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  •  I might point out that the corollary (7+ / 0-)

    of broken existing institutions is the emergence of very strong institutions, specifically the national security apparatus. I read a very interesting report in The New Yorker on Monday and it says that there are now over 3000 government and non-government entities at 10,000 or so sites in the USA that employ 850,000 people just to conduct electronic surveillance. When you add on to that the really amazing apparatus that allows various entities - from criminals to governments - to gain access to your computer, even to take over your webcam and microphone, then you begin to get a sense of what could be coming at us. Now, that is - shall I call it an institution? - an unpleasantly vibrant and growing component of our society. The fact that the President now orders people killed on his say-so lets us imagine a truly dystopian future.

    My paranoid self tells my normal brain that all these capabilities are being put in place because the national security apparatus - and not just ours - is well aware that the coming climate chaos will not leave room for spirited public debate. It will be a serious struggle for survival with few holds barred. But that's just the paranoia of our times talking. I'm sure that won't happen.

    Voting is the means by which the public is distracted from the realities of power and its exercise.

    by Anne Elk on Thu May 16, 2013 at 02:51:30 PM PDT

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