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  •  But They Can't Because We're a Plutocracy (19+ / 0-)

    or oligarchy, and the oligarchs have more power. Hell they've taken us up to half the states are now Right to Work. It's almost impossible to vote them out of the House now and they have the plan for making it similarly near impossible to vote them out of the White House.

    Even if they don't become un-unelectable, we still can't legislate.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 05:11:15 PM PDT

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    •  We should understand by now (13+ / 0-)

      that our government is compromised.

      It is time to #Occupy Media.

      by lunachickie on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 06:41:54 PM PDT

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    •  The problem is power. To be felt, it has to hurt. (4+ / 0-)

      That's why the essence of democracy is that power is dispersed over all the people, only to be assembled and concentrated when needed. That's the theory. It's never yet been achieved. The petty potentates in Congress and in the legislative bodies of the several states have always exercised power to comfort their cronies and discomfit the general populace. But, before the information age, it was not as widely noticed. How did land barons and coal barons and cattle barons and industrialists get control of natural resources? Governmental entities stole them and gave them away. The rule of law is handy that way. It fosters the pretense that taking on behalf of someone else isn't theft.
      Now, when agents of government dole out tokens (money) they make themselves, that's actually more moral because the recipients of the token can then bargain for their daily needs and compensate the providers. Trade and exchange is more moral than taking/theft. Mutually satisfying behavior is not exploitation. That the money is intrinsically worthless does not matter. It is the thought that counts. An IOU represents the intent to give back. A certified IOU, which is what a dollar is, is even better because it is backed by the good faith of the whole community.

      However, as is true of all artifacts of man, money, which is meant to be moved around, can be abused. Hoarding money is abusive. So, when we praise those who accumulate and hoard dollars, we're actually praising bad behavior. Which is not unique. We praise the rape of the earth, as well. Some people are impressed by the use of force, as long as it's not applied to them.
      All things considered, abusing money is a minor evil because, since it is a figment of the imagination, an artifact that need not even be tangible, we can always make more. What should shame the U.S. is the devastation caused by "shock and awe."

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 01:24:43 AM PDT

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