Nothing more true than this...?

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    "Those who do not learn from history, are doomed to repeat it"

    In all of my studies & throughout the entirety of my political awakening, nothing has struck me as more profound than this quote. It never ceases to strike me to my core when I delve into another historical time period only to be slapped in the face with the disturbingly identical parallels between then & now...

    Today?

    The French Revolution...

    What led to the outbreak of revolution?

    Massive economic class disparity was the bedrock of discontent in France. Central economic planning, foreign interventionism, & population growth all put massive strain on the power structure of the country. Inept leadership & a massive failure to acknowledge the gravity of the problems plaguing the country led to a calm, & ignorant stroll towards a deadly cliff.

    Sound familiar?
     
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    Sure does. Corporate interests running amuck and controlling the politicians is what led to the rise of organized labor whereupon the little guys, banded together, finally had a say and led to the creation of the middle class as we know it.

    And that saying will become more profound as the pendulum swings back and tries to return us to the time before child labor laws, 40 hour work weeks, overtime and worker safety laws.

    But the voice of the people will not be silenced as we are seeing in Wisconsin and other parts of our great nation.

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    sure blame the corporations.
     
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    There certainly is plenty of blame to go around. It's all tied together. As a libertarian I tend to point to a general failure of the populace at large to think critically. In my opinion this intellectual deficit can be attributed to the great mistake of public school systems in their current form.
     
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    Not all evils can be attributed to public education. Some of it has to go to decadent society we live in with all the pleasures you seek easily available and affordable. Why learn history or math when all all you have to do is look it up on the computer or have a phone.

    Some of us as individuals learn from our mistakes (our history) and usually are not doomed to repeat them but alas, some people never learn.
     
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    I would never claim that all evils can be attributed to our current form of public education, however I do believe that most would agree that one of the largest root causes of our decay as a country can be attributed to our populace's failure to think critically about anything anymore.
     
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    I think shit has a tendency to recur whether we remember it or not. Besides--there's too much history to learn if you plan on trying to use it to avoid mistakes.
    ( add to the fact that some stuff works now and then).
     
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    The well named Koch brothers are proving that we should, indeed, blame the corperations.
     
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    I would say yes & no. I don't think it can be denied that when you have a populace that is generally well informed about the most recent past centuries, such a society is much less likely to make the same mistakes.
     
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    Maybe you need to stop blaming corporations and start blaming yourself and your own choices for the reason you're so miserable.
     

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