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  •  Is it a matter of balance? (2+ / 0-)
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    NYmama, diomedes77

    Obviously, they're just going to answer you with some retort like, "Well why doesn't the government just make everything, then!?"

    Thom Hartmann has a good response to this.  

    He says he doesn't want the government making shoes or cars, but goods that are in the commons are important enough that they can't be held hostage by "market forces."

    •  Tony Judt wrote an excellent book on that idea (1+ / 0-)
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      Ill Fares the Land. It's a very cogent and rational defense of Social Democracy and an excellent analysis of what has gone wrong in America and around the world since the rise of neoliberalism.

      I would go further than Social Democracy, and democratize the entire economy. Every citizen would have full emancipatory rights and access to the Commons, and the Commons would be everywhere except for one's home. A true democracy. No political parties. Just truly equal access, equal rights, human rights, social justice, etc. etc.

      But it would be great if we could at least have a Scandinavian style Social Democracy. We're moving in the opposite direction, into a Randian Udopia.

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