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  •  A Web Like This Never Collapses (4.00)
    because there's no boundary to it.

    Two of our most powerful cultural groups, two of our most powerful industries, the national media and our entire military establishment are strongly interested in our past and future engagement in the middle east. Granted they're not unanimous on every possible move, but there is simply no way the general electorate is ever going to be permitted to come to a consensus against continued militarism. And that means they'll not be allowed to conclude that the Iraq invasion was illegal or even ill-advised. Such ideas are going to be contained among small interest groups and elitists.

    The best we can hope for is for surgically-precise blame to fall on selected members of the Bush admin for short-term crimes and incompetence.

    But it's not at all obvious that the Republican movement or even the Admin is doomed. Usually when people act as recklessly as they have for the past 15 years, it's because they know their opponents will never regain power.

    There are any number of reasons to believe that if they thought this, they may well be right.

    --Now watch this nomination.

    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 Sat Oct 29, 2005 at 08:49:37 PM PDT

    •  There's one fallacy there (none)
      You assume that the corporations have the same objective as the Bushites.

      They don't.

      The corporations want to make money. Lots of it. For that to happen, the bulk of people in this country need to have at least a LITTLE disposable income. Not so much that they can control anything, but they do need to have SOME.

      They need to able to afford enough food, enough energy, and enough health, and have some left over to spend.

      Corporations don't give a rat's ass what people believe, or how they behave - as long as they spend money and work for as little as possible. Nor do they particularly care who's in power, as long as they basically control them. They'll pay the taxes they need to pay to maintain the balance, but no more than that.

      The Bushites want power, and ALL the money. They want feudalism. They don't want anybody else to have anything, or have any chance to get anything.

      This is now clashing with the corporations goal. Guess who wins?

      •  You beat me to it. (none)
        Thanks for saying it so well. How bizarre and just downright godawful have things got when we have to think of the corporations as the good guys? (/very/relatively speaking)

        Anyhow, have a 4 on me...

      •  Right about corps (none)
        That's why Walmart is agitating for an increase in the minimum wage - their own marketing strategies have driven down wages, and now they're finding out that people with no money don't shop.

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