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  •  I would guess (4+ / 0-)
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    that things have always been this way. Populism is only a couple hundred years old (well, except for Jesus but the usual suspects always seem to forget that). The enemies of social justice are few but strong. What strikes me the most is the power of greed; while I am sure that there are probably some paranoid rich folks out there that truly believe the poor will rise up and steal all their treasure, I think the vast majority of them know that social justice will never break them. They just choose to fight it because it may diminish their wealth ever so slightly.

    It may also be more of a question of power - maybe they are more afraid of losing power than their wealth. In any case, they feel special and they want to keep it that way. They will always fight social justice, forever. In this country we have let them get too rich and too powerful - now it's going to be that much harder to reach our goals. We need a few rich and powerful folks on our side and that is starting to happen more and more. We'll get there.

    "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:57:47 AM PST

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