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Democracy Burlesque has been performing as a political satire group for over 3 years now. This blog is here for members of Democracy Burlesque to talk about their experiences, for guests of the group to visit and share thoughts, and for the general public to learn about and get a taste of some of the funniest political satire happening in the Midwest - - or anywhere.

William Greider and the Soul of Capitalism

Democracy Burlesque is a progressive group, and, even though not all members agree on all things, in one way or another each of us considers him or herself progressive.

I don't speak for the group as a whole, but I know a lot of us like the Nation Magazine. One of my favorite writers is William Greider. In the spirit of trying to get some initial conversation going, I wonder if anyone has read his book The Soul of Capitalism. The thesis looks pretty interesting:

My new book is in the stores. This one is a bit different from my previous work -- a head-on critique of American capitalism that (I hope) leads people toward the sunlight, not darkness. My premise: we have reached a rare moment in history when Americans have the opportunity (and obligation) to confront the destructive qualities of the U.S. economic system and reform it in profound ways. That is, alter capitalism's operating values and its imperious power structure that produce the damaging consequences for society, the confinements on people's lives and values, the collisions with nature and our future. Americans are more powerful than they imagine. People have the potential to force organic changes on the system from within. Many smart citizens are already at work on it.

I like to think that Democracy Burlesque is one of those groups working on what Greider is talking about. Interested in what others think - - this is a blog after all . . . place your comment or write the email address to ask to receive a blogging invitation.

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  1. commenting on my own blog anonymously just to prove anyone can leave a comment. give it a try.

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