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Robert Reich writes Freedom, Power, and the Conservative Mind:

In the early 1930s, the Court trumped New Deal legislation with “freedom of contract”—the presumed right of people to make whatever deals they want unencumbered by federal regulations. Eventually (perhaps influenced by FDR’s threat to expand the Court and pack it with his own appointees) the Court relented. 

But the conservative mind has never incorporated economic power into its understanding of freedom. Conservatives still champion “free enterprise” and equate the so-called “free market” with liberty. To them, government “intrusions” on the market threaten freedom.
Yet the “free market” doesn’t exist in nature. There, only the fittest and strongest survive. The “free market” is the product of laws and rules continuously emanating from legislatures, executive departments, and courts. Government doesn’t “intrude” on the free market. It defines and organizes (and often reorganizes) it.

Here’s where the reality of power comes in. It’s one thing if these laws and rules are shaped democratically, reflecting the values and preferences of most people.
But anyone with half a brain can see the growing concentration of income and wealth at the top of America has concentrated political power there as well—generating laws and rules that tilt the playing field ever further in the direction of corporations and the wealthy.

Antitrust laws designed to constrain monopolies have been eviscerated. Competition among Internet service providers, for example, is rapidly disappearing—resulting in higher prices than in any other rich country. Companies are being allowed to prolong patents and trademarks, keeping drug prices higher here than in Canada or Europe.
Tax laws favor capital over labor, giving capital gains a lower rate than ordinary income. The rich get humongous mortgage interest deductions while renters get no deduction at all.

The value of real property (the major asset of the middle class) is taxed annually, but not the value of stocks and bonds (where the rich park most of their wealth).
Bankruptcy laws allow companies to smoothly reorganize, but not college graduates burdened by student loans.

The minimum wage is steadily losing value, while CEO pay is in the stratosphere. Under U.S. law, shareholders have only an “advisory” role in determining what CEOs rake in.  
Public goods paid for with tax revenues (public schools, affordable public universities, parks, roads, bridges) are deteriorating, while private goods paid for individually (private schools and colleges, health clubs, security guards, gated community amenities) are burgeoning. 

I could go on, but you get the point. […]

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2013CWA's Larry Cohen: 'This is not democracy!'

In a number of actions across the country today, working families and activists will be telling the Senate it's time to confirm the five nominees to the National Labor Relations Board that Republicans have been obstructing. Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America, writes about what's at stake if the NLRB positions aren't filled, and the Board is shut down.

Today, under the watch of another Democratic President and a Democratic majority in the Senate, the NLRB is now in danger of being completely stripped of its authority. The protections that workers fought and died for, already diminished by subsequent legislation and court decisions, will soon disappear if the Senate fails to confirm the president’s nominees before its summer recess. [...]

If the Senate does not act, we’ll soon be celebrating Labor Day without any labor law. Zero enforcement and no protections for 80 million American workers in the private sector.

Tweet of the Day
If the Civil Rights Act was before the Congress today, it would not pass, it would probably never make it to the floor for a vote.

On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Belgium sucks. Greg Dworkin says that's an anecdote, not data. We didn't overlook either of the top two "most overlooked races." And nobody's quite ready to look past Hobby Lobby. Joan McCarter joins us in pondering WTF about Belgium. Hobby Lobby won't be the last birth control case, nor the end of the War on Women. O'Reilly's in-house stalker baits "Beyoncé Voters." The White House issues report on Medicaid expansion. Target comes up with a gun policy. Open carry protesters say they'll ignore it. Day One of GA's "guns everywhere" law brings us a draw-down between two open carriers. Gun "success" story is underwhelming.

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  •  In Kossakland there are are diamonds. (9+ / 0-)

    I have posted on the value of the, How, before. Our quality can trump their quantity every time if there is drop-dead gorgeous imagination involved. Behold the simplicity, the power. This little lady, in all honesty, blew me away today.
    This is not about me. It's about something brand new. Angie in WA State was there. So were OleHippeChick, La Feminista,  jlms qkw and blueyedace2. I really, really hope that you will check this out. IMHO, it's incredible.

