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  •  Incredibly well put. (7+ / 0-)

    This black-and-white thinking (us = good, them = foe unless "ally") and the continuous glorifying of all things military, the blind jingoism and patriotism, not being able to shut up about being "the most Exceptional country in the history of the world" and of being number one or dominating the globe, the fear-mongering... Those are actually signs that, in history, have almost always equated to a lead-up to fascism or demise as many sociologists and historians have pointed out.

    This pervasive denial you talk about is indeed frightening and if the US doesn't change gears sooner rather than later... I don't even want to think about it. America is in need of a wave of renewed social conscience, an increased awareness of the appalling things that are happening and of a focused goal of creating a serious social contract worthy of the 21st Century instead of clinging to the time when the US was first formed. It is desperately in need of a sort second Enlightenment, if you like.

    We can only hope (and keep supporting progressive values with all of our faculties, of course).

    •  I agree. Spend most of my time fearing (6+ / 0-)

      it 'taint gonna happen, but the fact that so many folks actually came out to vote was encouraging.

      In many ways, I think that, for all its faults, Obama's presidency is actually helping to trigger that kind of renewed social conscience/consciousness--in the long term, that benefit will probably outweigh some of the less-than-progressive policies/stances he is forced by his position to support.

      Let us hope.

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