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  •  Seems like that would require the reversal (3+ / 0-)
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    of an entire philosophy by which corporatists have effectively convinced a not-insubstantial portion of the population that "freedom" somehow means abusive market practices, and any attempt to curb that abuse somehow compromises the individual liberties of the average wage earner.  I think people are coming around, but we have got a ton of work to do in terms of reinstalling any sensible approach to market regulation here; that's why I think this diary is really interesting, but I have doubts about whether we could really make the Netherlands' approach work here.

    With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. - President Obama

    by GN1927 on Mon May 11, 2009 at 09:19:40 AM PDT

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    •  yeah... (6+ / 0-)

      ...not as such.  If you wanted your spaceship to reach the next star, you'd staff it entirely with Nederlanders...they'd frickin make it work and all arrive 100 years later mostly sane and with a working society.  If you staffed it with Americans you'd just end up with Easter Island, a few starving descendants of the people who ate everyone else dressed in the threadbare remnants of pinstripe suits.

      It does seem to me that we should be practical in considering how to get from a society all about greed and Ayn Rand to one which is about quality of life.  I don't think there is a magic lever...so I'm glad this at least came up...

      ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

      by jessical on Mon May 11, 2009 at 09:32:13 AM PDT

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      •  LOL (1+ / 0-)
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        I know this is not a funny subject but:

        a few starving descendants of the people who ate everyone else dressed in the threadbare remnants of pinstripe suits.

        I laughed out loud at that.  Decades of regressive philosophy with the anti-intellectual and wedge issue/lowest common denominator brand of politics...your joking hypothetical is scarily possible.

        With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. - President Obama

        by GN1927 on Mon May 11, 2009 at 09:45:55 AM PDT

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