 09:45:54 PM PST

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