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What Freedom? What Democracy?

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The idea that the United States is the freest and most democratic country on the planet has forever been force-fed into the minds of Americans. In fact, there are really no other countries in the world that can even closely approach the level of freedom and democracy enjoyed by the American people. Americans are unique.


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Where is the democracy in a country and in a world that is being run by transnational corporations? Where even the Congress is tied down by bonds of dependency to Corporate America, Republicans and Democrats alike. Where the rulers have not even been freely and honestly elected by the people? Where the ruling clique consists exclusively of men and women representing Big Money, business executives who have no understanding of what it is like to go sick and hungry? Who have no humility, no compassion, no understanding of how all the cogs in a machinery are important in the process of making the engine run. The voices of the poor have been silenced for so long that the power people have forgotten their sound.


Where is the democracy in a country where nobody can be sure that his vote is even counted in a fair election? Where is the democracy in a country where the children of the poor have no right to a quality education? Where people are kept illiterate so as to be blindfolded and led down a path to nowhere, where there is no hope, no light, no future. Where people are kept half starving and half strangled so as to be cut off from any possibility to revolt in great force and number. Keep the masses weak, ignorant and hypnotized by patriotic propaganda about how we are the best, we are the leaders of the world. Make the people believe that they just have to apply themselves and they will be able to get out into the light and become leaders of people, make the big buck and prove that this is a free country.

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What freedom?

What is freedom if there is no right for poor people to get decent healthcare, no right to get a proper education, no right to feel secure in their daily needs, no right to be treated fairly by bosses and security agents? What is freedom if people have no right to trust their own safety and feel confident in their modest dreams for a better tomorrow?


What is freedom in a world of greedy capitalism where nothing matters except the grabbing of the money of the underdog? What is freedom in a world where you have to buy at great expense your drinking water from big corporations that have no other concern but to screw you out of what you have managed to scrape together under inhuman working conditions? What is freedom when you are not even free to breathe clean air because it's gotten polluted by big industry, not free to drink clean water because chemical companies have dumped toxic waste upstream into the water that runs by your house? What is freedom when the resources in your part of the world are claimed by huge corporations in a far-away country?

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What is freedom if it takes volunteering to fight an illegal and immoral war and risk your life and your health to get a chance to one day get a good education?


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Siv O'Neall was born and raised in Sweden where she graduated from Lund University. She has lived in Paris, France and New Rochelle, N.Y. and traveled extensively throughout the U.S, Europe, and other continents, including several trips to (more...)

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