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  •  I agree that those programs carried on for a long (16+ / 0-)

    period.  But I wonder if a development scenario -- "We need roads, canals, land platting record, etc" -- will relate to programs where we have to get people to do what they don't naturally want to do.

    Addressing climate change requires changing people's actions against their will (at least in some cases, roughly 1/2 the nation would be a guess).  Development -- roads, canals, plats, etc -- were things everyone wanted. Desired improvements.

    Social Security would be one long term example, but everyone pays in and everyone collects out.  It was built with a guaranteed constituency.

    What I fear is that our representative (haha) government will be delayed until the crisis is too apparent, too far along.  Oil and 1% groups are pushing hard against doing anything. By the time the consensus comes about, will there be time to address the problem without facing Malthusian catastrophes?

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 10:19:17 PM PDT

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    •  Maybe the pre-Citizens United government was (1+ / 0-)
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      capable of responding to a crisis whose only solution threatens the established economic order.

      Post-Citizens United? Not so much. The problem with our government is not that it is structurally impotent, it's that we have rendered it impotent by the ascendence of political interest and greed so potent that it has now claimed the last bastion of protection of our democracy: the Supreme Court.

      Could a true reformer ever be elected President? Only if that true reformer masqueraded as a Wall Street shill to get there. Sort of a reverse Obama. But even such a president would still be faced with a thoroughly corrupt and purchased Congress.

      It does seem hopeless. But we have to continue to do our best to organize, to educate, to be as active as we possibly can be. Otherwise, there truly is no hope.

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