    Should I post a diary to help pass the word, or would someone more prominent do it? I think more prominent. Please, let me know

    Free Will is the only moral law.//If you have to explain snark, it's because it isn't working on one end or the other.

    by franklyn on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 08:31:20 PM PDT

    •  Thank You (2+ / 0-)
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         Signed. Absolutely agree,

      Our quality can trump their quantity every time if there is drop-dead gorgeous imagination involved. Behold the simplicity, the power.

      March AGAINST monsatanOHagentorange 3/25/13 a time warp

      by 3rock on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 08:52:22 PM PDT

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    •  I have been wracking my poor old brain for months (2+ / 0-)
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      trying to figure out how to get people to the polls, how to inspire. Lord knows the boots are killing themselves out there. They deserve every advantage we can give them.
      The best I've come up with is better ads. Ads that are Super bowl quality without the price tag. Hollywood movie trailer. I'm talking soap operas and DWTS in 15 to 60 seconds that won't be muted or changed after 3 showings. Stories that will inflame and get people off the couch and out the door.
      If too much leisurely TV watching is a problem: maybe it can be a solution.
      Know any writers? Know any body that knows any writers? Know Kevin Bacon? Any thing would help.

      Free Will is the only moral law.//If you have to explain snark, it's because it isn't working on one end or the other.

      by franklyn on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 09:16:59 PM PDT

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      •  Sometimes a picture is worth 1000 words (5+ / 0-)

        They vote 2014 - are you!
        twitter If You Don't Vote
        fb If You Don't Vote

        I've put together a flickr album with these images & more. Feel free to share & print wherever you can. No, they won't make a TV but they could be very useful online and as a printed handout when talking one-on-one.

        My crafts are 100% Hobby-Lobby Free! Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

        by jan4insight on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:14:57 PM PDT

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      •  Nothing works better than door to door (1+ / 0-)
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        Actually showing up for a couple minutes, handing out some pamphlets, occasionally having a chance to speak with someone and encourage them is said to work better than anything. And it's less annoying than phone calls.

        Putting a human face on a request to vote, especially days before the election is more influential than anything.

        •  I agree that this so powerful. (0+ / 0-)

          JFK lived for it.
          What I'm suggesting is the kick-it-in-the-ass backup. We need every weapon in the arsenal. And the better, the better.
          These are our soldiers. Our America must give everything we can get our hands on.

          Free Will is the only moral law.//If you have to explain snark, it's because it isn't working on one end or the other.

          by franklyn on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:31:41 PM PDT

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  •  1,047,379 registered users on dKos now. (11+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not spammers.)

    Sunny Zhang

    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
    #1,046,200: Alphonse06jf (already banned)
    #1,046,300: Logan3455dpb1
    #1,046,400: Gradydum04 (already banned)
    #1,046,500: Thaddeuscvq (already banned)
    #1,046,600: justgail
    #1,046,700: Daniel0617rpl0
    #1,046,800: Elda39so (already banned)
    #1,046,900: minwao58 (spammer)
    #1,047,000: Enochmfy (already banned)
    #1,047,100: Delbertvp27 (already banned)
    #1,047,200: mckemper84
    #1,047,300: Holliszsm

    We've added 1,243 more users in the last two days.  There's definitely been a recent increase in spammers in the last couple weeks, and it seems to be getting even faster now.  This is getting a bit insane.

    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, here's Madonna's "Borderline".

  •  Celebrating: Admiral Michelle Howard (12+ / 0-)

    Admiral Michelle Howard photo howard-1024x731_zps366e17bd.jpg

    For the first time in its history, the Navy promoted a woman on Tuesday to become a four-star admiral.

    Surrounded by friends, family and peers, Adm. Michelle J. Howard was promoted to her new rank at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. She’ll take over as the vice chief of naval operations, the No. 2 officer in the service. She is not only the first woman to hold the job, but the first African-American.

    It’s the latest achievement for Howard, who previously was the first African-American woman to serve as a three-star officer in the U.S. military and command a U.S. Navy ship. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said her promotion is a “representation of how far we have come, and how far she has helped bring us.”

