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Sat Jun 9, 2012, 09:57 PM

Why 2012 Matters - not only a good read, but a great read.

sorry - here is the link http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2012/jun/09/why-2012-matters/

by Gary Willis

"Republican operatives describe this year’s presidential election in apocalyptic terms. It will determine our future. It will seal our national fate. Well, they are probably right, but not for the reason they give. They tell Republican voters that President Obama, in a second term where he does not have to face re-election, will reveal and follow the full socialist agenda he has been trying to hide.

Only the gullible will swallow that. But the right does know that the future is at stake. That is because this election year gives Republicans one of their last chances—perhaps the very last one—to put the seal on their plutocracy. They are in a race against time. A Democratic wave is rising fast, to wash away the plutocracy before it sets its features in concrete, with future help from the full (not just frequent) cooperation of the Supreme Court.

It may seem odd to speak of the plutocracy as endangered. Surely it has established itself in every important political arena. Wealth is concentrated in a small fraction of the populace, the cosseting of whom with the Bush tax cuts plunged us into the great recession. Yet while the rest of the populace was suffering, the rich just got richer. In 2009 and 2010, years in which millions were unable to find work, the top one percent reaped 93 percent of the “recovery” income, and corporations are making more than they ever did. And the Republicans can still propose even further cuts in the taxes of “job creators” whose only job creation has been for their own lawyers and lobbyists.

Modern political activity is driven by an incessant and corrosive search for funds, the top priority of all current or would-be members of Congress, state legislators, and executive office holders. The Supreme Court has intensified this gnawing need by protecting huge and secret sources of unregulated funding. The principal source of countervailing funds has been, for the Democrats, the public-service labor unions. But the wave of 2010 state legislative elections has damaged, perhaps fatally, that source. Since the election of Scott Walker in Wisconsin—whose power is now strengthened by his survival in this week’s recall election—the membership of the important AFSCME union (the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) has shrunk by half. Democratic candidates are forced to mimic the obsessive need to raise funds, in a contest where they are heavily outgunned. So, hasn’t the plutocracy already won?"

snip - much more - be sure to give it a read.

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Reply Why 2012 Matters - not only a good read, but a great read. (Original post)
NRaleighLiberal Jun 2012 OP
dmoyer Jun 2012 #1
NRaleighLiberal Jun 2012 #2
freshwest Jun 2012 #3
SunSeeker Jun 2012 #4
NRaleighLiberal Jun 2012 #5
SunSeeker Jun 2012 #6
villager Jun 2012 #7

Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 10:09 PM

1. do you have a link? thanks

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Response to dmoyer (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 10:11 PM

2. D'Oh....sorry! Listening to the Celts game, forgot that little relevant detail.

fixed!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 10:18 PM

3. Thanks, it is a great read.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 11:58 PM

4. The comments to the article on the link are depressing

... especially the douche who says he won't vote because he wants the "disease to run its course" ...so that everyone can see how wrong the Republicans are. I hear that here at DU sometimes and it infuriates me. How can you allow such massive human misery just to prove a point, a point that can be proven by examples all around us already? I figure it's got to be a troll.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 12:00 AM

5. I'll have to take a look - so far I've avoided the comments (as I often do -

so as not to get depressed)!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #5)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 12:09 AM

6. On the bright side, I learned a new word: cosset (means pamper)

...I guess reading the 8th grade reading level writing in the MSM hasn't been good for my vocabulary. LOL

This arcticle is definitely written by an adult.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 04:16 AM

7. Gotta like any analysis that quotes Randolph Bourne's "War is the health of the state"

And in the century since Bourne correctly made that observation, it's only gotten worse...

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