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  •  There's no need to be coy. (10+ / 0-)

    Coy sucks.  I hate coy.  If you've got something to say, say it.

    Wikipedia: Greenback Party

    Initially an agrarian organization associated with the policies of the Grange, from 1878 the organization took the name Greenback Labor Party and attempted to forge a farmer-labor alliance, adding industrial reforms to its agenda, such as support of the 8-hour day and opposition to the use of state or private force to suppress union strikes. The organization faded into oblivion in the second half of the 1880s, with its basic program reborn shortly under the aegis of the People's Party, commonly known as the "Populists."
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    The Greenbackers condemned the National Banking System, created by the National Banking Act of 1863, the harmonization of the silver dollar (Coinage Act of 1873 was in fact the "Crime of '73" to Greenback), and the Resumption Act of 1875, which mandated that the U.S. Treasury issue specie (coinage or "hard" currency) in exchange for greenback currency upon its presentation for redemption beginning on January 1, 1879, thus returning the nation to the gold standard. Together, these measures created an inflexible currency controlled by banks rather than the federal government. Greenbacks contended that such a system favored creditors and industry to the detriment of farmers and laborers.[21]

    In 1880 the Greenback Party broadened its platform to include support for an income tax, an eight hour day, and allowing women the right to vote. Ideological similarities also existed between the Grange (The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry) and the Greenback movement. For example, both the Grange and the GAP favored a national graduated income tax and proposed that public lands be given to settlers rather than sold to land speculators.

    What's not to like?

    -7.75 -4.67

    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

    There are no Christians in foxholes.

    by Odysseus on Thu May 09, 2013 at 07:06:46 PM PDT

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    •  Not coy - angry. (8+ / 0-)

      I was stupid to think that the financial crash of 2007-2008 would finally compel people to understand that almost every problem we face can be traced back to the root cause of our financial, monetary, and banking systems being organized and managed for private gain rather than the common good.

      Are companies polluting? It's because they have to please the money masters of Wall Street and the City of London and show steady profit growth. Are companies offshoring production and services? It's because they want to escape the "burden" of more stringent U.S. regulations to protect workers and the environment that makes "doing business" in the U.S. more costly. Gotta please the money masters of Wall Street and the City of London...

      Are the elderly and the sick being sacrificed through cuts to Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid? It's because the money masters of Wall Street and the City of London believe they can better allocate capital than government spending can. All evidence to the contrary, such as what a huge success Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid have been in reducing poverty among seniors and even increasing their life expectancy - it's NOTHING but an ideology: that markets can work magic but the people, through their government cannot. It's that ideology of the "magic of the markets" that has Obama in thrall to Wall Street and willing to cut Social Security.  It's that ideology of the "magic of the markets" that has prevented us from developing a new energy base independent of fossil fuels and nuclear power, despite it being - what? - exactly four decades from the 1973 OPEC Oil Embargo, and almost everybody, including even a bunch of Rethuglicans, giving 40 years of lip service to "energy independence."  How's that  "magic of the markets" working out for you?

      Yeah, after five years of writing, writing, writing, and writing some more, I'm damn well pissed off that people still have not taken the time to learn what the historical alternatives to unfettered, unregulated, uncaring, and increasingly unaccountable market magic are.

      A conservative is a scab for the oligarchy.

      by NBBooks on Thu May 09, 2013 at 07:23:19 PM PDT

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      •  Preach it brother (4+ / 0-)

        There are plenty of reasons why folks cannot imagine a better way to organize a society.  Coming up with something new is HARD.

        But there is absolutely NO excuse for not knowing what guys like Cooper already figured out when faced with similar circumstances to our own.  This country was built by folks like him, we should learn from their experience.

      •  Bravo! (2+ / 0-)
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        jpmassar, kyril

        This problem has biblical roots, doesn't it? All the way back to Jesus' time, throwing the money changers out of the temple?

        Capitalism can contribute to the well being of humankind when properly regulated. Too bad about that...

        -5.38, -2.97
        The NRA doesn't represent the interests of gun owners. So why are you still a member?

        by ChuckInReno on Thu May 09, 2013 at 10:52:33 PM PDT

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