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The definitive government in the west is the US.

Just how much freedom - let alone political freedom is there in the US these days? Are the stories of left wing activists being carefully monitored and framed on political charges really unknown.

No the US is not as bad as North Korea - assuming you are in the US and not - say Uzbekistan where political dissidents are boiled alive. Traditionally the US maintains its worst for its client states. As the US collapses that is changing with things like a president sign off on assassination of US citizens - at home and abroad.

We have Pravda criticizing the obsequious nature of US media. We have arbitrary arrest and detention. Political assassination. Torture (At least one crucifixion.)  Extreme poverty. Petty bureaucracy (eg TSA). Extreme security apparatus with spying on all its citizens. Government secrecy and a court system that shows its deference to that security. Corrupt ideologically driven Supreme Court judges (Some indication that Clarence Thomas would fall in this category for example). Multi tiered legal system. Multiple wars and secret wars - I hear rumours that there are 7. Hell I can't even name them all.

Maybe East Bloc Communism is worse but the comparison is anything but ridiculous.

aspiring to genteel poverty

by edwin (eeeeeeee222222rrrrreeeeeaaaaadddddd@@@@yyyyaaaaaaa) on Thu Aug 25th, 2011 at 10:03:10 AM EST
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The definitive government in the west is the US.

That may appear to be true from where you're sitting, but to me it looks like an outlier. A two-year parliamentary term, infinitely renewable, and effectively no limit on campaign funding, etc... make for a degenerescence of democracy that I can't see any parallel for in other "western" countries. All have their specific or systemic problems, but for me the USA is the worst.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Aug 26th, 2011 at 07:47:49 AM EST
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