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  •  Times have changed (14+ / 0-)
    Hard times give the Republican message (2+ / 0-)
    of "every man for himself" a boost.
    That didn't use to be the case. In the 1930s hard times prompted collective action.

    Now, it's just "me, me, me."  "Don't touch my money" could be the national motto.

    What happened to us?

    •  Propaganda by the 1%. nt (13+ / 0-)

      "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

      by Lily O Lady on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 08:32:44 PM PDT

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      •  & the churches they go to tell them God (2+ / 0-)
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        wants them to prosper. It's not a message of charity, of love and giving anymore. You watch that Joel Osteen for a few minutes with his smile plastered on telling them God wants.....whatever.... riches for them....it's creepy to me.

        "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

        by Gorette on Sun Jun 17, 2012 at 12:18:33 PM PDT

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        •  Properity Gospel. A perversion of Christ's (2+ / 0-)
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          principles. It cherry picks and weaves Old and New Testament ideas into something that allows Evangelicals to feel a smug sense of entitlement. I suppose Max Weber's "Protestantism and the Spirit of Capitalism" and the concept of predestination borrowed from John Calvin have helped.

          Yet if something bad happens to one of their own, the go on about how that person doesn't deserve their fate, unlike all the unworthy sinners. Completely illogical and selfishly senseless.

          "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

          by Lily O Lady on Sun Jun 17, 2012 at 12:27:58 PM PDT

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          •  In the church of my youth it was: "God is Love" (1+ / 0-)
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            and that was the main message imparted to me. (Despite all that fire and brimstone preaching which left it's guilt trails in my brain, until I ferreted them out that is!)

            "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

            by Gorette on Sun Jun 17, 2012 at 01:20:03 PM PDT

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    •  Increased isolation in communities (11+ / 0-)

      breakdown of traditional support systems - i.e. churches and community organizations - and the slow suffocation of unions.  Not to mention the idolization of the rich.

      Plus, a LOT of mind-numbing entertainment content available 24/7 to distract us, so we don't even have to be aware of what's going on in our own neighborhoods.

    •  Sadly, (0+ / 0-)

      thanks to the Faux propoganda conglomerate, ordinary people hear  the so called Libertarian message 24/7, that Americans are self reliant, think John Wayne/John Ford movies, government gets in the way, etc etc, there is something wrong with you, not the system, and under the Vampire Cult, er Rethuglicans, everyone can be rich. Totally divorced from reality. Combine that with an education system that teaches to the corporate line for the past 30 yrs , no critical thinking allowed, and you have a pacified, stupid publci that politicians in the 30s did not have to deal with.
      I  was recently in an economics class with students in late teens, early 2os, some in their 30s and all believed they were going to be rich, no matter what. And the kicker was the teacher, 65, government paid for his schooling, housing and he had the fuckin nerve to criticize  the idea that the 1% should pay tax rates over 15%. It was unbelievable but a real eye opener.

      What do we want? Universal health care! When do we want it? Now!

      by cagernant on Sun Jun 17, 2012 at 12:29:37 PM PDT

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