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  •  Watched the PBS show on Athens last eve . . . (4+ / 0-)
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    corvo, skrekk, gatorcog, ibonewits

    and was sort of startled to hear that, basically, the first thing the newly democratic and newly wealthy Athens did was start an unstoppable series of imperialist wars. I think the line in the show was "Democratic Athens voted for war, on average, every two years of its existence."

    Of course, you'd think our democracy might have learned something from the first one . . .

    Frankly, I'm less inclined to believe our imperialism is due to anything democratic as much as everything corporatist. Our system isn't a functioning democracy anymore---at least in the sense that people make up their own minds about how their government will act and in what they will believe. Today, we're basically told how to act and what to believe.

    And the most pathetic thing is that we go along with it.

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