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    StrayCat, Tortmaster

    I understand that big companies have tons of fine print on their sites, that almost no one reads and they know that, and that protects them from any legal action because you agreed when you checked the box you had to, to buy say, a book. And yes, if you want to buy that book or anything on their site, you're going to have to agree with their rules.

    AND the fact is most Americans pay absolutely no attention to any of this. On line shopping is more popular than ever, and only has one way to go. Up.

    Yes, it is a real problem when the corporations are the same as the government, in the sense that they chose to rubber stamp government requests, and partake in the money power exchange. This is actually the real definition of fascism, a term so misunderstood.

    But then too, it is a problem when corporations go beyond being a rubber stamp, and seek to influence votes with their data. Seek to undermine the existing government, which of course, some of them are doing now. This is really what the  wrongness of Citizens United is all about.  

    "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

    by StellaRay on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 05:12:06 PM PDT

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    •  I think they are "adhesion ... (2+ / 0-)
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      kharma, StellaRay

      ... contracts," StellaRay, and I would love to see the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau look into them, as I doubt that lawmakers will be, um, motivated enough to do anything about them, especially as long as we have a Republican House.

      And I see where you are going with the possibility of private companies (or maybe groups like ALEC) attempting to benefit from potentially illegal internet snooping. Laws'll have to keep up.

       

      Rand Paul is to civil liberties as the Disney Channel is to subtle and nuanced acting.

      by Tortmaster on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 10:17:37 PM PDT

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