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  •  Well, the name of Roberts' outfit is telling. (4+ / 0-)
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    Political economy is the use of the system of trade and exchange whereby people are sustained to control the population, or polis.  It's a clever invention and relies on the designation of all our natural resources as private property from which people can be excluded at will. Money helps. Money is the key that provides access to those resources. There is no free lunch; it has to be bought. It's a fail-safe system, as long as access to money is tightly controlled. That's where Congress comes in, since they are in charge of managing our money supply, even though they have set up the pretense of the Federal Reserve Bank.
    How does one control three hundred million people without them noticing? That's the problem which has been fairly well solved by calling on a steady supply of minority populations to serve as exemplars of what happens to the non-compliant. Unfortunately, we are running out of targets, people hardly anyone cares about, so a random sample of the general population has to be singled out. OWS served that purpose for a while, but didn't behave as expected. Immigrants from the south didn't either. They just went home. So now it's women, especially young women who might prove vulnerable and serve as exemplars. But, it's not going well.
    The issue of the 21st century is whether government by the people will be achieved. It is novel because it relies on power being dispersed, instead of being concentrated in a hierarchy, which is always prone to abuse.

    It was thought that people are motivated to revolt by starvation. So, it was decided to fatten them up with non-nutritious food. But, it turns out that self-direction is a stronger motivator and, as long as people are free to move about, they cannot be contained. The American people who relocate their residence every two years are as much a nuisance as the seasonal migrants with their herds in the Middle East. The U.S. got suckered into thinking it could set up bases in Iraq. It didn't count on what looked like empty desert being home to a hundred thousand herders and a million sheep, who were going to resist the invaders.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:54:43 PM PST

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    •  Interesting thoughts, hannah... (0+ / 0-)

      I keep an open mind toward Roberts.  OOH, he appears to be a Libertarian and is supportive of Ron Paul.  OTOH, his analyses sound substantially like Chris Hedges.  I will continue reading him while keeping an open mind.

      "Truth and love will overcome lies and hatred.” Vaclav Havel

      by dharmasyd on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 01:00:17 PM PST

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