Ok, I'll bite:
I do not believe we live in a Democracy (or, more accurately, a Republic) but rather a form of fascist plutocracy. By 'fascist' I mean government (primarily) at the service of corporate interests. And by 'plutocracy', I mean a government primarily at the service of a wealthy and powerful elite. In other words, the real
structures of power that govern us and set fundamental domestic and foreign policy are NOT elected and can not be removed from power by electoral means.
Most of the political issues that divide 'right' from 'left', 'conservative' and 'liberal' or 'progressive', 'gay' from 'straight', the 'religious' from the 'atheist' and 'agnostic' etc. ad nauseam, are contrived
issues. They serve the function of fooling people into believing that there are fundamental differences between large segments of our population (and, thus, we are forever disunited). Moreover, these contrived issues allow those running the political dog and pony show to both rally and frighten their constituents. This keeps the proletariat busy fighting one another, volunteering to help whatever candidate they *think* best represents their POV if not interest, and keeps them donating money to prevent whatever they politically fear most from happening. The one thing the fascist plutocracy of this country does NOT want is for the rest of the 99% to see through their little charade, and unite in one cause AGAINST those who are pulling the strings.
Finally, I do not believe -- I know for a fact -- that the events of 9/11/01 were orchestrated and carried out from within the US Military-Intelligence-Industral-Banking-Government Complex. I had been anticipating an event of this nature for at least 18 months prior to it. 9/11/01 was, in fact, stage two (stage 1 being the false installation of a chimpanzee in the White House) of a policy coup détat
, often referred to as "a palace coup."
It set in motion neoconservative (PNAC) military and foreign policy agendas that had been spelled out clearly in a White Paper published in September of 2000 entitled "Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century."
(PDF) According to this document, America must:
* Reposition permanently based forces to Southern Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East;
* Modernize U.S. forces, including enhancing our fighter aircraft, submarine and surface fleet capabilities;
* Develop and deploy a global missile defense system, and develop a strategic dominance of space;
* Control the "International Commons" of cyberspace;
* Increase defense spending to a minimum of 3.8 percent of gross domestic product, up from the 3 percent currently spent.
As well as many other things, including research and development of GENE SPECIFIC, bio-weapeons. Rebuilding America's Defenses became the central document that defined U.S. foreign policy after the selection of GWB. On page 52 the document itself explains, "the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.
" That "catalyzing event" was 9/11.
The entire (so called) "War on Terror" is nothing but a justification for imperial resource wars (on the international front), and justification for eroding Constitutional rights and implementing a permanent, super-surveillance society (on the domestic front).
Out of the box enough for ya?
ETA: The bald guy is me. The young blond guy is one of my best friends.