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  •  We have made the choice, eyes open (6+ / 0-)

    The empire, now and forever! All else - ourselves and our own children, too - be damned.

    If you don't invite us to the party, don't expect us to pay for the booze.

    by cskendrick on Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 12:08:45 PM PST

    •  Sadly, this is often the case (8+ / 0-)

      But some of those adults in the story do walk away years later, long after learning the secret.  Maybe there is hope for some of us, too?

      "What is essential is invisible to the eye."

      by greywolfe359 on Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 12:11:56 PM PST

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    •  But is this completely a choice? (0+ / 0-)

      Most of us vote and many work hours campaigning for progressive or Democratic candidates.

      Nor can many of us reasonably leave the US.  Businesses are all for globalization, but countries prevent globalization of people - hence the 'illegal immigrant' hysteria.

      If we don't like what is happening now, and have worked to elect candidates that oppose the system and they don't get elected, there is little choice except to continue to work for progressive candidates and try to educate people about what's really happening.

      The only ones who can walk away from Omelas in this country are the corporate businessmen, Wall Street investors, and their bought politician that have created this disparity.  And they don't - they believe the child in the closet brought its problem on itself.

      HylasBrook @62 - fiesty, fiery, and fierce

      by HylasBrook on Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 03:58:12 PM PST

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      •  Is there no way to opt out? (1+ / 0-)
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        No way to say "I quit."  Mass strikes by workers and consumers?  Or even small ones?

        I think of the scenes in Capitalism: A Love Story where the police refused to carry out an eviction and where workers refused to leave their plant and accept layoffs.  Can't we continue that kind of non-violent opting out?  Can't we have that kind of non-violent rebellion?

        If the system is broken then the next step is to step outside the system.

        "What is essential is invisible to the eye."

        by greywolfe359 on Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 05:45:34 PM PST

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        •  You have a good point - sitting around saying (0+ / 0-)

          'it's impossible' doesn't change things.  We can't walk away from Omelas physically, but fighting what is happening in this country is a metaphorical way of leaving Olemas.

          Thanks for the insight.

          HylasBrook @62 - fiesty, fiery, and fierce

          by HylasBrook on Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 05:59:56 AM PST

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