    Washington Post

    And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

    by noweasels on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 08:33:00 PM PDT

  •  So remember all the news... (4+ / 0-)
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    about that Oklahoma candidate for state house Scott Esk, who wanted to stone gay people to death?  He got 5% of the vote and finished a distant 3rd as Chris Kannady, a former Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, easily won with 54% of the vote.  And no, Kannady is in no way a moderate Republican.  A quick look at his Facebook campaign page will tell you that.

  •  Freedom is Conceived Only In Relation to Governmnt (7+ / 0-)

    When the rich or their enterprises limit your choices, that by definition has nothing to do with freedom.

    If government interferes with the rich and their enterprises limiting your choices, THAT is a loss of freedom.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 08:36:11 PM PDT

  •  It's the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Bill (7+ / 0-)

    "The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." ~ Thomas Jefferson

    by Lefty Coaster on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 08:40:41 PM PDT

  •  Hard to believe that Texas (4+ / 0-)
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    could get even more right wing batshit crazy than it already is, but that appears to be the case. The Teabag deadenders are in full control.

    Lone Star Crazy: How Right-Wing Extremists Took Over Texas

    In today's Texas, which is falling into the hands of gun nuts, border-sealers and talk-radio charlatans, George W. Bush would practically be considered a communist

    This was supposed to be the year Texas turned blue, or at least purple, the year female and Hispanic voters turned out in droves and carried Democrat state Sen. Wendy Davis to the governor's mansion.

    By Memorial Day, however, the Battleground Texas narrative, at least in this election cycle, had begun to look like Daily Kos fan fiction. Davis was trailing Abbott by 14 points. Meanwhile, back in her old Fort Worth Senate district, a Tea Party Republican named Konni Burton seems well-placed to win Davis' old seat in the fall.

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 08:41:53 PM PDT

    •  I, for one, hope we can make it turn blue very ... (5+ / 0-)

      I, for one, hope we can make it turn blue very soon.

      •  The one part of this Rolling Stone piece that gets (6+ / 0-)

        it wrong is where they say that Democrats claimed that this is the year that Texas would turn blue.

        That's completely false.

        Everyone here knew turning Texas blue (or purple) was still a few years away from happening. In fact, when Wendy Davis decided to run for governor Kos wrote about how we are still a few years away from turning Texas and hopefully Wendy Davis' campaign would help speed up that process.

        “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

        by Jeff Y on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 09:02:57 PM PDT

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        •  page 2: turning Texas ="Daily Kos fan fiction" (?) (2+ / 0-)
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          and then page 5:

          Texas has one of the highest percentages of minimum-wage jobs in the nation, along with one of the highest poverty rates.

           It'll be interesting to see if all of the new Texans moving to the Lone Star State wind up disappointed with the miracle they'd been promised, and if so, who they end up supporting: the party of Dan Patrick, or the party of Wendy Davis?

          Dan Patrick, the RWNJ who compares himself to Jesus and is right on board with more austerity(?)

          I'm surprised a bit by Rolling Stone's choice in this author. As if there is a question which candidate minorities and poverty wage workers would choose.

          Then again I don't know Texas, but this writer seems right wing slanted to me the way the story is framed.

  •  Can you imagine the massive amounts of PAC money (3+ / 0-)
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    from both sides that would be spent on the years-long war waged over a modern-day CRA?

    Signature (this will be attached to your comments)

    by here4tehbeer on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 08:44:33 PM PDT

    •  I'm not sure the Democratic Party would vote for (0+ / 0-)

      a modern day CRA.

      For example, see Title VI.

      SEC. 601. No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
      I think Republicans would go for that in a flash... an end to Affirmative Action in any activity receiving any kind of Federal financial assistance.
  •  MSNBC: Immigration crisis (6+ / 0-)

    The immigration crisis was the big story tonight.  Chris talked about it with Enrique Morones and Raul Reyes.  Rachel had on Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson to talk about that, plus a whole host of other issues, in a must-see two-segment piece.  Lawrence talked about it with Alor Calderon, Steve Schmidt, and Howard Dean.  Ed talked about it with Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and E.J. Dionne.

