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  •  Democracy can but not the plutocracy we have now (1+ / 0-)
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    It requires an enlightened business comment who understand that the chief good is the survival if the whole system, not the short-term profit of ones own business.  That is the difference between the Erie Canal and Railroad days, even the 1950s, and today.  Now too many business leaders have lost any sense of or caring for the whole, just want more money and power.  And politicians, especially on the right, are the same.  Rampant individualism and the rise of predators in business and politics is killing us, nit democracy as such.

    Don't bet your future on 97% of climate scientists being wrong. Take action on climate now!

    by Mimikatz on Wed May 01, 2013 at 08:22:29 AM PDT

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    •  We have always been a plutocracy (1+ / 0-)
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      Democracy has always been more aspiration than reality. The US was largely controlled by southern planters and northern industrialists, merchants and bankers in the early republic, who believed (correctly) that it was in their best interests to build roads and canals and such.

      It wasn't until Jackson that regular people had any say in national affairs--and he was against these sorts of government-supported improvements. Not until Lincoln did populism and economic progressivism coincide, and that only lasted till the end of Reconstruction, when government resumed closely working with business to further the interests of business.

      The only other time in US history when government has played a major role in dealing with major issues that affected the entire populace was the New Deal. Otherwise, it's either taken a hands-off approach, or worked with business to further its interests. So either we push and hope for a "New New Deal", or hope that business will realize that its interests are threatened by climate change and start working with government to deal with it.

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

      by kovie on Wed May 01, 2013 at 11:29:54 AM PDT

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