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  •  Still only a 13-vote margin of defeat in a country (14+ / 0-)

    whose population overwhelmingly opposed British participation. All legislative bodies seem to have a moral gerrymandering in favor of whatever the government wants to do. Takes a lot of democracy to frustrate even the stupidest intentions of government.

    The meme is simple enough: "Regarding Syria, If you support the President, you end up supporting al-Qaeda." No politician, of any party, persuasion, or clique, wants an opponent who will be able to say this in an advertisement.

    by Superskepticalman on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 03:57:25 AM PDT

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      and it's why mass movements, and the organizations that sustain mass movements independently of parties and politicians, are essential to any functioning democracy.  Leave the levers of power to the parties and chattering classes, surrender the streets to the authorities, allow a single, conservative social element (capital) to be entirely hegemonic, and I don't care what it says on paper, you have NO living democracy.

      Clap On, Clap Off, The Clapper!

      by ActivistGuy on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 11:35:42 AM PDT

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