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Re: “ConCon offers a chance to reform NY government

We've (meaning people as opposed to corporations) have lost significant control of our governments at every level. Basically, oligarchs have largely subverted our democracy and taken over control of our governments.

That this has happened is abundantly apparent to anybody bothering to look. It shows up in the reality that ordinary people have largely not participated in (meaning benefited from) the HUGE gains in productivity that have taken place since a round 1970 -- nearly all of that increase in the size of our collective economic pie have gone to oligarchs and their minions.

At the same, access to rudimentary health care by ordinary people has plummeted, so much so that the U.S. during this period of time has steadily moved from near the top of the group of first-world countries, in terms of minimum infant mortality, to our current position near the top of the group of third-world countries.

Put bluntly, we're well down the path of becoming a third-world country with respect to most of the statistical measures that matter, things like income and wealth inequality, access to health care (Obamacare has helped a little in this respect, but only a little), entrenched multi-generational poverty, rampant institutionalized racism and other forms of rankism, significant deterioration in our rule of law -- the list goes on and on (something like me in this respect).

Given this stark reality, I believe were we to hold a constitutional convention now, while oligarchs and their minions are largely in control, that they would be likely to prevail and take/use the opportunity to solidify and consolidate their gains.

Were democracy to once again flourish in the U.S. a constitutional conversion might be a good idea, but it's a patently BAD idea now.

I should also mention it's not we who are the main victims here. Rather, it's our children and their children down through our future generations who are the biggest victims.

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Posted by disgruntled on 11/02/2017 at 9:02 AM

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