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  •  This Doesn't Take Into Account That Globalism (3+ / 0-)
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    MBNYC, devtob, Larsstephens

    has made America less of a nation at all, and the Citizens United decision allowing global capital to campaign here has ignited afterburners on that.

    For over 20 years we've had a private legislation industry drafting law and assigning them to elected government to pass, but since the 2010 election this too has taken off on afterburners. All the game-defining legislation nationally and regionally is coming from private legislators, while elected government is able to do almost nothing except react.

    At the moment the elected rightwing has been overreaching but given their support by global capital, they have it well within their capability to retool in a very short time frame and come maintaining enough strength for the private legislation process to finish off the New Deal legacy within a decade, maybe sooner.

    Much depends on how badly they lose during this year; but still there are many parts of the country where they'll hold or gain strength.

    There's not a lot of institutional power that particularly needs America to prosper. There certainly aren't any billionaire-scale rich willing to help progressives fight to the degree there are backing the right.

    If you've ever sailed a catamaran, you understand that the more stable a system is, the more prone it is to catastrophic change when change finally comes. Ours is a system that shows many signs of a catamaran in position to flip and turn completely upside down.

    It's very worrying when circumstances seem to be consistent with a range as broad as revival and compete destruction, but that's where the evidence is right now.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 10:02:23 AM PST

    •  I would tend to disagree. (4+ / 0-)
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      Not on whether or not much depends on what happens this year - it does - but on your underlying critique. I think this country has or is turning a corner, and unless we're wiped out in November, that change will be lasting, for as long as any change can last, that is.

      Fuck me, it's a leprechaun.

      by MBNYC on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 10:05:52 AM PST

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