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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 08:18 PM
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14. In practice, this work takes the form of making the left side of the bell curve disappear.
Progressivism is ridiculed as fringe in televised, self-fulfilling prophecy. Most recently we saw (or more properly didn't see) the idea of single-payer universal health care made to vanish, and in its place a steadily-diluted concept of a nonspecific "public option" that threatens no insurance company executive's (or shareholder's) profits. In a time of real financial crisis, the simple fact that a single-payer public health plan can deliver much more care per dollar, despite the fact that such plans have already worked well for decades in medicare, VA and overseas, despite the fact that the constantly-derided "socialism" is how we already get an awful lot done in America, Big Money does not want us to entertain the notion as it is dragged, kicking and screaming, toward some sort of reform.

We see two major parties largely under corporate control, working to dismantle our liberties and rob our families, and no third party gaining traction that might serve our interests, a state of affairs never questioned by the MSM--and never allowed by the MSM to be questioned.

We know of looming ecological disaster, yet the MSM offer no solutions beyond the same ol' consumer capitalism, with occasional vague references to green technologies as mere flavoring.

Big Money drives our discourse as far to the right as it can, for the obvious reason: change threatens the status of the plutocrats. They try to keep our eyes glued to our televisions via a constant stream of pap that appeals to our worst impulses, offering token novelty without daring to promote real change.
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