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  •  And the same could be said about a number of (8+ / 0-)

    Politicians.

    The baffling part is why at least half of the serf's want to continue to allow the Plutocrats access to more power.(Those would be Republicans who continue to vote against their own interests). The entire 99% should recognize the danger, and work to restore more equilibrium within the system.

    But no, instead we have a good part of the country wanting more control given to those that are stealing from them.

    I wonder how the population in Venice accepted the theft of their economy and state, and if they were convinced then, that the Plutocrats somehow deserved ever greater power.

    Perhaps, then as now, people weren't paying very close attention, and both their freedom and prosperity were stolen over such a long period of time, they did not notice that daily their lives were worsening.

    I don't think we will make it another 150 years at the rate we are going, hopefully more will wake up, before it is too late.

    My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me. Benjamin Disraeli

    by pvmuse on Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 10:27:57 PM PDT

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    •  The GOP cloaks its economic theft in "freedom" (11+ / 0-)

      and waves the flag and swaddles themselves in the trappings of patriotism so vigorously it's difficult for the brainwashed masses to see "behind the curtain" where the oligarchs and the plutocrats are pulling the levers of power to further enrich themselves at the expense of the very middle-class citizens on whom they depend for their business revenue.

      here's an interesting thought:

      What if we all just STOPPED SPENDING for a week?

      For a better America, vote the GOP out of office whenever and wherever possible and as soon (and as often) as possible!

      by dagnome on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 12:05:20 AM PDT

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      •  It would have to be a well-publicized, intentional (2+ / 0-)
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        consumer action.

        What if we all just STOPPED SPENDING for a week?
        A pointed demonstration of the power of the 300 million little people who really own this country. Otherwise, it would backfire--be used as example of how desperate the US economy is and why we need so much more austerity.

        Okay, the Government says you MUST abort your child. NOW do you get it?

        by Catskill Julie on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 06:31:32 AM PDT

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      •  or just didn't pay (4+ / 0-)
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        the rent
        or mortgage
        for a fiscal quarter

        actually, I think jubilees were originally understood to be part of the debt process - a tradition where new kings declared a debt jubilee as they took office

    •  answer: because the plutocrats aim for 50%+1. (7+ / 0-)

      As long as we have a representative form of government and use ballots rather than bullets to select our leadership, the plutocracy knows it needs to bring in enough votes to keep its chosen people in office.

      So they go about manipulating various groups of voters as needed to line up what they think will be majorities.  

      The rise of the religious right is the key example.  Religious conservatives had previously stayed out of politics, concerning themselves with "the next world" rather than "this world."  But along came boatloads of plutocrat-money seeking to buy itself a "base," and nutcases such as Falwell and Robertson and the rest of 'em came onboard, and the "base" was born.

      The use of paranoia as a political tool is another example: feeding off racial and similar fears to scare up votes.  

      Another axis of paranoia is cultivated among the "have-a-littles," such as low-information small business owners, who can be conned into thinking that they'll do better under Republicans.  The way this works is via tribal affiliation:  "If you want to succeed, you should hang out with, and emulate, and vote with, people who have already succeeded."  It's a kind of "success by associative magic" appeal, and it works.  

      Put these three constituencies together, and you have a potential voting majority.  And they will vote to screw themselves over and over again, and keep coming back for more.

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

      by G2geek on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 12:44:56 AM PDT

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    •  They like having an authority to protect them. (5+ / 0-)

      Some people need a "Big Daddy" figure to make them feel safe and secure.

      "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

      by xaxnar on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 04:31:21 AM PDT

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    •  From what I've witnessed living with my r/w (7+ / 0-)

      sister and her boyfriend is their need to hate based on an incredible amount of ignorance, and their need to follow, believe, and vote for those who feed that need to hate; those who have the platform to reaffirm their feelings.   It's hate, pure and simple.  And I blame the Republicans for flaming it on a regular basis.  At some point someone has to ask about treason, or at the very least sedition.  Why are they allowed to get away with what they're doing; our politicians especially, but those hate mongers on tv and radio too.  Does the 1st amendment give people the right to lie to incite hate and turn brother against sister?

      "They love the founding fathers so much they will destroy everything they created and remake it in Rush Limbaughs image." MinistryofTruth, 9/29/11

      by AnnieR on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 07:35:01 AM PDT

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