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The elites are either to stupid or too insulated to understand the forces they are letting loose in American society.

I'm an Edwards man myself, because I believe that change if not forthcoming as reform results in revolution.  And Edwards is a reformer, and someone who can direct that anger and rage into socially useful projects to change the United States.  

As opposed to the Republican who channel all that anger and dissapointment into resentment of people who are a different color or culture.

And when donor classes attacks the people who have turned hurt to hate, failing to recognize that much of the source of that anger and hate is not moral defect but understandable resentment at being economically dislocated, then the donor classes just serve to reinforce the belief that the culture war is class war.

America needs a strong leader who is willing to attack the fundamental economic ideas that the Republican party has used to undermine the post war social contract.

There's a strain of thought in political science that holds that ideas are antecedent to institutions.  So although we perceive stability in seeing the physical manifestations of state and corporate power in militaries and large companies, those are ephermereal.  

What is real is that they rest upon the asquiscience of the masses.  Piss off the peasants, and suddenely rapid and perhaps frightening change is possible.

The existing ideational paradigm is punctuated, and suddenly something has to fill that vaccum.  For the neoliberals, that puntuation was the oil shocks of the 1970's, which allowed them to attack the American post war social model.  The twin deficits will eventually strike at America, and then the existing paradigm will be punctuated.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Thu Apr 5th, 2007 at 05:45:55 PM EST
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