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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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