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Re: Politically, this would not be on today.

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Politically, this would not be on today.
March 21, 2010 08:17PM
Kinder, more genteel times.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/21/2010 08:18PM by wagga.
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March 21, 2010 09:31PM
Good story. Brings up a lot of memories of the 60's. Too bad the desire for changing and improving society has not been sustained as many of those who came of age in the 60's seem to have become more interested in advancing socially conservative agendas.



The cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.
-- Carl Sagan
avatar Re: Politically, this would not be on today.
March 22, 2010 07:41AM
Probably the people like this that actually would want to change things are squashed.
Government for the people by the people mostly seems broken nowadays...
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March 23, 2010 05:26AM
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Probably the people like this that actually would want to change things are squashed.
Government for the people by the people mostly seems broken nowadays...

(my opinion) The impulsive (and a little hedonistic) popular idealistic concerns of the 60's seemed to morph into a hyper-reliogiosity and eventually a sort of entrenched conservatism that we see today. In the USA, I think there is not an underlying sense that "the people" is "a pluralistic society" or that government should create social institutions that benefit broad society, not just stimulate and reward business interests. Most of governmental action in the last 20 years has been to deregulate business, commercialize governmental action, and eschew social programs like affordable health insurance, public transportation, primary/secondary education improvement, environmental protections, and higher education cost containment. It seems like European societies have a better sense of the people as a collective society and those governments tend to focus on quality of life rather than the quantity of income.



The cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.
-- Carl Sagan
avatar Re: Politically, this would not be on today.
March 22, 2010 08:01PM
Answer: No, wagga, this was not too political. I would be glad to read ten more stories like this one -- thanks!

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