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  •  I'm to your left, (2+ / 0-)

    although we agree on much.

    "Free your mind & your ass will follow" Parliament Funkadelics

    by TomP on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 04:43:41 PM PDT

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    •  Yeah, I appreciate that (3+ / 0-)
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      buckhorn okie, CWalter, TomP
      I used to get in trouble with this guy Matt Stoller over at Open left and when he was at mydd.com because I am not particularly leftist.  He has this thing about copyright, and I felt he did not know what he was talking about, but that's a digression.

      My focus is different than being a leftist. I am a moderate, but I have seen the country shift so far right that people now define what used to be moderation as leftist.

       My belief is that the country is skewed so far to the right that we are entering not a working market, but a plutocracy, and that last year's bailout for example was kleptocracy. Those concepts are not particularly leftist other than in the sense that they are to the left of free market extremism as touted by Reaganism, the Washington Consensu, neoliberalism and other ideological rather than pragmatic understanding of how markets and economics work.

      Another practical example- I am for energy diversification, or the green economy, because for moderate reasons- our economy should not be dependent on oil as that affects our economy aversely rather than for what are probably different reasons for leftist.  If you look at Brazil, it has a growing energy diverse economy, and was the last to go into the recession and  one of the first to come out of it.

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