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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-05-13 11:03 AM
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True. And they have so much less than we do.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-07-13 02:27 PM
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1. We would rise up too.
If we had as little. TPTB are making a study, as we speak, on how much they can take away from the American people before we flood the streets like in Egypt.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-09-13 01:39 AM
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2. Quite a lot, apparently.
Edited on Wed Oct-09-13 01:48 AM by No Elephants
I think one important difference (of many important differences) is that Americans feel invested in their government. We fought a revolution to throw off a king, and the constitution was the creation of the mob general populace of the nation(who demanded the Bill of Rights) and the plutocrats (who had originally created a pro-business document). And then, we got more and more voting rights.

Not to mention having been fed propaganda and jingoism along with our patriotism for centuries.

So we have been invested. Not only that, but we have been under the illusion that we control the government, that our only problem has been that "the other side" wins from time to time. (funny, isn't it, that, as it becomes clearer and clearer to some of us that the only sides that differ to any significant degree are really the 99% and the 1%, the rest of us are more and more divided along party lines? well, not so much funny as very, very carefully cultivated)


While the Egyptians had pharaohs (who were not even Egyptian, we're told), then kings, then dictators propped up by the military, with the military being propped up by the USaudis and others.

It would be amazing that they did not rise up long ago, except that their lives have been so hard, trying to scrabble a life out of a country that is mostly desert, where temps hit 120 in the summer (millenia before global warming, too--wait until it gets even warmer).

So, now they've had one election in a row and that did not work out any better for them than Clepatra and Caesar.

Will the 99% EVER get that plutocrats are just not that into them? Doesn't matter if they're from Macedonia or Massachusetts. Plutocrats are just not that into the 99%.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-09-13 05:23 AM
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3. Interesting observations.
Yes, late in Egypt's history the pharaohs were Greek, not Egyptian. That is because Alexander the Great installed Ptolemaic Pharaohs to rule over Egypt after his conquest. The famous Cleopatra was a Ptolemaic Pharaoh.
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