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  •  ugh. (7+ / 0-)

    i go miles out of my way to avoid shopping at safeway.  it's absolutely pitiful.

    you know, puerto rico has state-provided healthcare, and they do it with a significantly less stable infrastructure than we do.  the fact that they can do it proves that the thugs in power will not.  sigh.

    it's a round world, last time i checked. - bill hicks (-8.00, -7.18)

    by liberalsouth on Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 09:24:01 AM PST

    •  boycotting and apathy (5+ / 0-)

      i frequently boycott major corporations based on how they act as "citizens".

      but when i raise that as a tactic with my friends and colleagues i'm met with apathy and disbelief.  typically the response i hear is:  Yeah Wal*mart sucks but it's so cheap and that's fine with me.

      we fail our children when we don't raise them to discern principles and values that contribute to the Common Good and the reaction i encounter is evidence of past failure on that account.

      Question authoritarianism

      by m00nchild on Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 10:22:49 AM PST

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      •  i get that a lot too (2+ / 0-)
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        the line i always hear is, "you're only one person, what the hell does it matter?"  it's so frustrating when people say things like that...

        it's a round world, last time i checked. - bill hicks (-8.00, -7.18)

        by liberalsouth on Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 10:33:38 AM PST

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        •  i guess we have to start (4+ / 0-)

          with the kids.

          our own.  and maybe we have to become teachers and counselours and advisors.  people who speak to groups or other individuals.

          people whose advice is valued and respected.

          over time maybe that will allow certain ideas to take hold in society so that people are less apathetic about the powerful choices they can make to coerce hostile entities in treating them like they deserve to be treated:  as human beings.

          Question authoritarianism

          by m00nchild on Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 10:47:24 AM PST

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      •  Like Rome in the 2nd century. (1+ / 0-)
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        I recently read the "Golden Ass", a semi-religious vulgar novel from the second century. Even though society was strongly alien, the feeling was that same sense of hopelessness and acquiescence to society, with the only hope being born-again (in this case, as a disciple of Isis) to escape the constriction of ass-like carnality. That sense of alienation from their own skin, of loneliness and hopelessness, can also be seen, I think it was, Trycho's Dinner, from the Satyricon, were a crowd of nouvelle riche spend an evening planning their host's funeral.

        And we're surprised people vote against their own interests.

        •  Are you a classics scholar? (0+ / 0-)

          With recent commentary floating around on this site drawing comparisons between the Roman Republic and the US it's sparked an old interest of mine in Ancient Rome.

          Question authoritarianism

          by m00nchild on Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 02:17:19 PM PST

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          •  No, just a reading addict. (0+ / 0-)

            And I've been going through my bookshelf pulling out all my college books. College is wasted on the young!

            The Golden Ass is really good, as an artistic view into the Roman psyche (who also happens to be a character). The Satyricon is a bit outside my tastes - some Roman traditions are a bit hard to see past.

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