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    that a country with less than 5% of the world's population could go on consuming 25% or more of the world's resources. We are going through the great leveling. The rich, of course, will see to it that the leveling does not affect them. Why would they not? That means that the impact is going to come out of the hides of the erstwhile middle class and the poor, young and old alike.

    The rich, through their intransigent greed and their neoliberal flunkies in government and academia, are accelerating the expansion of a large class of people with nothing left to lose but their lives. I will not be surprised to see public suicide by the old, individually or in groups, become a form of protest against the system of deepening economic injustice. I don't mean like suicide bombers, who are murderers more than they are suicides, but suicides like that of Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia, where the suicide dramatizes the socio-economic plight of a large swath of the population. I do not hope for this, but it would not surprise me. It's the kind of thing that happens when people feel that they have nothing left to lose and nowhere to turn.

    The US increasingly looks like the old man characterized by a passing remark in Joyce's Ulysses: "He has a great future behind him."

    The GOP can't win on ideas. They can only win by lying, cheating, and stealing. So they do.

    by psnyder on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 11:20:57 AM PDT

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