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    Default Its really the market framing political discourse?

    Does anyone ever think that topics such as the policing of narcotics and drug abuse in politics really reflects the fact that legitimate markets are as near as being at their limits as possible and brokers, investors and money are desperate for new sources of profit year on year in a manner that's totally unsustainable without decriminalisation?

    The whole SOPA news and subsequent good coverage of some of the trends underpinning it (like what Maddox had to say about it on his site and he's not even a commentator he's a satirist for Gods sake!) has me convinced that all politics is a flimsy front for money and what shots it wants to call.

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    I think what this illustrates, as much as anything else, is that humans are largely reactionary creatures, in the sense that we react to that which is nearly or completely immediate and/ or direct. The ability to view things on a scale larger than the immediate context seems to be much more difficult for people to acquire. That is likely a significant factor in why these issues crop up in much larger scale during times when the market is not doing as well as we would like; people think about these things in other times, but when times are easier the issues simply do not have the weight of immediacy and financial necessity driving them into mainstream public dialogue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelchairdoug View Post
    I think what this illustrates, as much as anything else, is that humans are largely reactionary creatures, in the sense that we react to that which is nearly or completely immediate and/ or direct. The ability to view things on a scale larger than the immediate context seems to be much more difficult for people to acquire. That is likely a significant factor in why these issues crop up in much larger scale during times when the market is not doing as well as we would like; people think about these things in other times, but when times are easier the issues simply do not have the weight of immediacy and financial necessity driving them into mainstream public dialogue.
    This is very good. I'ld like to refine that a bit by saying: do those politicians want to see things at a larger scale ? Or aint it again short term motives they have that form decisions and motivate the quest for money as a mean to their ends.
    [URL]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEBvftJUwDw&t=0s[/URL]

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    Of course they don't want to. Most of the public can't, so if politicians tried to do so they would never be reelected.

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