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The key problem with changing society is that those in control have economic and political power. The "people" are disorganized and are easily bought off by small bribes. So, for example, it is popular in the US for governments to enact nominal tax cuts (preferably in the form of a check to the voters) right before elections. Bush bribed the voters with $600.

The ruling class owns the media and has a vested interest in the status quo. How to reach and energize people is the issue. Notice that there have been few peaceful changes, that's why people still study the American, French and Russian revolutions.

The change in the Philippines and what is happening in South America may signal a new dynamic. I don't think the internet is, currently, up to the task...


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by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Thu Apr 13th, 2006 at 10:30:57 AM EST
As much as I hate it, I agree with you.

Internet is still not ready. It still has not its social branding to help int he political symbolic universe and it has not still creative a new narrative of the world.

But we have accomplished much. It is a gathering place, so we are not alone. we can push histories and anrratives. we are asking the part of the elite that thinks the present olicies are goingto hit us back that they should invest in media. And what kind of think tanks we need.

We have also been doing major inroad in getting to know their myhts and their cracks. Stem cell research in the US. Fair contracts-wages in Europe.

A lot to be done. This is why I wrote the manifesto.

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I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Thu Apr 13th, 2006 at 10:49:23 AM EST
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