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Jul. 28th, 2005 | 10:50 pm

What did Mahatma Gandhi's organization, Mao Zedong's chinese communist party, and AdolfHitlers National Socialist party have in common?

They all put effort into directly helping the little people who were their members.

In The Unconquerable World I'd read about Gandhi's ideas that to build a better india one should start with actions that would directly improve peoples lives, for instance one act of civil disobedience was to go make salt from the ocean in defiance of the British laws that required the Indians to by salt from Briton.

I just finished reading They thought they were free, which was one author's attempt to capture what the rank and file of those who'd joined the Nazi party thought and felt about national socialism. Up until the very end where the author started to offer his own thoughts on what happened to the Germans he did a remarkably good job of capturing the various memories and rationalizations of 10 ordinary men who'd been Nazi's.

One of the things that struck me was the parallel with the Unconquered World when several of them spoke of how the party was always there to help its members who were experiencing hardship.

(And no I'm not justifying the Nazi's if you weren't one of the chosen it was off to the gas chambers for you, but for those who were "acceptable" the party managed to buy their loyalty though this technique.)

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Vicky the Compost Queen

So in a perverse way this is hopeful

from: vixter
date: Jul. 29th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)

because the current administration is totally against helping ordinary people. Just how long is it going to take for them to realize this, though?

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[you'll find a light, find a friend, find a way]

Re: So in a perverse way this is hopeful

from: artemii
date: Jul. 30th, 2005 01:36 am (UTC)

well, i suppose it matters whether being an american at all (such as in terms of how much more wealth, resources, etc. are used by even most poor americans than by almost anyone else on the planet) is more important to people than what they're personally getting in tne short term.

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from: artemii
date: Jul. 30th, 2005 01:35 am (UTC)

yeah, almost all social movements--including most ones we'd call terrorist organizations--use this strategy.

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Follow the money

from: dilinger
date: Aug. 6th, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC)

I have been having many nightmares lately. I'm not sure what the source of it is yet, but they often end with me losing harper. Not that he dies in all of them but he keeps walking way way off. What does this have to do with politics,

Part of my dreams (bare with me) is the picture of a guy named joe, he looks like a road sign person. You see joe walking and then over his head you get like a sim window, with an ammount. (cash ammount) I'm not sure how all this figures in, but I think my dream was an economic dream.

The dream is kinda of a clockwork/ or mill you see joe, go to work you see his money come in, you see the money go out in taxes and fees and stuff. You see a building where he works you see the money come in. No numbers. The dream was really cool, but the it fades so rapidly.

Forgive me if this gets disconnected/disjointed.

Basicly it shows the money go up to the state and out to the washington, it shows money comming back. It shows loops for local government, it shows the loops for religious affiliation and how that money is spent. Then it creeps slower and slower, as you see the money and the government getting strangeled the Green $ signs turn Red.

It was neat the the big dollar signs going to Iraq and the dollars for subsidies and the dollars directly to people.

I know I'm not describing this as well as my dream. It is funny that something like this could come out of me. I should get a journal to put by my bed.

In either case It makes me wonder where the 40% of the people who "didn't vote" Stand. They fall in behind the winners of the election but is that where they really want to be?

It would be neat if someone could come up with either a documentary/video of how the money gets spent and where it goes. I wonder if the Sim game does anything with it. Anywho my head hurts. (numbers are hard) I still need to get that on a wav or mp3. Makes me laugh.

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