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2013-01-27 10:41:06 AM
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FTA : Decontextualized ideas and issues, coupled with the overflow of information produced by the new electronic media, make it more difficult to create narratives that offer historical understanding, relational connections and developmental sequences. The fragmentation of ideas and the cascade of information reinforce new modes of depoliticization and authoritarianism

a248.e.akamai.net
2013-01-27 09:18:41 AM
4 votes:
You do not have permission to make the statement, citizen subby.
2013-01-27 11:07:01 AM
2 votes:

Stone Meadow: Umm...1791...the year the USG first used force against its own citizens; whiskey tax protesters in Western Pennsylvania.


I'm not certain that's fair to count. The Whiskey Rebellion is better thought of as the finale of the American Revolution, or even a second revolution. It was a direct consequence of changing the form of government from a Confederacy to a Republic.
2013-01-27 10:55:14 AM
2 votes:
Well, the author uses big words, and so must be smarter than me and therefore right
2013-01-27 10:42:13 AM
2 votes:
I love how an article supposedly on a system-wide transformation of the American Republic into an authoritarian system still manages to take the time to blame the "Republicans" and tries to excuse the "Democrats" -- criticizing them only for when they act like "Republicans".

More political tribalism. More group identity that makes people feel good.
2013-01-27 10:34:26 AM
2 votes:
I think people place too much emphasis on Orwell's predictions of the evolution of totalitarianism with regards to this country, and not enough on Huxley's. I think Huxley was far more accurate regarding the soothing effects of capitalist consumerism and the resulting indifference towards societal decline. How nice that both of these authors' worst observations about society have merged into a giant ball of suck.
2013-01-27 10:29:12 AM
2 votes:
If you don't like it you can leave. Maybe.
2013-01-27 02:16:08 PM
1 votes:
America should just stop being united, and let the country divide up into littler countries.

Redneckistan, Texas, North Mexico, Weedland Republic, Chicongo, Mormonia, and New England No Guns Allowed.
2013-01-27 01:32:50 PM
1 votes:

KangTheMad: wombatsrus: I don't care how authoritarian things get, as long as they don't touch my reality TV.

If Obama cancels Honey Boo Boo, i'll be ok with that.


i'd become democrat.
2013-01-27 12:29:53 PM
1 votes:

wombatsrus: I don't care how authoritarian things get, as long as they don't touch my reality TV.


If Obama cancels Honey Boo Boo, i'll be ok with that.
2013-01-27 12:28:34 PM
1 votes:
I don't care how authoritarian things get, as long as they don't touch my reality TV.
2013-01-27 11:32:14 AM
1 votes:
My sister would tell you that none of this matters because we're all under the rule of the Bilderbergs and the Illuminati anyway and Obama is just another one of their puppets. Obviously, she sees things a little...differently than say, you or I.
2013-01-27 11:22:54 AM
1 votes:
I wish teh world would come liberate us, like we did for them all those times. But, they are too weak.
2013-01-27 11:20:03 AM
1 votes:
i.imgur.com
2013-01-27 10:47:50 AM
1 votes:

heinrich66: I love how an article supposedly on a system-wide transformation of the American Republic into an authoritarian system still manages to take the time to blame the "Republicans" and tries to excuse the "Democrats" -- criticizing them only for when they act like "Republicans".


Do you honestly deny that Republicans are a profoundly authoritarian party? At least Democrats have a huge faction who are committed to civil liberties and equal rights; the GOP no longer pays even lip service to those concepts.
2013-01-27 10:47:27 AM
1 votes:
People who think the US is authoritarian now have no sense of history. While there's a perpetual pendulum swing, I think we can pinpoint the death of American freedom to 1798.
2013-01-27 10:40:07 AM
1 votes:
ugh I dont want to read 9 pages. I read the first one.
Fark it, its almost 11am, time for beer
2013-01-27 10:36:01 AM
1 votes:
Fark: the rehost of poorly written diatribes from Truthnet.

Your blog sucks.
2013-01-27 10:33:20 AM
1 votes:
DAMN YOU SHARTBAMA
2013-01-27 10:20:06 AM
1 votes:
Probably no more than the US has historically been authoritarian. The difference between then and now is that one political party is mindlessly authoritarian and comprises multiple mass propaganda outlets.
2013-01-27 09:55:17 AM
1 votes:
The newspaper in my very small hometown (5K) had a letter last week (a friend of the old man). He went on about liberals, gays, poor people, and all of the rest of them, believing that America is what it is today because of those people. The fact that America is becoming increasingly conservative did not seem to figure into the calculus.

This guy from an age when marijuana was illegal but they didn't bust you for smoking it at rock concerts; they went after the dealers.

A time when airport security was about maintaining American's freedom to travel rather than patting everyone down in hopes of finding a tube of toothpaste and declaring the world safer.

An era where the screw ups your life came to be laughed at as you grew up and become a  solid citizen whereas now we dredge up any past stupidity and hold it against a guy forever like it's a felony conviction.

A silly time when streaking was popular and funny but not considered worthy of sexual offender status.

A period when the local cops weren't as well-armed as the military nor manned with people who thought they would soon be defending Smalltown against the invading US Army.

Yes, it's really was simpler back then just as the old guy laments.

How odd the solution is always to restrict freedoms in order to protect them. To reduce taxes to balance the budget. To flunk more kids to improve their education. To do the wrong thing every time and wonder why things get worse.

I guess we're just not cracking down hard enough.
 
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