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  •  Doesn't it seem most (27+ / 0-)

    Events in politics and media output are manufactured and managed these days?  I truly dislike all the manipulation, distraction and deception. All of it is such a waste of energy and time, when there are so many very real crises to attend to at both the governmental and popular level.

    “In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly mobile—and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely." - HST

    by cosmic debris on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 03:15:21 PM PDT

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    •  "Democracy Inc.: Managed Democracy and ... (7+ / 0-)

      the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism"

      outstanding book by dean of American political philosophy, Sheldon Wolin

      really great book

      lots on managed democracy which is what your comment was about

      in 2008 could only hint about totalitarianism, now it is here

      it is inverted because the state does not control everything

      for example in a traditional totalitarian state, they control the media

      in the inverted form, the media know what to do to serve the powers that be. In other words, propaganda is part of the system and most people don't realize it.

    •  Agreed. Thank you for the excellent diary, cd. (1+ / 0-)
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      cosmic debris

      One point that I disagree with Laursen on, however, is that:

      Raise the retirement age; set up Means Testing; utilize Chained-CPI.  This third head is, as we all now know, the current favored choice of the Obama Administration.  It is a cut.
      A more accurate way to put it, IMHO, is that it is 'the low-hanging fruit.'  It is also one of the most 'confusing' cuts, and therefore easier (in their minds) to dupe the public into accepting it.

      I am convinced that they will go for all the Bowles-Simpson proposed cuts (after the midterms).

      Take a gander at this YouTube audio clip of US Rep James Clyburn discussing 'modifying' Social Security.

      The discussion of 'means testing' Social Security begins at approximately Minute 3:40.

      Rep Clyburn says 'we ought to be discussing means testing.'  

      He states that he's almost 70, and not thinking about retiring.

      [Audio Clip Credit:  James Clyburn on Deficit Commission, means-testing Social Security, Mike Stark, [05:11], YouTube]

      Thanks again for this diary.  

      It is important that folks realize that there is MORE THAN just the Chained CPI at stake here.  ;-)


      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


      by musiccitymollie on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 12:12:01 PM PDT

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