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Do Americans Know How Close They Are To Dictatorship?

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After 9/11, the balance between liberty and despotism in America took an unprecedented turn in favor of the latter. America had been put under presidential dictatorship and experienced attacks on constitutional liberties before-like with Lincoln's imposition of martial law during the Civil War or with Wilson's imprisonments of dissenters during World War I-but with the advent of the War on Terror, the possibility emerged for a much less easily reversible state of tyranny.

In this case, America had entered into a war with the assumption that the war wouldn't ever be able to end. A war against "terror" would be a war against an enemy that could never be decisively defeated, and that would be portrayed by the government as an overwhelming threat no matter what the reality was. Echoing Herman Goering's rhetoric after the Reichstag fire, Americans were told after 9/11 that they were now on a "war footing." Nazi-esque language about defending the "homeland" became normalized, giving a nationalistic sense of legitimacy to the illegal wars, unconstitutional state surveillance, for-profit security apparatus expansions, torture, extrajudicial arrests, and persecution of Muslims within law enforcement that would happen in the next few years.

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Since the initial post-9/11 hysteria went away, America has settled into a new normal, one where a constant state of war goes unquestioned and where we live with less and less of the freedoms we once took for granted. No one has digital privacy from government surveillance. Whistleblowers are now regularly prosecuted, and if Julian Assange is extradited to the U.S, both leakers and their publishers will become subject to arrest. With the passage of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, the president gained the ability to arrest and indefinitely detain American citizens at any time. Since the start of America's longest war, our freedoms have been almost consistently stripped away, and under our current administration the authoritarian takeover could go much further.

In her 2007 book The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, Naomi Wolf wrote that "America is not driven by pure ideologies the way that fascist Italy and Nazi Germany were. In America, profit drives events where ideology does not: Within days of the 9/11 attacks, security companies were lobbying airport and government officials to invest in new technologies of surveillance. Six years later, the surveillance industry is huge business"Lockheed Martin, Acxiom, ChoicePoint, and other companies have sharply increased their investment in lobbying for a piece of this profit."

This corporate-centered American fascism, Wolf observed, had by that point thoroughly revealed itself as a threat. The historical signs of a transition towards dictatorship-leaders invoking an exaggerated threat, a crackdown on dissent, the loss of rights like privacy and due process-had appeared in those first six years after 9/11. And Wolf judged that since the war would go on indefinitely, the country would only continue on its path towards despotism unless an uprising took place.

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The last twelve years have proven Wolf right. Obama used the Espionage Act to go after whistleblowers more than all previous presidents combined did. The Obama years also saw the completion of the NSA's universal online surveillance apparatus, the continued use of excess war equipment to militarize police, the escalation of immigrant deportations, the normalization of extrajudicial drone assassinations of American citizens, and the implementation of the 2012 NDAA, which both gave Obama unlimited indefinite detention powers and granted him the authority to use the army as a domestic police force. Since these authoritarian tools were turned over to Trump, the decline of liberty has further accelerated, as well as the project from the surveillance, private prison, and weapons industries to profit from the takeover.

Trump has used the Espionage Act to prosecute three whistleblowers so far, with Assange likely being the next one; Trump's FBI has been persecuting black activists like Rakem Balogun using the new label of "black identity extremist;" ICE has been empowered to conduct raids more aggressively than ever. The biggest causes of alarm are the instances where the Trump White House has used its manufactured "crisis" at the border to justify measures that endanger not just undocumented poor people and workers, but the entire American lower class. When Trump has sent troops to the border to attack migrant families with chemical weapons, or vastly expanded the migrant detention centers, or conducted military-style raids to round up millions of undocumented people, he's set a precedent for treating political dissidents and the poor in general with the same brutality.

Trump's base has been made comfortable with this the same way that past fascist regimes have gotten a section of the populace on their side: by making the favored groups detached from the horrors that others are experiencing. In our situation of corporatized fascism, where wealthy executives are directly involved in White House policy-making and private prison companies are profiting from Trump's detention camps, this effort to get many people to consent to the fascist takeover is tied in with the corporate fascist ideology that dominates the American right.

