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  •  It isn't just pretense that things have changed (3+ / 0-)

    It is an active and deliberate piece of propaganda that is part of the strategy of keeping up this facade of there being two distinct teams.

    Upstream a commenter wrote that the movement we see on some social issues is happening primarily because there simply isn't any opposition from those with power--and that's the plain truth. The people in power have the financial ability to ignore those particular social and civil issues that the rest of us are burdened with.

    Society isn't just civil issues or economics issues, measured independently. The two sets of issues are inextricably linked. Having the "freedom" to do something is merely an academic exercise if one doesn't have the economic means to tap the systems necessary to do that thing. At the same time, having economic means to do "anything" doesn't mean one can ignore the civil and social restrictions without paying a heavy (heavier?) price--but being in that position is far better than being "freedom rich and economically poor."

    Right now there is only a potentially resurgent left in America. There certainly isn't an actual left with any political power. A conservative, self-described "moderate Republican", democrat occupies the White House, and his current agenda includes a very conservative, very Republican-like aggressive pursuit of cutting our social benefits programs. That's not "left" of anything except in some sense when compared to the teabillies. And he has a lot of support from people, many of whom happily describe him as being "left-of-center" because he (finally) stopped standing in the way of people pursuing some justice on certain social issues.

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