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  •  then you totally misunderstand the historical (1+ / 0-)
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    dynamic that produced the progressive movement, the new deal, and the civil rights movement.

    without a credible fear of disruptive (and in many cases, potentially violent and economy-wrecking) unrest, the system will not concede anything. TR needed anarchists and eugene debs; FDR needed radical labor, wobblies and huey long; johnson needed MLK, but also malcolm x and the black panthers.

    the establishment having palpable fear of the consequences of not throwing a bone of reform to the mob is a necessary precondition to actually getting that bone.

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