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    j0em0mma, Calamity Jean

    of fights.  And people die even in "non-violent" ones.  You have to accept that the practice of usury IS violence upon the victims, costing untold lives and the freedom of an entire populace.  And that it could not in fact be maintained without the State "monopoly on force" that allows loan contracts, however unjust, disproportionate, or outright fraudulent, to be enforced by State troopers with armored cars and assault rifles (see diaries by jpmassar regarding the defense of one such homeowner by Occupy -- I am not speaking hypothetically).

    Your point about the overwhelming power of the US military is taken.  Yet remember that that same military has now been BEATEN, for all intents and purposes, by the outraged underclasses of three small, undeveloped nations.  The American people are no less, ummm, creative, than those of Iraq and Afghanistan, and they start from strong, self-righteous assumptions of their own RIGHTS to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Still, the most effective struggle is likely to consist mostly of threat, negotiation, and various forms of civil disobedience.

    If you haven't yet read David Graeber's Debt: The First 5,000 Years, I strongly recommend it as a historical and cross-cultural perspective on the problem.

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