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Politics of Collapse: When Things Fall Apart

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He then calls for a renewal of "the radical imagination."  

Says Chomsky: "The center is clearly not holding, and those who are harmed are once again shooting themselves in the foot."

Interesting that a left which has battled the Center for all these years seems to bemoans its disintegration--but for a reason. They see a corrosion of formal democracy with corporations and financial institutions increasingly making key decisions with even less transparency and responsiveness to the public.

They also recognize that there is less and less countervailing power with the unions weakened but still hoping to reform systems increasingly resistant to reform. Activists like the Occupy Movement aspire to speak for the 99% but do not seem strong enough or organized enough to do so.

There are cycles of history just as there are business cycles. Marx once wrote that events happen, "the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.' We seem to still be in the tragic phase.

News Dissector Danny Schechter blogs at newsdissector.net. His latest books are Occupy: Dissecting Occupy Wall Street and Blogothon (Cosimo Books) He hosts a show on Progressive Radio Network. (PRN.fm) A version of this essay first appeared on PressTV.com.

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News Dissector Danny Schechter is blogger in chief at Mediachannel.Org He is the author of PLUNDER: Investigating Our Economic Calamity (Cosimo Books) available at Amazon.com. See Newsdisssector.org/store.htm.

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A really fine, pointed analysis of the disin... by Marika on Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 5:53:10 AM
Yeats had no difficulty understanding what he was ... by Walter J Smith on Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 11:27:19 AM
Are we supposed to take this lightweight skim of h... by Robert S. Becker on Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 11:27:59 AM
But it is not enough to call for the "renewal of r... by Walter J Smith on Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 12:02:54 PM
Rudyard Kipling If ... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 2:14:48 PM
Too much (ironic?) Kipling (and mediocre poetry) a... by Robert S. Becker on Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 2:48:31 PM
I happened to quote  Yeats  before, this... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 3:14:54 PM
just unsure what you meant.  Sorry, but with ... by Robert S. Becker on Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 3:50:05 PM
Kipling was a favorite of Jack London and .. that ... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 4:00:30 PM
Jack London is a decent essayist (and weaker novel... by Robert S. Becker on Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 4:22:50 PM
I've read your articles and comments both here and... by Judy Palmer on Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 12:14:04 AM
Untethered opinions are not valuable.  Yours ... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 12:21:38 PM
in effect, a version of "I can't match your statem... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 2:15:58 PM
Frankly, you've lost me, Ms. Palmer. What is your ... by Paul Kibble on Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 2:53:05 PM
Mr Sashine. My formal education found wanting, I h... by Daniel Penisten on Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 2:14:48 PM
The actual case that the If poem was translated&nb... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 2:33:06 PM
It's interesting to find Yeats and Kipling appe... by Paul Kibble on Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 3:25:12 PM
I should have mentioned that "The White Man's Burd... by Paul Kibble on Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 3:51:20 PM
What a pleasure (and contrast) to see someone well... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 4:16:49 PM
I surely knew about  Kipling's views- unlike ... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 6:14:22 PM
Kipling  maybe was a  reactionary imperi... by Paul Kibble on Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 7:53:54 PM
has more life and verve, and less pretense and few... by Robert S. Becker on Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 12:20:39 AM
We all know that things are pretty bad now, just w... by Deborah Dills on Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 3:53:17 PM