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  •  A lot of what you're proposing would come about (1+ / 0-)
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    with a healthy union movement.  Much more of the corporate coup of the last 30-40 years has been accomplished by the right's crippling of unions, especially in the private sector, than is generally realized.  Nor is the intensity of the right's hatred of unions widely recognized.  Unfortunately, one way that the R's have been able to get away with basically destroying private-sector unions in the U.S. is that so many nominal Dems have either stood aside passively or jumped on for the ride because their in the pocket of the corporations either financially, intellectually (James Kwak's "soft capture"), or both.  We have met the enemy, and he is us.  

    Without a revivification of the private-sector unions, you're never going to get a smidgin of the things you want.  

    •  But they HAVE (0+ / 0-)

      destroyed unions, and their credibility among a wide spread of those who have the most to benefit from them -- the working classes in non-unionized professions and businesses.  So there's no use crying over spilled milk.  Instead, we need to solve this problem without looking to organizations that were effective a century ago but have lost support.

      The federal government has grown during this time to a massive bureaucracy much more capable of taking on corporate power than it was in 1933.  I propose using the tool we have at hand and just legislating what we need, in such a way as to command overwhelming support from the majority of the population.  As much as they may hate it, corporations cannot publicly justify many of their stances, which are obviously corrupt and self-serving, or their behaviors which obviously endanger individuals and the common environment.  That needs to be emphasized while introducing rules to restrain their misconduct.  The voters don't believe obvious corporate bs any more.  They've learned better.

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