A society can continue for a very substantial period along a path characterized by ever greater divergence between the core values and ideals that give it legitimacy and the institutions and practices that create and constitute the everyday realities its citizens experience. Plausibly, a society could continue indefinitely on such a course-though clearly, cynicism and apathy would result, and at some point increasingly serious demands for change most likely would be heard.
===America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy (Gar Alperovitz)
I hate to say it, but we have passed the event horizon and the pull of chaos cannot be reversed. Certainly the elections in November will do nothing, absolutely nothing to stem the acceleration. Expect massive voter fraud in November, though the risk of losing the Senate is likely considered manageable by the radical progressive left and the Obama administration, as the coming chaos and socioeconomic disruptions between now and the 2016 election will be expected to usher in the tyranny of Hillary. Of course, there is a chance, as mentioned by Doctor Ben Carson, that the American and global environment, for any number of reasons, could be so dysfunctional as to preclude elections at all.
There is a lot of pain ahead. It can happen here. It is happening here. Hope is an essential sustaining trait of our humanness, but hope based on willful blindness can be an act of self-destruction.
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The fate of Kobani city now hangs in the balance, as around 9000 fighters of the Islamic State organization close in on the Kurdish held area. The current IS assault on the Kobani enclave was not the first attempt by the jihadis to destroy the Kurdish-controlled area.
The Kobani enclave, most of which is now in the hands of the IS, at one time extended to Tel Abyad in the east, and Jarabulus in the west. It constituted a major hindrance to the desire of the jihadis to maintain free passage for their fighters from Raqqa city up to the Turkish border and westwards towards the front lines in Aleppo province. IS has therefore long sought to destroy it.
Prior to the current campaign, the most serious (but unsuccessful) attempt to conquer Kobani came in July 2014, shortly following the dramatic IS advance into Iraq.