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  •  "Communities are not centered on profit, but our (4+ / 0-)

    two political parties are."

    True, but oligarchical party hierarchies are the tip of the iceberg. Our entire culture is skewed by the worship of Mammon: News organizations rarely pursue the deepest truths, because they're all about the bottom line; our biggest corporations redefine how we view crucial cultural issues (Climate Change, Prisons & Punishment, Schools, Gun Control, Healthcare, etc.), because their prime directive of profit devours all their better human impulses.

    I believe America set out in Pursuit of Happiness, fell into a soul-shrinking and coarsening Pursuit of Dollars, and lost grasp of our best American Dream.

    I'll check out your diary. Frank's pretty sharp.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 12:30:07 PM PDT

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    •  And fell into a pit full of snakes... (4+ / 0-)

      I agree with everything you said.   Frank goes a step farther and says nothing on the horizon is going to change it.   Only hope is a strong labor party.  

      I will not vote for Hillary. What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

      by dkmich on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 12:46:02 PM PDT

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      •  That's a race against time, then. Labor's almost (2+ / 0-)
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        dead -- at least the organized kind, as the far right, with the collusion of the corporatist Dems, undermines the last vestiges in private and now particularly the public sector. Unless a labor party that's not captured by the neoliberals gets off the ground soon, it will be the end of American democratic society as we've known it -- and because of the gathering catastrophe of climate change, the end of humanity as we've known it, also.

        "Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

        by Kombema on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 07:18:11 PM PDT

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    •  America and the pursuit of happiness (2+ / 0-)
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      America did not set out on the innocent pursuit of happiness. America set out on the pursuit of acquisition, i.e. kill an entire peoples to quench the desire for selfish opportunity.
      It was already soul-shrinking and coarsening from day one.

      And, a book I am looking forward to is:

      Caitlin Rosenthal's From Slavery to Scientific Management: Accounting for Control in Antebellum America , which explores the connection between slavery and modern corporate capitalism, in that slavery was the testing ground for control methods that were refined and adopted throughout capitalistic labor practices.

      I have thought, for quite some time, that Atlantic slavery was proto-capitalism and that the 'resolution' into the sharecropping system is emblematic for modern capitalism.

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