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  •  "Fundamental" refers to the foundation, (11+ / 0-)

    the base on which a structure is built.  The Constitution is, essential, an outline of the structure of American political organization and defines the direction of the flow of power -- from the people to their agents.
    That the people rule and are superior, while their agents are subordinate, on a permanent basis is unacceptable to those who perceive delegation to be a transfer of authority -- i.e. that power delegated to another is thereby lost to its source, like handing over the staff in a relay race.
    This mis-perception accounts for both the resistance to popular government and the acceptance of debilitating compromises.  That is, those who believe that the allocation of the authority to govern to the people represents the destruction of traditional rulers have historically been willing to countenance any restriction on any segment of the people to minimize what they perceive as onerous.  The power of the people (government by the people) threatens the authority of the sovereign, just as equality threatens the elite.

    Or, to put it another way, if all persons are equal, then there are no elites and if the people govern, then they are not governed.  Some principles do cancel others out.

    Equality was the precipitating principle in the current crisis.  The current crisis is the culmination of an effort to equate money with access to the resources persons require to survive and to limit the power of all natural persons by limiting their access to money.

    The object is to deny equality by creating inequality.  Here's how it works.

    All men need to eat to live.
    All food must be purchased with money.
    All money must be earned via subordination.
    All men wanting to live are subordinate and ipso facto not equal.

    "Political economy" means that the ability to sustain existence is used as a mechanism of domination, for exercising social control.  In other words, instead asserting "follow orders or die" (the authority of the conqueror), it's "follow orders or starve," a more effective stratagem because nature seems to be the enforcer.

    by hannah on Wed May 05, 2010 at 02:46:59 AM PDT

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    •  Oh, c'mon.. (2+ / 0-)
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      All men need to eat to live.
      All food must be purchased with money.
      Well, no. but let's stipulate this..

      All money must be earned via subordination.
      Here's where you go wrong.  Money is simply a convenience.  In the end, we barter.  We barter our time, or our labor, or our corn that we grow, or even our unique ideas for other things.  Money is simply a convenience that allows us a universal means for bartering.
      I need not subordinate myself to earn money.  I freely negotiate a price for my talents with my employer.  Or, as I have done in the past, become my own boss and barter my programming talents on a freelance basis.

      All men wanting to live are subordinate and ipso facto not equal.

      This, and the rest of your post are just plain silly.

      "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." - G. Marx

      by Skeptical Bastard on Wed May 05, 2010 at 04:43:55 AM PDT

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      •  True, there are alternatives to the (6+ / 0-)

        use of money.  However, I was attempting to describe how the subornation of money to enforce subordination works.  Money has proved an ideal shield for the coercive forces in our society.  
        Money, like all other human inventions, can be abused.  The fault lies not with money, the instrument of subordination, but with the tool users.  Money is not the root of evil; it is, however, an instrument.

        by hannah on Wed May 05, 2010 at 05:37:31 AM PDT

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