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  •  If you want fear (2+ / 0-)

    you are on the wrong side already.

    Fear is the GOP's one and only tactic and weapon.  I keep hoping we can get beyond that.

    Yeah, I know it's difficult and unlikely, but I refuse to go down that road.

    I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

    by trumpeter on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 03:23:15 PM PST

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    •  then you totally misunderstand the historical (1+ / 0-)
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      dynamic that produced the progressive movement, the new deal, and the civil rights movement.

      without a credible fear of disruptive (and in many cases, potentially violent and economy-wrecking) unrest, the system will not concede anything. TR needed anarchists and eugene debs; FDR needed radical labor, wobblies and huey long; johnson needed MLK, but also malcolm x and the black panthers.

      the establishment having palpable fear of the consequences of not throwing a bone of reform to the mob is a necessary precondition to actually getting that bone.

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