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You're dreaming. Nearly all the very wealthy and powerful are kidding themselves they're philanthropic and charitable, or have some other self-serving vision of their motives.

If anything around here is puerile, it's this notion that there's a powerful group planning to kill off most of humanity so they can rock on with the resources. Also that they control everything, like (you say) adults control the playground (long time since you were a kid ;)).

Which does not mean that, if circumstances led that way, those who have wealth and access to powerful networks would not defend their interests.   That could of course mean grabbing scarce resources for themselves, while weeping crocodile tears. Or backing an authoritarian rightwing populist movement. It's been seen before.

But let's stop with the comic-strip villain paranoia. It isn't going to get us anywhere.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Apr 18th, 2009 at 10:46:40 AM EST
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You and I have been here before.  Let's make sure you understand my position.  That way, we won't have to have this conversation again in the future.

I read plenty of "This is how we should change things." diaries penned by good thinking folks who only mean the best.  The problem is, I imagine the Cheneys/Berlus/etc. reading these pieces, the people who really run things, and I don't see them going along with it.  I don't see how the good intentions/great ideas win over the people who run the show.

BTW, did you see the Olbermann Special Comment in "What Do you get when, you Cross" by jamess?  Hell, WE can't even get Obama to do the right thing.  

So, "comic-strip villain paranoia"?  No no no.  But I do imagine the chuckle that a Cheney would get if he ever took the time to read many of these diaries.  I think those folks have other plans.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Apr 18th, 2009 at 11:03:41 AM EST
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There's a world of difference between your comments.

If you're saying plans to change the world will come up against the interests of those who hold power, I'm not saying anything different.

But your first comment was comic-strip paranoia. Which is what I objected to.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Apr 18th, 2009 at 12:47:29 PM EST
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