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  •  Like I said, Bell Curve. (1+ / 0-)
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    And massive improvements in many areas - hell most areas - for sure - totally agree with you.

    I just don't think it's a healthy response to our current situation.

    Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

    by k9disc on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 10:36:34 AM PDT

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    •  Surely you recognize (3+ / 0-)
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      the "Best of All Possible Worlds" defense against charges of totalitarianism*, don't you?

      Too bad public education was so devastated a couple of generations ago so that kids weren't taught actual history anymore. If they had, this empty argument would probably go much further to placate the sheep than it does.

      * As defined within the discipline of political science by Freidrich and Brzezinski, as a governing system guided by ideology, imposed via officially sanctioned party or parties espousing fundamentally identical philosophies of governance, typically led by a powerful [public] personality or personalities; a system of control through terror, monopoly of the means of communication, sanctioned physical force, and control of the economy by central (state and/or oligarchic) planning and implementation.

      •  I do now, in all kinds of places. Thanks a bunch (2+ / 0-)
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        I really need to read more philosophy, although I'm a bit afraid of it.

        I'm already way out there socially in terms of normal conversation. That kind of stuff might push me over the edge. :-)

        My public education was pretty amazing. Very lucky there. My FB friends from HS too, so many sharp cookies - and normal people too. So many critical thinkers.

        Thanks again.

        Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

        by k9disc on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 01:44:53 PM PDT

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