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    I grant that there was more diversity in the media in those days than today. Plus, I'll grant that the propaganda skills are much more well honed these days.

     But seriously, they were literally shooting down strikers by the dozens. Kangaroo courts were common. The corruption of the Gilded Age was no greater than today.
       I grant that the oppression is probably more organized today than in those days, but the brutality levels were at least as great, if not greater, back then.

      As for the Supreme Court, it was an extreme right-wing court back then as well. Remember that it justified slavery, made almost every strike illegal, and made corporations people.

    “Wall Street had been doing business with pieces of paper; and now someone asked for a dollar, and it was discovered that the dollar had been mislaid.” ― Upton Sinclair

    by gjohnsit on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 01:24:26 PM PDT

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      I stated:"institutionalization of selective political oppression." Back then, the oppression wasn't really all that "institutionalized." Labor Laws were more akin to the wild West, in many ways, and that's why they evolved towards the end of that period. Don't know my Supreme Court history as well as I should. And, that's pretty shameful, since I majored in 20th Century American Studies in college (cross-discipline: history, poli-sci, literature).

      "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

      by bobswern on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 05:11:48 PM PDT

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