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  •  Either that, or we wrest control over our (1+ / 0-)
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    It is convenient when it comes to accounting for things. We would not know, for example, the extent of the inequity in the distribution of our national assets and resources, were they not quantified in dollars.

    Congress was given charge over the currency but has chosen to abrogate its responsibility for their own purposes.

    I, for one, consider the decision in Citizens United a win for democracy because the donation restrictions were mainly designed to control contributors, rather than the candidates whose behavior needs to be restricted from the get-go. Of course, recent Congresses have been loathe to restrict themselves to doing the work of the people and prefer to natter about whom else in the general population they can disadvantage without perceptible consequence to themselves.
    That they keep picking on the weak and infirm and linguistically disadvantaged reeks of predatory behavior--except natural predators do not routinely pick on their own kind.

    by hannah on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 05:31:46 AM PDT

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    •  There was a time (0+ / 0-)

      when currency was a "means of exchange".

      While owning a large amount of currency has always brought a better lifestyle and some privilege, it still remains a means of exchange.

      Quite how that could be considered to be speech is a leap in logic that totally escapes me.

      This is why, among other reasons, I will never be a justice of the Supreme Court.

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      Who is twigg?

      by twigg on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 05:36:35 AM PDT

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      •  Currency is a symbol of value, much as (2+ / 0-)
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        myboo, psyched

        speech is a symbolic rendering of thought and the written word is just as much a symbol as cash.
        Agents of government are precluded from punishing people for what they think, believe and say.
        The question to ask is why it is permissible for agents of government to deprive some people of access to currency. Would we tolerate limiting access to the written word?
        Oh wait, that was the practice until quite recently and even now, that 30% of our adult population is functionally illiterate (i.e. they do not understand what they read) is not, IMHO, an accident.

        Deprivation of all kinds is the key to power.

        by hannah on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 05:54:50 AM PDT

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        •  No more loaded concept than MONEY & its power (3+ / 0-)
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          hannah, No Exit, unfangus

          For AT LEAST the span of the "Christian era", two root concepts have been beaten into - well, EVERYONE in Christendom:
          - you are an awful evil thing;
          - you need more money

          As a book-keeping tool, it's great stuff;  the way we use it, it's close to the worst stuff imaginable.  It's time for bright sisters and brothers to be thinking about how to make a post-scarcity, post-commerce society function.

          trying to stay alive 'til I reach 65!

          by chmood on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 06:49:47 AM PDT

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