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The only thing that "works", we are told, is a more fragmented, individualized, competitive society. And far too many people believe that is where their interest lies, when in fact it's in the interest of an extremely wealthy few which most of them will never join.
This is because people identify with the wealthy, not with their fellow working poor.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 29th, 2005 at 04:31:32 PM EST
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Only 1% of the poor in 1969 got to be rich by 1989. Only 15% got to be average or better.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Dec 29th, 2005 at 06:41:10 PM EST
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Absolutely agree.

Inequality is a huge problem  in the US.  I recently finished a great book by the same name that chronicled how unequal America has become.   There's a group called  Demos that's behind the book.  You should check out the website.  It's got lots of good stuff that I'm sure you'll like, and might find useful.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Thu Dec 29th, 2005 at 11:22:48 PM EST
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This is because people identify with the wealthy, not with their fellow working poor.

I suspect, rather, that such people are on the whole happy with what they have, grateful to have it, and afraid of losing it. They believe that big corporations and the wealthy class generate prosperity. They don't want to kill the goose that provides them with the standard of living they have.

Go to any 'company town', and you will find that this is the dominant attitude. "Before [the company] came in here, we had nothing."

Class warfare does not sound like a good idea to such folks.

Pogo: We have met the enemy, and he is us.

by d52boy on Fri Dec 30th, 2005 at 10:28:36 AM EST
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