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The very idea that there are collective things worth having, and that cost money, seems curiously downplayed by neoliberal economics.

That neoliberal economics downplays the value of collective goods is to my mind not nearly so curious as the fact that all other political parties in the west that have a hand in legislative processes are too frightened to stand up for their value.

But I guess that's just me...

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Nov 7th, 2010 at 05:40:31 AM EST
 "...so curious ... the fact that all other political parties in the west that have a hand in legislative processes are too frightened to stand up for their value."

  Actually, it makes a certain vile sense.  The parties and the elected officials are bought and paid for.  Not every single one without exception and not always to the extent of being completely and perfectly managed but the vast majority are so to an extent which places their patrons in a fully effective management position for nearly all practical purposes.

 So, if public education, civil infrastructure, the quality of news and information, the general welfare of both the poor and middle and upper classes (the top 2% excepted) are in a state of decay, feebleness and continuing deplorable decline these are not "bugs" of the system, they are rather the intended "features" of a ruling elite who are wealthy enough not to need universal health care, or publicly-funded education, or much better up-keep of the material infrastructure or the welfare and civic rights and liberties of most of the ordinary general public.

   In the society as it is now being fashioned, such advantages to the average populace represent disadvantages to those who'd more firmly and fully manage, observe, monitor and control those ordinary people.

   After all, what's "efficient"?  From the narrow point of view of certain extremely privileged, most "efficient" is that (they,) the most powerful(,) take the "lion's share" and leave the scraps they aren't interested in to the rest of the others.  

  As they might put it in an unguarded moment,

     "We're healthy, they don't need to be (especially at our expense); we're wealthy, and the less they have, the more we can capture and keep for ourselves; we're educated and knowledgable--because we spent the time, effort and resources to obtain our education and training, their possessing comparable strengths merely complicates our exercises of power and control.  Those who want, need, expect more--be it from government or what-have-you ought to and must fight us, beat us, outmanoeuvre us, to get it and if they can't, well then, they lose out, don't they?"

---etc, like that.

  http://widget.yodawork.com/book/editis.swf?ean13=9782707164193&bookshop=ladecouverte&url=htt p://widget.yodawork.com/book

   Le nouveau gouvernement du monde:
Idéologies, structures, contre-pouvoirs
 by  Georges CORM

      explains this and more about the times we live in.

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  RE: Readers' Comments on:

"The Crossroads Nation"

By DAVID BROOKS

  link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/09/opinion/09brooks.html

From Bill Clinton's bridge to the 21st century to President Obama's new foundation, the next American century is often described vaguely. Here's why.

   

 NY Times (Reader Comments)  

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StephenNew Haven, CT
November 9th, 201011:07 am

This story line assumes a stable and thoughtful government, rational citizens, and abundant & cheap energy to make all that global economic stuff happen.

I wish it were so. The problem, of course, is that we have an unstable, petulant, and thoughtless government that can't see past the next election, a large chunk of our citizens are disengaged, nativist, naive and clueless about how government (any government) works, and we are entering the decline of cheap, abundant energy (oil) to make the economy glide along.

Now is the time to re-scale the economy by reinvesting in the regional and local production of goods, services and food; to educate our citizens so they can be the thinking persons Mr. Brooks envisions to help in this transition, and to elect people who actually care about the direction of the country instead of themselves or their pet ideology.

I'm not holding my breath. The midterm elections are only the tip of the iceberg. The truly crazy people will now feel empowered. Sharon Angle is not an isolated case.

When those born today reach, say 40 years old, they will live in a much scarier America than the one we're seeing develop now.

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"In such an environment it is not surprising that the ills of technology should seem curable only through the application of more technology..." John W Aldridge
by proximity1 on Wed Nov 10th, 2010 at 10:38:42 AM EST
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