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  •  I don't think that's the whole story (4+ / 0-)
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    neroden, itsjim, shaharazade, Dirtandiron

    Most of our history is mixed like any other country. I think we had a healthy balance for most of our history. It has been in recent years that I think that American tendencies have become severly unbalanced and seem almost beyond correcting whereas in prior times reform was not only possible it actually happened.

    •  It started with Reagan... (5+ / 0-)

      That's when things started to get seriously tilted.

      No surprise -- that was the first President who openly engaged in denial of reality ("military spending doesn't count!") and was clearly demented while in office.

      Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

      by neroden on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 09:56:32 AM PST

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      •  He 'brought good things to life' (0+ / 0-)

        way before he was the president/spokesperson. Helped get rid of the Red Menace so he always had a good relationship with 'business'. lol. GE's interest can in no way be equated with American labor or real economic interests or even our 'national interest'. GDP, competition all these measurements are about wealth creation not about our national interests as far as 'we the people', common good or general welfare, here or globally.

        The spectacular fail of the 'free market' has everything to do with the disconnect from our real economy, the one we all live in. how absurd to say we need to compete with who for what? If we win this competition we lose as humans, we lose centuries of humanistic progress.

        Count me out, GE does not bring good things to life. Good things are more then appliances weapons or energy good things are equality progress and being able to live a decent life one where GE and other corporation are not called people and do not run the world for their obscene profits.  

        Self sacrifice for the wealth creating vicious earth destroyers who's visions of a new world order is not competitive it's enabling the destruction of democracy, progress and killing the plant. the government at this point has a major conflict of interest with those it governs. What a cruel joke to talk about being competitive, with people globally who are in the same boat we are, if your not in the investment/wealth creating class.        

    •  Most of our history? (0+ / 0-)

      Not if you're any variety of brown -- we only started a "healthy balance" in the late 60s.

      That's not most of our history. The problem is that, from an objective global view, the US has been very poor in terms of basic civil rights in practice through-out most of it's history.

      Sure -- not as bad as Russian or China over the last 2 centuries. But at least as bad as Latin America, where outside of Brazil slavery was ended at independence.

      Imagine -- most states in the US had laws that were indistinguishable from Germany's race laws in the mid-30s -- but we had them from 1910 to 1960!

      I think the difference now is that the end of American apartheid has reduced the status of white people, just as much as it's raised the status of everyone else. For the first time, the white middle and lower-class no longer have that cushion of rights and privileges extracted off the backs of everyone else.

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