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  • The circus recently came to town, if you happen to live in Tampa. It travels up the East Coast to Charlotte next week. Both party conventions feature three rings of Rope-A-Dope. Don't worry if you couldn't get tickets – news stories and video clips are easy to come by.

    The news media is riveted on every non-event and out-and-in-uendo. Reporters are camped out to inhale every whiff of PR, but rarely exhale anything we didn't already know. Consequential stuff wafts along in that smoke, but nobody who's widely listened to points it out.

    In both circuses you will witness spirited bashing of ideological enemies. In neither will you hear criticism of their major funders, who know how to play the game to win by betting against the house. In this case, the house is the US Treasury and Federal Reserve Bank and their near-sovereign corporate affiliates.

    Circus Circus is a Vegas casino as well as the back-to-back national party conventions. Neither party will bring up at its convention (or elsewhere for that matter) that it favors casino rules in politics and economics. In practice, they both enforce winner-take-all politics and economics and that means there are many more losers than winners. The parties seem to like it that way.

    Maybe not no hope, but not much hope remains that the two parties will agree on anything significant before the next major crisis ensues. But as I expect many crises are in the works, I have some expectation that a large assortment of politicians across the spectrum will come to see they are working for us, not marketing to us.

    So don't go to the circus if you don't want them to rub it in about ripping you off.

    @image: mashup from Wikipedia and Flickr
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