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Most "democratic" states use a hierarchical system of representative democracy in which the involvement of citizens is limited to a vote every few years. In many, the party political structure has been infiltrated (or even set up) by the deep state, and so is in no way responsive to the desire of the electorate.
Although some nation states are independent actors,the importance of national governments is systematically overstated by the commercially-controlled media,which is keen to obscure the role played by deep state groups. John Perkins, for example, has written about the systematic policy of removing national leaders who refused to submit to foreign control. The result is that many nominally "independent" nations are in reality controlled by small groups whose loyalties lie elsewhere.
Rogue State USA
The government of the United States is openly contradicting the official narrative of how nation states operate. After generations of covert interference in the affairs of other nation states (bombings, assassinations and other interventions), the US has increasingly been claiming the legal right to outside its borders. It does not yet explicitly state that "might makes right", but prefers nebulous justifications such as "humanitarian intervention" or the "war on terror".
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- 3:23 : notice how he #benefits from #capitalism by writing a book, tries to skewer #Trump about it, but leaves out the part where he will #voluntarily donate the #capitalistic profits from his book to the government he worships. What's up with that? If he loves #socialism so much, why doesn't he put his money where his mouth is? Answer: he's a fraud. that's why.
- 4:49 : Instead of keeping the #benefits of your Trump #tax break, why not give those profits back?
- 5:07 The epic scoff. Mark this one down- even though he #worships at the altar of #government, he scoffs at the idea that he should give up his riches for it. Yet he feels perfectly comfortable requiring you to do so. My reaction? "5:08, baby"
- 5:16 : classic #deflection. and the socialist #dummies fall for it every time.
And down we go with this stupid old geezer playing his flute, leading the children merrily along.
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Established businesses, like Facebook, use government to limit competition.
Once, Microsoft had zero lobbyists. The company focused on innovating.
Microsoft in the early 1990s was the largest company in the world. Incredibly successful … They had no presence in Washington DC. Not a single lawyer,” Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Institute tells John Stossel.
But things changed.
socialist projects always go through honeymoon periods, during which they are enthusiastically endorsed by #Western #intellectuals. But since #socialist #policies generally lead to #economic #failure, and sometimes even #political #repression, those honeymoon periods typically don’t last for more than a decade. Then these foreign example fall out of fashion, and get retroactively reclassified as #counterfeit #socialism. The #USSR, #NorthVietnam, #Cuba and #Maoist #China all functioned as #utopias du jour. In the 1970s, some Western intellectuals even pinned their hopes on more obscure areas of the world, such as Cambodia, Albania, Tanzania, Mozambique, Angola and Nicaragua.and
Regardless of what socialists say they want to build, socialism can only mean a society run by large, #hierarchical #government #bureaucracies. It can only mean a command-and-control #economy directed by a distant, #technocratic #elite. The reason it always turns out that way isn’t because #revolutions are “betrayed” by selfish or undisciplined actors, but because no other path is possible.....but the #socialists of nowadays have no memory (by choice) of all the failures of socialism, so we'll have to learn about it's failures firsthand. #socialism #fail #democrats
A bill supported by Democrats and Republicans would make permanent a program that bars the IRS from ever developing its own online tax filing service.
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Just in time for Tax Day, the for-profit tax preparation industry is about to realize one of its long-sought goals. Congressional Democrats and Republicans are moving to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic tax filing system.
Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee, led by Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., passed the Taxpayer First Act, a wide-ranging bill making several administrative changes to the IRS that is sponsored by Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Mike Kelly, R-Pa.
In one of its provisions, the bill makes it illegal for the IRS to create its own online system of tax filing. Companies like Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, and H&R Block have lobbied for years to block the IRS from creating such a system. If the tax agency created its own program, which would be similar to programs other developed countries have, it would threaten the industry’s profits.
“This could be a disaster. It could be the final nail in the coffin of the idea of the IRS ever being able to create its own program,” said Mandi Matlock, a tax attorney who does work for the National Consumer Law Center.
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Experts have long argued that the IRS has failed to make filing taxes as easy and cheap as it could be. In addition to a free system of online tax preparation and filing, the agency could provide people with pre-filled tax forms containing the salary data the agency already has, as ProPublica first reported on in 2013.
