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  •  This is a service to us all... (0+ / 0-)

    ...but I also believe that you have identified six central tendencies of modern capitalism, which has its most 'advanced' expression(or most regressive if one subscribes to a European-style bourgeois/social-democratic mix)here in the USA.  If in fact we are doing a dance that is part and parcel of a system, then we can hardly improve our difficulties without a thorough systemic transformation.

    Such a notion is, at the least, worth a long look and thorough discussion, neither of which are happening in American political or policy circles today.  When will the people take charge of such conversations?  Inquiring minds want to know.

    I bow to those who seek the truth; I flee from those who have 'found' it.

    by SERMCAP on Tue Feb 24, 2009 at 03:35:56 PM PST

    •  Its not modern capitalism, its old-fashioned... (1+ / 0-)
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      buccaneer capitalism.

      They have thrown out regulation. They have used the military to secure what they could not trade for (oil). They have re-enslaved the blacks with their "war on some types of cocaine" and the CIA pushing the cocaine. They own the police, the regulators, the states attorneys and (until recently) the attorney general.

      What we have had for eight years is "administrative looting". America has been administered as occupied territory and everything they could lay their hands on has been shipped back home to the fatherland of the financial elites.

      But, what is most frustrating is how a good 40% of the population just didn't get it until the whole thing went down in flames.

      We need to just get a veto proof 2/3, not some pie-in-the-sky bipartisan consensus to put the "systemic transformation" in place.

      If America were run like France or Germany, it would be a step in the right direction. Regulated capitalism, where labor unions are stakeholders, can work.

      Gangsterism, piracy, and enslavement are the anti-thesis of capitalism. They devour, they do not invest. Of course, the media has been training Americans to workship violent acquisition for decades.

      Is it even possible to have a discussion with someone who watches "extreme fighting"?

      I continue to hope for the best, but expect the worst.

      •  I surely appreciate your passion... (0+ / 0-)

        ...and the sense that I have that you are committed to equity and justice.  You write as follows:

         Gangsterism, piracy, and enslavement are the anti-thesis of capitalism. They devour, they do not invest. Of course, the media has been training Americans to worship violent acquisition for decades.

        Who could argue with your opposition to 'gangsterism,' et al?

        Not me, in any event.  However, if, in a social process, a pattern repeats itself over and over and over again, then, no matter protestations to the contrary, I cannot help but suggest that this pattern is in fact a part of the process.

        Your diary, and this exchange, brings to mind the work of the brilliant Smedley Butler, a dedicated marine who rose to the highest positions of leadership in the Corps, only to leave to write his life story, I Was a Gangster for Capitalism, in which he notes,

          I spent thirty-three years and four months in active service in the country's most agile military force, the Marines. I served in all ranks from second Lieutenant to Major General. And during that period I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.
          I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time.  Now I am sure of it. Like all members of the military profession I never had an original thought until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.
          Thus I helped make Mexico, and especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenue in. I helped in the raping of half-a-dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers and Co. in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras "right" for American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.


        I bow to those who seek the truth; I flee from those who have 'found' it.

        by SERMCAP on Tue Feb 24, 2009 at 04:17:10 PM PST

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        •  Good point about Smedley Butler. (1+ / 0-)
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          It seems like the only time this government has worked for the people was from Roosevelt to Johnson. From the New Deal to the Great Society.

          For that brief window (or as that fascist Pat Buchanan calls it, "that Long Parliament") regulated capitalism worked. But, because of the 1947 NSA act (founding the CIA) and the subsequent Cold War, that capitalism was soon rotted from the inside outward.

          Today, we have regressed back to Smedley land. It is, as you say, a pattern. The question is: is there any way to break the pattern in a society where "violence is as American as cherry pie" and TV serves up 10,000 murders to the average child before they go to college?

          At least no one can call me a communist for calling these people gangsters. America understands gangsters - even if they worship them (Sopranos, Godfather, etc.).

          •  Keep up the good work... (1+ / 0-)
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            ...and vaya con Dios.  I'm always trying to think and act strategically, but then I have to find a way to eat and that means losing focus, letting the ball drop, etc.  A lot of citizens are willing, if we can ever find the combination of insight, savvy, and discipline to work together to transform what's coming down the pike.  Clearly, your work is a great contribution in this regard.

            I bow to those who seek the truth; I flee from those who have 'found' it.

            by SERMCAP on Tue Feb 24, 2009 at 04:46:01 PM PST

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            •  Thanks for your support (1+ / 0-)
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              I still haven't figured out what works here on Kos.

              With only one diary a day, and the need to say something significant, its hard for an amateur blogger like me to make an impact. I will never be a front pager at Kos.

              OTOH, if a diary gets to the recommended list, you do have some impact.

              I will keep posting, but maybe not so frequently or so broadly as this post (six topics was hard to make short and focused).

              •  To hell with short and focused... (1+ / 0-)
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                ...unless that's where your head is.  You make important points here, and if only a few people consider them, the loss is humanity's.  How to find platforms is what I've grappled with my whole life.  In some senses, Michael Moore has provided the model for all who are progressive and want to contribute through media.

                Unfortunately, I have yet to demonstrate his chutzpah or je ne sais quoi, though I'll keep at it till I drop, because I believe the principles are that important.  You need to keep at it too.  Maybe we can find a nook sometime that all of our ilk can profitably use.

                We'll never know if we don't keep hacking away.  Keep me posted about any strategic media insights that you uncover.  I'm all ears.

                I bow to those who seek the truth; I flee from those who have 'found' it.

                by SERMCAP on Tue Feb 24, 2009 at 05:35:07 PM PST

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                •  I've got my lumps for ignoring "short & focused". (2+ / 0-)
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                  Fabian, SERMCAP

                  It is imperative to "break through the clutter", especially in the face of the right wing noise machine. You have to say it short and sweet or it will be lost. That's why I try tortuous acronyms like WOT-PAC.

                  I salute your commitment.

                  The only strategic media insight I have is that we should not interrupt an opponent who is busy committing suicide. The bloggers are winning. They are faster. They are more accurate. They are cheaper. You can find one to support your particular ideology.

                  Mass produced news is dying, as it deserves to. One size fits nobody.

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