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  •  That is a pretty reasonable counterargument. (5+ / 0-)

    I hope you're right; I'm not too invested in "my own psychosis."  I'm trying to interpret events and when I look at the totality of what's going on (within my capabilities, of course) I come to these type of conclusions.

    I see the privatization of government functions, what ALEC is doing, how the fascist billionaires are funding their agenda, the think tanks the support, the total control of the media, etc., and see these patterns.

    But, I acknowledge this stuff is really complicated and maybe I'm missing something and because of it my conclusions may not be accurate; I hope so.

    •  Have changed how I say things to avoid HR (3+ / 0-)

      I am an educator.

      I hold out hope in educating the public.

      Here is something I posted before here and I am doing again. If DK could take up issues that held both parties feet to the fire, that would, in my opinion, get closer to the issues.

      Here is what I wrote before:

      A useful book efforts to transform politics

      Something really big, even more than escapists TV, has been behind the deception of politics and economics in America. This may seem arcane, but it is an important issue that frames our reality.

      To understand our politics and economics, one has to understand the fraud in government statistics.

      It took years of pains taking work to produce a book, mentioned below, that enables a general reader to understand the economic system; it is a book on political economics. Its strength and uniqueness is through the use of government statistics to provide the data for the policy argument. It is the first time that I have understood the economy. The slightly technical material is covered in the insightful Appendix. The book agent said that it is the best book she has read in 35 years.

      My hunch is that if citizens knew what is in this book, they could actually understand enough of the economy and government policies to be enraged that the 1% and the corporations have taken over the government. This requires a citizen uprising strong enough to stand up to the power elite. Since both parties have rigged the numbers, it would be hard for some organizations, say labor unions, to endorse a book like this because they have to keep their place at the table with the Democratic Party.

      I have a dream about the book being used in a wide spread grass roots educational effort. As the author points out, democracy is about power, not freedom.

      In the words of the author:

      "Americans have been kept in the dark about the real state of the economy. The government has rigged its economic statistics to hide declining wages, high unemployment, high inflation, and near zero GDP growth. By making loans cheap during the Clinton and Bush presidencies, Americans were able to borrow to keep their heads above water. The era of easy credit ended with the financial collapse of 2008. Since then, Americans have discovered how bad things have really become.
      How could our leaders let this happen? They did so knowingly, but for what they believed was a greater purpose. Since Truman, presidents have sacrificed our economy first to win the Cold War and then, after the fall of the Soviet Union, to prop up a military empire. Our presidents have slept peacefully as Americans suffered, for they believed they acted for a higher purpose.
      The solution for this mess is not radical. It is a return to policies that worked in the past. By reviving the 1944 tax code, and bringing back the protectionist trade policies that made our workers the highest paid in the world, we can return to prosperity."
      Just by itself, this seems like a pipe dream. But it is related to a return to a tax policy that does not allow the small percent of the world's 1% to hide 23 trillion dollars in offshore accounts.

      The author has a background in the classics which includes a translation of Plato, and was chair of a government department for a couple of decades and wrote about political theory. He wrote the first history of the Hmong tribes and has a contract from University of California press to write a book on John Steward Mill. He draws on the historical tradition coupled with exposing the scientific veiled justifications of the avoidance of authentic politics which is seen in technical fields of economics and politics. It is a book about political economics.
      “Worse than You Think: The Real Economy Hidden Beneath Washington’s Rigged Statistics, And Where To Go From Here”, by Keith Quincy. Available and Barnes and Nobel for a little over $15. e version 99 cents because the author wants to get the message out.

      •  Um. It's John Stuart Mill, not Steward. (1+ / 0-)
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        Don midwest

        Truly not being picky - it goes to your credibility.

      •  Don - I'm happy to hear that you are talking about (1+ / 0-)
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        Ray Pensador

        educating the public.   The earlier comment you wrote upthread sounded more pessimistic than that.   The public has been misinformed (or saturated with sewage as I like to say.)  You omitted something important from your list of indications that things are going in the wrong direction.  The popular media is complicit in delivering lies to the public. All the more reason for education.  

        I don't think we disagree on anything except I don't think anyone won, I don't think it's over,  I don't think we've gone that far yet.   To me it seems more like the economic meltdown was the beginning of an awakening that almost came too late.  There are still people who are only waking up now.  

        The oligarchs know that what they wanted was just out of reach and I expected a frenzy from them after the election.  They won't have the culmination they wanted after 32 years of con jobbing.  The seesaw will tilt back to the people but it is a long and protracted struggle.

        Never give up.

        "Democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ---'Fighting Bob' LaFollette

        by leftreborn on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 03:40:56 PM PST

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    •  I'm seeing private security firm markets, myself, (0+ / 0-)

      given the fear peddling gun culture zeitgeist.

      How scary is that?

      Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

      by k9disc on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 02:12:20 PM PST

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    •  Don't misunderstand, Pensador. (1+ / 0-)
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      Ray Pensador

      All I am saying is something I get from my French background.

      Ayez Courage!

      It sounds dumb in English (Have courage.) The verb tense translates better as "Be Brave," but that doesn't sound right either.  When I hear "Ayez courage" I think of soldiers going into battle.   It doesn't sound it in English, but in French it's a reinforcement.

      "Democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ---'Fighting Bob' LaFollette

      by leftreborn on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 03:49:21 PM PST

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