The rhetoric from proto-fascist groups like Turning Point USA, which glorifies "free markets" and "limited government" while posting codedly racist memes designed to inflame resentment against welfare users, provides ideological justification for the profit-driven atrocities that are being carried out against poor and nonwhite people. As part of neoliberalism's dark path to fascism, an authoritarian populist ideology has been fused with the corporate totalitarianism which drives events in America.

For Trump and his base, cruelty against the groups they demonize is in fact the entire point of why they advance this fascistic ideology. "The cruelty of the Trump administration's policies, and the ritual rhetorical flaying of his targets before his supporters, are intimately connected," The Atlantic's Adam Serwer has written. The latest news story about the Trump White House's crimes against humanity, wherein the administration has claimed that it shouldn't be obligated to provide imprisoned migrant children with items like soap, toothbrushes and sleeping accommodations, represents one more level at which Trump's supporters have come to accept the evil they're complicit in.

It's these ideological foundations behind American fascism-the manufactured fear and hatred of Muslims and immigrants, the white nationalist rhetoric about protecting the "homeland," the scapegoating of poor people and "degeneracy" for society's decay-that's being used by Trump to try to bring America to a state of dictatorship. Trump's endless escalations of human rights abuses, defiance of legal procedures, and efforts to provoke war with Iran serve the purpose of provoking outraged protest from his detractors, which he can use to solidify dictatorial control.

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This clarifies the meaning of Stephen Miller's February 2017 proclamation that the president's authority "will not be questioned;" Trump recently tweeted that his heavily-armed supporters should "demand that I stay longer" than his official term, hinting that he'll use violence to stay in power. As Yoav Litvin writes about Trump's "authoritarian endgame" for 2020:

Trump seeks to foment maximal unrest, rage and violence among his adversaries at home by engaging in blatantly outrageous miscarriages of justice, and breaking well-established societal taboos. Starting a war under false pretenses would serve to inflame an already polarized and dissatisfied American public, pitting Trump's growing opposition against his most loyal white supremacist, nationalist and heavily-armed base"Trump would manipulate any public forms of defensive aggression, real or manufactured, to stoke offensive aggression from his hard-core base, which would stick with him regardless. Under the pretext of a "rebellion", Trump could suspend the writ of habeas corpus to detain opposition, including immigrants without trial, and potentially, cancel the 2020 election.

Thus, if Trump's warmongering efforts succeed, his opposition faces an impossible catch leading up to the 2020 Presidential race: protest and he may use it as a pretext to fortify his dominance by suspending habeas corpus, or remain indifferent and enable war crimes and crimes against humanity, as well as the further erosion of the moral fabric of American society.

Our best option is clear: to carry out massive and sustained civil disobedience with the goal of overthrowing the capitalist and imperialist systems of oppression. The United States government has drifted towards despotism to an irrecoverable extent, and it's time for the left to get organized and militant with the goal of creating a new socialist power structure. It's a given that this will provoke attacks from the government; our focus needs to be on how we'll ultimately overpower Trump's fascist regime.

 

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After 9/11, the balance between liberty and despotism in America took an unprecedented turn in favor of the latter.

That was the entire point of 9/11, to justify despotism and make it all possible for our 'safety.'

They put the frog in the pot that day and turned the burner on to a very low flame. Eventually, that frog, US, will boil to death.

I always LMAO when they say our glorious military keeps us 'free.' If that were the case they would invade Washington, D.C. because the only people on Earth who can, and do, without a second thought, take away our 'freedom' are our own cowardly, corrupt politicians, both D & R.

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Well said! But they put the frog in the pot long before 9-1-1. 9-1-1 was the culmination, the dominoes had been quietly set up post WW2 while we all got fat and lazy - we tried to wake up in the 60s and take back the people's power - it's why the kennedys and MLK and other civil rights leaders were assassinated.

9-1-1 was the only way we could go to war on Iraq; even before that, with Bush 1 and the Clintons, the noose was firmly in place and each succeeding president tightened it more, including Obama's giving unfettered power to himself and all future presidents - making Trump the bully who pushed the dominoes over.

