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OK.  I'm an old timer.  Born in 1936 when Hitler was on the move.  Watched my country sink lower and lower after the "Great War".  Got involved in the Civil Rights/Anti War movement in 1965 and became a radical.  Watched as the imperial nature of my country began to sink in through the patriotic and religious brainwashing of my youth.  Now it is 2012 and we are engaged in the regular exercise of burning up time and talent choosing who the next group will be who will pretend to run the show while being servants for the plutocrats .  This is an amazing system we have!  It works so well for them.  But is it my age or do I detect a difference this time?  The context is surely changing.  The effect of neglect has begun to be something we no longer can deny because we feel it all around.  The climate seems to be entering the predicted non-linear phase where effects pile up and snowball. Gridlock has become so farcical that it is hard to believe we are not watching a badly written play.  The media is completely in the hands of the plutocrats and everyone still mouths hollow phrases like "free press".  So what is different really?  I have an idea.  Read on below and I'll share it with you.

Could it be that the plutocrats (who are anything but the stupid people many of us like to think they are) are preparing for the ultimate showdown?  Could it be that they know that soon the jig will be up and bandaids and all the king's horses and all the king's men won't be able to put the scrambled eggs back into their shells?  A lot uf us have had some very telling lessons these last two decades.let's review them

Presidential elections(and others) can be stolen without consequence for the thieves.

The best science we can produce can be discredited if enough money is spent to do it.

The people who preach that government does not work have proved it.

The rich plutocrats can commit huge crimes and end up being rewarded for it

There are too many white males (and other males) who will not give up their power over women

The effect of our lifestyles (yes you and I)  is doing us in and we are willing to let it happen rather than change.

 Even valiant attempts at protest by groups like the Occupy Movement have more effect on the plutocrats mobilization of a police state than they do on the population as a whole.

The plutocrats are now trying to show us that we are owned.  They have the power to buy "free speech" and thereby make it a joke!

There is more.  Is it really different now?  I think it is.  We are about to find out.

Originally posted to don mikulecky on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM PDT.

Also republished by Anti-Capitalist Chat and Postcapitalism.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

    by don mikulecky on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 10:19:42 AM PDT

  •  The world is going to hell in a handbasket (2+ / 0-)
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    don mikulecky, Larsstephens

    for sure.  But ... hasn't it ALWAYS been?  

    That is to say, your perception that we're approaching some kind of tipping point, and not just climatologically, could well be correct.  I'm not saying it's not.

    But I am also saying:  there is a strong history of simmilar perceptions emerging at regular intervals.  

    As for the rapacious plutocrats ... well, greed and power don't seem to have changed that much over the centuries.  Our elite are perhaps a tad less directly murderous than the elite of the Middle Ages.  

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 10:27:33 AM PDT

    •  It is the context that makes it different (3+ / 0-)
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      We have had these kinds if misgivings many different times in the past.  This time the context has been pushed to its limits.  We have grown to be global.  The communications are instant.  I think it is very different.

      An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

      by don mikulecky on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 10:31:18 AM PDT

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      •  It's true that our environment is a closed system (2+ / 0-)
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        and endless growth/resource depletion/toxin accumulation cannot continue indefinitely.

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 10:34:55 AM PDT

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        •  Not some nebulous indefinite future, but we will (5+ / 0-)

          be seeing ecological collapse by midcentury for sure at the current rates. Especially when it comes to oceanic environments and climates that are on the edge.

          The difference between predictions of doom then and now are simple: we have pushed the earth to its ecological limits and are beginning to see the biosphere which sustains us collapse.

          We are genuinely facing an existential crisis stemming from our culture's desire for infinite growth to satisfy our imaginations.

          A Victory Garden documents my family's experience transitioning from suburban lawn to edible food forest based on permaculture principles. A new blog following my life as an immigrant in Finland will be up soon.

          by FinchJ on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 11:11:33 AM PDT

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          •  Oceans are a good contender (2+ / 0-)
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            for the earliest and most drastic impact ... though I suspect that fresh-water supplies will be a contender.  

            "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

            by lgmcp on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 11:15:14 AM PDT

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    •  History? That's academic. (2+ / 0-)
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      What's difference is that we're living here now. It's easy to say that millions were killed by thundering hordes of barbarians. It's quite another to realize that you're going to work more and more for less and less.

      "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

      by CFAmick on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 10:42:15 AM PDT

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      •  I got to know my spouse's 92-yr-old granddad (4+ / 0-)
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        antirove, oortdust, JPax, don mikulecky

        Although he was a mean old Republican, he was no fool, and it's GOT to be interesting to stay up all night talking about the meaning of life with someone that old.  

        His premise for why all Republican policies are correct, was that the fundamental human impulse is "What about ME?  What about MY needs?"

        I could not deny this as basic.  But he seemed genuinely surprised to learn that myself and my spouse truly felt that our own needs would ultimately be best served by a little more investment in collective needs.  

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 10:48:45 AM PDT

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  •  tipping point has passed (5+ / 0-)
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    don mikulecky, bfitzinAR, lgmcp, llywrch, DawnN

    this is the top of the roller coaster.

    (I'm talking climate mostly. But lgmcp? Your sigline is in there too. I'm loathe to make a forecast on events that will happen long after my death but the world of 2100 having six billion fewer people than today. BUT that world will be powered by recycled and renewable energy.)

    pseudoscience can kill

    by terrypinder on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 10:31:39 AM PDT

  •  Technology makes a difference, but it can work (1+ / 0-)
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    both ways.

    -We need Healthcare Reform... but i'm selfish, I Need Healthcare reform-

    by JPax on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 12:27:48 PM PDT

    •  Only in principle. A very false hope! (0+ / 0-)

      First it can not reverse irreversible realities.  Next it is fed by the plutocracy to make them more money. Third it is no longer under our control but is controlling us.  Lots of good systems science out there to back these points up and more.

      An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

      by don mikulecky on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 12:39:54 PM PDT

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      •  Only we can reverse realities. (1+ / 0-)
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        Fire can be used to fight fire. Communications systems can be used to fight misinformation. This is, of course, based on the assumption that those who feel oppressed will eventually fight... and I don't just mean in the figurative sense.

        -We need Healthcare Reform... but i'm selfish, I Need Healthcare reform-

        by JPax on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 03:25:23 PM PDT

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  •  Population has exceeded livable space (0+ / 0-)

    Nation state culture ultimately promotes runaway population growth with movement of the wealthy from poorer to richer regions or to the most popular cities. The conspiracy of the Plutocracy with the Bureaucracy distorts the regulatory function of a normal economy; see huge payments to these classes and to sports figures and media stars which decreases the value of money to the average wage earner. See also that China and India are competing aggressively with Europe and America for available surpluses of wealth.

    The economic distortion then requires more industrial production and consumption to maintain wealth at the level demanded by the dominant minority.

    The cure, unfortunately for patriots, is to unify the world population within a single social and economic system to guard against unethical exploitation of the State system.  

    Of course the Plutocrats are aware of this and, as said, constantly prepare to rule the planet by force. The Diarist's recognition that the Nazi syndrome is in play is accurate. Instead of promoting a single race the Rich are promoting a Class.

    The single cure is seen in the Revelation of Jesus Christ so we must complete HIS kingdom. That is a large order that begins with re-election of Obama. As a Black Man Barack has personal attributes that can lead the world in the direction of safety by promoting the curtailment of runaway population growth.

    Your scenario establishes the next election as an apocalyptic event.

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