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  •  Any candidate that would actually change anything (0+ / 0-)

    Would be scorned to the margins, support for that candidate ridiculed and denounced, long before election day.  The election system and the corporate media work together to guaranty that nothing. ever. changes.

    "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." ~Frederick Douglass

    by ActivistGuy on Sun Feb 02, 2014 at 11:42:06 AM PST

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    •  That's why I mentioned other alternatives besides (0+ / 0-)

      electoral political movements.

      I understand that it's indeed possible that a majority of Americans will always continue to vote for mainstream candidates who will screw them, rather than ever voting for radical change that could help them.

      I hope that's not true, but I accept it as a fairly likely possibility. So, we always need to be thinking about other ways of making change besides the ballot box.

      I'm personally not much of a fan of street protests (Ray Pensador is your go-to guy if you want to get involved in that). But I tend to be more a fan of Gandhi-style noncooperation/nonparticipation in corrupt systems, and creating parallel alternatives that people can shift their lives into. Hence, I mentioned that possibility as well. Maybe this kind of method would resonate more with the American character, since it's based on individual choice (e.g. boycotts, creating nonprofit worker-owned businesses, alternative currencies, etc.)

      The most serious problem in American politics today is that people with wrong ideas are uncompromising, and people with good ideas are submissive and unwilling to fight. Change that, and we might have a real democracy again.

      by Eric Stetson on Sun Feb 02, 2014 at 11:50:42 AM PST

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