It's also more than our corrupt and cowardly politicians on both sides of the corporate party - it's the spoiled ignorance, arrogance, entitlement, and grandiosity of the (primarly white) people who pushed everyone out of our way with Manifest Destiny, starting with the genocide of First Nations. There are no "good old days" in the US of A if you care about people or the environment. Our start was bloody; we have the blood of generations on our hands, here and all over the earth.

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The rich are very smart. We need to be smarter than them in order to win.

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Can you offer an example of us being smarter than the rich? Something substantial so we know what it is we're looking for?

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It happened in the history of humankind when people overturn those who rule. Today there is no chance for it. The rich manipulate people from the day of birth until they die. I have explained the scope of manipulation in my first article here https://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Conspiracy-of-the-Worl-by-Aleksandar-Sarovic-Conspiracy_Conspiracy-Theories_Conspiracy-Theory-190527-835.html. I presented in other articles posted here, how people can get the power in today's society but did not get attention. I recommend reading "The Future of Democracy" and Let's Remove Unemployment.

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The greater truth that resonates with me is Trump saved us from imminent World War III had HRC and her deadly form of political corruption manifested out of the 2016 Election.

This is a deep spiritual sense I have felt that has little to directly do with political analysis.

Rudolf Steiner makes perfect sense when read today, especially "The Influence of Luciferic and Ahrimanic Beings on Historical Development"... .youtube.com/watch?v=5v9a-fI0vqM&feature=share

It's not so much political party as it is person.

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My god! This lecture makes me long for simplicity!

Eat your broccoli; go to heaven.

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No doubt. The trouble is that this fascism is layered with so many disguises and justifications, as well as the brain-washing of our 70 years of military imperialism that it's difficult to know where or how to combat it. Neither political party offers much hope, and only a few candidates running for President are worthy of the task. Forums like this do help to raise consciousness, however.

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Thanks for giving me that encouragement, since my goal is to create discussions on forums like this one.

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Rainer, Excellent article!

A couple of things you wrote followed by my comments:

Your Article: " ... with the advent of the War on Terror, the possibility emerged for a much less easily reversible state of tyranny."

My comment:

Edward Snowden:

The only thing that restricts the activities of the surveillance state are policy. Even our agreements with other sovereign governments. We consider that to be a stipulation of policy rather than a stipulation of law. And because of that, a new leader will be elected. They'll flip the switch, say that because of the crisis, because of the dangers that we face in the world, you know, some new and unpredicted threat, we need more authority. We need more power. And there will be nothing the people can do at that point to oppose it, and it will be turnkey tyranny.

Bill Binney: And, as former NSA operative William Binney who was a senior NSA crypto-mathematician, quit his job only after he realized that the NSA is now openly trampling the constitution, says as he holds his thumb and forefinger close together, "We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state."

"Turnkey" means EVERYTHING is in place to simply flip the switch or turn the key to impose tyranny here in the US. To have all bases covered making it simply turnkey would have required an untold amount of resources and planning. And why would they have gone to all that trouble to set into place a ready-to-go "Turnkey Tyranny?" I will take a wild guess. I think they are planning on turning the key. When, I don't know ... I am not an insider.

Your article: "In this case, America had entered into a war with the assumption that the war wouldn't ever be able to end. A war against "terror" would be a war against an enemy that could never be decisively defeated, and that would be portrayed by the government as an overwhelming threat no matter what the reality was."

From what Nick Rockefeller told Aaron Russo (from an interview with Aaron Russo):

"... all money will be in your chips. And so, instead of having cash, any time you have money in your chip, they can take out whatever they want to take out whenever they want to. Total control. And, if you're like me or you, and you're protesting what they're doing, they can just turn off your chip. And you have nothing. You can't buy food. You can't do anything. It's total control of the people."

"And we used to talk and share ideas and thoughts, and he's the one who told me eleven months before 9/11 ever happened that there was "going to be an event" never told me what the event was going to be but there was going to be an event, and out of that event we were going to invade Afghanistan to run pipelines from the Caspian Sea, we were going to invade Iraq, to take over the oil fields, establish a base in the Middle East, and make it all part of the New World Order, and we would go after Chavez in Venezuela.

