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Determining cause and effect can be problematic, but it seems several of us agree on the dynamic. Large scale coordination of the overall economy is essential. Accomplishing this by an oligopoly of monopolies is probably the lowest energy option, which thus forms a well into which societies tend to fall. Then the oligarchs can point to the necessity of the coordination which they are providing as justification, all while directing their employees and propagandizing others to keep the walls as steep and as high as possible.

The essential challenge to creating more humane alternatives is that of designing and then implementing a means of governance that is far less responsive to the economic inducements of the powerful. So far most of what the last three hundred years has demonstrated is that republics tend to oligarchies, as Montesquieu noted.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Feb 24th, 2011 at 09:41:10 AM EST
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