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  •  George Carlin Nails It All: They Own Us. (5+ / 0-)

    Thanks so much, Funkyfal, for posting the Carlin "lecture on capitalism", he captures the whole stinking fraud in a few, caustically funny words.

    Convict Bush, Cheney and their torture cabal. Support universal health care,unions, WikiLeaks and Occupy Wall Street! Time for a totally new, democratic economic system. Turn the corporations into worker cooperatives!

    by Justina on Sun Aug 05, 2012 at 05:25:44 PM PDT

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    •  I will never see "American Dream" any other way (4+ / 0-)

      since I listened to Carlin's. I seriously want to puke when Obama or Romney or the 1% mention "American Dream".

      "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

      by Funkygal on Sun Aug 05, 2012 at 05:31:42 PM PDT

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    •  I think it was always my impression that the (0+ / 0-)

      carnivals and more ribald festivities that almost every country has have always been the space where the rules allow regular people to let off steam and challange the status quo --although they have been bought off and corporatizied, it is still the one area where traditional values are disbanded.  Unfortunately, the ruling class allows us these orgies as a safety valve rather than an opportunity for real change (i.e. the Halloween Parade in the village in New York). Even though they are used to difuse change oriented energy, there is usually a subversive element in such events.

      •  On the whole (0+ / 0-)

        I tend to agree. To paraphrase Terry Eagleton, because the State licenses Carnival, it can not by its nature be considered revolutionary. Carnivals such as the very large one in Viareggio, Italy, and others on the Continent, seem to have a much greater political component than any I have seen here. Nonetheless, they are often supported by their local, and even national governments.
        What interests me is that grass-roots organisations such as those in Somerset, but also in places like Notting Hill, are either not supported by the State, or are actively discouraged, by increasingly restrictive rules, and requirements for ever greater amounts of liability insurance. The artist-led carnival entities receive large amounts of state support to make up for this. I could not prove that the central government felt any overt threat from the content of Somerset or Notting Hill festivals, but circumstantial evidence leads me to believe that the organisational method rather than the political commentary makes them a more subtle threat. Top-down organisations are easier to control.

        "There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in". Leonard Cohen

        by northsylvania on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 05:25:45 AM PDT

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