And sure enough, later, 9/11 happened.

And I remember how he was telling me how we were going to see soldiers looking in caves, for people in Afghanistan and Pakistan and all these places, and there's going to be this "war on terror" in which there's no real enemy and the whole thing is a giant hoax, but it's a way for the government to take over the American people

That's what it's about and to create this endless War on Terror. The big event would lead to the war on terror. Yeah, he says "because you can't define a winner." There's no one to beat, so it goes on and on and on forever. And they can do whatever they want and they scare the hell out of the American public.

Look, this whole War on Terror is a fraud. It's a farce. It's very difficult to say it out loud, because people are intimidated against saying it. Because if you say it, they want to make you into a nutcase.

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Part of the interview with Aaron Russo telling what Nick Rockefeller told him:

click here (10:40)

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David, I watched a Russo-Rockefeller interview where Rockefeller said that the .1% were the ones who started the entire 'women's movement' to get women into the work force so the tax base would double.

I don't know if that's true, but I wouldn't doubt it, either.

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if the .1% were responsible for the woman's movement I would think the real reason was because they foresaw both members of a marriage having to work to maintain the lifestyle that formerly only took one, meaning lower wages.

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What Nick Rockefeller told Aaron Russo (from an interview of Aaron Russo by Alex Jones):

"AR" = Aaron Russo. "AJ" = Alex Jones

AR:

Well, one of the things he told me was that he was at the house one night and we were talking and he started laughing, he said:

"Aaron, what do you think 'women's liberation' was about?"

And I said I had pretty conventional thinking about it at that point I said I think it's about women having the right to work, getting equal pay with men, just like they won the right to vote.

And he started to laugh and he said: "You're an idiot."

And I said: Why am I an idiot?

He said: "Let me tell you what that was about. We, the Rockefellers, funded that. We funded Women's Lib. And we're the ones who got it all over the newspapers and televisions The Rockefeller Foundation."

And he says: "You want to know why? There were two primary reasons." And one reason was: we couldn't tax half the population, before Women's Lib. And the second reason was: now we get the kids in school at an early age. We can indoctrinate the kids how to think. So that it breaks up the family. Your kids start looking at the state as the family. As the school, as the officials as their family, not as the parents teaching them.

And so, those are the two primary reasons for Women's Lib, which I thought up to that point was a noble thing. When I saw their intentions behind it, where they were coming from when they created it, the thought of it, I saw the evil behind what I thought was a noble venture.

AJ:

Aaron, did you know that Gloria Steinem, in one of her own books, now admits that the CIA funded Ms. magazine?[19]

AJ:

Funded Ms. magazine with the stated goal of taxing women and breaking up the family.

AR:

No kidding, I never heard that. Well, Nick told me, I mean: I know it. But didn't know the CIA was involved with it.

AJ:

Well, she was proud of it: "Oh, the CIA wanted to help me help women." And so they funded it. And of course it's divide-and-conquer. What they do is they focus in on a real problem women were getting shafted in many ways but the elite wasn't planning to help them, they were planning to really shaft them and take men away from them look at what they did with black families. You only had about ten percent illegitimacy 50 years ago, in black communities, and now it's over 90 percent. And look at welfare: "We're going to give you some money, but you can't have a man in the house." And so that was further to degrade the family. Totally destroyed. And now illegitimacy's over 50 percent in the general population.

AR:

Well, see the whole thing is that these people control the money, so they make all the rules. You understand? And they put whatever the rules they want into effect. And the truth is America has really become a socialistic, communistic country. And everybody says its a capitalistic country, it's not a capitalistic country. How can it be capitalistic when you have a central bank? That's first it can't be! [AJ: "It's a planned economy."] It's a planned economy, it's a phony! If they want to create prosperity, they just print dollars, they just make dollars, or put digits into the economy. And then now you have prosperity. You don't have real prosperity, you don't have real manufacturing, you just have money being injected in, it's an infusion of credit.

