Exposed: Oregon’s Liberal Ride To Corruption

One-party rule in Oregon has left the state in scandal. From pulling the plug on the state’s version of ObamaCare because of political considerations (costing taxpayers $300 million) to the willingness of the political class to engage in crony capitalism with “green” billionaires like Tom Steyer, the state government is currently being combed over by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Congress.

The scandals have a common thread — former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his political cronies. And now, we have a smoking gun in this scandal. A report from the Energy and Environment Legal Institute Report is titled: “Private Interests And Public Office: Coordination Between Governors, the Obama White House and the Tom Steyer – ‘Founded and Funded’ Network of Advocacy Groups to Advance the ‘Climate’ Agenda.” This report contains emails and other evidence of coordination in this scandal.

Kitzhaber was a former emergency room doctor who set out to “save American healthcare.” In other words, he wanted to nationalize it. For a while, he played the fawning media like a fiddle. The crown jewel in his experiment was the creation of Oregon’s Health Care Exchange, Cover Oregon. Flush with hundreds of millions in federal cash, the state set out to create a model exchange to prove to the world that government-run health care could work. It didn’t.

After running ads and promoting the site, contractors and tech experts pleaded with the governor and his staff to not “go live” with the exchange. It wasn’t ready. Following week after week of embarrassment by the failure to sign up one enrollee, the governor tasked his political team to oversee the project. With an election looming, they advised him to pull the plug and join the federal exchange — just to save their political bacon.

At the same time, Kitzhaber’s team got into bed with green billionaire Tom Steyer. Steyer has been spending his fortune over the past four years promoting every green energy scheme under the sun. From climate change legislation to a failed initiative in California that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and promised to create thousands of jobs, Steyer has been on a losing streak. Despite spending close to $100 million in the 2014 elections, the vast majority of the candidates he backed lost.

Steyer has made no secret that he views involvement in green energy as a personal profit center. While plowing his millions into green energy groups, he subsequently was involved in green energy companies like Kilowatt Systems, LLC. Steyer is listed as a “manager” of the company which says on their website: “We were created to help [solar and energy efficiency] industry professionals make more sales. More financing options and more customers equal more profit. It’s that simple.” By the public electing politicians who were willing to use taxpayer dollars to push green energy schemes, Steyer gets richer. Kitzhaber was a nice target for the billionaire, and Oregon seemed like a nice potential profit center.

A new report by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute details how Kitzhaber’s team and his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, an environmental activist who did “consulting work” promoting the climate agenda, worked closely with outside groups funded in part by Steyer to promote a taxpayer-dependent green energy project.

According to the Portland Oregonian, “(Dan) Carol is a former Democratic opposition researcher who worked on behalf of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.” Carol copied governors’ aides and contractors/consultants on emails, also including Steyer — “a billionaire spending $50 million of his own money to elect, among other things, senators who would push his issues” Steyer in fact prepared to go all-in on policy through his “NextGen Climate Action group [which] was reportedly ready to spend as much as $100 million or more in 2014.”

As the report shows, “A recent Oregon production of two former Kitzhaber aides’ work-related, private-account correspondence confirm that ‘Kitzhaber told his staff that new state energy policies should match those that special interests were paying his fiancée to promote.’ One damning directive from Kitzhaber, which contradicts previous denials, stated in blunt and pertinent part, ‘Cylvia needs to be advocating the same clean economy policy in her role as spokesperson/advocate for the Governor’s Office and her role as a Clean Economy fellow. There cannot be any daylight between them…. This is another reason why she needs a role in developing the (state) policy itself.’”

Once the cover was blown, Kitzhaber was forced to resign. The FBI is looking into the actions of Kitzhaber’s fiancee, his aides and their relationship with outside environmental groups looking to profit from the taxpayers. Congress is demanding documents regarding the Cover Oregon exchange scandal. These are dark days for the Evergreen State–but more critically, an important lesson on why there should be a separation between businesses and government.

One-party rule leads to corruption and scandal. It does not matter what party is in control; it seems like one party rule leads to corruption and self-dealing.

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Sesame Street Is Brought To You By A Grant From HBO And The Letters F And U (And Taxpayers Like You)

(That sound you hear is my late father, Philip Weinberg, turning over in his grave.)

