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  •  The protests arise as a result (14+ / 0-)

    of people who are supposed to get things done not getting them done.  This includes both parties, the judiciary, and, yes, the in the beltway left, cited above.

    Make no mistake.  These are acts of desperation.  And they are good.  In fact, the best.

    Ordinary political process is dead. The Supreme Court killed it. In Chambers. With a gavel.

    by Publius2008 on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 10:42:16 AM PDT

    •  I'd like to know (2+ / 0-)
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      alizard, Kurt Sperry

      what there is "inside the Beltway" that could be considered anything remotely resembling a "Left"?

      "The existence of a good thing is no evidence of its being enjoyed by the working class." ~ Daniel DeLeon

      by ActivistGuy on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 01:02:16 PM PDT

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      •  That's not who I'm talking about (2+ / 0-)
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        I'm talking about people who are ideologically sympathetic who have helpful expertise. Mike Konczal is a good example, so is Jared Bernstein, Joseph Stiglitz, etc. That's why I used the term intelligensia.

        Thousands of years ago the question was asked: 'Am I my brother's keeper?' That question has never yet been answered in a way that is satisfactory to civilized society. ~ Eugene V. Debbs

        by PlutocracyFiles on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 01:14:38 PM PDT

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        •  Yes (1+ / 0-)
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          I was responding to the above poster who raised that idea of an "inside-the-Beltway left".   I realize you've been talking about a few scattered individuals ranging across the political spectrum. I wouldn't put too much confidence in the Krugmans and Stiglitzes if such a movement to become even  close to threatening the hegemonic place of capital in our society, but they may be useful for the time being.

          Oh BTW, Debs with one "b".  Sorry if it seems nit-picky, just a bit jarring to me.  Would probably be jarring to the person in my sig line too!  :-)

          "The existence of a good thing is no evidence of its being enjoyed by the working class." ~ Daniel DeLeon

          by ActivistGuy on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 01:25:42 PM PDT

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          •  *gasp* (2+ / 0-)
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            Thanks for pointing that out - it was a typo - I swear!

            Changing immediately (and I will pay you never to speak of this again)!

            Thousands of years ago the question was asked: 'Am I my brother's keeper?' That question has never yet been answered in a way that is satisfactory to civilized society. ~ Eugene V. Debbs

            by PlutocracyFiles on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 02:01:27 PM PDT

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          •  Huh. (0+ / 0-)
            I wouldn't put too much confidence in the Krugmans and Stiglitzes if such a movement to become even  close to threatening the hegemonic place of capital in our society, but they may be useful for the time being.

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