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Monday, February 21, 2011

Wisconsin: Required Reading

First, from Digby, a message of solidarity from Egypt, another call for solidarity, as a counterweight to Liar-in-Chief Andrew Breitbart, and a call to high-school students from Michael Moore to make their voices heard.

And check out this from Paul Krugman, who has no compunctions about telling it like it is:

In principle, every American citizen has an equal say in our political process. In practice, of course, some of us are more equal than others. Billionaires can field armies of lobbyists; they can finance think tanks that put the desired spin on policy issues; they can funnel cash to politicians with sympathetic views (as the Koch brothers did in the case of Mr. Walker). On paper, we’re a one-person-one-vote nation; in reality, we’re more than a bit of an oligarchy, in which a handful of wealthy people dominate.

Given this reality, it’s important to have institutions that can act as counterweights to the power of big money. And unions are among the most important of these institutions.

I'm glad that someone with a voice can see that, since so many of the dolts who fill up the airwaves don't understand this country at all.

And Shoq Value has assembled a list of sources and resources.

I'm pretty much thrilled at the dimensions of the protests in Madison, and the fact that they are also going on in Ohio and other states that are trying to destroy the unions. And I'm gratified that Moore has enough sense to not only spot the involvement of students, but to encourage it. (If you lived through the '60s, you know how much energy young people can generate for a cause.) And Krugman's absolutely right -- we need something to counter the billionaires who have bought Congress, the White House, and the Supreme Court.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, from my morning surfing. There's lots more. Feel free to add your own contributions in the comments.

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