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Increasing suppression of dissent

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From the Daily Beast:

In ways not seen since at least the McCarthy era, Americans are finding themselves increasingly constrained by a rising class—what I call the progressive Clerisy—that accepts no dissent from its basic tenets. Like the First Estate in pre-revolutionary France, the Clerisy increasingly exercises its power to constrain dissenting views, whether on politics, social attitudes or science.

An alliance of upper level bureaucrats and cultural elites, the Clerisy, for for all their concerns about inequality, have thrived, unlike most Americans, in recent years. They also enjoy strong relations with the power structure in Washington, Silicon Valley, Hollywood and Wall Street.

So if you are an American, you vote for it, you pay for it with your taxes, you support it with your discretionary spending, and it tells you to shut up. No matter how obviously reasonable your objection.

And you accept that too.

Fine.

The Clerisy has thrived during these hard times. Since 1990, the number of government workers has expanded by some five million to some twenty million. That’s four times the number who were employed by the government at the end of the Second World War, a growth rate roughly twice that of the population as a whole.

The upper bureaucracy have been among the greatest beneficiaries—along with Wall Street and the green crony capitalists —of the Obama Administration’s economic policy. The number of workers, particularly at the federal level, continued to rise even at the height of the great recession. Between late 2007 and mid-2009, the number of U.S. federal workers earning at least $150,000 more than doubled. The ranks of federal nomenklatura—combined with a host of related private contractors —- have swelled so much that Washington DC by 2012 replaced New York as the wealthiest region in the country .

So, thanks to them, we debate space aliens and why bipedalism is a good idea. Not what that is. Every course in school enforces the idea that if only those people has more power and made more laws …

Thankfully, the problem is ours and we own it.

One Reply to “Increasing suppression of dissent

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    Robert Byers says:

    Yes we live in a controlled society more then in the past.
    Yes they are of one consent and attack the common people.
    however in both nations here we have , from our ancestors like the Normandy invasion thread shows, the example of courage, moral, intellectual and practical tools to fight and defeat the bad guys.
    I know nothing about salaries in the uS gov’t. I do know they are about affirmative action. Possibly the civil service is the final answer to give money to identities not able otherwise to get it. with obama I got a hunch thats the priority.
    Identity rules mankind. not other agendas. WW11 proved that.

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