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When Sinn Fein was first conceived, they could probably muster 20 people. That's how organizations start. If your point is that we can have no impact immediately, the odds are with your argument. Then again, we never know when circumstances and ideas will mesh.

Your argument overlooks the portion of the populace who did not support any of the parties or programs involved in this debacle - in most situations they are the majority. It doesn't matter if individuals understand the likely consequences and oppose the policies; or if they understand little until their butts are bitten; or if they hide from understanding because it's just too difficult or scary. When the shock hits, they are victims.

Our task is - I repeat - to be ready with a succinct analysis and a program which can build a movement. JakeS' diary succeeds in that with a little editing. I ask again, will the ET powers-that-be support this project, despite IM's protests?

paul spencer

by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Fri Feb 4th, 2011 at 05:15:20 PM EST
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What, do you think this is a protest? Go ahead, make..

someones day. I don't really want to disrupt the powers that be of ET.

(I am a fairly regular ET reader and I never thought ET was a power or thought itself a power)

by IM on Fri Feb 4th, 2011 at 05:22:03 PM EST
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I think the reference to "the powers that be" is just asking whether there's editorial endorsement of an Op-ed. In particular, Jerome's.

Any Op-ed can be composed on-site and signed by those who wish to do so with or without editorial endorsement, but people feel it's a different matter to identify the signatories as "ET contributors" without asking for permission first.

Keynesianism is intellectually hard, as evidenced by the inability of many trained economists to get it - Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 4th, 2011 at 06:55:42 PM EST
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I never thought ET was a power or thought itself a power

Thought wrong.

We're a Legend in our own Mind.

LOL

People have written Letters to the Editor and Op-Ed pieces, Jerome for one, as a "contributor to" or "editor of" European Tribune with no vetting.  Back a couple of years ago a consensus was reached that people should get an OK (at least from Jerome who pays all the bills for this thing) before presenting themselves as speaking for "European Tribune."

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Fri Feb 4th, 2011 at 07:23:44 PM EST
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