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  •  Reversing/removing problematic changes is the (4+ / 0-)
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    hardest thing to do.  Well, unless we're talking about the GOP plan to reverse/remove the New Deal, which they've been working on for decades with billions of dollars.  Sadly, there is currently no liberal project to counter the conservative project, because our billionaires (generally)won't invest in a better world like theirs consistently invest in a more selfish world.

    I'm not sure we can have our own versions of the Heritage Foundation, Cato, AEI, CEI, etc. that will function in the same way.  Think Progress is good, but do they have willing distribution partners in major media?  Gawd, that fucking Telecom Reform Act did so much damage that is so hard to reverse because of the built-in for-profit inertia.  So it's up to each of us on Facebook & Twitter acting as a loosely organized think tank/distribution network.   If we can just neuter the influence of concentrated wealth--something the average person recognizes as wrong and destructive--we'll eventually regain a sane & educated sphere of public discourse, which will lead to reversing course re: voodoo economics, possibly even free trade.  This stuff may seem impossible to undo, but it is possible, if very improbable.  A culture that no longer worships wealth is prerequisite; that is our obligation to create.

    Before elections have their consequences, Activism has consequences for elections.

    by Leftcandid on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 07:22:52 AM PST

    •  That's really my point (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't expect or advocate for a hard line left position with no compromise on every single issue across the board.

      But starting from the premise that the liberal policies are what's best for the vast majority of Americans and then educating them on why that is so, before compromising, is a preferable strategy to adopting the right's irrational concerns for debt over growing the economy and negotiating to do less harm is a futile long term strategy against the right wing borg.

      Another diary lauding the compromise points out the gnashing of teeth on the right as evidence of our under appreciated "victory", but having personally witnessed the right wing propaganda in America for forty years I can assure him this is their job, first and foremost.

      I can assure all of our bemused foreign observers the right would be bitching even if we dug up Milton Friedman and laid him permanently in a monument at the entrance to the Treasury Department and made Ayn Rand's birthday a national holiday - that's what they do.  

      "extravagant advantage for the few, ultimately depresses the many." FDR

      by Jim R on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 08:04:36 AM PST

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