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  •  Sooooo.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Corrupt politicians are a result of the political system, which can't be effectively reformed...
    The unemployed on the dole are the result of a flawed welfare system that absolutely must be reformed because it serves to create dependence.

    Perhaps corrupt politicians are dependent on a flawed political welfare system that needs to be reformed to prevent more corruption?

    We must never lose it, or sell it, or give it away. We must never let them take it from us.

    by Fabian on Sun May 20, 2007 at 10:00:26 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, that's what I'm getting at ... (3+ / 0-)
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      flipping between the two different explanations of causation when it's convenient in order to avoid responsibility. (And I would argue that systems are not impossible to change, despite the hagiography of the free market. If they were too complex to change, we would still have slavery, for one thing.)

      There's also an explanation in the book about how the Christian right points to the complexity of the design of the human eye to argue for the existence of a Creator. Because their definition of the Creator is that He is infallible and not to be questioned, I'm wondering if this leads to the notion that any complex system, once admitted as complex, should not be interfered with or adjusted because of "divine origin" or something.

      See ... I told you there are a lot of really intriguing issues to explore in this book that I couldn't get to. I really think people should buy it and we should have ongoing diaries and discussions about some of the individual aspects included.

      •  Bushies find justification by viewing New Deal (0+ / 0-)

        and welfare state laws, institutions, and policies as the Democrat Party's strategy to have single party rule - government as patronage.

        So, they form mirror image counter measures and justify their corrupt practices as the Republican counter.

        This explains a lot of their strategic politics.

        There are loads of examples - from the church/state fundamentalists citing the role of the black church in the civil rights struggle, to affirmative action for white men.

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