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Sure - do you have a better "just so" story than "we can't afford to be in debt, we need to cut back, just the way you stop buying luxuries when money gets tight" ?
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Mon Aug 1st, 2011 at 07:30:51 AM EST
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That wasn't a very helpful from me. Sorry. I guess I'm just jaded today.
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Mon Aug 1st, 2011 at 07:46:10 AM EST
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Accurate, however.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Aug 1st, 2011 at 11:47:40 AM EST
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I guess "if we stop swimming we all drown" is too unsubtle?

It's an impossible problem, in its own terms. I think you can only really remove the meme by creating worker-run corporations which give everyone as many people as possible experience of economic democracy. Then the existing meme becomes outdated and irrelevant.

You have to create the experience first, and then tell the story about it. It's difficult to go the other way.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Aug 1st, 2011 at 07:51:28 AM EST
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"we don't belong to the banks!"

Wind power
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Aug 1st, 2011 at 08:20:34 AM EST
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I'm reading that Iceland is giving the big middle finger to the IMF and neo-liberalism, and is growing into a newly democratic nation rewriting its constitution through direct citizen input. They're also prosecuting the heads of the three major banks that brought about the country's economic downfall.  

Interesting story, little told here in the U.S. More information wanted.

by altoid (tom.casadecampanas AT gmail dotcom) on Mon Aug 1st, 2011 at 10:31:18 PM EST
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You're not alone:

Interesting story, little told here in Europe. More information wanted.

by Bernard on Tue Aug 2nd, 2011 at 02:08:30 AM EST
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Stjórnlagaráð 2011
The Constitutional Council presented the Speaker of Althingi, Mrs. Ásta Ragnheidur Jóhannesdottir, with the bill for a new constitution in Idnó, today. The bill was unanimously approved by all delegates, at the last meeting of the Council, on Wednesday 27 July 2011. The bill assumes that from now on, changes to the constitution will be submitted to a vote by all who are eligible to vote in Iceland, for either approval or rejection. All delegates agree that the population should be given the chance to vote on the new constitution before Althingi's final vote on it. In the case of ideas arising to make changes to the bill prepared by the Constitutional Council, the delegates of the Council declare themselves ready to revert to the matter before a national referendum is held.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Aug 2nd, 2011 at 02:15:35 AM EST
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