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  •  My take on this is we are living (3+ / 0-)

    in a new gilded age, but gilded ages are short term--almost by definition. Greed destroys.  It is not sustainable.  The level of greed is evidenced by the almost hysterical and irrational type of neoliberal, making money on money capitalism we are now seeing.

    Business knows this, but Judges, Justices and other ideologues do not.  I think the justices see this as a vanguard and the way the country should operate, when really it is a passing phase.  In short, I think the current conservative court will be the object of near universal ridicule in less than 10-20 years, as will our current neoliberal, phony debt driven economy.

    “I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” - Harriet Tubman

    by Publius2008 on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 09:33:01 AM PDT

    •  Maybe... (0+ / 0-)

      but I think your time periods are off and you way overestimate the intelligence of voters and the capability of the media to sucker them in.

      I was just reading the wikipedia autobiography of an old 'friend' of mine.  The conservative Arthur Finkelstein.  Here is a quote from him.  Think about it:

      He said Proposition 13 (just passed in California) shouldn't be inter-preted as

      "evidence people want services cut. They want taxes cut,"
      and voters aren't sophisticated enough to understand that one leads to the other.
      •  That means someone didn't do (0+ / 0-)

        a good job of being persuasive.  I live in the real world and I know how people feel about taxes-they pay them and don't know or appreciate what they get for them.  The govt needs to be more transparent and accountable as to how and why money is spent.  Because the services govt provides are oftentimes much more indispensable than people realize.  

        There is also the issue that many think that certain groups or classes are essentially parasites.  Defeating that prejudice is a battle in itself.  But I don't want to get into that here.

        “I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” - Harriet Tubman

        by Publius2008 on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 09:47:49 AM PDT

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        •  I attended Tufts where PT Barnum (1+ / 0-)
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          was one of the founders.

          He didn't think much of the common man.  His comment about suckers being born every minute expressed his cynicism.

          I tend to believe Arthur is correct.  People don't connect taxes with services.

          And, I do biomedical science research for a living.  I it is difficult, nigh impossible, to explain my discipline to those of below normal intelligence.

          It should be noted that one half the population (by definition) is of below normal intelligence.

      •  Right-wing anti-tax propaganda (3+ / 0-)
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        has been highly orchestrated and funded. Advertising works. There has been no equivalent push from the opposite end of the spectrum.

        Instead the Democratic party has been loathe to advocate for the value of taxes, public services, and the benefit of keeping some services, such as prisons, parks, utilities, publicly owned and managed.

        Skepticism of all the elite institutions, not trust, is what required for successful leadership in this era. Digby

        by coral on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 10:20:13 AM PDT

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        •  I agree with this (1+ / 0-)
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          The advantages of the commons have never been subject to proper public airing in America.  Newspapers (and all media) are privately owned.  That means that they have a prejudice in favor of private property and private ownership.  Unfortunately that means that the public view is only obtained through the lens of private ownership.

          At one time, when US Unions were powerful, there was the possibility of understanding the benefits of the commons through a worker's lens.  But, private capital tried very hard to disempower Unions.  And, they have very largely won.

        •  we're all anti-keynesians now (2+ / 0-)
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          Both parties argue over HOW MUCH to cut "entitlements" and "government spending", not WHETHER to.

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