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Well, we know the mainstream (Social Democrats and Christian Democrats) are insane (maybe differently insane, but insane all the same).

In the Neurozone, there can be only one.
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Oct 1st, 2013 at 10:36:48 AM EST
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Social Democrats, Christian Democrats, etc. are caught in a bind. In order to get the funding to win elections they have to subvert the principles on which their parties were founded. The only solution is to limit the power of concentrated money, but all action has been in the opposite direction. Now, with governments and media firmly in the hands of those representing concentrated money, the great mass of people is being systematically misdirected in ways that subvert the very concept of representative democracy. To reverse this it becomes necessary to convert angry knuckleheads into voters who support limits on the power of money. I am uncertain that there are enough of the merely confused with which to form a majority. Time will tell.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 1st, 2013 at 02:24:02 PM EST
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I'm not sure that this describes the conditions in the EEC ca. 1990 when the Maastricht Treaty was conceived.

In the Neurozone, there can be only one.
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Oct 1st, 2013 at 04:43:46 PM EST
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Nor am I, but it seems likely that most of the elements, especially the potential power of the economic interests, were in place even if some the players were uncertain as to how successful some of their efforts would be and others would have been horrified at how things would unfold. In the USA the rollback of regulation that occurred late in the Clinton Administration was the result of long term efforts that had been ongoing at least since the '70s.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Oct 2nd, 2013 at 10:27:21 AM EST
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