Lernaeus: How exactly does one propose to "solve" that "problem" WITHOUT authoritarian means?
Katolu: Yep, it started 9/12/01. No looking back now!
edmo: The fact that America is becoming increasingly conservative
AverageAmericanGuy: America's been dead for about 11 years and 3 months now. Oh, it was circling the drain for a few decades, what with our involvement in Vietnam and the War on Drugs, but there was always a glimmer of light that radiated out from America. The Land of the Free. Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. We still had something to say about being great, and other countries believed it, just as much as we did too.But 11 years and 3 months ago our beacon of hope was snuffed out. We turned from the Home of the Brave into the home of the cowering pusillanimous slaves to Fear. Once upon a time, we had nothing to fear but fear itself. These days we do everything we can to satisfy those who scare us. We pretend to be strong, but the fear defines and limits us. We take action against our fear, but to the detriment of our freedom. We aren't Americans anymore. We're American'ts.So when you hear the government calling for more restrictions on our freedoms, especially ones specifically enshrined in our Constitution, tell that government to stick it in its ear. If we as a collective nation can't be a beacon of freedom for the world, at least let us as individuals be a small torch of freedom.
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".
Snapper Carr: The only difference now is that due to the increased flow of information we're being inundated daily with examples so it seems like things are so much worse.
born_yesterday: 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.
Snapper Carr: Snapper Carr: The only difference now is that due to the increased flow of information we're being inundated daily with examples so it seems like things are so much worse.and of course that those in power have much more sophisticated means of monitoring and controlling the population.
t3knomanser: 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.
edmo: 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.
Stone Meadow: ...So, the questions is...was that a deliberate example of the offence the author accuses the government of perpetrating? In which case it was subtle. Or just shiatty writing?
Agarista: This is actually a very well-written article. Unfortunately, it places too many BS buzzwords in the first few paragraphs, restricting the readership to the dedicated few.
nmemkha: born_yesterday: 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.You want Orwellian Style? Try Britian[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x300]
Stone Meadow: Umm...1791...the year the USG first used force against its own citizens; whiskey tax protesters in Western Pennsylvania.
BlippityBleep: i think it was the point where i was kicked out of a park bench for zero reason by a park ranger while i was waiting for a friend to go tour the White House when i realized that we're really farked up.now pick up that can, citizen.
Nightenstaff: Why is there political bullshiat in my Main tab? Dumbarse headline leading to a non-article.
halfof33: What is fascinating is that our blogger intentionally avoids mentioning an actual on-going crisis, the unfunded public employee pension bubble.This week, Illinois' credit rating was reduced because they can't pay the pension liability, because the controlling party made wild promises while refusing to require that the public employees contribute at rates commensurate with the private sector.Result? Illinois is broke. Thanks Democrats.
TomD9938: 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 image 320x180]
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