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Thu Sep 16, 2021, 11:59 AM

The Oligarchs have us exactly where they want us--

Divided and at each other’s throats. Really, they’re autocrats now. They pay little to no taxes and are exempt from criminal codes that apply to the rest of us.

One third of our country, the less intelligent, the susceptible, the antisocial and psychologically damaged, have been scrupulously groomed and meticulously miseducated to make room for an agenda of enrichment for a few.

Postmodernism, relativism, deconstructionism, and like theories have altered the cultural Ph and made us ripe for the virulent growth of fascism. (My hot take is just as valid as your hot take—everyone gets a participation trophy!) I think Plato had it right. Ideals exist, but we only see shadows on the wall of the cave. Many have stopped even trying to see the shadows.

The deep pockets know and believe science, and understand that CO2 emissions must fall dramatically for the earth to be habitable and inherited by them (without estate taxes!). The solution? Violence. Sabotaging public health measures. Etc.

This civilization is functioning exactly as it is designed to.

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Ponietz Sep 2021 OP
KPN Sep 2021 #1
CrispyQ Sep 2021 #2
LiberalLoner Sep 2021 #3
Golden Raisin Sep 2021 #4

Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 12:07 PM

1. Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean you

shouldn’t be.

Rational people seek rational reasons for irrational behavior. Given that, it’s hard for me to make a strong case that this OP is irrational and, therefore, far-fetched.

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Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 12:28 PM

2. Mostly spot on, but I disagree with your last sentence.

I think climate change is a game-changer the ultra-wealthy underestimated. They didn't want to spend the money or be inconvenienced. They have a quarter-by-quarter mindset, not a seven generations one. Sure they will survive, but it's going to be quite a different world in 50 years, even for them. They have a bigger, softer cushion, but huge areas of the planet won't be habitable. Living in a million dollar bunker vs. visiting it for a weekend now & then, are two different things. The smart ones are already planning where to re-locate. I see a Gibsonesque/Neuromancer future for the rest of us who survive.

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Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 12:38 PM

3. +1 I used to have a signature that said "they are culling the herd."

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Thu Sep 16, 2021, 04:51 PM

4. Putin probably pretty pleased too.

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