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  •  Endpoints. (2+ / 0-)
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    Prof Dave, limpidglass

    Since revolution is as impractical in this country as totalitarianism, I see only two likely outcomes: Backlash or dissolution.  Either Congress and the White House are clean-sweeped by an aggressive, viral political movement (such as ours) with hair-trigger primary challenges, or a succession of petty tyrants futilely tightening their grip on a collapsing country.

    Freedom is in the fight.

    by Troubadour on Sun Jun 22, 2008 at 01:44:50 PM PDT

    •  there is another possibility: (2+ / 0-)
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      Prof Dave, James Kresnik

      the rotten economic system may collapse in a big way, creating an open space for a true people's movement to rally together, elect a new Congress, and build the socio-economic-political institutions needed to restore the republic, end the war, and fight climate change.

      It's also possible that a ruthless demagogue could take advantage of that opening to seize total power and establish a totalitarian dictatorship. That is just as likely, given how badly damaged our Constitution now is.

      But I think there is a chance that the people will once again bear out the claim that this country is the last, best hope on Earth.

      •  This seems much (1+ / 0-)
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        limpidglass

        more likely to me.  The way of empiric collapse is because the budget no longer remains to be squandered.

      •  We're wise to be acting now (1+ / 0-)
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        and lucky to have a leader with the talent for the job.  Public suffering today is acute enough to sharpen reason, but not overwhelming enough to cause despair, so our opportunity/peril ratio is much more favorable than it was in the Great Depression.  

        Still, it's important to realize that every moment is new, and the past precludes nothing - positive or negative.  Even if the United States fell under dictatorship for a period of time, that doesn't mean it wouldn't rebound at some point more glorious than before; nor does it mean that if our Finest Hour Yet occurred over the next 8 years, that the 8 years immediately following it couldn't be the worst in our history.

        A free nation is created every moment by its members.  That is The Dream we talk so much about - not suburbia, not car culture, not any of the trash associated with it by shallow people.  Simply the fanatic belief that nothing is ever set in stone - not even our own decisions.  That is the central Siva-esque paradox guaranteeing both the birth and death of freedom in perpetuity.

        Freedom is in the fight.

        by Troubadour on Sun Jun 22, 2008 at 03:07:34 PM PDT

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