Concerning the FB issue - another thing that bothers me is why now? Over the past several years, corporate America has been rolling up the commons as best it can. This Concordia thing has been known for several years. Many news sites had comments sections, now those numbers are dwindling. Now there is a campaign to regulate FB; coincidence?
I'm sure the oligarchy took note of the Arab Spring and perhaps views free speech as a problem everywhere now. In regards to the last election, I found it disturbing that both Stewart and Colbert were bought out before the election. I think they would have had an impact with people in the middle.
The oligarchs engage in very long term planning. We are where we are now because Reagan killed the Fairness Doctrine and the year after that, Rush initiated the ‘Propaganda Era’ of anti-democratic conservatism media exploitation. The the explosion of the deficit caused by a new tax plan that effectively increased wealth for the already wealthy can also be linked to the Reagan era. So looking back – his administration might well mark the beginning of a new Gilded Age for the Oligarchy.
Trump has doubled down on Reagan’s hand now. The question is what long range steps can be taken to counter the minority control of our Democracy by the outdated and absolutely corrupt Republic that we are supposed to pledge allegiance to? Is there a single goal people could work toward to save America from the conniving bastards? IMO many of our Founding Fathers were not only great Liberals, but closet Atheists as well. They won a battle, but we are still in the same war. Just wondering, has anybody else thought about what can be done? What would you do?