My father, among other things, founded the public television station in Peoria, Illinois, with very little public money because he believed in 1971 that programs like Sesame Street and the Electric Company from the Children’s Television Workshop were important–and they should be freely available for free on free over the air television. Largely because things funded by the government should be free to its owners.

Granted, that was before the birth of HBO, ESPN or even CNN.

Back in those days, cable TV companies had vice presidents in charge of telling lies to city councils and other vice presidents in charge of telling the same city councils that the first guy lied.

And, over the years, one of the few bright spots in educational and children’s television were those aforementioned programs. They probably did more to prepare kids to learn than any combination of all day kindergarten and operation Head Start for a lot less money. And, ironically, they still do.

Now, I’m not Bernie Sanders. And, neither was my father.

And you can legitimately question whether or not we need public television in our brave new 500 channel world. I give my father’s former associates heartburn every time I write a column like this.

But, our problem here is that Sesame Street was designed to reach kids who might otherwise not be ready for school on the same schedule as their more affluent friends. In short, we’re talking about poor kids. And, in this economy, that is a lot of kids. You can sugarcoat it all you want, but we didn’t pay good public dollars to develop a new and innovative way to get kids ready for the classroom that actually worked so that only those kids whose parents could afford it would get first shot at it.

It was not HBO; it was Television.

You can get your television on a TV or on a smartphone or on a tablet or on a computer; but however you get it, it is still television.

We, the taxpayers, paid millions of dollars to help what used to be called the Children’s Television Workshop develop Sesame Street both directly and indirectly. Against the better judgment of many taxpayers, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting subsidized much of the infrastructure which put Sesame Street on the air and made it popular. And, finally, the people behind the Children’s Television Workshop played the tax exempt organization provisions of our tax code like a Stradivarius. Much better than the Tea Party.

As the Cookie Monster might have said, “me don’t want to pay no taxes when I’m working on Sesame Street.”

The fact is that Sesame Workshop, as it is now called, has executives making nearly seven figure salaries; and its cushy deal with HBO is built on the backs of the taxpayers who funded the original development of the program.

A much fairer version of this deal would be for HBO to donate the money to the Sesame Workshop, allow those shows to air for free on PBS stations and THEN put them on the network which advertises that it’s not television. (This program is brought to you by a grant from the letters H, B and O)

This deal is crony capitalism at its absolute worst, and for a conservative like me to have to call foul as opposed to Barack Obama—who you’d think would be concerned about poor kids being sent to the back of the bus—is an outrage. Can you see the irony here?

It’s not the biggest outrage which has happened in government even during the last week.

And nobody in the TV biz—either commercial or allegedly non commercial—wants to make Time Warner mad at them.

So the taxpayers and poor kids everywhere will probably get screwed.

However, I can’t help but think that my Dad would have said that this program was brought to you by the letters F and U. Next time I’m in Peoria, I’ll go on down to Springdale Cemetery and ask him.

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Obama’s Clean Power Plan: Solar Companies Win, Taxpayers Lose

The solar industry is jubilant over the Clean Power Plan, released August 3. That same day, however, some other news reminded the public of what happens when government policy mandates and incentivizes a favored energy source: Taxpayer dollars are gobbled up, and investors lose out.

“The fundamental objective of the Clean Power Plan,” according to Solar Industry Magazine, “is the phasing out of coal-fired power plants in favor of low- or zero-emission sources…” It does this through three “building blocks,” one of which is: “increase electricity generation from non-emitting renewable sources, such as solar and wind.”

Solar proponent’s excitement is palpable; however, it is surprising how shameless they are about sucking the government teat while bemoaning the low price of natural gas. Forbes.com contributor Lyndsey Gilpin states: “in all its 1,560 pages, the Clean Power Plan doesn’t directly address the actual deployment of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. It does, however, give states and utilities an incentive to create and enhance mechanisms that will increase deployment of solar.” (Italics added)

The International Business Times coverage acknowledges that subsidies and regulation are driving the “uptick” in solar deployment. It states: “exactly how much of an increase will be determined by subsidies …while new regulations encourage families and business to invest in solar power.” Though, as Gilpin points out: “The Clean Power Plan is geared toward centralized utility scale solar, meaning electricity sold to wholesale utility buyers, not end customers.”

