A truly stunning debasement of the U.S. justice system just occurred through the joint efforts of the Obama Justice Department and a meek and frightened Obama-appointed federal judge, Edgardo Ramos, all in order to protect an extremist neocon front group from scrutiny and accountability. The details are crucial for understanding the magnitude of the abuse here.
AIPAC strikes again. Thanks for the update.
The only thing with which I would take issue is Glenn's use of the word "stunning" in the first sentence. I don't see anything surprising in this development. "State secrets" and "national security" have been used to thwart justice for years.
During any Inquisition phase (and this IS one of them), church, courts, state, and academe work together to impose rule over The People; and key to this control is demonizing any ideology or perspective that genuinely expands human rights and the parameters of discourse. By turning ideas--and those who espouse them--into serious taboos, only those who conform to The System receive rewards. And anyone cast outside of it--as scapegoat, "terrorist," heretic, enemy of the state (or any other designation)--is painted as deserving their fate. Their punishment also serves as a deterrent in showing everyday people what the price of dissent means.
No doubt AIPAC is a factor. However, in tying blame to just one entity you leave all of the following authoritarian institutions (detrimental to genuine freedom and/or Democratic ideals) off the hook:
- The MIC
- The Deep State
- Wall Street
- Corporate overlords
- Global elites
- Religious Right
- Big Oil (along with Big Gas, Big Pharma, Big Coal, and Big Media)
AIPAC didn't invent oppression, war, or any caste system. They are one player of many... that supports oligarchic policies. These, in turn, require militarism to be implemented.
The items in your list are redundant.
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United States of America ruling class consists of the major shareholders and executives of our too big to fail international corporations, They own for profit businesses rather than the large tracks of arable land held by feudal lords. But in both cases their right to rule was based on ownership of income producing assets. Feudalism didn't break up until the Back Death (bubonic plague) of the mid 1300s AD killed somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 the population causing a great shortage of labor. Some claim a major contributing factor to the Black death was a many year cold spell that greatly harmed agriculture. In broader terms, most common cause of collapse of civilization is some sort of climate disturbance (either too much or too little heat and/or too much or too little water) that much impairs agricultural yields, that in turn makes population malnourished and thus more susceptible to disease that in turn weakens ability of government to defend against invasion and conquest by any neighboring nation. Occasionally, famine alone is enough to cause civilization to collapse even without the addition of infectious disease or war over resources. With our current level of technology--both military and other--there is no way to get rid of our ruling class of super rich corporate stockholders and executives. Our best hope is technocracy led by very intelligent people with the aim of improving efficiency of everything and splitting the gains half and half between the extremely entitled ruling class and everyone else with special attention to those at the very bottom who are likely to cost society as a whole a great deal of money if they are neglected. It is cheaper for everybody in the long run to house the homeless, treat the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, provide clean water for the thirsty, etc. than to have them end up in trouble with law stealing because they can't land a job that pays enough to pay the rent and buy some food or causing a disturbance sleeping where they are not allowed to sleep, or turning up at the ER either sick from being out in the cold too much or trying to get in out of the cold before they get sick.