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  •  Well waking folks up is what Bill's diary is about (3+ / 0-)

    I guess, as it ends with a plug for Reich's upcoming documentary about what I'm calling "Neofeudalism."  So we agree on that as a first step, as daunting a task at that is today.  Last night I listened to Chris Hedges being interviewed on Humankind. His take on our current dilemma is extremely depressing: waking up the American public is increasingly a project that requires breaking through an almost impenetrable shield of media-generated obscurity and obfuscation driven by sensory-overloaded programming foisted on us by (ta da!) one segment of the oligarchs.  Our culture, for all practical purposes, is moribund.  

    Thanks for all you're doing, btw, OPOL.  Much appreciated.  Don Quixote has nothing on us, though.  

    What worries me most is that the ultimate trigger for real change may be multiple-systemic collapse.  That scares the shit out of me.  

    "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi // Question: "succeed" at what?

    by nailbender on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 11:14:32 AM PDT

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    •  As I said in a diary about Ben Masel, (2+ / 0-)
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      better to spend a lifetime tilting at windmills than to swallow the shit being shoveled.

      And yes, I also worry that the longer it takes to reach the tipping point, the more catastrophic it may be. I guess we have to hold on and hope for the best.

      Thanks brother.

    •  I gotta cut in here to say thanks for the Hedges (4+ / 0-)

      link and that I agree with you in your letter to your son and OPOL's comment about the power in numbers, but only if they exercise that power. Which is something that is hard to harness with all the distractions 24/7 of 'breaking news' and nonsense human interest stories gobbling up their time in bumper sticker time slots.

      My son is in his late 30's, my daughter almost 40, but they are Canadians (I'm multi-gen Texan) and sometimes that gives me a sharp contrast, reminding me that the world is not the USA alone. Health care, (not insurance policies), is one big example because they don't have bankruptcy from medical bills ruining families lives.
      You mention the insurance industry profit protection Bill,the ACA and I look at one of my grandsons who has needed medical help since birth, but it made no economic impact on their family. Money that would have gone to the corporations in the USA , goes instead to a better life for them all in Canada.
      In fact they are coming to visit in a few days (!) and it's all being paid for by the Canadian govt., the ferry costs, motel costs and a per diem allowance for food all because the prosthetic device one grandson needs is only available in the USA. How lucky we feel that it also happens to be in this town I live in near the border.

      Maybe the help we need will come from other Countries banding together to stop our march around the world and I am also very worried about the nut case Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Canada as he rules in a 'try and stop me' fashion, stripping environmental laws, labor laws in his attempt to be more neo feudal than the USA.
      So they have a big political sell out problem too but at least on a few fronts they have a much better scenario than those in the US under similar medical circumstances.
      (yikes! I rambled on without noticing)

      without the ants the rainforest dies

      by aliasalias on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 12:25:59 PM PDT

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