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  •  Obsolete When it Was Published (6+ / 0-)

    The threats posed by wealth concentration, speculation and such had been known to civilization well over a century when the framers convened. Even as late as Bill of Rights efforts, Madison and Jefferson who envisioned a society more primitive than that understood enough to have wanted a fundamental freedom from economic monopoly, which never made the cut.

    So we were born with a system that was perfectly ignorant of its unfolding future, one that had 3 of 4 limbs tied behind its back for governing its own present. As a result we the people have experienced a cycle of bubbles and depressions with increasing wealth concentration for our entire history, except for the 50 year mid 20th century anomaly.

    We did get in the Bill of Rights a freedom for corporations that are sponsored by corporations, from any check or balance on their core activity, so long as they are in the business of informing the people and hosting our civic discourse.

    If I had to choose between government without corporations- sponsored- by- corporations educating the people, and corporations- sponsored- by- corporations educating the people without government, I wouldn't hesitate to choose the latter" - Thomas Jefferson translated into 21st century economics.
    Congratulations Mr. Jefferson, your ideal is accelerating toward becoming our destiny.

    We also have in the Constitution credible brakes against the arising of an imperial presidency by dividing war powers, with no analogue to prevent a criminal presidency by analogously dividing enforcement powers. And so we've had numerous criminal presidencies, and arguably 1 or more demonstrations that the path to an imperial presidency is via the uncheckable criminal presidency.

    And our legislature is empowered to create rules for consensus that empower tiny minorities of our population to crash the global economy.

    Not ready for prime time.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 09:30:15 PM PST

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