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  •  yes, IF: (12+ / 0-)

    IF an alliance can form between agnostic & atheistic progressives, and religious progressives, that will be enormously powerful.  

    The key to this one is for each person, regardless of where they stand on the spectrum of beliefs and outlooks, to be willing to work together in mutual respect and cooperation with others whose beliefs differ.  

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 06:32:01 PM PDT

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    •  The Right has been "pillarizing" American society. (2+ / 0-)
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      Whereas after World War II, "pillarized" countries in Europe moved away from that kind of social division along ideological lines.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      After World War II liberals and socialists, but also Protestants and Catholics, began to doubt the pillarised system. They founded a unity movement, the People's Movement Nederlandse Volksbeweging. Progressives of all pillars (including the Catholic resistance movement Christofoor) were united in this. They wanted a breakthrough (doorbraak) of the political system. But pillarisation was ingrained in Dutch society, and could not be defeated that easily.

      The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

      by lotlizard on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 12:35:33 AM PDT

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      •  the Philistines "pillarized" Samson... (0+ / 0-)

        how'd that work out for them....

        "When you're skating on thin ice, you might as well dance." Jesse Winchester

        by The Poet Deploreate on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 03:18:35 AM PDT

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      •  "pillarize"...? (2+ / 0-)
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        Pillars?

        Can you explain?

        "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

        by G2geek on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 03:42:03 AM PDT

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        •  As mentioned in the linked Wikipedia article: (1+ / 0-)
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          Pillarisation (verzuiling in Dutch) is the politico-denominational segregation of Dutch and Belgian society. These societies were (and in some areas, still are) "vertically" divided into several segments or "pillars" (zuilen, singular: zuil) according to different religions or ideologies. These pillars all had their own social institutions: their own newspapers, broadcasting organisations, political parties, trade unions, banks, schools, hospitals, universities, scouting organisations and sports clubs. Some companies even hired only personnel of a specific religion or ideology. This led to a situation where many people had no personal contact with people from another pillar.
          In a U.S. context, a recent example would be Chick-Fil-A advancing a specific worldview and receiving support as a part of what might be seen as a fundamentalist Christian "pillar" in American society.

          The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

          by lotlizard on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 07:18:03 AM PDT

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        •  So you could say the Right "pillarized" the media (1+ / 0-)
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          … after the Powell memo. Instead of a situation where everyone in America watched Walter Cronkite, a right-wing "pillar" was set up with its own media (FOX, talk radio). People within that "pillar" were told that people targeted by the Right were part of a different, "liberal" pillar, and that contact with anyone or anything "tainted" by association with them should be avoided and ridiculed.

          The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

          by lotlizard on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 07:29:22 AM PDT

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