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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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"Four more years" is not even a threat - it's a certainty.
Good to see you back!

It's a minor quibble, but that quote is actually neither funny nor true.

No political system was supposed to represent everyone. Modern political institutions were basically designed by 18\19th century plutocrats to limit (and, if possible, abolish) the power of the landed aristocracy, while increasing their own power. There were reforms since then - for better and for worse - and each country implements some details differently, but plutocracy isn't a modern corruption of the system.

Plutocracy is the system.

Thanks, Harpfool, and you're right (I didn't say so outright, but I meant that "four more years" applies no matter who wins).

Radical Livre: I get where you're coming from, though Monbiot wasn't giving a capsule history but rather summarizing popular understanding vs. reality, and he did it in a way that's much like the 99%/1% message—which is analogously flawed but nonetheless very powerful because it captures a critical truth in a way that's easy for anyone to understand. I think the notion of millionaires-working-for-billionaires has a similar ability to reach a wide audience with a simplified but important truth. Someone should start making buttons.

My own quibble with it (in the context of this posting) was "billionaires", which is also basically my quibble with the 99%/1% distinction. It's a mistake to focus too much on individuals when the core problem is corporate power. But as with Monbiot's bon mot it's nonetheless a good message that's easier to deliver to the intended audience.

"But as with Monbiot's bon mot it's nonetheless a good message that's easier to deliver to the intended audience."

Oh, I agree, which is why I said it's a minor quibble. Anyways, thanks a lot for that link. Very interesting.

"Four more years" is very optimistic. How much more of this can we really take?

Mordor

Monbiot chose his coda, lamenting the failure of the people to rise en masse against the plutocrats, carefully: "But we do not mobilise, perhaps because we are endlessly seduced by hope. Hope is the rope from which we all hang."

Obama was a masterful conman, seducing millions of middle-class Americans with this drivel about hope. What they didn't realize - and mostly still don't - is that the hope being delivered was for Wall Street bankers eager to avoid criminal prosecution and return to business as usual, and for American corporations ready to continue amassing record-breaking profits at the expense of social and environmental cohesion.

All the talk about Citizens United and its rather obvious impact on the Republican front distracts us from the extent to which the Democrats are in thrall to corporate interests of their own, albeit a slightly different grouping. Obama is having a field day attacking Mitt Romney's record at Bain and his offshore bank accounts, masking his own sell-out to high finance and his own neoliberal proclivities. Meanwhile, the right's increasingly ludicrous ravings about socialism serve as perfect cover for the hidden reality of plutocratic advance on all meaningful fronts. The only choice here, brilliantly marketed to a society that is brainwashed from cradle to grave by slick commercials, is between two flavors of plutocracy - overt or covert.

Have loved your site, wanted to share my latest post which you helped inspire:
http://realchangeorfalsehope.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/18-betrayals-in-the-2012-democratic-platform/

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