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It's no accident that this agenda is cynically pushed by business interests who'd love nothing more than replacing the current solidarity based systems (Social Security in the US, Assurance Vieillesse in France, etc...) by "market based" systems that will guarantee them a juicy rent extraction by the way of commissions and other "fees".
As E.Todd was putting it in "After Democracy", at some point the powers that be will just stop pretending and do away with formal representative democracy, merely acknowledging the full replacement of government by governance. The process has been well under way for some time now. There's No Alternative, as we all know.
If any ray of hope is to be found, it seems to me it is in the younger people: high school students who are taking to the streets and re-discovering the art and craft of collective action. Sure they may not stand a chance, but in the (not so) long run their generation will outlive ours.
This is especially true in what we call - sometimes dismissively - "the South countries": look at what's going on in Algeria, Tunisia.. Also look at the South American continent (Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela...); there are plenty of young people out there who have nothing to loose and (and you'll have to read part of my French here) will take none of that shit. [There, got it off my chest]
Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.
There are two huge things that make them powerless today.
The first thing is, of course, their belief that "That shit just doesn't work anymore". Wrong.
The second is the culture of selfish individualism, in which he who shares is a chump.
The generation of today is the most powerful in history.
They could bring the mighty to their knees in six months if only they gave a shit about someone besides themselves.
As long as it's Get Yours First, they'll be just meat.
Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.
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