Monday, February 29, 2016
Not The Change I Think We Were Hoping For
Under Socialism, there's no need for a surveillance nation; a police state (Communism is a altogether different matter). No need for gerrymandering districts. No unlimited political terms. No dear readers, I don't think we're morphing into Communism or even Socialism, but that just might be what the powers-that-be fear the most, so they do their best to demonize it. Corporations aren't exactly "democratic". They tend to be authoritarian---their way or the highway. No reason to think they'd run a country---or a politician---any differently. After all, what could be worse from their perspective than the people actually having the power or the country being run democratically?
(Disclaimer: I feel it's necessary to point out that I am not a Communist, Socialist, Leftist or even a Democrat since somebody is bound to make that assumption. I do not think government or corporations can be trusted to do right thing unless regulated and monitored. As for personal information, I believe that I, as an individual and originator of that information, am the best guardian of my information and that I should have complete and final say over the ownership, storage, use, sale or manipulation of that information).
Heritage Foundation: 2016 Index of Economic Freedom
This Is A Ranking We Should Not Be Proud Of
US Plummets in Press Freedom Ranking
U.S. Drops to 49th in World Press Freedom Rankings, Worse Since Obama Became President
Economic Freedom of the World Index: America's Worrisome Decline
Forbes ranks the world's most powerful people of 2015
BBC News: Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy