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  •  Democracy is about power not freedom (5+ / 0-)

    This was something I learned from an excellent book on political economy.

    The book begins with the author's quotation of Plato that the rich get that way by writing the laws that benefit them.

    Any one, or any group, that threatens the power structure is put down.

    Obama is simply going along with the flow.

    Here is the book

    "Worse than you think: the real economy hidden beneath rigged government statistics and what to do about it." by Keith Quincy

    •  Thanks for suggesting this book. (1+ / 0-)
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      lyvwyr101
    •  No, oligarchy is about power, not freedom (1+ / 0-)
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      twigg

      Democracy is about self-rule, which we don't and have never had. It's about process, not outcome. We live in a republic, where our elected representatives are supposed to do what's best for the majority, not themselves. Since they do what's best for themselves, we actually live in an oligarchy, specifically, an oligarchic republic, like in Russia, only more nuanced.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 03:18:20 PM PST

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