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  •  The pace of change is always slower than we wish (2+ / 0-)
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    Troubadour, kurt

    but change is inevitable, and the cycles repeat themselves throughout history.  The encouraging thing is humanity has moved forward so far... a snail's pace most of the time, sometimes at a trot, and a few times we've stumbled back a bit.  But forward we go, to a more enlightened future.  That's what I tell myself all the time, and that's what the evidence suggests.  It doesn't make it any easier living through the interesting times, though...

    Great diary, and beautiful analysis, Troubadour.

    •  In a way, even Reagan represented (5+ / 0-)
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      Hatrax, a2nite, highacidity, kurt, hannah

      a Pyrrhic victory of sorts for conservatives, because his "free market" ideology sowed the seeds of the destruction of social conservatism.  They can have capitalist anarchy or they can have an authoritarian state that forces people to accept a certain point of view, but they can't have both - and that dilemma has undermined everything they've ever tried to do.  

      Everything there is to know about the GOP: They're the Bad Guys.

      by Troubadour on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 04:46:19 PM PDT

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      •  Wow. You're right! (4+ / 0-)
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        Troubadour, highacidity, kurt, hannah

        I read this and had a lightbulb moment.  It's so hard to see because we're in the middle of the crap pile, but you're right!  

        Not to mention the fact that social conservatism can't have any long-term cohesion because they are, by definition, exclusive.  If you gave them a world to live in all their own, they would keep doing what they do- whittling those that don't conform off the outside, thinner and thinner, until they're groups of one.  

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