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  •  How very Khmer Rouges (1+ / 0-)
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    Of you.  Going to check for callouses before shooting people?

    •  I'll leave such criteria up to... (1+ / 0-)
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      the popular democratic will, which I expect will be far less draconian than that.

      Interesting that you would equate a call for social and economic justice with Khmer Rouges.

      Would that make it OK for me to call you a supporter of monopoly corporate fascism?

      Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle.

      by Radical def on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 12:30:49 PM PST

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      •  just calling for vengeful violence will do it. (0+ / 0-)
        Personally, I'd like to just arrest everyone making over a couple hundred thou, and seize all their assets.

        Not saying they should be dragged out into the street and shot, out of hand.

        They should get a fair trial, first.

        Advocating violence against a particular group of people as subject to some majoritarian impluse to achieve your political aims is pretty much not anywhere within the scope of alling for social or economic justice.  

        I'd expect you to call names, actually,based on your comment above.

        •  You got some kind of big problem... (1+ / 0-)
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          with democracy?

          We now have a grossly unjust death penalty, and various other "policies" that allow for, and even facilitate both individual and mass murder by corporate scum.

          For you to call me "violent" for proposing that such people, who commit such acts, should NOT just be treated meanly, but Should get a fair trial, and be subject to popular democratic justice, whatever that may be determined to be, democratically, electorally, seems...disingenuous.

          I'm no freaking pacifist.  When someone is trying to kill me, I fight back...they attack at their own peril.  The class war is on, and intensifying.  

          We didn't start it, but only we can end it.

          We fought a war, to defeat fascism.  Does that make us "violent"?  Don't answer that,'s a deeper question than is appropriate for this diary, and strictly rhetorical.

          The point is, I'm pissed, and so is everyone else, and rightfully so.  To demand justice, even though that means violence is likely to ensue to prevent justice from happening, does not make one "violent", per se.

          Oh well...if it gives you any consolation, I also think that many elements of the Bourgeoisie can be more or less won over, to support a more viable democracy, and others can be co-opted, or coerced (politically speaking, of course) not to oppose it.

          My criteria is NOT how much money does one have, so much as how did they get it, and what do they do with it?

          It's much less about what's squirming around in their brains, which we can't control (yet, heh).  It's ALL about their practice, what material effects that has on society, and what society is going to do about that, democratically, electorally, and, of course, legislatively and judicially.

          The military aspect is only a last resort, to defend democracy, should that prove necessary, which it probably will.

          Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle.

          by Radical def on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 01:22:07 PM PST

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