Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Party

From a variety of sources, we discover that our concerns are perhaps not represented in the available national forums.

The issues are broad, and they require and deserve more than emphatically proffered simplistic answers.
  • The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum - even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate. (~Chomsky)
For some time, we've been trying to somehow qualify the liberal/conservative discourse we see in U.S. government and the media.

We have the two parties (and some fringe groups), but it appears they are just feuding fragments of the same family, the MarketPlaceParty.  Republicans and Democrats represent and are funded by the same corporations, the same business interests, and they all jump through whatever might be the hoops-du-jour.

Of the top one hundred donors to the political parties, 80% divided their money between the parties and candidates, sort of a hedge bet or maybe a derivative equivalent.

As to performance, graph the major indicators.  Bigger government, both parties.  Smaller government, both parties.  Budget restraint, both parties.  Budget explosion, both parties.  Increasing and decreasing regulation, both parties.  Despite the leanings, both follow the business world's leading with little resistance.  Both are members of the MarketPlaceParty.

It doesn't matter that they offer themselves as left or right, liberal or conservative.   They're neither with any consistency or credibility.  Have you considered your own position?  Are you well represented?

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