Perhaps "things" must get worse before radical change can be brought about. From here, that's pretty much assured.
Couple all the above (with apologies for not alluding to the many other issues in this short piece) with the expansion of our own national security state and surveillance procedures i.e. the coming use of domestic drones, security cameras, cell phone message and internet monitoring et al, we seem to be moving ever closer to outright authoritarianism.
For some people, they believe we've already reached that point.
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