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Total System Change: A Real-Life Look at Regional Governance and Public Ownership -- Part 2

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1] democratization of wealth; [2] community, both locally and in general, as a guiding theme; [3] decentralization in general; [4] and substantial but not complete forms of democratic planning in support of community, and to achieve longer term economic

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Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday July 20, 2012, 3:41 pm
Thanks again Kit.

Michael T (82)
Friday July 20, 2012, 9:13 pm
At present, as the leading country representing a democratic republic there are two facts that have to be addressed in this approach to how to improve things over all. The first fact is that America is possessed of laws that permit it to imprison more of its citizens than any other country in the word over Russia and China by a large number, and secondly, in most other democratically run countries the ratio of citizens to representatives is really bad. Most of the other countries have a 1 to 100,00 ration while America has a 1 to 700,000 ratio. When you add in the effects of Citizens United one can begin to see how poorly things are staged. When you further realize that there are now some 38,000 lobbying groups that do not represent the interests of its citizens and that there are Wall Street folk who have access to inside information and do not even have to report themselves as visiting a legislator it all goes further south. Things need to change and need to do so radically. This gridlock we face with our legislators must end. There are many ways to make things better, but we as the citizens must find the will to make it happen.

Kerrie G (116)
Saturday July 21, 2012, 10:13 am
Noted, thanks.

Julia R (296)
Saturday July 21, 2012, 4:08 pm
Noted. This article discusses some very important issues related to more equal distribution of wealth and the well being of citizens in a nation. Many nations who are doing a better job than the U.S. as far as the average citizen being better off economically, having greater access to healthcare, being able to provide higher education for all students who want to go to college, and for elderly people have a combination of socialism and capitalism as the basis of their economic and political systems. May be the U.S. will go more in this direction as well. We have taken capitalism to such an extreme and to the benefit of corporations who have to much power and destroying many communities (as they are running amuck and enjoy complete power of our political system) that it has thrown our whole economy and our governing bodies off balance. If we don't address this out of kilter, powerful few that are leaving so many impoverished and in a state of chronic destitution, by real meaningful change in our political and economic structure, I believe we may be headed for a looming crisis.

Craig Pittman (52)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 3:59 am
Thank you Kit. This is a fascinating model of the way things could be in an equitable society. The very first thing that would need to change is the current two-party, corporate sponsored (controlled) poilitcal system now in place.
This theory has some very attractive aspects. Food for thought to be sure.

Janelle Wong (71)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 7:00 am

Rasmussen Poll: 66% of Americans believe the U.S. has too much government power and too little freedom.

JL A (281)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 7:37 am
Seems that crony capitalism would be the first element to protect communities from to enable them to have a chance at guiding their destinies.
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