"By holding up modern China as an example of Communism, Smith expressly shows us that he is fucking propagandist scum inhabiting the more clever of propagandist echelons as the peon is then seemingly left with NO OPTIONS as to how they could potentially reorder or rethink their society."
The essence of crony-capitalism is the merger of state and corporate power--the definition of fascism.
"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration."
Smart engineering thinking. These are the details that make for verisimilitude.
Sad. A future that could never, ever be. Remember when the situation of Kubrick's 2001 seemed not only plausible, but likely?
Was that an ironic comment? It's SO hard to tell these days.
Hey! Look! We're all meta!
That's a fact.
Nobody dealin' with that winter, for rent.
It's perfect! Unsinkable? Unthinkable!
No Homer will ever be allowed, and all the regulators will be objective and unbowed!
The US president is a Spokesmodel.
The last vestiges of Presidential authority as actual executive were blown out of JFK's skull, 50 years ago. The real rulers have allowed the cosmetic changes of politics, without substantial challenge to policy or imperative.
That's why you can argue successfully to let fags into the imperial legions, but not if such legions should be withdrawn from the globe and disbanded.
False conservatism, false progressive/liberalism. Everybody in the US takes a hot shower and drives to the mall, on the burnt bodies and broken future of a million dead babies - hidden in Congo and Yemen and Indonesia and...
Your brain washing has been complete. You are now free to follow orders, citizen.
Don't forget about all the Bush admin people that lied us into the Iraq war. Lots of those folks were the ones that STARTED all these surveillance programs.
You have the same government that you started this century with.
They just changed spokesmodels - while you felt like you had a say in the matter... Your coup happened in many stages, over many decades - but defining moments happened with the Truman/Eisenhower/Kennedy years - with a decisive event in Nov 1963...
Since you've been modded insightful, I'm guessing there's a point in there somewhere. I just can't find it. Maybe it's age.
Call us back, after you acquire a few more orbits on this rock...
The "people" who own Obama, own the media.
Putin is under no compunction to tell the truth. And there's no reason to expect he would.
Obama is under no compunction to tell the truth. And there's no reason to expect he would.
Hillary is under no compunction to tell the truth. And there's no reason to expect she would.
Kerry is under no compunction to tell the truth. And there's no reason to expect he would.