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Locking out the voices of dissent - Chris Hedges

NEW YORK—The security and surveillance state, after crushing the Occupy movement and eradicating its encampments, has mounted a relentless and largely clandestine campaign to deny public space to any group or movement that might spawn another popular uprising. The legal system has been grotesquely deformed in most cities to, in essence, shut public space to protesters, eradicating our right to free speech and peaceful assembly. The goal of the corporate state is to criminalize democratic, popular dissent before there is another popular eruption. The vast state surveillance system, detailed in Edward Snowden’s revelations to the British newspaper The Guardian, at the same time ensures that no action or protest can occur without the advanced knowledge of our internal security apparatus. This foreknowledge has allowed the internal security systems to proactively block activists from public spaces as well as carry out pre-emptive harassment, interrogation, intimidation, detention and arrests before protests can begin. There is a word for this type of political system—tyranny.

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Somehow we need to join forces with Dems & moderate GOP

as well as Indies.

We have lots of common ground with ordinary Dems :-
Anti-Corporate Welfare
Pro Bill of Rights (except Dems are not pro 2nd amendment or the 10th generally)
etc. etc.

But the Dems have been so brainwashed over 20+ years that the mere mention of Ron Paul or Libertarianism sends them into apoplexy, spasms and fits of rage.
Rand Paul brings out the same sentiments with immediate smears of racism.
Divide and conquer is still in total control.

We have lots of common ground with moderate GOP too.
Pro Bill of Rights, pro personal responsibility, pro small government, pro low taxes, pro fiscal discipline etc.

Somehow we have to put aside our differences and concentrate on the much larger areas we agree on.

We need to unite against our common enemy - the Corporate State.

"In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all -- security, comfort, and freedom. When ... the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free."