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Be a Junkie, June 17, 2013
As we have noted in “About” our magazine a "Junkie" is "one who has an insatiable interest or devotion." A “Political Junkie” is thus "one who has an insatiable interest in or devotion to politics.” For our journal, The Political Junkies for Progressive Democracy, however, that interest and devotion is not to just any sort of politics. Our great nation is at an historical cross-road, similar in some ways to that which faced us before the First Civil War. Then the battle, first civil then military, was between the Slave Power on the one hand and on the other those social sectors that wanted to eliminate, or at least contain the expansion of, the “peculiar institution.” Today the battle is between the Corporate Power and its drive for profits and the unlimited accumulation of wealth at any cost, and those forces that support what might be called “social capitalism.” This, in brief, is a combination of the capitalist system as it is generally practiced in Western Europe with the political and economic features of the New Deal and its successors, for the benefit of all. The way to achieve this politically is what we call “Progressive Democracy,” to the promotion of which is our webmagazine devoted.
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