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America used to be sort of this shining beacon of freedom for all
When was that, exactly?

These diaries always seem - to the outsider - to be a confusing mixture of paranoia and pain - obvious suffering and a search for scapegoats - whether these be predatory medical practices, Obama, or world Government, the connections are never argued in a way that is accessible or comprehensible for me.

Poverty is in itself a violation of human rights.  Involuntary medical treatment perhaps another - except where it is withheld from minors who are not in a position to make an informed judgement for themselves.

But the general (mis-)identification of all evil with "the Government" seems to derive from an extreme American libertarian tradition where the world was owned by the explorer, to be exploited at will, and any natives present be damned.

You have to ask how much of the suffering might be self-inflicted.  That a more constructive engagement with the "realities" of the modern world might have more positive outcomes.  That if you start from the premise that everybody is out to get you - well then people end up either getting at you or ignoring your obvious needs.  Of course, just because you are paranoid doesn't mean that some people aren't out to get you.  It doesn't however help you to distinguish between potential friends and foes.

An adversarial relationship with "the world" almost always ends up being reciprocated. Obvious injustices are perpetuated.  You have to understand I am arguing from personal experience and general principles which may not apply in your case.  I make no claims to prescience. I just ask you to consider that you could be making matters worse by aiming at the wrong targets and taking on too many adversaries at once - for your own good and that of your family.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Dec 21st, 2009 at 09:54:24 AM EST

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