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Is grassroots organizing a snare or magic bullet for the reform of America?

Summary:  The term “grassroots” acts as trump in American political debate, evoking immediate obeisance. Too bad it leads to a dead end.  Our love of grassroot organizing, focusing on local communities and local action, makes the 1% smile. They have seen during the past few years how it allows them to continue gaining wealth and …

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The Million Vet March, a typical peasants’ protest. Does it portend more serious protests in our future?

Summary:  The Million Vet March is typical citizen activism in America, much like the Occupy movement’s street parties. Naive, weak leadership. Poorly conceived goals (the GOP, not Obama, shut down the government). Delusional thinking about the breath of their appeal (“million man”). And a lack of internal discipline (tolerance of off-point or even inappropriate messages). …

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A new political party for a New America: the Tea Party GOP

Summary: This is the fourth in this series about the new politics now emerging in America, in some ways different than anything in our long history. Here we look at the new GOP and its shock troops, the Tea Party Movement. When reading the many articles describing it as crazy, ignorant, and doomed — remember that …

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An Independence Day special report: I have seen the New America!

Summary: The FM website presents information and analysis, but seldom in the first person. However there are frequent requests for information about my activities during these years in which the foundation of the New America was laid. Here is my story, quite appropriate for remembrance on Independence Day. . Just in time for Independence Day …

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How do protests like the TP and OWS differ from effective political action?

Summary:  Change is slow and difficult.  Reform efforts, no matter how deeply rooted, usually have many false starts.  Success requires learning each failure.  Doing better each time.  Only a people who intensely love liberty have a chance at getting it.  Here we discuss the causes of these grim truths, as we start on the road to …

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