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View Diary: Taibbi, Naked Capitalism Re: Our Bipartisan "Fraudemocracy" (261 comments)

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  •  there have always been crooks (1+ / 0-)
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    Jose Bidenio

    Look up Jay Gould. Read about the Ludlow massacre. Check into the TeaPot Dome scandal.

    •  And people did something about it then, too n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      thethinveil, tardis10
    •  of course (0+ / 0-)

      in contemporary society it is important to not be too rigid in social relations. For any system to work a little cheating around the edges is healthy.

      However you miss the point here. Corruption in the past was peripheral and did not necessarily threaten public welfare or, indeed, the fate of the earth (through the deliberate and planned inattention to environmental realities on the part of the corporate oligarchy).

      We are playing for very, very high stakes here. The piratical attitude of the financial sector is far more dangerous than the trivial little games of Jay Gould and others of his time. Sane people know that this system must change its focus quickly. Of course, its not going to happen... but one can hope.

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