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  •  It's the 1st Amendment That's Broken Which is Why (13+ / 0-)

    we find that we need to invent an entirely alternative communication system to the mainstream one the Framers assumed society would inherently provide if only government were prevented from regulating, checking or balancing the activity.

    What's broken is 1st Amendment Press Freedom: the concept works oppositely to what was intended and has been used to defraud the people into unjust wars, to throw elections and trials, and defraud the people economically ever since it was written down. It does not produce or foster the journalistic press the Framers all knew is required for our system to be a government of and for the people.

    What do we need? I have little idea, except to observe what everyone else sees, that our present situation of corporations possessing their own Constitutional freedom from obligation will overwhelmingly promote their own interests over, and often against, those of the people and society.

    So giving any type of corporation a fundamental human right is even more dangerous than the next amendment's fabrication of a fundamental human right to bear lethal weapons. The right to bear arms at worst threatens individuals, at a rate of 10's per day across the country. But the right of global corporations to disinform the people is the kind of power that destroys nations and civilizations.

    I suspect what we need is to start by working out the information and communication activities needed to make a global superpower democracy beneficial to its people and to humanity, and then engineer a government relationship to information and communication that will create and protect that relationship.

    What that would be I couldn't guess now, but I can guarantee that it will not be any simplistic, 4 word sound byte like "freedom ... of the press."

    I think what we need is more revolutionary than the entire rest of our Constitutional system was in its time. And I'd bet serious money that a serious advance in this area of system design occurs somewhere else first.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 07:01:38 PM PST

    •  Great response... (5+ / 0-)
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      efrenzy, Pluto, blueoasis, radarlady, boudi08

      I wish I had time to respond in the detail it deserves.

      But, yes, we need new rules to protect the distribution of the honest facts necessary for citizens to play their role in a democracy.

      What we have now is completely broken and anti-functional. It is nothing more than a propaganda apparatus for corporate feudalism.

    •  Obama has (1+ / 0-)
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      an approach  that works extremely well.  He contrasts his values with Romney's at every opportunity.  He often says things like well I've give up a little on Medicare if you're forcing me to just to compromise and every time he says that Democrats scream but look at the effect such language has on an independent voter who doesn't want to give up their Medicare.  They finally figure out that Republicans don't want them to have Medicare and if you look at the poll numbers it's working brilliantly.  Obama gives in in 2011 on tax cuts for the wealthy and everyone including independents understand Republicans want tax cuts for the wealthy.  Well most independent voters don't want that.  I swear if Hillary runs and uses that strategy and the Republicans keep falling for it, the Republicans are going to become a forgotten memory.

      In particular, Obama pins them to an unpopular position and then exposes the values behind that position.

      Aloso, if you teach everyone not to fall for the persuasion tricks and there really not that many and you teach people a little informal logic, the propaganda will fail.  Every form of propaganda has a corresponding violation of informal logic.  

      There are only 400 billionaires that have more wealth than 150 million.  If every Democratic person teaches the principle to two independent voters they will begin to see through the propaganda.  Obama has been a very good anti-propaganda educator.

    •  This is stunningly put: (1+ / 0-)
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      The right to bear arms at worst threatens individuals, at a rate of 10's per day across the country. But the right of global corporations to disinform the people is the kind of power that destroys nations and civilizations.
      This certainly ranks as one of the clearest summaries of our dilemma I have read!

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