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September 10th, 2005
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Matt Wells on Katrina and the US Media

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Date:September 12th, 2005 08:56 am (UTC)
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Well said!

You know, I envy American poltics at least this much: political discourse, alongside the usual and inevitable lip service, monied interests, etc., actually includes genuine political discussion, i.e. putting forth opinions about government (as distinct from merely addressing some remote "the government") and the meaning, means, and boundaries of the republic that is the US.

A more-or-less reasoned argument about "big government" vs. "small government", to name one major issue, has actually been going on in the States for at least 150 years, and, at least in some aspects, dates back to the Continental Congress.

The republic of Israel has not discussed its regime, its policies, the meaning of its state of republic, nor education, medical care, welfare, or any other topic, except the one cancerous issue that has overtaken all public debate (such as there is) in Israeli political life, namely, the occupied territories and the questions around them (settlements, human rights, defensible borders, trangressions against international law, etc.)

In the meantime, those areas that are not discussed, either languish in a state of inertia since 1967, or actually deteriorate and wither due to lack of public attention, opinion, scrutiny, and criticism.

And I don't know how much of the damage would be rectifiable if and when the Israeli public decides to turn its attention back to politics beyond the OT.
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