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Old 12th October 2019, 06:13 AM   #222
dann
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Originally Posted by kellyb View Post
Are we past the point of no return, do you think?

I'm reminded of this old FDR quote:

“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.”

― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Seems like it already happened, somewhere between 1990 and 2012.
Have you seen this?

https://www.propublica.org/article/u...-wealth-audits

So, the IRS gave up, and:
https://www.propublica.org/article/i...audit-the-poor

That seems to be the ideal bourgeois state: Servicing for the rich and paid for by the poor!
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