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  •  I am trying to see (4+ / 0-)
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    the current political situation through your eyes and the diary's author's eyes.

    The analysis is that our political avenues are inherently and hopelessly corrupted and not available for redress.

    Nonetheless a potential solution is that we will be allowed to win a peaceful strike, even a large strike that would transfer considerable wealth from the privileged to the workers.

    Do you understand why I feel a disconnect between the analysis and the potential solutions?

    “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

    by 6412093 on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 06:27:16 PM PDT

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    •  Okay, thanks for the clarification (0+ / 0-)

      I think some sort of violence from one side or the other is inevitable to some extent. In fact to do nothing means that mass violence continues in it's current form, be that our brutally violent prison system or the violence of millions of people removed from their homes by foreclosures. Resisting only makes the violence of the people in power more obvious, fascism or not.  I'm not sure what you call a country that brutally oppresses a specific group because of that groups race except fascist, although it doesn't fit exactly. Because that's what we do. Some people want to pretend that because I can say we do that it suddenly is repressive or a police state, but I call that nonsense. Violence is endemic in our system and almost certainly any significant structural change will be resisted by the system with violence. But not every strike involves violence, plenty are small scale enough that they aren't threatening enough to elicit a response. If there was a general strike I can guarantee the government or corporations would use violence. Whether that means using violence in self defense is debatable, but I don't think advocation for protecting yourself is a bad thing.

      •  Thanks, AoT (1+ / 0-)
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        for the detailed response.  The last time I participated in similar discussions, in about 1968-72, often folks did not pay adequate attention to our country's political nuances in their analyses, and in my opinion that led to some leftists making poor decisions.

        So I'm concerned now, at matching an accurate analysis, with appropriate solutions.

        “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

        by 6412093 on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 09:40:03 PM PDT

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