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Yes, "some people did something on 9/11" - Rep Ilhan Omar (D-MN). Of course, the underlying truth, which has been completely missed throughout the controversy is that the public still doesn't know exactly "who" did something on 9/11 and "what" that something was - #FBI #911Evidence.

Of course, 9/11 "it wasn't the Iraqis", and it wasn't any of the "7 countries in 5 years" - Army Gen Wesley Clark, was "a Policy Coup", and "II. Overwhelming evidence exists that the collapses of the Twin Towers and Building 7 were instances of controlled demolition. But al-Qaeda operatives could not have obtained the needed access to the buildings to plant the explosives and would not have ensured that the buildings come straight down. The controlled demolition, therefore, had to be the work of insiders". #911Treason #PrimaFacieEvidence - MEMO to Congress

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As the author of the article, I should give you my assurance that I agree that 9/11 was an inside job.

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It was inside job for naive people. Conspiracy has only one objection and that is to cheat on people. Guess how much it would be successful if everyone is able to debunk it? The truth about 9/11 is still far away from being released.

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Whatever thought you were trying to express there, escapes me.

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I wrote the article "My investigation of 9/11" which clearly presents what and how happened on 9/11." The article is in the queue here from Jun 27, or 6 days which means Bob Kall has difficulties to release it. It is a completely original article. In short: Immense propaganda has accused the US government of committing 9/11. My investigation has discovered that the US government had no involvement. Some organization must have financed the false accusations of the US government from which it has profited. This uncovered to me the 9/11 conspiracy did occur but not as presented by the media. The conspirators are masters of deception and this article presents how they fooled people. If you are interested in, it is here: http://www.sarovic.org/home/my-investigation-of-911

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"In short: Immense propaganda has accused the US government of committing 9/11. My investigation has discovered that the US government had no involvement."

It does appear OEN has been only allowing limited discussion on 9/11. You're not the first to say your post on the subject was denied. I'm not sure what the trouble is there.

It appears you've built your piece on that very premise, as you've also started it all off with those very words. I see too many inconvenient details about this event screaming against such a theory.

But, in the interest of fairness, I'll read through what you've got, before saying anything further.

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The article is still in the queue so that I assume Rob Kall still contemplates what to do with it. Or is it going to stay in the queue forever? I did not send him the last paragraph of the article which names the names of those who did 9/11.

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I read Alexander's report through but still have difficulty swallowing.

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Of course, it is not easy to swallow debunking of eighteen years of lies. So far I have defended my investigation of 9/11 everywhere, and I am confident I'll do it here as well. I have never been rude to anyone, so if you are interested to learn more about 9/11 you can only benefit from the discussion.

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I read your investigation article linked...l i think you are onto two of the possible individuals behind it - but you don't mention Israel, or the Israelis found on the site dancing and celebrating while watching the destruction and murder; or the vans with all the explosives. Why not?

Saudi Arabia and Israel run the US. - So you're off there too; they may be the ONLY two countries the U.S. hasn't done dastardly irreversible damage to. I'm sure both countries hate the U.S. anyway, and have plenty on us enough to get our puppet "leaders" to do anything they want - as evidenced by the alliances with the T-rump administration, and other past administrations. The Bushes have long connections to Saudi royalty, and quickly escorted them to safety after 9-1-1. What's up with that?

I can't say what I think of the rest of your analysis about the explosions. I'm no engineer. But I completely disagree with you when you say the U.S. government (the REAL Deep State U.S. government; not the figurehead puppets of who REALLY runs things here, and globally) didn't at least help plan and execute this. The individuals you name are two that run/ran this country. Think we/they won't kill their own people - especially to get a war going and perpetuate the Military Industrial (and yes, Corporate) complex? It happens all the time! Their intent seems to be largely focused on destabilizing the middle east and handing the spoils to Israel and Saudi Arabia; no doubt, in exchange for fossil fuel. They don't even care that they - and we in turn for using fossil fuels and perpetuating never-ending wars of aggression - are killing the planet

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Israel is a state created by Rothschilds. If you search Google you can find official documents. Saudi Arabia is a cooperative country with the Rothschilds which means they share oil in some way (research, exploitation, distribution, transportation, etc.) These countries obey to Rothschilds and this makes them safe and protected places on Earth and nothing more than that.


