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  •  Americans are a self-selected nation of escapists. (0+ / 0-)

    We are a nation of immigrants who chose to come here in order to escape from a bad situation in their homelands. Perhaps it's in our genes our our national character to run from societal problems rather than fight to fix them.

    If so, then the most likely way that Americans could change things would actually be by dropping out of the mainstream economic system and creating alternative economic systems through private free choice. Maybe it's more in our national character to try stuff like that, rather than political protests.

    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 11:44:02 AM PST

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