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Re: CONTROL FREAKS
> Examples, please. Fascism in 1930's Germany was certainly NOT
> one such government. National Socialism, of course, had its
> "bread" aspect, but their were no "circuses" in the Roman sense.
> While Bread and Circuses is one technique to keep a population in
> line, it is quite separate from the military/police state method
> chosen by the NAZIs. In any event, NAZI Germany supports the
> proposition that modern totalitarianism, by its nature, must be
> short lived. How long did the "Thousand Year Reich" last?
I take it you don't take the comparison between the Roman circuses where
prisoners and other misfits (ie Christians) were fed to the lions and
and the Tutonic cirucses of the 30's and 40's (ie prison or relocation
camps) where the criminal and other misfits (ie Jewish) were fed to the
masochistic 'system' as comparable? The Warsaw Ghetto was not a form of
I beg to differ. Both the Germans and the Romans held sway because of one
over-bearing fact, each controlled the best 'ass-kickers' around at the
> "They," again? I thought it might be "them." The Illuminati,
> right? Or is it the Trilateral Commission, the Jesuits, or the
> CIA? Who are these control freaks who "have the money and ...
> the technology"? Jeez, and some call me paranoid for being a
> privacy advocate.
'They' are the persons with money and influence and have also made it in
their best interest to sustain the status quo. Just take a look at the
Federal Reserve and how they manage the money in this country. Take a look
at the special interest political groups who make it their job to get
law-makers to look at it 'their' way.
> Roadrunner logic. Wiley Coyote runs over the edge of a cliff.
> Miraculously, he is suspended in the air until he makes the
> mistake of looking down. Only when he becomes aware of his
> predicament does he fall. My point still is, the totalitarians
> don't have to figure out anything; their "thought patterns" are
> irrelevant; reality still rules. They will not survive.
Just exactly whose reality are we talking about ruling here? It seems to
me that when talking about 'reality' and thought processes one has managed
to jump track in a major sort of way. The problem with this view is that
people do not analyze their choices the same way you analyze some physical
problem like building a bridge. Christians definately look at the worl
around them in a different 'reality' then the way that a pantheist like
myself look at it. Consider, if you will, the difference in outlook of
a commen every day occurance when viewed with the concept of a 'ghost
in the machine' versus the purely mechanistic. I think you will find that
the most trivial things take on very different appearances.
> Besides, it is not their money they are spending on
> this. It is yours.
I can assure you that the folks out there will spend their money if it is
clear that they will make more of it in the long run. While it is true that
public monies are the easiest to spend because of its anonymity it is not
the only resource that is there. Consider under-the-table bribes and such.
> Or, with a little ingenuity, you could structure your life so you
> could just ignore him. Living well is the best revenge.
I am afraid that if you ignore a control freak you build the perfect
environ for their growth. We are not talking about roses here but rather
ideas, a decidedly different animal. Ideas can grow long after the original
thinker is gone. To ignore rather than confront and expose is the best
way possible to get what you don't want.