One such “utility scale solar” company is Abengoa. The Spanish solar company was the single largest recipient of taxpayer funding through Obama’s 2009 Stimulus Bill—$2.8 billion—but has been beset with corruption and allegations that it routinely violates U.S. immigration, environmental, and workplace safety laws. The company is currently under investigation by U.S. Customs and Immigration Service and the Department of Labor.

In November 2014, Abengoa bonds were “hammered on accounting concerns,” Reuters reported. “The company has so many different buckets of debt and management has cleverly used this to report reductions in reported net leverage.”

In another November account, Reuters explains: “Abengoa, an engineering company that expanded massively into renewables, has been struggling with a heavy debt burden since a decade-long economic boom in Spain ended abruptly in 2008.” It must have seen Obama’s push for solar as the answer to its problems. It moved into the U.S. with its hand out and high-profile players—such as former Vice President Al Gore and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson—on its team.

I’ve written extensively on Abengoa, as a part of my “Obama’s green-energy, crony-corruption” series, and done a detailed report published by The Daily Caller. Therefore, I wasn’t surprised when headlines announced, once again, that Abengoa shares “plunged.”

Bloomberg reports that the August 3 drop—75.70 percent from its high on September 3, 2014–is because the “company’s plan to shore up capital failed to reassure investors that it can stop burning cash.”

A former human resources director at one of Abengoa’s subsidiaries, who served as my “deep throat” in my earlier reporting, said: “What I came to realize, and it took me a while because I didn’t want to realize it, is that they understood. They knew the law. They didn’t care. I really came to believe that they’re so politically connected that it’s just hubris and arrogance.”

So, when you hear the solar power proponents chirping about regulations that encourage investment in solar, incentives to help families, and mechanisms to increase deployment, remember that they are taking our tax dollars and giving them to companies like Abengoa that get the funding because of connections. They win, while we lose.

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Is America Still A Classless Society?

The liberal Democrats encourage class warfare between the rich and the poor. They treat these groups as though they were collective masses of humanity, poised against each other, ready to do battle. Their battle cry is Income Inequality, which claims that the Rich Mass steals from the Poor Mass and that only government can step in to equalize them by seizing wealth from The Rich and redistributing it to The Poor. The politicians pose as Robin Hoods. Their Sherwood Forest is the American Economy. But the story they tell is a lie, not because classes do not exist, but because they are a creation of big government. America was formed as a classless society, a meritocracy based on initiative, effort and perseverance in an atmosphere of free capitalism. America has no hereditary class structure, no nobility, aristocracy or landed gentry. Everyone has the free will to pursue chosen goals. But government is naturally self-interested. It feeds on those it governs in order to make its power grow. Thus, classes have gradually been introduced by Government, in order to change the nature of governmental power.

This nation is not divided into vast masses of Rich and Poor juxtaposed against each other. The rich are individual people. So are the poor. The rich are rich separately and independently of each other. So are the poor. Poverty is local. So is wealth. Notwithstanding the immense revenues of big corporations, it is people who produce and enjoy wealth. This is important to recognize and remember. There is a lesson in it. Despite the mantra that society is a vast collective, divided into smaller masses, the truth is that every individual is free to engage in producing wealth. Individual initiative, talent and energy are the basis of enterprise. It is the fuel of the engine that creates wealth. If people have vision and apply their talents to a purpose, they can acquire wealth–sometimes a great deal of it. Only government can interfere with the free exchange of ideas and goods. And it often does!

It is true that people’s circumstances differ, that the starting line is never equal. That’s the nature of the world. People are born into relative wealth or poverty. Initial circumstances create opportunities that differ. But circumstances change according to attitude, intelligence, talent, interest, education, effort, perseverance, and vision. These attributes are the energy that creates opportunities, which in turn create wealth. Opportunities are not a static commodity doled out to a preferred few. Opportunities are made by people with will, perception, and perseverance. Even adverse conditions can be overcome. Everyone can get an education. It takes personal responsibility; but anyone who goes to school, does his homework and pays attention will open up possibilities that ignorance prevents. Moreover, education tends to expand geometrically in an ongoing process of self-education. The captains of industry who built the foundations of wealth in America generally had limited academic education, but replaced this with great vision and energy. They created their own opportunities through their own initiative. This should make the issue of class moot.

