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The Illusion of Freedom

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" The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater." -- Frank Zappa

That time is nie upon us; John Boehner can no longer control his own party. The Republicans are splintered by tea party factions, the gun lobby and Bible thumpers. Barack Obama is the new crowned King / seat warmer / tragic figure head / corporate functionary. Barack Obama is no more a Democrat than Herbert Hoover gave lap dances. It all appears so muddled, the fiscal cliff and the budget negotiations, only it isn't muddled at all. It's all fixed up, just the way they wanted it fixed up, just the way they like it. Let confusion reign, they like it like that. Oh yeah, sure, first there was a public option, then there wasn't, then there was, then, presto chango abracadabra, nothing. So what does the fiscal cliff deal mean? It means watch out; the devil is in the details

Everything which has been done to the American public over the past thirty years has been done intentionally.

"Men are so simple of mind, and so much dominated by their immediate needs, that a deceitful man will always find plenty who are ready to be deceived." -- Niccolo Machiavelli

There are no more Republicans and there are no more Democrats; they are merely stage props to create the illusion of an open political system. Mitt Romney was the bad cop and Barack Obama was the good cop, but still, a cop is a cop? It is nothing but an illusion to elicit your participation.

The philosophy of Neoliberalism demands belief in concrete absolutes, privatization, free trade, deregulation, denationalization, free markets and private property. The last is the first, as private property is the golden calf of Neoliberalism. In the neoliberal school of thought, property rights are the only rights which actually exist; all of the other rights of man are imaginary or simply transparent phantoms. If you hear a politician advocate for these policies, they are neither Republicans nor Democrats, they are Neoliberalists.

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Good summary of the problem, but short on solution... by Alan 8 on Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 10:21:33 AM
The problem with the problem is no one can agree w... by David Glenn Cox on Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 3:44:58 PM
Some good ideas, but the two corporate-funded part... by Alan 8 on Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 4:33:53 PM
And very thought provoking.I have been unemployed ... by Cindy G on Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 at 3:09:58 PM