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Re: I've become... Political

Posted by sigismund on February 26, 2013, at 23:17:36

In reply to I've become... Political, posted by sleepygirl2 on February 26, 2013, at 17:10:48

Can you organise being indignant without being self righteous?

In Spain the Occupy thing, or the people who went to the demos, were called Los Indignados.

There was a manifestacion in the Plaza del Sol (Madrid)a few years ago with, I think, a million people at it. I really wanted to talk to Spaniards about the economics of it all but my Spanish wasn't anywhere near up to it and I was too shy.

We should be indignant. Here about the type of people who are attracted to politics in the first place. So many of them are like private school kids debating. It is really low grade, no intellectual, not to speak of behavioural, standards. This is not a party political thing here at all....perhaps the people in the ALP are worse? I follow the American situation with interest. What is common to both places is a failure to create a believable and believed narrative of the common good. This sequester(?) thing is a good example. Here the ALP kind of gave up the ghost about a narrative and is half full of spivs and the corrupt. What feels similar to you is that the ALP is now arguing on the coalition's terms, allowing the coalition to move to the right, so our system comes to more resemble yours, ridiculous I know, but we send our people to the USA to learn how to do it. The Liberal Party here, after WWII, used to have many pragmatic decent people, and perhaps still does but not as many. It all feels so confected these days. They are in a position of trust.




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