    Chris also updated us on the situation in North Carolina as a small town's only hospital is closing as the storm nears.  He talked with Ayman Mohyeldin about the Palestinian teen who was kidnapped and murdered.  Chris then looked at how the Georgia "guns everywhere" law is working out with Goldie Taylor.  He then looked at how many vacation days Americans aren't actually taking with Monifa Bandele and Sam Seder.

    Rachel also talked about the ramifications of the Hobby Lobby decision.  She then noted what Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) used to say about the Civil Rights Act, and how he's now supposedly changed his mind on it.  Hmm.

    Lawrence also looked at some calls for Ruth Bader Ginsburg to step down with Dahlia Lithwick.  He talked about what Target just did in banning guns from their stores with Jamie Addams.  He then covered today's Rob Ford interview.  And he then noted Fox News's Jesse Watters' obsession with Beyoncé with Joy Reid.

    Ed also talked about Wall Street controlling gas prices with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).  He then talked about the American steel industry.  He then blasted Rick Santorum for hinting that young people maybe shouldn't be allowed to vote.  He then discussed the Florida gubernatorial race with Charlie Crist (D).

  •  back with a vengeance - (5+ / 0-)
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    It has been several weeks since I posted a diary.  This evening I posted four.

    Several were reposts of earlier pieces

    on What the battle over birth control is really about

    and on being from the government and being here to help you

    I also provided link to a radio interview I did of which I am very proud, recorded on the 50th anniversary of the March of Washington, for which this is the link

    Finally, having just read his Thursday column, I wrote and posted Charles M. Blow on "Barack the Bear"

    I invite you to any and/or all of them


    "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is more people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

    by teacherken on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 08:48:22 PM PDT

  •  Adam Kokesh's girlfriend... (3+ / 0-)
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    had this to say about the Hobby Lobby decision.  Remember, she considers herself a pro-choice libertarian.  Who voted for Obama in 2008 before she was brainwashed into the cult of Ron Paul.

    I really don't understand what the giant deal is about Hobby Lobby winning their court case. If a company doesn't want to fund something they disagree with, who is the government to force them? Especially something so blatantly NOT a human right, such as birth control. Then again, my tax payments have been going to fund America's violent globetrotting capers, the militarization of police, and [LIST OTHER CRIMES OF GOVT. HERE], and nobody asked me nicely if I'd be okay with funding something I morally disdain. Still, good for HL, even if I think relying on a bunch of old judges appointed by corrupt politicians for "justice" (that takes years to be served) is a delusional fantasy.
    And here you have what "pro-choice" is to the young Ron/Rand Paul fan.  Oh yeah, it may have helped her mindset that she grew up in a decent middle class household where she was never poor or had to go hungry (unless she skipped a meal by accident).

    Oh, and what do they think about the immigration crisis?  He is NOT in favor of those angry white protesters in Murietta.

    To my friends who are praising backwards actions like this:

    This is why we can't have nice things. Instead of pushing back at people trying to come here for a better life (usually from the oppression the US government directly caused in their home country), why not push back at the welfare state that grants them disproportionate rights? Immigrants (regardless of how they got here) aren't the problem and protesting them trying to seek a better life isn't going to fix the problem. The government and the biggest welfare state in history are the problem. The "American way" isn't that of hate, bigotry and turning away new individuals that simply want a better life. Actually, it was supposed to be the exact opposite of that if you forgot. But hey, it's a lot easier to angrily scream and wave flags than it is to actually take time to fight and change the system you live in, right?

    Ooh, he was that close to being perfectly reasonable.  But then he had to go off and claim that immigrants get "disproportionate rights" from the "welfare state".
    •  What I don't think she realizes (3+ / 0-)
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      Is if you give an employer the ability to do what they want to do with certain parts of your compensation, it's not long before they're messing with the rest.

      She wouldn't like it much if her employer said she couldn't buy smokes or gum or candy with her paycheck.

      :) the above thoughts come from a crazy mind. ;)

      by Shreve on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 09:08:28 PM PDT

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    •  Like most right wing idiots, she doesn't even (3+ / 0-)
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      understand the case.

      This wasn't about a business 'funding' birth control for women, it was about women having the birth control obtion through their insurance plan. Birth control that they still would have to pay for themselves!

