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  •  It's funny to see -- (2+ / 0-)
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    corvo, Nada Lemming

    the Germans now comparing the US to the Stasi.  Though my own hunch is that the NSA is doing this to prop up the profit rate against the specter of four decades of declining global growth.  

    It's like marketing research, except it's totalitarian and can double as a device for the persecution of dissidents.

    "It's not my fault reality is marxist." - Che Guevara

    by Cassiodorus on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 12:53:56 PM PDT

    •  I Have a Similar Thought. (1+ / 0-)
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      The frontal assault on labor, and the push for international free-trade agreements were begun in earnest in the 80's, by which time the limits to economic growth had become pretty well established.  Ray Gun might have had no use for the idea of limits, but his backers were much smarter and certainly did.  I think the US economy turned cannibalistic when the captains of industry realized that limits to economic activity do very much exist.  It's not necessary to know exactly what those limits are--knowing they exist is a powerful incentive.  So those captains of industry decided to farm out the US economy to the rest of the world, where things could be made more cheaply.

      Now that that process has come to fruition, the new frontier for profiteers in the States is in the realm of domestic surveillance and control.  And not only is it a profiteering motive, but if the global economy is going to shrink over the long haul, and we're facing increasing climatic problems, then the prospect for domestic unrest becomes much greater--another reason for the govt to have the tools to hand to combat this.

      I like to think of Obama as  fundamentally decent man who's in the middle of a governmental surge too large for one person to stop. But in the end, what difference does that make?

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