The western world has led a pretty much unanimous policy in the sense what one president says other repeats as parrots. The US congress is unanimous only when greeting AIPAC. This means the western world already has a leader and this is Jacob Rothschild. He is a deep state but hides because whatever crime he commits nobody can accuse him. Here is the link that explains everything Jacob Rothschild is guilty for the conspiracy against humankind


CIA agents are normal employees of the state like everybody else. They do not kill people. That is what movies make you believe. There is some exception but really the exception. Once the terrorists entered the US they did not need help. Also, the most important part of such an operation is secret. The fewer people are involved the better. Those Israel fools which danced at 9/11 are not worth mentioning.

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I read your article, almost all of it. It is so pathetically wrong from A to Z that it's not even worth debating.

Your questions on explosive devices in the towers show you have not reviewed much data. You accuse one organization made of scientists to have unscientific conclusions...

Explain the military grade thermite found i the dust for example!

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Prove that military-grade thermite was found in 9/11. An article from 9/11 Truth is not acceptable because they exist only to cheat on people. But, why would anybody send commercial planes, plant explosives and thermite at the same time?

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The truth about 9/11 is still far away from being released.


It never will be.

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I did it above, but you will not like it.

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#Federal #GrandJury #USAttorney's office "could not disclose any information regarding the status of the Lawyers' Committee's petition and amended petition due to the secrecy requirements for federal grand jury proceedings".

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#MaterialWitnesses. The 33-page document contains 15 different categories of persons who may have information material to the investigation including contractors and security companies that had access to the WTC Towers before 9/11, persons and entities who benefited financially from the WTC demolitions, and persons arrested after being observed celebrating the WTC attacks. #Evidence.

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Trump has the power to give starting a war under false pretenses a bad name. Go, Donald!

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When fascist boots come down on your face, look for the union label. If you don't see MADE IN THE U.S.A., resist. Be great or die.

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I've been looking for a path back to normalcy other than that expressed herein but I am hard pressed to find one. Electoral politics is so corrupted on many fronts that it is unlikely to save us. The only solution, which this article and those of Chris Hedges and others propose, is for we, the people, to hit the streets and not give in until we have upended the ruling oligarchy.

Many different tactics could be used but my thinking is that we should hit them in their pocketbook. A general strike that stops most all commerce would get their attention.

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That's how the people of Sudan have toppled their former dictator: by staging a massive strike.

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That's a sure-fire approach.

But what would prompt the mass of citizens to participate? It seems there has to be come consensus about some issue or set of issues, some injustice or set of injustices, something which so infuriates tens of millions of everyday citizens, they break out of their lethargy, indifference, diffidence, their "safe zone", and scream for heads to role. You and I may have a formidable list already, but I doubt if Everyday Joe and Everyday Jolene would agree with us. So how will this unfold? What will get a general strike rolling?

Let me add, just having a dictator is not going to do it. A lot of people prefer authoritarian rule, as long as the guy on top takes good care of them.

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G'day, John (or rather - Good evenin' on Osaka)

You sound like you'll really be geared up for Bastille Day, polish up our guillotines.


Hope you have enjoyed rhe FOURTH.


Regards, nels

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They're not real big on celebrating our Independence Day here in Japan. Ingrates! We gave them spectacular fireworks displays a while back, August 6 and 9, 1945. You could see those suckers 200 km away!

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The fourth is best celebrated with a fifth.

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In my experience, it's important to be an active-ist, not a passive-ist. This difference can be the difference between a thoughtless reaction, or a thoughtful response.

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It's important to know the difference between an activist and an active fist, but more important to know the difference between a pacifist and a pacifier. When she was a baby, my daughter almost choked to death on a good friend who was wearing my Gandhi t-shirt.

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Rainer Shea is on the case. So reassuring.

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Aww, thanks.

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Ranier Shea is an excellent writer; thoughtful and accurate. I look forward to reading more writings. So good to see someone so young, so well versed with what's really happening!

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Wow, thanks so much!

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