But most people do not seem to understand all of this, because they have been fed the notion that we are a collective society. They buy the mantra of class distinctions based on race and engage in endless misperceptions that minorities are being denied rights. No one denies the historical precedent. Many people have suffered from prejudice–blacks, Irish, Italians, Asians, immigrants in general, who had to struggle to assimilate into the melting pot culture of America.

This struggle still goes on in some minor ways, but the prejudice that once pervaded the nation and kept people down is now more an illusion than a reality. Black people, for example, have made enormous headway in every aspect of American life. What used to be a redress of legitimate grievances has become a cry for preferential treatment. While once minorities were denied opportunities, they now argue for greater welfare benefits. There is no inequality in the distribution of television sets or expensive sneakers, nor is there a legitimate demand for free health care or free food. Nothing is free. It is taken from some and given to others.

Moreover, such treatment is a disincentive to produce wealth. Welfare destroys motivation through chronic dependence. People are discouraged from work when they get free wealth. But, as Margaret Thatcher observed, Socialism no longer works when it runs out of other people’s money. The politicians know this and realize that without the continued production of wealth, they will have nothing to seize. Politicians practice self-interest. They are not statesmen, but snake-oil salesmen; and the poison they vend is the notion that without effort, one can live well. With this pitch, they buy votes to keep them in power. But Government would collapse without wealth to seize. Politicians know this and make deals with cronies in big business.

The real problem now is not income inequality between classes. It is that government itself has replaced the old class system with a Soviet modeled bureaucracy run by an oligarchy of politicians working in crony concert with huge business interests. This is not free capitalism. It is managed competition, a concept first envisioned by J. P. Morgan, who coined the term. It means that government can regulate who competes for wealth.

But when government becomes so big and pervasive that it neutralizes individual initiative by collectivizing people, shunting them into false categories (minorities, collectives, interest groups), especially when it provides them with imagined entitlements, it has the power to withhold those entitlements with a flip of a switch. In its first hundred and fifty years, America disabused itself of notions of upper and lower classes, and in so doing elevated the great middle class to the highest standard of living in human history. Where once our nation was largely a meritocracy of individuals engaged in vigorous business, invention and achievement, it has now become a nation not of free capitalists who work for their own benefit and accomplishment, trading with each other freely without government interference in society, but a nation of different classes–one of dependence and impotence, the other of feudal corporatism.

 

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They Live, We Sleep: A Dictatorship Disguised As A Democracy

“You see them on the street. You watch them on TV. You might even vote for one this fall. You think they’re people just like you. You’re wrong. Dead wrong.”—They Live

We’re living in two worlds, you and I.

There’s the world we see (or are made to see), and then there’s the one we sense (and occasionally catch a glimpse of)–the latter of which is a far cry from the propaganda-driven reality manufactured by the government and its corporate sponsors, including the media.

Indeed, what most Americans perceive as life in America—privileged, progressive and free—is a far cry from reality, where economic inequality is growing, real agendas and real power are buried beneath layers of Orwellian doublespeak and corporate obfuscation, and “freedom,” such that it is, is meted out in small, legalistic doses by militarized police armed to the teeth.

All is not as it seems.

This is the premise of John Carpenter’s film They Live (1988), in which two migrant workers discover that the world’s population is actually being controlled and exploited by aliens working in partnership with an oligarchic elite. All the while, the populace—blissfully unaware of the real agenda at work in their lives—has been lulled into complacency, indoctrinated into compliance, bombarded with media distractions, and hypnotized by subliminal messages beamed out of television and various electronic devices, billboards and the like.

It is only when homeless drifter John Nada (played to the hilt by the late Roddy Piper) discovers a pair of doctored sunglasses—Hoffman lenses—that Nada sees what lies beneath the elite’s fabricated reality: control and bondage.

