Re: [OT] The record industry, RIAA and US law
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Roberto � wrote:
> On Tue, May 08, 2007 at 11:39:06PM +0200, Joe Hart wrote:
>> That type of law is one reason. Iraq and general foreign policy is another.
> See, I thought the main reason that many Europeans were opposed to US
> involvement in Iraq was because they were illegally profiting in Iraq in
> violation of the UN sanctions.
>> Yes, we must hope. To remove hope would admit defeat. Although I do
>> not have a lot of faith in any of the Democrats either. As long as the
>> political system does not change, I don't see a lot of progress being
>> made. There, you don't have enough strong political parties, here we
>> have too many.
> I think you are way wrong here. The Republicans and Democrats are *so*
> strong that they are effectively in a stalemate. They are also so big
> that they have effectively consigned every potential third party
> contender to the sidelines. Besides, lots of people (around 50%) in the
> US still have more faith in the Republicans than they do in the
So how am I wrong then? I say the political system needs to change
because of the stalemate you mentioned. We have another kind of
stalemate in this country and that is: no party is strong enough and
they have for form coalitions to get anything done, thus abandoning
their platform (and their constituents) in the process.
The whole idea of elected officials voting for the party-line instead of
vote on the issue to best represent your electorate is where things
break down. And then we have the you rub my back I'll rub yours kind of
politics taking place.
I learned in school politics = power, and power corrupts, so what it
boils down, how many politicians are trustworthy? I say very few.
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