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  •  Strong metaphor. (3+ / 0-)
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    How are we going to insist that the money be taken out of the political system and that it be paid for by the people?
    All nations with modern constitutions (most of the world) deal with this in their constitutions.

    Generally, after the parties select candidates -- no more private funds may be used. Not even the candidate's own money. All campaign funds are provided by the government. Spending is strictly audited,

    (Parties are generally funded, as well.)


    A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. -- Groucho Marx

    by Pluto on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 03:10:47 PM PST

    •  Exactly (1+ / 0-)
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      it's not that the knowledge does not exist. Virtually every European country has an eight week election cycle with no ads and no private money. What piques me is that the subject is never even on the table here.

      A clay Buddha can't cross water. An iron Buddha can't go through a Furnace. A wood Buddha can't cross a fire. Nothing works all the time.

      by sfzendog on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 08:47:54 AM PST

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      •  Even Albert Einstein complained about that (0+ / 0-)

        ...in his day. He knew it was a structural flaw in the US constitution, which is a corporatist/slave-holder-benefiting document. That's why it is a taboo topic. He said:

        Private capital tends to become concentrated in fewer hands.

        As a result, an oligarchy of private capital forms -- the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society. This is true because the members of legislative bodies are selected by political parties, which are largely financed... by private capitalists.

        For all practical purposes, the electorate is entirely separated from the legislature. As a consequence, the representatives of the people do not sufficiently protect the interests of the underprivileged sections of the population.

        Moreover, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information (press, radio, education). It is thus extremely difficult -- and indeed in most cases quite impossible -- for the individual citizen to come to objective conclusions and to make intelligent use of his political rights.

        http://www.dailykos.com/...

        Our ancient constitution is DESIGNED to make politicians beholden to corporate interests. In the US, corporate interests actually write the legislation.



        A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. -- Groucho Marx

        by Pluto on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 12:04:18 PM PST

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        •  Thanks for the Einstein quote (0+ / 0-)

          I'd never seen it. Of course the only thing that's actually different about the concentration of power in our system is that it happens in SPITE of titular democracy. The Europeans perhaps are under less illusions about power and its operations. But I prefer our illusions, and would like to share them.

          A clay Buddha can't cross water. An iron Buddha can't go through a Furnace. A wood Buddha can't cross a fire. Nothing works all the time.

          by sfzendog on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 02:43:27 PM PST

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          •  It happens because our obsolete (0+ / 0-)

            ...and entrenched constitution was written to benefit slave holders. It is a corrupt document at its foundation that cannot be corrected. And the people are terrorized by it. All other nations have modern constitutions that confer human rights. This is why the empire will collapse over the next few short years.


            A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. -- Groucho Marx

            by Pluto on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 07:52:02 PM PST

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            •  No fan of slavery but.... (0+ / 0-)

              The Constitution was forged out of the battles between the slaveholding and free states. They had to compromise or there would never have been a Union, later resolved in the Civil War. But to say that the entire document was "written to benefit" slaveholders is an exagerration.
              It's shameful that Washington, Jefferson and a number of others held slaves, but there were many ferocious civil libertarians who fought for freedom, and the document we have is forged from the compromise of power blocs. Wishing them away was not an option.

              A clay Buddha can't cross water. An iron Buddha can't go through a Furnace. A wood Buddha can't cross a fire. Nothing works all the time.

              by sfzendog on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 03:09:50 PM PST

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