« Socialism - It's Not Just For Crackpots Any More | Main | Candidate Gingrich Wants a "Conversation" About Medicare »


Mick, you are dead-on right once more. The only time it stops is when we stop it. Back in the day, we could stop it by protesting loud enough but those days are over. Back in the day, there were well-known, well-respected, charismatic candidates that could mount "scary" primary challenges and third party bids. Well those days are gone. The corporate media makes damn sure the only protests we see are by the corporate-funded teabaggers, and any candidate who challenges the underlying assumptions of the system is portrayed as a nutcase with no chance of winning.

Chris Hedges and a few others say that electoral politics is dead. The whole thing is tightly controlled and no real threat, no scary candidate, is going to be able to come up with the money to mount a campaign, much less fend off the PR blitz against him. Hell, its hard enough to even get on the ballot in most states much less actually get more than 5% of the vote without corporate money behind you.

We've got to come up with a plan before 80% of the country is shoved into abject poverty. I don't see one yet.

I like the sound of "no quarter." We just have to be smart and humane about it.

I'd call for mass murder of the oligarchic class but I'd get in trouble so I won't.

Great post! Another interesting parallel with ancient Rome is that the wealthy political elites tended to form two camps: one that pretended to care about common folk, and another that was openly oligarchic. So, Julius Caesar as a Populare debated Cicero the Optimate.

Nice article, thanks for the information.

The comments to this entry are closed.

Bang for the Buck: Boosting the American Economy

Compassionate Conservatism in Action


  • "We are the deciders. And every single day, every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this war."

  • Photobucket


  • "[O]ur time, our energy, should be spent in educating, agitating, organizing our fellow citizens in the workplace, in the neighborhood, in the schools. Our objective should be to build, painstakingly, patiently but energetically, a movement that, when it reaches a certain critical mass, would shake whoever is in the White House, in Congress, into changing national policy on matters of war and social justice."


  • "True religion will not let us fall asleep in the comfort of our freedom. Love thy neighbor is not a piece of advice, it's a command. ...

    God, my friends, is with the poor and God is with us, if we are with them. This is not a burden, this is an adventure."

The Reverend Al Sharpton

  • Ray wasn't singing about what he knew, 'cause Ray had been blind since he was a child. He hadn't seen many purple mountains. He hadn't seen many fruited plains. He was singing about what he believed to be.

    Mr. President, we love America, not because of all of us have seen the beauty all the time.

    But we believed if we kept on working, if we kept on marching, if we kept on voting, if we kept on believing, we would make America beautiful for everybody.


  • ''With adequate profit, capital is very bold. A certain 10 percent will ensure its employment anywhere; 20 percent will produce eagerness, 50 percent positive audacity; 100 percent will make it ready to trample on all human laws; 300 percent, and there is not a crime which it will not scruple, nor a risk it will not run, even to the chance of its owner being hanged.''

Join Us!

  • Member, Project Hamad

Happy 71st Anniversary Social Security!

  • Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting


Become a Proud Member of the Guppy Army



Count Me, Damnit!

Blog powered by Typepad
Member since 01/2004

Oh, I've Won Awards

alternative hippopotamus

Paperwight's Fair Shot

Your Liberal Media