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Spectators,not actors

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Oct 23, 2011 at 16:18

Kepha Hor wrote :

"Further, Ianus, as a US citizen, I was NEVER an advocate of getting involved in the Libyan mess, and thought that Obama and Mrs. Clinton were taking us for a nation of sheep in lining up behind the LIbyan rebels."

Thanks for sharing that remark with me. Now what I think is that America is no longer what it used to be or at least promised to be. The cynical power and wealth elites in America don't care about what people like you feel and will have it their way cost what it may. When too much power and wealth are concentrated in too few hands the inevitable consequence is emergence of oligarchy as a political form that makes the new inequality much harder or almost impossible to combat .

You can't do anything about the intentions and actions of the ruling class disconnected from or even hostile to the people. They have power and control the media, you just like me don't have power and probably your influence on the media is negligible too. This applies to most Americans who under the present oligarchy are doomed to be just spectators in the show directed by some obscure forces acting beyond any public control to promote their agenda , i.e. by big business and the inflated military and industrial complex and its main client - the US Army.

I can also note that in this system even elections become more and more meaningless because in principle they don't and can't change anything as candidates of both parties are on the payroll of the same big sponsors and vested interests.They may be elected by people, but act not for people but for those who paid for their election campaigns which are more and more expensive.

All that looks like the later Roman Republic with increasing internal decay and victorious external wars , doesn't it, and people are kept elated with bread and games.

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