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Well if it really is disillusionment rather than real world responsibilities that are keeping people away, then I think it's time we all stopped feeling sorry for ourselves.  Bad and all as the current situation is, it pales into insignificance compared to the situation prior to and during the Cold, First and Second World Wars, and any number of famines and wars before that.

The world as we know it today - for all its faults - wasn't built by good people who tired of the fight and stayed at home mumbling into their beer. Brexit will happen if progressives stay at home and not fight the pro-Brexit disinformation campaigns... The far right are rising  (in small part) because progressives are withdrawing from the fray, their finer sensibilities insulted.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 06:08:12 AM EST
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I think it is less disillusionment than fatigue and a perceived lack of anything new to contribute to the situation just now. The problem is the limits to what any of us can do just now.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri May 13th, 2016 at 09:41:16 AM EST
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For me it was a realising the limitations of blogging when it comes to public interest in Europe.
The problems are legion, yet with the exception of the refugee crisis they are not new, they're the same ones they were when ET was born. They were impeccably, meticulously analysed here, and solutions proffered.
Then... The Void.
So many drifted off to see if their skills could be put to better employ elsewhere.
It has taken an American election of such potent insanity and worldwide ramifications to make the old club reunite to bounce reflections around with.
ET lost momentum because its job was done, and the same stubborn problems kept growing anyway, because nobody was listening.
The problems didn't change, nor their possible solutions, they just got worse and thus bigger.
People want to feel their thoughts and words aren't wasted in endless repetition. We all knew how we felt and what shapes our politics were, blogging was new and exciting in 2004, 12 years later it's lost its edge to FB and Instagram, even dkos locks the gates instead of crashing them.
There's still something very special here though, hard to describe. Great chunks have fallen off but the fuselage is still airborne, Frank's contributions, always solid and on point, have become de facto editorials that speak for most of us and have the power to pull many out of the woodwork when the event horizon spits up phenomena apocalyptic enough.
The recalcitrant problem of lack of common language in the EU is its biggest bugaboo. ET is still a breath from the future in this regard.
Booman has become more interesting these last few months than it used to be. Nothing like an election to light a fire in Blogistan!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu May 19th, 2016 at 07:45:08 PM EST
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Interesting. Blogging as a means to solve problems. I never looked at it that way. ET is the only blog I've been a part of ... I remember my first session years ago ... I was baking some fish and fascinated by the idea that I was in direct communication with people in Europe. Problem solving? For me that's doing science and applying the results. My posts at ET were a substitute for my days living in Stockton, CA and spending time at a coffee shop called the Blackwater Cafe, now Blackwater Republic. Decades ago. How time flies.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Fri May 20th, 2016 at 09:39:55 AM EST
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There's no bigger problem than politics. Nothing, that done well, could slice through so many Gordian knots.

Politics can be scientific in its ability to ameliorate life for the many.

What is now a Dark Art can become a Light one.

Etc.


'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri May 20th, 2016 at 10:04:00 AM EST
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