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  •  Actually, that probably is part of the process (3+ / 0-)
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    ...for the Regional States of America -- which seem a foregone conclusion in a too-big nation that can no longer afford its own infrastructure. That's probably how it will come down.

    But I find something interesting in your comment, that I hope people recognize:

    That all parts of the nation and federal government could be sold off -- and has been, for that matter.

    Such a thing could only happen to people who were occupying a continent as Colonists -- and not citizens of a Commonwealth.

    We actually believe in our hearts that we are Colonists. And that explains why people do not rise up. They do not really see themselves as anything more than people that occupying a nation owned by their betters.

    •  Feudalism. (8+ / 0-)

      There is a name for a system where the population is owned by the Elites privately. Feudalism.

    •  Wow! I've been on the neocolonialism front for (0+ / 0-)

      a while now, good explanation here, Pluto.

      One of the things that kind of freaked me out during Katrina was that I realized it may not have been possible to have government just step in because the top down nature of Government is gone. It has been replaced with a byzantine bureaucracy of corporate middle managers that all have to run ROIs and protect their status and career path within the company.

      I thought that maybe the Government just could not make shit happen because of what you mention here in this post.

      peace

      Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

      by k9disc on Thu Jul 28, 2011 at 05:20:19 AM PDT

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