When viewed through the lens of truth, the elite, who appear human until stripped of their disguises, are shown to be monsters who have enslaved the citizenry in order to prey on them. Likewise, billboards blare out hidden, authoritative messages: a bikini-clad woman in one ad is actually ordering viewers to “MARRY AND REPRODUCE.” Magazine racks scream “CONSUME” and “OBEY.” A wad of dollar bills in a vendor’s hand proclaims, “THIS IS YOUR GOD.”

When viewed through Nada’s Hoffman lenses, some of the other hidden messages being drummed into the people’s subconscious include: NO INDEPENDENT THOUGHT, CONFORM, SUBMIT, STAY ASLEEP, BUY, WATCH TV, NO IMAGINATION, and DO NOT QUESTION AUTHORITY.

This indoctrination campaign engineered by the elite in They Live is painfully familiar to anyone who has studied the decline of American culture. A citizenry that does not think for themselves, obeys without question, is submissive, does not challenge authority, does not think outside the box, and is content to sit back and be entertained is a citizenry that can be easily controlled.

In this way, the subtle message of They Live provides an apt analogy of our own distorted vision of life in the American police state, what philosopher Slavoj Žižek refers to as dictatorship in democracy, “the invisible order which sustains your apparent freedom.”

We’re being fed a series of carefully contrived fictions that bear no resemblance to reality. The powers-that-be want us to feel threatened by forces beyond our control (terrorists, shooters, bombers). They want us afraid and dependent on the government and its militarized armies for our safety and well-being. They want us distrustful of each other, divided by our prejudices, and at each other’s throats. Most of all, they want us to continue to march in lockstep with their dictates.

Tune out the government’s attempts to distract, divert and befuddle us and tune into what’s really going on in this country, and you’ll run headlong into an unmistakable, unpalatable truth: the moneyed elite who rule us view us as expendable resources to be used, abused and discarded.

In fact, a 2014 study conducted by Princeton and Northwestern University concluded that the U.S. government does not represent the majority of American citizens. Instead, the study found that the government is ruled by the rich and powerful, or the so-called “economic elite.” Moreover, the researchers concluded that policies enacted by this governmental elite nearly always favor special interests and lobbying groups.

In other words, we are being ruled by an oligarchy disguised as a democracy, and arguably on our way towards fascism—a form of government where private corporate interests rule, money calls the shots, and the people are seen as mere subjects to be controlled.

Consider this: it is estimated that the 2016 presidential election could cost as much as $5 billion, more than double what was spent getting Obama re-elected in 2012.

Not only do you have to be rich—or beholden to the rich—to get elected these days, but getting elected is also a surefire way to get rich. As CBS News reports, “Once in office, members of Congress enjoy access to connections and information they can use to increase their wealth, in ways that are unparalleled in the private sector. And once politicians leave office, their connections allow them to profit even further.”

In denouncing this blatant corruption of America’s political system, former president Jimmy Carter blasted the process of getting elected—to the White House, governor’s mansion, Congress or state legislatures—as “unlimited political bribery… a subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect, and sometimes get, favors for themselves after the election is over.”

Rest assured that when and if fascism finally takes hold in America, the basic forms of government will remain. As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, fascism will appear to be friendly. The legislators will be in session. There will be elections, and the news media will continue to cover the entertainment and political trivia. Consent of the governed, however, will no longer apply. Actual control will have finally passed to the oligarchic elite controlling the government behind the scenes.

By creating the illusion that it preserves democratic traditions, fascism creeps slowly until it consumes the political system. And in times of “crisis,” expediency is upheld as the central principle—that is, in order to keep us safe and secure, the government must militarize the police, strip us of basic constitutional rights, criminalize virtually every form of behavior, and build enough private prisons to house all of us nonviolent criminals.

Clearly, we are now ruled by an oligarchic elite of governmental and corporate interests. We have moved into “corporatism” (favored by Benito Mussolini), which is a halfway point on the road to full-blown fascism.

Vast sectors of the economy, government and politics are managed by private business concerns, otherwise referred to as “privatization” by various government politicians. Just study modern government policies. “Every industry is regulated. Every profession is classified and organized,” writes economic analyst Jeffrey Tucker. “Every good or service is taxed. Endless debt accumulation is preserved. Immense doesn’t begin to describe the bureaucracy. Military preparedness never stops, and war with some evil foreign foe, remains a daily prospect.”

