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  •  Of course the rulers don't (13+ / 0-)

    Neither do they like America as it could be, or even as it is.  These are the people who want to be unchallenged rulers, even if their kingdam has to be a shithole.  Turning America into a shithole is a small price in their filthy, disgusting little minds in order to ascend the throne and secure their position.

    The thought of being at the mercy of society at large (i.e. how 99.999% of us live every day) is anathema to these people.

    They should be fed into a tree chipper, feet first.

    •  Decades of jet-set, big biz, beautiful-people (5+ / 0-)

      ...contact with sheikhs, emirs, sultans, and European royals -- followed by the rise of young billionaires like Bill Gates and of ever more highly paid sports and entertainment superstars -- may have perhaps convinced the U.S. elite that they were unnecessarily being far too modest in their assessment of how much wealth they could extract from the system.

      And without it even being a conscious process, perhaps they decided to "go for it" and intensify the winner-take-all character of American society a little more with each passing year, feeling none of the moral scruples that restrained previous generations.

      •  Winner Take All... (2+ / 0-)
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        That might have been the phrase I have been looking for.

        I have this idea that the goal is to break the system now, while the elite still have all powers of the state: production, information dissemination, military force, economic superiority. This was they maintain their power in the long term; lose money gain marketshare. Such a better reality than losing power, face and control over the next 50 years and becoming the bane of history.

        Now this winner take all notion...

        Who wins if the world falls apart? Those who take it all.

        Interesting...

        Ignore the base, hide our values, and chase the swing voter and we not only lose, but we fall farther behind.

        by k9disc on Sat Jul 22, 2006 at 08:06:03 PM PDT

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    •  Here's another book to add to the list (4+ / 0-)
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      MarkInSanFran, Dave925, dkmich, jlb1972

      I concur with this diary on the difficulty of penetrating the power elite's hold on reality.  I wrote this book recently and have received excellent reviews here and here.

      Despite all that, and even TeacherKen's  best efforts, trying to 'crash the gate' of the educational estalbishment is nothing less than firing a few pithy arrows at the ramparts of a well-entrenched kingdom.  You don't get a foothold.

      Unless people support the authors of books like Hostile Takeover.

      Wake up, the responsibility is ours!  What's ten or fifteen bucks to support people like this?   Half a tank of gas?  A quarter?

      Again, I say:  Wake up out there!

      Education? Teaching? NCLB? Read my book _Becoming Mr. Henry_

      by Mi Corazon on Sat Jul 22, 2006 at 08:04:17 PM PDT

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      •  Another book to consider (0+ / 0-)

        that was remarkably prescient is Revolt of the Elites by Christopher Lasch, who sadly died before it was published ca. 1994. Basically, Lasch says that the relatively civic-minded elites of most of the 20th century have converted themselves to acting as though the system exists solely for their support and benefit. In so many ways, this is typical of our country - see something good, isolate an essential component that can be aggressively promoted, and thereby lose the complex context that made the thing good in the first place. No wonder we're murder for rain forests - or New Orleans.

        Then let us learn our range: we are something but we are not everything - Pascal

        by jlb1972 on Sun Jul 23, 2006 at 04:48:33 AM PDT

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