      Has anyone ever looked into whether she actually voted for Obama in 2008, like she claims? She's seems just as dishonest as that shallow end of the gene pool boyfriend of hers is.

      “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

      by Jeff Y on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 09:30:43 PM PDT

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  •  "Yes, there is separation of church and state. (6+ / 0-)

    As long as the church is in charge."

    ...Scotus 5

    Free Will is the only moral law.//If you have to explain snark, it's because it isn't working on one end or the other.

    by franklyn on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 09:12:32 PM PDT

  •  A quick question for all the flaming hypocrites of (4+ / 0-)
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    the Christian Far Right (AKA Christofascists). Why are you so un-Christ-like ?

    We know what He thought of money changers Matthew 21:12 Knowing this, how do you think he would feel about the owners of Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-A and their very un-Christ-like behavior ?

    What would Jesus do ? I have no idea, but my suspicion is that He wouldn't endorse your church.

  •  Freedom spiritually (0+ / 0-)

    is the capacity of the self, or the soul, to express itself.  The soul by its nature is oneness, harmony, love, direct knowing and beauty among other wonderful qualities.  Its great expression is sacrifice in the act of service to others or the common good; often at the expense of comfort or life.  Witness Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, JFK.

    Freedom of the personality negates the capacity of the soul to express of its divine essence. Personality freedom ultimately leads to bondage in the lower worlds (power, sex and money) where the individual often increasingly becomes more addicted to these carnal pursuits.  Witness Cheney, Alderson, Koch brothers, etc.

    When the soul sees the personality obsessed with materialistic pleasures, it turns its attention away. Its great healing power waits, whether in the case of the individual or a country, until the inevitable crisis where the personality finds itself unable to deal with the mess it has created.  Then can the soul refocus on its reflection and supply its extraordinary Light (Solar Fire) that heals.

    We are still awaiting that time when the great soul of America can reassert itself over its unruly, running amok personality and express its innate greatness for the world to behold.  To do that, the personality must let go of its petty games and selfish conception of freedom and willingly become a disciplined, obedient servant to its true master, the soul.

  •  Anyone else getting annoyed (0+ / 0-)

    by random facebook friends posting that "Obama voted worst President since WW2" story?

  •  Corruption: "It is corruption".. (4+ / 0-)
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    ..when wealth buys access to statutes that were designed specifically for those most wealthy

    @ minute 20:00 the 1%ers using tax laws to tip the scale in their favor..
    link: that I got from tonight's posted link:

    .something that most people haven't the means to do.

    So the right wing memes that the super wealthy have "pulled themselves up by their bootstraps" or "built that' with no help and competed, proved themselves superior and beat the competition in order to accrue vast wealth is false.

    There is not equal opportunity. The inequality of opportunity is purposefully created by wealth that is used as leverage within the system.

    @ minute 40:00 Robert Reich has a list of solutions

    @ minute 44:30  need for unions and more solutions

    Thx MB

  •  Their definition of 'Free Market' is a lie (0+ / 0-)

    part of a propaganda remake of Adam Smith by a captured economics faculty whose sole purpose is fluffing plutocrats. Adam Smith defined a free market as a market free of costs not associated with production; free of economic rents and monopolies and by necessity kept that way by the government.

    •  Can you provide a cite for this? (0+ / 0-)

      I can't find any definition by Smith of a free market, but one of his most famous quotes is:

      People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices. It is impossible indeed to prevent such meetings, by any law which either could be executed, or would be consistent with liberty or justice. But though the law cannot hinder people of the same trade from sometimes assembling together, it ought to do nothing to facilitate such assemblies; much less to render them necessary.
  •  Capitalism needs regulation the way a sport... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...needs rules and referees.  There are rules even for wars.  Capitalism without regulation ends up where we are going unless we go back to the Glass-Steagall days at least.

