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Comment Re:Need to curtail the CIA and NSA (Score 1) 107

proletarian dictatorship

Says it all right there, dictatorship. It's not 'left' by any means. It's a dictatorship. It doesn't matter by whom. Sorry, but you are wrong. It doesn't matter who does it. It only matters what is being done. A leftist cannot be an authoritarian.

You are making the same mistake as all the others by trying to distinguish the source (kind of a 'kill the messenger' thing). As if some authoritarians are good.

Comment Re:Need to curtail the CIA and NSA (Score 1) 107

Sorry, you all have it backwards. You're trying to distinguish state from corporate (which uses (corrupts) the state to flex its power) authority, when there is no difference between them. All authority and the desire for it, no matter where it comes from, is a right wing phenomenon. Historically and presently leftists are anarchists. Any desire for authority means you're not a leftist.

Comment Re:Need to curtail the CIA and NSA (Score 1) 107

The 'authoritarian left' is an oxymoron. There is no such thing. Leftists are antiauthoritarian. Once you become an authoritarian you are no longer a 'leftist'. It is impossible. Leftists are anarchists. Authoritarianism, state and corporate (in reality a distinction without a difference), is extremely right wing, designed to acquire and conserve power. It can't be anything else.

Comment Re:Need to curtail the CIA and NSA (Score 2) 107

Yeah yeah, we heard all about the CIA, etc back in '75. Nothing came of it then either. But that heart attack gun is pretty cool, doncha think?

As for the 'left' in the United States, there isn't one to speak of, certainly not in their government. And the voting records confirm that.

Comment Re:USA is highly ranked (Score 0) 148

Every shortage we ever suffered has been traced back to some form of obstruction/corruption. In the case of internet, it is the contracts that protect monopolies, and existing providers suing to prevent competition, for instance, municipal fiber. Far more money is spent putting up barriers than building up infrastructure. That is definitely the case in Australia, and the U.S. The entire problem arose from the backroom deals made to protect established players.

To tell the truth, I prefer copper more than fiber. The phone company can keep service running during a power outage. And you don't need a lot of fancy expensive tools to put terminals on the cable.

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