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Jul. 19th, 2010 | 12:56 pm

Originally published at Wake Up. You can comment here or there.

From the always excellent Glenn Greenwald’s piece on The Real U.S. Government:

That’s really the only relevant question: how much longer will Americans sit by passively and watch as a tiny elite become more bloated, more powerful, greedier, more corrupt and more unaccountable — as the little economic security, privacy and freedom most citizens possess vanish further still? How long can this be sustained, where more and more money is poured into Endless War, a military that almost spends more than the rest of the world combined, where close to 50% of all U.S. tax revenue goes to military and intelligence spending, where the rich-poor gap grows seemingly without end, and the very people who virtually destroyed the world economy wallow in greater rewards than ever, all while the public infrastructure (both figuratively and literally) crumbles and the ruling class is openly collaborating on a bipartisan, public-private basis even to cut Social Security benefits?

The answer, unfortunately, is probably this: a lot longer. And one primary reason is that our media-shaped political discourse is so alternatively distracted and distorted that even shining light on all of this matters little.


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from: dirkcjelli
date: Jul. 19th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)

At what point is it almost physically impossible not to spontaneously develop an awareness of social class? Because that is what you need to know to predict 'how much longer.'

Jon Robb, of Global Guerrillas, has a passable model for how current events will play out at home and abroad. Difficult to predict what the second-order effects of his thesis would be, or if people can be convinced to pursue his proposed alternatives.

I firmly expect to be able to weep into my beer saying 'I was right' for years to come.

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