    I propose Progressive Capitalism.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:16:08 PM PDT

    •  Hey Shockwave (1+ / 0-)
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        Just wanted to Thank You along with waiting for your diary about the 99 RISE march. You posted a live stream here in OTFNO and I lucked into thanks to you posting the live feed just when the park hatted guards were reading the rioghts. I watched those three brave cool girls and the incredible ART protest, getting arrested. It was so beautiful. Live ART. Sometimes it's the little things in life :)

      March AGAINST monsatanOHagentorange 3/25/13 a time warp

      by 3rock on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:52:30 PM PDT

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  •  THANK you. I mean, markets can't EXIST without law (0+ / 0-)

    and laws restrict freedom by definition. Duh.

    And also...

    Once someone makes enough money in a (relatively) free market, what do they do with it? They... use it to distort the market in their favor, and to crush the competition by fair means or foul, including rigging the market by creating cartels and virtual monopolies, buying laws, or anything else. Which ends in a rigged market, which is NOT free.

    NO Koch-style government-buyer wants to leave their competition free to compete with them, nor to leave the consumer free from paying the government-buyer's business.

    Does that mean that laws should completely straitjacket our businesses? No! Not at all. When laws get out of control, even without monopolistic business leaders writing them, then it can strangle the markets, and individuals' prosperity, which makes things worse for the working class and middle and upper class alike.

    So therefore... you need a happy medium! Laws are like firm pieces of physical matter: too many of them in the wrong place will choke off your lungs and windpipe; the right ones in the right place ARE your lungs and windpipe.


  •  Is that a Burrowing Owl (0+ / 0-)

    in he graphic at the top of the diary?

    My invisible imaginary friend is the "true" creator

    by Mr Robert on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 11:07:32 PM PDT

  •  welkome bak, kos. (0+ / 0-)

    server maintainence is good for kogs, too.

    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 01:31:33 AM PDT

  •  The Cons are really instinct-driven people, (0+ / 0-)

    doing what comes naturally without having to reflect or anticipate the consequences. They are Cons because deception is one of the basic instincts. Even plants employ deception to further their interests.
    The Cons are predatory creatures, taking what they want/need and giving nothing in advance or in return. That's likely because their cognitive faculties are either deficient and/or they have no sense of time. So, they do not anticipate. Rather, the Cons respond to prompts of which they are, perhaps ironically, hardly aware. Something attracts their attention and the go for it. Having this response in any way impeded constitutes a negative. People who have no self-control don't appreciate being controlled from outside. Control is whatever conflicts with the instinct-driven habitual mode.
    "doing what comes naturally" is not intentionally bad for the simple reason that there is no intent. There is also no information. There are only prompts. That responses ought to be evaluated and considered is an unreasonable demand for people who don't think, either before or after they act. Might as well demand that a mosquito not seek warm blood.

    Free will is will that is not impeded by thought. I used to think that thinking is something that has to be turned off. In some people, there is no thought. There are images and ideas imprinted on the brain, where they remain unprocessed. At most, they are manifest as internal prompts.

    by hannah on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 02:18:20 AM PDT

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    The “free market” is the product of laws and rules continuously emanating from legislatures, executive departments, and courts. Government doesn’t “intrude” on the free market. It defines and organizes (and often reorganizes) it.
    that encourages American citizens and foreign governments to invest in our businesses. They know that our laws and regulations make their investments relatively safe investments.

    Or at least it used to be. When republicans denigrate the government regulators, inspectors and other government employees, they undermine the “faith” that investors have in our capitalist system. When republicans wittle away the laws that are in place to protect investors, investors lose confidence in our markets and will seek to invest their money elsewhere. America is no longer the only game in town and investors know it.

    To the world you are one person. To one person, you are the world. They can have John Galt, I'll take Joe Hill..

    by p a roberson on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 03:27:41 AM PDT

  •  That horrible poll has a reason (0+ / 0-)

    Occurred to me about 2 am. There is an unimaginable amount of money and pressure coming out of the military-industrial complex right now to force Obama to go to war again. He has a slow hand, and they hate that.

    The low poll numbers are either a result of or partner to their media blitz (because polls are easily manipulated.)

    Thank God he has a slow hand.

  •  John Lewis tweet is devastating ... /nt (0+ / 0-)

    We know a hell of a lot, but we understand very little. Manfred Max-Neef

    by mimi on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 05:26:35 AM PDT

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