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  •  But bands-aids with happy songs and cheering? (34+ / 0-)

    Time doesn't flow in the fashion of a metronome, each moment equal to all others. Just as volcanoes might quietly build up pressure for a century or more, the actual moment of explosion demands everyone adjust immediately.

    In politics, a generation of pressure can overturn the established order in days, even overnight. Those are epoch-marking moments, when the old model of reality has clearly failed, and a new one is demanded.

    I think our curse is that our political leadership fails to recognize we are in an epochal change. Every truism since the end of WWII is out the window. But the President has surrounded himself with the finest political thinkers of the 1990s, with these Clitonistas, and the holdovers from Crazy George.

    They are playing, in their imaginations, on a field that hasn't existed for quite some time. And it's no surprise that people, who have much more weighty things on their mind in 2010 than getting the new kind of tv, sense the plays as inadequate and inept.

    Pretending that the nation, as a body, doesn't take things that way ignores that the percentage who say "we're on the wrong track" is greater even than in Bush's final days in office.

    Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

    by Jim P on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 01:27:20 PM PDT

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    •  Don't underestimate them. (27+ / 0-)

      Our economic and political "leadership"--more accurately the people with power who want to keep it--are more aware than we that the current system is collapsing.  They're busy jockeying over what will replace it.

      Obama is from that part of the elite that believes they can "manage" us into accepting our new deprivations.  They are confident that their mastery of mass media will make it possible to transition into the New Normal without either excessive unrest or repression.

      Another part of the elite, represented well by Cheney, believes it will be necessary to get tough to keep order, and they're more than ready to do just that.

      What is common to both groups is that they view current inequalities in both economic and political power as sacred.  Increasing economic democracy is anathema to them.  Both will privatize and practice "austerity" when it comes to anything that smacks of social benefit or income redistribution.  There is broad consensus within ruling elites about those issues.

      We will have to resist outside the realm of conventional politics unless we're ready to accept this for ourselves and our children.

      "Capitalism is irresponsibility organized into a system." -- Emil Brunner

      by goinsouth on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 01:46:15 PM PDT

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      •  Well, that's the case as you state it. (12+ / 0-)

        My snide summary is "They are all jockeying to make sure they get a seat on the evacuation spaceships built in an undisclosed location." It certainly would explain their behavior.

        And it's not really that far off from what's going on with our elites.

        Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

        by Jim P on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 01:51:45 PM PDT

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      •  On Tuesday I talked with an old German friend who (11+ / 0-)

        … politically had always been a very moderate Catholic Social Democrat when we had worked together at a large multinational in the 1970s and 80s.

        He told me he has come to the conclusion that civilization based on fossil fuels has already begun to collapse catastrophically.

        In his view, the sudden recent resignations of Roland Koch, the Christian Democratic premier of Hessen, and Horst Köhler, the Liberal Democratic federal German president, could have been the result of having seen data that are withheld from the public but are available to members of the elite.

        He thinks they realized that humanity is already past the point of no return, and resigned their role as political leaders because they no longer saw any real solution worth leading the people to, and were not willing to spread hopeful lies to maintain the charade.

        The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

        by lotlizard on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 03:40:07 PM PDT

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    •  We just missed one... nt (1+ / 0-)
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      greenearth

      Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

      by k9disc on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 01:53:13 PM PDT

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