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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

A Tahrir Square for the USA or you can't beat somebody with nobody

if this is the sobering reality...

noam chomsky...

The comic opera in Washington this summer, which disgusts the country and bewilders the world, may have no analogue in the annals of parliamentary democracy.

The spectacle is even coming to frighten the sponsors of the charade. Corporate power is now concerned that the extremists they helped put in office may in fact bring down the edifice on which their own wealth and privilege relies, the powerful nanny state that caters to their interests.

Corporate power’s ascendancy over politics and society—by now mostly financial—has reached the point that both political organizations, which at this stage barely resemble traditional parties, are far to the right of the population on the major issues under debate.

the london riots...

the scene on the ground...

A police station disemboweled, a double-decker bus reduced to a smoking carcass, shops pillaged, buildings razed by flames -- London's Tottenham quarter resembled a war zone Sunday following overnight riots.

and a bit of background...
Those condemning the events of the past couple of nights in north London and elsewhere would do well to take a step back and consider the bigger picture: a country in which the richest 10% are now 100 times better off than the poorest, where consumerism predicated on personal debt has been pushed for years as the solution to a faltering economy, and where, according to the OECD, social m is worse than any other developed country.

given all that and a whole lot more, do we leave the holder of the most powerful office in the world unchallenged...?

tavis smiley...

I don’t think the President would be hurt, necessarily—the country certainly would not be hurt—by a primary challenge that would refocus him on what really matters. It would refocus him on what’s happening to too many people in this country. It would refocus him on a more progressive agenda. But having said that, I think if the race were held today, the President still wins. You can’t beat somebody with nobody, and I don’t see who the somebody is that can beat the President.

hey... i don't have any better answer... four more years of the obama that has emerged from the 2008 election is a pretty grim prospect to me right now... if we assume political business as usual (meaning no populist revolution intervening), i think SOMEBODY with the real milk of human kindness running in his or her veins needs to stand up and give our bogus hopey-changey president a run for his money... however, given the hammer lock the super-rich elites have on our failed two-party system, i'm afraid i just don't see it happening... what we really need, i'm afraid, IS that populist uprising, a tahrir square for the u.s.a...

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