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  1. mesa econoguy

    Fascism is economic, and we now have it.

    There is little difference between Mussolini and Barak Obama

    http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/Fascism.html

  2. Benjamin Cole

    The terrorism and related national security hysterias are fanned by the federal government…be afraid, worship your protectors and we will take your money btw…

  3. While I understand where the author is coming from, it sounds more like he wasn’t aware of what has been going on for the last several years. The technology the NSA is using has been around for awhile and what they were doing was available, true you had to search for it but most of the info was available. What Snowden did is give a face and a simple laundry list of what was going on so that it was easy to understand.

    I’m more worried about the IRS and the multiple executive orders. These are real issues that are not being addressed.

    1. Benjamin Cole

      I am worried about the IRA also…and the $1 trillion a year we pay to just three federal agencies, DoD, DHS and the VA. And the squandering of federal monies on rural subsidies, or ethanol, or welfare, or the Department of Commerce. And do we need an Education Department? A USDA?

      Are large spy agencies compatible with long-term democracy? If you think the IRS can be abused, how about the ability to read or listen into every phone call or e-mail?

      BTW, The USDA stands for Union of Soviet Department of Agrikulture..

      1. I am worried about the IRA also…and the $1 trillion a year we pay to just three federal agencies, DoD, DHS and the VA.

        First and foremost, why bring up the IRA?

        Secondly, NONE of the three you mention are “agencies”. They are departments.

        Lastly, why worry about three departments that consume $1T, when one (DHHS) consumes $1.5? That single department consumes nearly half the entire federal budget.

  4. We’ve been promoting this Stockholm Syndrome idea at Downsize DC for a couple of years now. And now we’re featuring in on our new website, the Zero Aggression Project.

    https://www.zeroaggressionproject.org/heuristic/stockholm-syndrome/

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