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  •  Transformation of politics usually requires crisis (1+ / 0-)
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    To set off explosive change.  I have flirted with the idea that radical change requires the level of crisis which creates the consensus that the Constitution is irreparably damaged and needs to be replaced.  Such a crisis will require accepting short-term suffering as a necessary cost for long-term good.  I don't think a painless transition is possible and there is no way that the lower classes are going to suffer more than the upper classes (unless the transition involves rounding up the rich and executing them, something I do not support).

    How does one precipitate a crisis?  Do we need another Civil War?  Should we embrace the idea of refusing to compromise on the debt ceiling so that the government defaults and create economic chaos if the Republicans don't fundamentally change their party?

    •  i think taking a stand (2+ / 0-)
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      Shahryar, marty marty

      and forcing the republicans to own their own manufactured crises would be a good step. but i'm not at all into the idea of empowering the crazed.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 07:27:45 PM PDT

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      •  You would first have to acknowledge (3+ / 0-)
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        that these crises weren't manufactured by rethugs alone. Village dems will never do as you are suggesting.

        I think the party would have to split... the Clinton Wing and the Warren Wing perhaps. What is rotten on the dem side - quite a bit of it, I fear - will have to be excised.

        I don't know if that can actually happen. I'm not by nature an optimist.

        The law, in its majestic equality, gives the rich as well as the poor the right to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to eat dumpster donuts. - With apologies to Anatole France

        by chuckvw on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 09:17:17 PM PDT

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    •  So is this a Political Shock Doctrine??? (0+ / 0-)

      Without geometry, life is pointless. And blues harmonica players suck.

      by blindcynic on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 08:00:52 PM PDT

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      •  No it is a continuation of The Shock Doctrine. (1+ / 0-)
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        Those in government don't give up - they keep doing the same thing and once it works for them and they get away with it - it contiues.

      •  I'm inspired by punctuated equilibria (0+ / 0-)

        The theory of Niles Eldridge and Stephen Jay Gould that evolution tends to follow a path of stasis, with little change, interrupted by short periods of rapid change.

        I believe that most of the time, the best you can hope for is small, incremental reform.  Occasionally, situations arise that lead to massive change.  Can these situations be manufactured or do you just have to sit and wait and hope you are in a position to do something?

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