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L.A. Hall

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Are our problems beyond politics?

Is politics is a system of persuasion? Doesn't it look to tow you towards one idea or a competing one? Aren't our largest problems -- overpopulation, massive discrepancies in consumption from nation-to-nation, hunger, disease, AIDS -- problems that we can all agree on? It's not like abortion, where it's a matter of belief, right? Does anyone out there think people should starve? Is it a matter of what to vote for? Or a matter of how to vote for it, what actions to take? And in any kind of situation like that, doesn't a collaborative body work better than a deliberative one? Haven't we seen that if you leave two parties to argue, they will do just that? People who disagree don't often come to compromise by idealizing their arguments to the extreme, do they?

So are we beyond politics? Can politics save the day? Or is it becoming obsolete when it comes to making real, big change? What CAN make that change?

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    Jan 5 2013: Isn't it interesting how we generally associate politicians with corruption, greed, lies…..the means used in politics to perpetuate, if not cause the bigger picture issues, yet we continue to look to them to solve the problems our world faces.

    You can not solve the problem with the same means used to create the problem.

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