In other words, the government in America today does whatever it wants.

Corporatism is where the few moneyed interests—not elected by the citizenry—rule over the many. In this way, it is not a democracy or a republican form of government, which is what the American government was established to be. It is a top-down form of government and one which has a terrifying history typified by the developments that occurred in totalitarian regimes of the past: police states where everyone is watched and spied on, rounded up for minor infractions by government agents, placed under police control, and placed in detention (a.k.a. concentration) camps.

For the final hammer of fascism to fall, it will require the most crucial ingredient: the majority of the people will have to agree that it’s not only expedient but necessary. But why would a people agree to such an oppressive regime? The answer is the same in every age: fear.

Fear makes people stupid.

Fear is the method most often used by politicians to increase the power of government. And, as most social commentators recognize, an atmosphere of fear permeates modern America: fear of terrorism, fear of the police, fear of our neighbors and so on.

The propaganda of fear has been used quite effectively by those who want to gain control, and it is working on the American populace.

Despite the fact that we are 17,600 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack; 11,000 times more likely to die from an airplane accident than from a terrorist plot involving an airplane; 1,048 times more likely to die from a car accident than a terrorist attack, and 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist, we have handed over control of our lives to government officials who treat us as a means to an end—the source of money and power.

We have allowed ourselves to become fearful, controlled, pacified zombies.

In this regard, we’re not so different from the oppressed citizens in They Live. Most everyone keeps their heads down these days while staring zombie-like into an electronic screen, even when they’re crossing the street. Families sit in restaurants with their heads down, separated by their screen devices and unaware of what’s going on around them. Young people especially seem dominated by the devices they hold in their hands, oblivious to the fact that they can simply push a button, turn the thing off and walk away.

Indeed, there is no larger group activity than that connected with those who watch screens—that is, television, lap tops, personal computers, cell phones and so on. In fact, a Nielsen study reports that American screen viewing is at an all-time high. For example, the average American watches approximately 151 hours of television per month.

The question, of course, is: what effect does such screen consumption have on one’s mind?

Psychologically, it is similar to drug addiction. Researchers found that “almost immediately after turning on the TV, subjects reported feeling more relaxed, and because this occurs so quickly and the tension returns so rapidly after the TV is turned off, people are conditioned to associate TV viewing with a lack of tension.” Research also shows that regardless of the programming, viewers’ brain waves slow down, thus transforming them into a more passive, nonresistant state.

Historically, television has been used by those in authority to quiet discontent and pacify disruptive people. “Faced with severe overcrowding and limited budgets for rehabilitation and counseling, more and more prison officials are using TV to keep inmates quiet,” according to Newsweek.

Given that the majority of what Americans watch on television is provided through channels controlled by six mega corporations, what we watch is now controlled by a corporate elite; and, if that elite needs to foster a particular viewpoint or pacify its viewers, it can do so on a large scale.

If we’re watching, we’re not doing.

The powers-that-be understand this. As television journalist Edward R. Murrow warned in a 1958 speech:

We are currently wealthy, fat, comfortable and complacent. We have currently a built-in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information. Our mass media reflect this. But unless we get up off our fat surpluses and recognize that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse, and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it, and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture too late.

This brings me back to They Live, in which the real zombies are not the aliens calling the shots but the populace who are content to remain controlled.

When all is said and done, the world of They Live is not so different from our own. As one of the characters points out, “The poor and the underclass are growing. Racial justice and human rights are nonexistent. They have created a repressive society and we are their unwitting accomplices. Their intention to rule rests with the annihilation of consciousness. We have been lulled into a trance. They have made us indifferent to ourselves, to others. We are focused only on our own gain.”

We, too, are focused only on our own pleasures, prejudices and gains. Our poor and underclasses are also growing. Racial injustice is growing. Human rights are nearly nonexistent. We too have been lulled into a trance, indifferent to others.

Oblivious to what lies ahead, we’ve been manipulated into believing that if we continue to consume, obey, and have faith, things will work out. But that’s never been true of emerging regimes. And by the time we feel the hammer coming down upon us, it will be too late.

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