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  •  From your lips to everyone's ears. (4+ / 0-)

    I am more pessimistic. Given the way we make decisions that affect the general populace today, I don't see a possibility for the kind of unified response required to do what you suggest. Logic is in short supply with our policy makers, I fear.

    A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. -Greek proverb

    by marleycat on Mon Jun 20, 2011 at 08:42:42 PM PDT

    •  In what way are you more pessimistic? (0+ / 0-)

      A trend is not a destination.

      The conundrum of stable democracy: Reform requires the consent of the corrupt.

      by Troubadour on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 03:59:45 AM PDT

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      •  Well, when you put it that way....I see the trend. (1+ / 0-)
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        And what you propose makes incredibly good sense. I think I am just too jaded right now by all the roadblocks this country seems to be throwing up against getting anything significant done.

        A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. -Greek proverb

        by marleycat on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 05:54:28 AM PDT

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        •  I've learned to stop thinking in terms of (0+ / 0-)

          everything we're not doing that we could be doing - there's no time in history when the future would have looked positive with that kind of standard.  Through the Industrial Revolution, cities were hellish, soot-covered shitholes and it looked like the story of humanity was basically over in favor of a soulless, all-powerful Machine.   In the 20th century, we had Fascism, totalitarian Communism, and enough nuclear firepower on hair-trigger alert to sterilize most of the planet.   Today we're transitioning to sustainable energy and dealing with climate change.  Tomorrow (however far away that is), it'll be something else.  

          The conundrum of stable democracy: Reform requires the consent of the corrupt.

          by Troubadour on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 06:35:25 AM PDT

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