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  •  Obviously we don't want things to get better (7+ / 0-)

    enough to be willing to do what it takes to make it happen. Instead, we settle for a temporarily satisfying illusion of it that requires, for most people, a lot less work and risk. So yes, we do want to get fooled, ultimately, unless we're fools to begin with, in which case we're fooling ourselves. Which I believe that we are with our obsession with consumption and distraction.

    We're all about the packaging. What's inside is almost an afterthought.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 08:24:30 AM PDT

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    •  I'm not sure you're being fair (2+ / 0-)
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      to those who have people who depend on them for food, shelter, etc.  Which means income.  But I can also see the argument that "doing what it takes" will help them in the long run.  I don't see this as an easy choice, depending on the circumstances of each one's life.

      How is taking a hundred dollars worth of food from hungry kids or from old poor sick people equal to taking a hundred dollars from billionaires? -- howabout, 19 Dec 2012

      by billlaurelMD on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 09:53:13 AM PDT

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      •  I'm not sure who you're referring to (3+ / 0-)
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        3goldens, shaharazade, Klusterpuck

        Overpaid yuppies who, for the most part, have people who depend on them for food, shelter, etc., or less well-off people who also have people who depend on them for food, shelter, etc.? The former vote for neoliberals like themselves out of self, not societal interest, while the latter vote for Repubs, conservaDems and neolibs because they're clueless and fall for the PR. The yuppies aren't getting fooled, but the latter are.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 10:02:42 AM PDT

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