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  •  Guns laws? Climate change? (1+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador

    The topics of gun laws and climate change come immediately to mind.

    Both topics have massive popular support, yet despite that, the government does little to change either (my applause tho' to Pres. Obama for at least advocating for greater regulation of gun sales and use).

    Despite that very popular support and a great deal of direct activism, the policies in place oppose the popular wishes.  Money wins out over popular support and activism.

    So go ahead and tell us what we can do without money to move our government.  Yes, change has happened in other countries, typically only with violence (Iran, Libya, Egypt, ?Syria).  Is that what you are advocating?

    Of course we could try to get richer, because the government only responds to the political pressure of money, but that would only be pouring gasoline on our burning "democracy".

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 01:50:37 PM PDT

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    •  Direct activism? Hardly. (0+ / 0-)
      Despite that very popular support and a great deal of direct activism, the policies in place oppose the popular wishes.  Money wins out over popular support and activism.
      There's been a lot of popular support, but really not a lot of direct activism—at least, not on the scale that we're seeing in Brazil.

      Sure, there have been a lot of people signing online petitions, forwarding emails, and liking Facebook pages, and a few rallies and protests, but we haven't seen cities shut down because the people demand climate change legislation or better gun safety laws.

      We haven't seen oil refineries where the trucks can't get in or out due to the mass of humanity blocking the way. The NRA met just last month at a convention center in Houston with very little difficulty; members could get in and out easily, without being blocked outside by 100,000 protesters standing against their opposition to gun safety laws.

      So go ahead and tell us what we can do without money to move our government.
      200,000 Brazilians are telling you pretty clearly what we can do without money to move our government.

      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

      by JamesGG on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 04:04:03 PM PDT

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