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Typically, political reform involves policies that improve or clean up around the edges of existing systems. Typically, revolution involves changing the institutions at the core of the system, often violently.

It is quite possible-even probable-that life in the United States will get worse before it gets better (if it gets better) in the coming decades. We are likely to experience profoundly challenging times. Even in an era focused narrowly on issues of terrorism and war, however, large-order, longer-term change is rarely precluded. There are reasonable possibilities in the coming period of history (as in most periods of history) for much more fundamental change-building to and through the difficulties-than many conventionally hold.

==America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy (Gar Alperovitz)

Don’t let their libertarian rhetoric and their mantra of free enterprise, private property, the Constitution, and limited government fool you: Republicans are incorrigible welfare statists.

Just before the 1994 midterm election, Republicans promised specific actions they would take if the American people voted for enough of them to give the Republican Party a majority in Congress. It was called the Contract with America. After the Democrats trounced the Republicans in the 2006 midterm election, the Republicans offered to Americans their budget alternative called the Path to American Prosperity. Since they suckered enough people once, Republicans thought they would try it again for the 2010 midterm election.

This time House Republicans unveiled the Pledge to America, but it only resulted in a Republican majority in the House. Once Paul Ryan (R-WI) became the chairman of the House Budget Committee, he oversaw the release of The Path to Prosperity: Restoring America’s Promise (fiscal year 2012), The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal (fiscal year 2013), and The Path to Prosperity: A Responsible, Balanced Budget (fiscal years 2014 & 2015). The Republican Study Committee in 2013 introduced its Back to Basics alternative to the Paul Ryan budget plan.

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