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The foundation for this has been rising for some time with the increasing isolation of the individual: political (decreasing power and meaningfulness of local bodies), economic (cubical farms, contracting, perma-temps, all in the name of "individual flexibility"), and social (communal activities replaced with sitting in front of your TV or keyboard).  As relationships have atrophied, so has the ability to resist.

Then comes betrayal.  The Anglo-American version goes like this: Desperate to defeat Thatcherism/Bushism, masses of the disenfranchised establish grassroots political organizations and are rewarded with Blair/Obama.  They all go back home.

After that, what will it take to remobilize?  Oppression itself won't do it.  So long as people have, or at least believe they have, anything, they will cling to it and to anyone who promises they will keep it.  I believe it will take desperation, something like Russia in 1917, breadlines.

by rifek on Mon Jan 10th, 2011 at 08:51:36 AM EST
The key to Lenin's success was seeing that, in his contemporary social context, a small, ruthless, hierarchical cadre was key to succeeding in seizing power. But that approach degenerated into power for power's sake and broke in the contest for military superiority with the USA. Mao's China only survived the Great Flop Backwards by endorsing policies contradictory to their ruling philosophy. We are still waiting to see how that turns out, so we cannot say that that model of obtaining power is bankrupt. But it is not something I would participate in creating.

The minimum criteria are that there be an effective means to determine that selected candidates will actually seek to advance a reform party's agenda. I think that rules out relying on either major party in the USA. Justice for criminal financiers and an economy that works for all are the minimum goals I would accept.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Jan 10th, 2011 at 12:07:51 PM EST
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And we have no mechanism for putting such people on the ballot here in the States.  H.L. Mencken ("On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts' desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.") is proving to have been an optimist.
by rifek on Wed Jan 12th, 2011 at 08:20:28 AM EST
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