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  •  Well said! (1+ / 0-)
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    Geekesque

    So I posit that it is "the rich" who have opted out. Not out of a policy, but out of the social contract that policies attempt to define and codify.

    I further posit that they have used an "idea" (a set of beliefs, memes and slogans....and of course plain old corruption) to get the government to back the idea that they are allowed to opt out. Even, through policies they have bought, encouraged to do so.

    So how do the people fight back against that "idea" and bring the social contract back into balance?

    •  I wish I had the answer. (1+ / 0-)
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      Markoff Chaney

      Brings to mind an observation that you can judge the trajectory of a democracy by its ability to tax the rich.

      "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

      by Geekesque on Sun May 06, 2012 at 02:39:26 PM PDT

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      •  Well the only way to fight an idea (1+ / 0-)
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        is with another idea. Almost always some version of the opposite of the original idea that is propelling the situation.

        So we have  idea that is propelling the situation, in this case the rich and the government colluding against the people.....what would be the opposite of that?

        I urge you to review the socio/political situation that allowed the reforms that once were the heart of the Democratic party....the new deal.

        What was the idea that convinced the PTB/rich of the time that they were better off accepting the new deal.

        Because there are only two ways to get them to change; force (and good luck with that!) or convincing them that something really bad was going to happen if they didn't accept the new deal.

        And THAT...

        is where the idea of Anarchism/Radical Socialism comes into play.

        The sooner we can introduce the idea into the conversation.....

        The less likely we will need to embrace the very unpleasant and undesirable actuality of Radical or Anarchist tactics.

        And that
        is the extent of my "support" for Anarchists. As a weapon in the Battle of Ideas.

        Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
        Martin Luther King, Jr.
        You say above you wish you had the answer, I propose that waging the Battle of Ideas is the answer, the only one that has ever worked.

        So we only have one choice, realy. Try to channel the Radical Populism into a constructive channel, or try to dismiss, ridicule, and tamp it down. So I leave you with this...

        Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
        John F. Kennedy

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