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  •  Even more than that (9+ / 0-)

    It is a mindset that says that it doesn't matter if we get ours, or you get yours...none of it matters because it's all relative and it's all happened before and will again. It is a pervasive sort of complacency that invites destruction in to fill the void. I celebrate postmodernism for its creative insipiration, but it sure has done a number on the conscience and moral compass of its generation.

    In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

    by alkalinesky on Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 07:36:17 AM PDT

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    •  As I prepare to duck and cover, (15+ / 0-)

      I will also note that we lost a great deal of authority to manage our democracy when we granted everyone the right to "an opinion" and then gave them equal weight in the discussion.  We faint at the thought of calling someone out when they say stupid, or foolish things.  We give "equal time" to the lie, the truth, and the meaningless.  We have lost the cultural strength to call BS when it parades before us, naked and strutting.

      Some people are like blotters -- they soak it all up but get it all backward.

      by Granny Doc on Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 07:39:46 AM PDT

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      •  Totally agree (8+ / 0-)

        And I have been arguing much the same in those dreaded Russert diaries. Abdication of responsibility for the state of this nation to the big bad boogie man media and other entities has been to our detriment. Until we recognize the wilful ignorance and intellectual laziness of the American people as the crucial underpinning of this nation's woes, we will never get anywhere.

        Obama speaks to the intelligent parts of all of us, and refuses to speak as though we are less than that. It's a great start, and we are seeing great results.

        In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

        by alkalinesky on Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 07:43:23 AM PDT

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      •  Great diary, great comment (1+ / 0-)
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        Methinks Mr. Obama should give you a gig as a speechwriter,  GD. ;-)

        I've watched our press, in particular, giving complete morons a megaphone with which to spew utter crap. (Ann Coulter, anyone?)  I sit back, flabbergasted, as our bought-and-sold media gives credibility where none is due and there seems no shortage of sheep ready to carry the banner of The New Idiocracy to new heights.

        It gets rather depressing when I see some school board seriously consider teaching whatever the hell "intelligent design" is in science class and the media covering this blasphemy thinks that's OK. Well it's not OK to teach our kids this crap any more than it was for Germany to teach their kids that Jews were some "mistake" the Creator made and thus it's OK to exterminate them.

        This ain't no party. This ain't no disco. This ain't no foolin' around!

        by Snud on Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 06:21:11 PM PDT

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    •   A Short History of Progress (3+ / 0-)
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      helps with perspective..

      Ronald Wright argues that our modern predicament is as old as civilization itself: a 10,000 year old experiment we have participated in but seldom controlled. He examines the meaning of progress and its implications for civilizations past and present. The twentieth century was a time of runaway growth in human population, consumption, and technology that placed an unsustainble burden on all natural systems. The twenty first century represents our last opportunity to succeed where our forefathers almost without exception have not

      Small book...originally a series of lectures..and he does mean Last Opportunity..because we have been doing this over and over for 10,000 years.

      Think Tank. "A place where people are paid to think by the makers of tanks" Naomi Klein.

      by ohcanada on Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 10:16:25 AM PDT

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    •  postmodernism is fantastic (1+ / 0-)
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      for taking things apart. for critique and analysis. for refinement.

      but it is crap for actually building anything.

      to build you need an originating idea -- an assumption of value, of truth, of good.

      and post modernism is incapable of providing you with that.

      as human beings, we are creative. if we imagine it, we build it. almost every stitch of the world we see and experience has passed through the membrane, the filter of human moderated experience. whatever we choose to call it.

      the only way forward is to become bigger than our problems, to create our way out.

      The sleep of reason brings forth monsters.

      by beijingbetty on Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 04:47:58 PM PDT

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