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  •  I sense your outrage Don. What exactly do you (1+ / 0-)
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    intend to do?  What is your plan.  The abandonment of the electoral system?  Rioting in the streets?  Armed rebellion?  One can rant against the seeming futility of the "liberal" cause, but how do you think we should change things?

    I'm not sure that you have a clue.

    And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

    by MrJersey on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 06:33:22 PM PST

    •  we stopped the draft with non-violent (1+ / 0-)
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      resistance.  if you want a "plan" in a short diary you have no clue............Global Insanity: How Homo sapiens Lost Touch with Reality while Transforming the World

      The Global Economy that sustains the civilized world is destroying the biosphere. As a result, civilization, like the Titanic, is on a collision course with disaster. But changing course via the body politic appears to be well nigh impossible, given that much of the populace lives in denial. Why is that? And how did we get into such a fix? In this essay, biologists James Coffman and Donald Mikulecky argue that the reductionist model of the world developed by Western civilization misrepresents life, undermining our ability to regulate and adapt to the accelerating anthropogenic transformation of the world entrained by that very model. An alternative worldview is presented that better accounts for both the relational nature of living systems and the developmental phenomenology that constrains their evolution. Development of any complex system reinforces specific dependencies while eliminating alternatives, reducing the diversity that affords adaptive degrees of freedom: the more developed a system is, the less potential it has to change its way of being. Hence, in the evolution of life most species become extinct. This perspective reveals the limits that complexity places on knowledge and technology, bringing to light our hubristically dysfunctional relationship with the natural world and increasingly tenuous connection to reality. The inescapable conclusion is that, barring a cultural metamorphosis that breaks free of deeply entrenched mental frames that made us what we are, continued development of the Global Economy will lead inexorably to the collapse of civilization.

      An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

      by don mikulecky on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 07:01:48 PM PST

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        They are your friend.


      •  Don, read your history. Resistance to the draft (3+ / 0-)
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        ended the moment that Nixon instituted the draft lottery.  Two thirds of the people who were facing the draft suddenly found out that they were no longer facing induction, and they suddenly left the anti-draft movement to "pursue other interests."

        It was when the temperature of the general electorate changed toward the VietNam War in general and politicians figured out that ending the draft was politically popular, coupled with the fact that large numbers of draftees were no longer needed for cannon fodder in SE Asia, that is when the draft ended.  

        While it is true that draft resistance and war resistance drew attention to the draft and the war. much of that had already run its course but the time the draft ended.  I know, I was there, I saw it happen.

        And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

        by MrJersey on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 10:30:58 PM PST

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