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  •  you can back into the future ... and we are (7+ / 0-)

    That's the problem.  Our sight is fixed firmly upon our history and our myths as we back over the cliff; worse, we're running as fast as we can towards the past, but the cliff is pulling up behind us even faster than that.  It seems like most of the world is either striving mightily to return to a golden age that never really existed - at least not for anyone who wasn't a wealthy aristocrat - or has a death grip on the present because the only place for them to go is down: less money, less power, less toys, etc.

    I think that to truly embrace the future, one must forsake both the past and the present; what was cannot be, and what is must not be.

    Something's wrong when the bad guys are the utopian ones.

    by Visceral on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 10:12:30 AM PST

    •  Backing into the future (6+ / 0-)

      isn't dealing with issues and they will deal with you. I am a huge fan of history because it serves as a warning. The new Gilded Age is a warning about what happens when the very rich try to run things for the rich.

      But something must change and soon.

      The Spice must Flow!

      by Texdude50 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 10:42:51 AM PST

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      •  The operative word being (3+ / 0-)
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        "soon".

        The slope to "recovery", whether you are talking about the problem in terms of the Class War or the Climate War--they are the same; can't "win" one without the other--gets steeper every year we fail to make substantive progress, we haven't done yet.

        The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

        by Words In Action on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 01:06:16 PM PST

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