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  •  Is such a thing even possible? (4+ / 0-)
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    Look at gun control.  Six and seven year olds massacred, the latest in a string of gun massacres.  What are the chances a substantive bill that changes gun culture will pass the House?  15%?  30%?

    Look at the deficit.  Near universal agreement that the deficit is a gigantic problem that needs immediate attention.  Universal agreement among elected officials that spending needs to be cut to address the deficit (in the face of a gigantic recession already proven to be made worse by austerity, but that's a digression).  And near universal agreement among elected officials that the Pentagon's budget, at a near all time high, should be held sacred and not face any cuts, ever (but maybe we'll slow the rate of growth a little).  

    Don't count on external shocks - as Naomi Klein has shown, they'll just be used by forces of reaction and the oligarchs.  Organize, organize, organize - the only way to make Congress act rational is to elect rational people to Congress.

    •  Climate change will be the next external shock (0+ / 0-)

      The reason why the conservatives have stopped all discussion of climate change is that it will cause a recentralization of power back to the Federal government.

      But the weather effects just keep rolling in, whether the media talks about them as climate change or not. I read that 2013 will see four super-storms, 1 in North America and 3 in Asia. The drought in the central U.S. states is already two - three years old and getting worse. The Southern U.S. - populated in recent years because of air conditioning - is going to find the cost of keeping out of the heat impossible.

      These are not state-level challenges. These are national and international, and they will require bureaucracies and decision bodies that encompass each of them (like rivers require a single administrative body to administer them.)

      The conservatives always represent the older power centers. They will either fight the creation of these new power centers or they will try to control them for their own purposes. Plan on it. The definition of a conservative is a representative of the older already existing power centers.

      The US Supreme Court has by its actions and rhetoric has ceased to be legitimate. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

      by Rick B on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 01:02:25 PM PST

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