Current Wisdom

Current Wisdom

By From the September 2013 issue

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Someone writing under the penname of Yasuragi offers a thumbnail history of America from the cool confines of possibly North Korea for the edification of the Daily Kos’s agelastic readers: 

We live in the United States of America.

The nation that killed protesters at Jackson and Kent State Universities. The nation that executed Fred Hampton in his bed, without so much as a warrant. The nation that still, still, still holds Leonard Peltier in prison. The nation that supported Noriega, the Shah, Trujillo, and dozens of other fascist monsters who did nothing but f[---] over their own people and their neighbors. The nation of Joseph McCarthy and his current-day descendants. The nation that allows stop-and-frisk.

Before all that: The nation that enforced Jim Crow laws. Before that, the nation that built itself on slavery and the slave trade. And before all of that, the nation that nearly succeeded in the genocide of this continent’s indigenous peoples.

So why are you so surprised that our government is gathering yottabytes of data on our phone calls?
(June 14, 2013)


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