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    •  I hear that's a myth (0+ / 0-)

      just sayin'.

      No peace, no justice. No justice, no peace.

      by Miep on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 02:20:10 AM PDT

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    •  Very sobering diary... (1+ / 0-)
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      Think I'd better pour myself a strong drink! "Lemmings" is the right word. Well over 10 percent of the workforce is unemployed, almost a Depression-era level, and yet there's no sign of a coordinated effort by the unemployed, or advocates of the unemployed, to change the status quo. Compare the present to the bloody activism in the 1930s...

      I think a lot of Americans are paralyzed by cognitive dissonance. For more than a half-century they bought the myth that we're all free agents, that our fate depends on our own ingenuity and individual drive. If we fail it's our own fault, because this a free country, right?

      But what happens when the people at the top codify their power? When the courts and the electoral system are truly owned by the rich? We're finding out, and it ain't pretty.

      I like this, from Fran Liebowitz: "In Russia, capitalism triumphed over communism. In America, capitalism over democracy."

      David McKenna oddmanout215.wordpress.com

      by David McKenna on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 10:59:52 AM PDT

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      •  According to John Nellis of The World Bank, (0+ / 0-)

        Muscovites say:

        "Everything the Communists told us about communism was a complete and utter lie."

        "Unfortunately, everything the Communists told us about capitalism turned out to be true."

        Antemedius | Liberally Critical Thinking

        by Edger on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 11:10:24 AM PDT

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