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By SE (anonymous) | Posted October 04, 2008 at 19:38:13

geoff: good points. I realize society can't completely reconstitute itself overnight. History suggests that seemingly cataclysmic revolutions are preceded by popular movements that built slowly over many decades, interacting with the very culture and character structure of the communities involved, and demonstrating alternative possibilities by engaging in "prefigurative organization".

I can suggest (and I'm not the only one) a governing system that could handle things like "welfare" transparantly. It's face-to-face, decentralized, direct democracy. Self-management has precedents, if one dares to look in some of the nooks and crannies of history. Not perfect; but nothing that involves humans is, and that includes authoritarian systems.

About corporate welfare: I too can see some uses for it. E.g., I think some green tech should be subsidized. But I think there are also some subsidies that should go ASAP.

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