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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...


Policies not Politics
---- Daily Landscape

by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Thu Apr 13th, 2006 at 10:30:57 AM EST

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