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I think that's going to be my new agenda. It may be slow, but it will be victorious because there is no question that money is worthless. Getting rid of the idea that money has autonomous value, like a human being or even an ounce of gold, is going to be similar to convincing Catholics that Jesus' sacrifice does not need to be celebrated in Latin to be meaningful. Faith is not dependent on language, although language is necessary to express and share it. Ditto for value and the dollar.

Sharing. That's the core concept conservatives don't seem to understand.
Funny. They understand taking turns -- one after the other, but not at the same time. Taking turns is the behavior of isolates, rather than connecteds. Antagonists v. Mutualists.

When we use currency as payment (rather than decoration), two or more people are using it at the same time. The debtor and creditor are engaged in a concurrent relationship. It is not something antagonists can appreciate because they are fixated on the self-centered act of acquisition via deprivation. Mutualism depends on an egalitarian or respectful attitude. The antagonist's is extractive -- tearing, not sharing.

It is very difficult not to think in terms of pairs. Perhaps significance lies in whether the force between them is positive or negative. The antagonistic cons are a negative breed.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 04:34:57 AM PST

  •  My first thoughts too. (4+ / 0-)

    Re-framing the whole redistribution of money meme. The money has to be kept moving. This "job creators" thing has to be exposed. If the rich have most of the money, what kind of jobs could they possibly create? The lower classes  have no money to buy anything and the upper classes already have everything.

    We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

    by PowWowPollock on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 04:46:29 AM PST

  •  we have to make socialist a non-pejorative term. (2+ / 0-)
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    hannah, Oh Mary Oh

    "I took a walk around the world, To ease my troubled mind. I left my body laying somewhere In the sands of time" Kryptonite 3 doors Down

    by farmerchuck on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:24:46 AM PST

    •  The interesting thing is that the red states, (3+ / 0-)
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      Oh Mary Oh, meralda, farmerchuck

      which get more money from Washington than they send back, are actually socialistic. Individual households don't have to have a large income, when resources and assets are locally shared. Where the people in these states make a mistake is in confusing nationalism -- i.e. minute control by the federal government -- with communal control on the state level. The delivery of medical care is now being largely managed by state agencies.  The ACA sets standards that states have to implement, if they want the money sent. The sending of the money is problematic because Congressmen and Senators have gotten used to distributing dollars on the basis of where they'll get the most votes.  In other words, the distribution is a power center and they are resistant to having it managed on the basis of need and the competent delivery of care. Then too, politicians on the state level are jealous of their powers.  It is hard to resist being a ruler rather than a public servant.

      We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:07:18 AM PST

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  •  Here you are, making me think (4+ / 0-)
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    hannah, Oh Mary Oh, meralda, psyched

    so early in the morning.  :-)  Little by little, you're helping me to understand why some people are so greedy.  

    For me, money has been the means to an end, not the end itself.  It's what keeps me housed and fed, and sometimes it gets me a treat.  At times in my life when I had more of it, I gave the excess away or spent it on other people.  Having it wasn't the point.  Doing something with it was.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:25:36 AM PST

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