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Democrats have alienated both the conservative Democrats and the New Progressives. For an excellent and erudite discussion of why the prevailing mood of the country may well be “a pox on both parties,” see Peter Peterson, RUNNING ON EMPTY: How The Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It (Farrar, Straus and Giroux , 2004). Peterson was a Cabinet Secretary under Nixon and Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations. He joins numerous other moderate Republicans who have published books dismissive of the Republican Party as it has been hijacked by the religious extremists, the neo-conservatives, and corporate war-profiteers. The Democratic leadership is equally corrupt, but so inept as to be incapable of either governing or holding the Republicans accountable.
5 Howard Rheingold, SMART MOBS: The Next Social Revolution (Basic Books, 2003); James Surowieki, The Wisdom of the Crowds (Anchor, 2005); and Pierre Levy, Collective Intelligence: Mankind's Emerging World in Cyberspace (Perseus, 2000). Three other essential references are H. G. Wells, World Brain (Ayer, 1938), Howard Bloom, GLOBAL BRAIN: The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century (Wiley, 2001), and Tom Atlee, The Tao of Democracy: Using Co-Intelligence to Create a World That Works for All (Writer’s Collective, 2003). Robert Steele addresses the concepts and doctrine for actually “doing” collective public intelligence in THE NEW CRAFT OF INTELLIGENCE: Personal, Public, and Political (OSS, 2002).
6 It is now clearly documented that both the White House and the Senate knew that Peak Oil was upon us during varied hearings conducted from 1974-1979, and deliberately concealed this fact from the public, and failed to alter energy policy, in order to avoid alarming citizens or angering them over prices, while continuing to reap the rich dividends of bribery from the oil
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