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31. If you are right and I suspect you are ...
Tue Mar 18, 2014, 05:08 PM
Mar 2014

we are living in the last days of our nation's great experiment with a representative democracy.

In the near future we will live in a feudal society much like has existed throughout history where the ruling few have all the power and the wealth and everybody else are merely peasants who are slaves, serfs or the somewhat privileged freemen. The slaves will be illegal immigrants who can be easily abused and exploited by their employers and have few rights. The serfs will be the average citizen and the freemen will be those have the education to advance the wealth of the powerful few or the ability to entertain the masses. (Perhaps that actually describes the society we live in today.)

History does repeat itself and I am beginning to fear that there is little we can do about it.

Of course we will be led to believe that we still are free and we will believe it. We will vote for those who promise to represent us but once in office they will find themselves unwilling or unable to deliver on their promises.

Our Second Amendment which allows civilians to own firearms may still exist but that fact alone will not enable a civilian uprising to overthrow the government. Government surveillance will enable those in power to quickly silence any who advocate armed resistance and Homeland Security will have the ability and the equipment to quickly stifle any uprising.

Of course I am describing a very dystopian future far worse than the one portrayed in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Hopefully I am wrong. I have to admit that often I am a pessimist. That frequently works out well as usually things work out far better than I hoped and that makes me feel much better than an optimist who usually ends up extremely disappointed.

This isn't a after thought to that other thread is it? William769 Mar 2014 #1
it wasn't til you mentioned it xchrom Mar 2014 #22
Yeah but it's just metadata so it's no big deal. Autumn Mar 2014 #2
You know how they were convinced that messages were being sent back and forth through gaming Baitball Blogger Mar 2014 #3
Swallow a "Nationís Telephone Network Whole" snooper2 Mar 2014 #4
Well if the to (sic) geographical locations are identical then there no need for the phone hootinholler Mar 2014 #7
Swallowing a 'Telephone Network Whole' might lead to severe indigestion. lumpy Mar 2014 #30
Bart Gellman is a commie putinista poopiehead Luminous Animal Mar 2014 #5
Why is Gandalf playing an electric guitar? Warren DeMontague Mar 2014 #9
The NSA needs to spend more on illustrators. Luminous Animal Mar 2014 #11
I know, right? Warren DeMontague Mar 2014 #23
K & R !!! WillyT Mar 2014 #6
Okay, it's scary but sort of sexy at the same time. Warren DeMontague Mar 2014 #8
I'm just glad I'm not the only one. AtheistCrusader Mar 2014 #25
To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, "We are all in the gutter..." Warren DeMontague Mar 2014 #27
Link to the WaPo article Luminous Animal Mar 2014 #10
The NSA can gather all the data it wants but it has to be able to pick out the important info .... spin Mar 2014 #12
either way it's a win for them Locrian Mar 2014 #18
If you are right and I suspect you are ... spin Mar 2014 #31
conspiratorial, are we? erronis Mar 2014 #33
I think you pretty much nailed it Locrian Mar 2014 #34
Sorry Amigo Savannahmann Mar 2014 #13
Please notice that this is UNCLASSIFIED. MineralMan Mar 2014 #14
Duh. Kind of hard to miss that. Autumn Mar 2014 #17
Yes, it is, isn't it. MineralMan Mar 2014 #19
No evidence. Autumn Mar 2014 #20
OK. MineralMan Mar 2014 #21
Then this Guardian article confuses me. AtheistCrusader Mar 2014 #26
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. Tierra_y_Libertad Mar 2014 #15
I'm going to prank call people in Iran and Syria just to confuse the NSA. Vashta Nerada Mar 2014 #16
Yottabite Octafish Mar 2014 #24
I hope all the people who tried to spin the crap that the NSA does not have time to listen to calls djean111 Mar 2014 #28
That pretty much nails the spin. Pholus Mar 2014 #29
I actually nailed that spin months ago, but I may as well have been talking in tongues. djean111 Mar 2014 #32
I was hoping for an administration of good listeners, but this is becoming ridiculous... adirondacker Mar 2014 #35
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