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$pecial Interest Government is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Despite much hand-wringing by presidential candidates bemoaning a divided US, we the people are in agreement on many issues, including what is undermining our democracy. Frances Moore Lappé and Giulio Caperchi, writing for BillMoyers.com outline it for us based on a 2014 study covering both blue and red states. Climate change. Americans’ concern about global warming is at an eight-year high, with a record 65 percent of us now blaming human activity for rising temperatures. Gun control. Eighty-five percent of Americans — including large majorities of both Republicans and Democrats — favor closing gun-sale loopholes by ...

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Shamans Discover Special Interests

The shaman is presented as the intercessor between man and nature spirits Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra Flicker/creative commons

A primitive man who lived in a cave a long, long time ago once abstracted the idea that you can make a living, even a very good living as a shaman. He was largely self-appointed to intercede between and on behalf of other men and the existing natural resources. Most important, he consulted on what actions would be good luck or bad luck for individuals, families, and the tribe. This shaman reaped economic wealth and social advantages for his efforts that supported his own survival. The concept of special interest was born. Special interest people take something, anything, an idea, a ...

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