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  •  If I got St Augustine right (3+ / 0-)
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    we have government as the default position from not living virtuous lives.

    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 Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 08:55:54 PM PST

    •  I always liked Augustine (2+ / 0-)
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      he seemed quite practical

      for a patron saint, lol


      Where's the Note?    -- SEIU

      by jamess on Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 08:58:21 PM PST

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      •  Well, he's right on that point, too. (3+ / 0-)
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        In the big picture, it seems to me character stems from values. And what we have now is a 24/365 political-commercial propaganda campaign to teach everyone that adolescent values are the best values. For at least 40 years now. And since the campaign has worked, the general character of the nation has deteriorated to exclude adult considerations. And, voila!, things go downhill.

        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 Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 11:38:36 PM PST

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        •  Self-absorbed people (4+ / 0-)
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          make better consumers, in terms of quantity and excess, and they also have less interest in complicated matters that don't provide immediate gratification.  A lot of people now think that the word maturity means 'old'.  Who aspires to be a mature person, anymore?

          •  You got it. (4+ / 0-)
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            Less impulse control means quicker to spend money. Therefore, embed "your appetites are your identity" attitudes. But what a great way, and a great audience, for which to sell politicians as products.

            This is not theoretical. I used to work for a high-end typeshop, and we'd be doing the material for international conferences for the top advertisers. This was part of their cure for the dreaded "inner-directed consumer."

            The rest was to "sell the experience" not the product. Soon after this conference we saw our first commercial for the crappy instant coffee which "had the taste of old Vienna." Appealing to the crowd which fancied themselves sophisticates.

            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 Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 12:46:16 AM PST

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