The Free File Alliance, a private industry group, says 70% of American taxpayers are eligible to file for free. Those taxpayers, who must make less than $66,000, have access to free tax software provided by the companies. But just 3% of eligible U.S. taxpayers actually use the free program each year. Critics of the program say that companies use it as a cross-marketing tool to upsell paid products, that they have deliberately underpromoted the free option and that it leaves consumer data open to privacy breaches.
The congressional move would codify the status quo. Under an existing memorandum of understanding with the industry group, the IRS pledges not create its own online filing system and, in exchange, the companies offer their free filing services to those below the income threshold.
One member of the Free File Alliance explicitly told shareholders that the IRS “developing software or other systems to facilitate tax return preparation … may present a continued competitive threat to our business for the foreseeable future.”
The IRS’ deal with the Free File Alliance is regularly renegotiated and there have been repeated, bipartisan efforts in Congress to put the deal into law.
[IMG]The IRS Tried to Take on the Ultrawealthy. It Didn’t Go Well.
Ten years ago, the tax agency formed a special team to unravel the complex tax-lowering strategies of the nation’s wealthiest people. But with big money — and Congress — arrayed against the team, it never had a chance.
Those efforts have been fueled by hefty lobbying spending and campaign contributions by the industry. Intuit and H&R Block last year poured a combined $6.6 million into lobbying related to the IRS filing deal and other issues. Neal, who became Ways and Means chair this year after Democrats took control of the House, received $16,000 in contributions from Intuit and H&R Block in the last two election cycles.
Neal, who describes himself as a longtime champion of the existing Free File program, has argued that it would “would help low- and moderate-income taxpayers.”
Free File Alliance Executive Director Tim Hugo called it “a great idea when you can provide a great product — free tax returns — to Americans at no cost to the federal government.” An H&R Block spokesperson said the company believes “Free File should be the subject of ongoing improvement, and we are committed to working with all parties to strengthen and improve Free File on behalf of the American taxpayer.”
Spokespeople for Neal, Lewis and Kelly did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the provision. A companion Senate bill with the same provision has been introduced by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore.
While efforts to make the IRS’ deal with the tax preparation industry permanent have fizzled in the past, critics are particularly worried this year. The Taxpayer First Act also includes a provision that would restrict the IRS’ use of private debt collectors to those above a certain income. A Wyden spokesperson said the current bill is a “bipartisan, bicameral compromise so it includes priorities of both chairmen and ranking members.” Wyden “supports giving the IRS the resources it needs to offer more services to taxpayers,” the spokesperson added.
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‘Secret’ #DMV office serving #California lawmakers would be closed under #GOP proposal
It’s all but impossible to find for those who don’t know what they’re looking for.
#Room-121 rests at the end of an #isolated #hallway across the street from the #Capitol, is locked at all times and has no signage whatsoever. The only indicator of its existence is a peephole outside the front door.
The #special #Department-of-Motor-Vehicles #office is closed to the #public, and if one #Republican gets his way, it will be #closed to the #lawmakers and Capitol staff members using it.
“There’s a #secret #DMV across from the state Capitol with streamlined service that’s only #available to #members of the #Legislature and a select group of #political #insiders,” said Republican #Assemblyman #KevinKiley of #GraniteBay. “This is supposed to be a #government of the #people, by the people and for the people, not an #oligarchy where a #gilded #political-class enjoys #privileges that aren’t available to the people that we represent.”
#Martin-van-Creveld: The Treaty of Versailles, the hundredth anniversary of which will be remembered in June of this year, has attracted more than its share of historical debate. What has not been said and written about it?
The #Treaty-of-Versailles, the hundredth #anniversary of which will be remembered in June of this year, has attracted more than its share of historical debate. What has not been said and written about it? That it did not go far enough, given that #Germany lost only a relatively small part of its #territory and #population and was allowed to continue to #exist as a #unified state under a single #government (French Prime Minister #GeorgesClemenceau). That it went much too far, thus helping lay the #foundations of #World-War-II. That it imposed a “Carthaginian Peace” (the #British economist #JohnMaynardKeynes in his 1919 best-seller, The Economic Consequences of the Peace). That it was “made in order to bring twenty #million #Germans to their #deaths, and to ruin the German #nation” (according to a #speech delivered in #Munich on 13 April 1923 by a thirty-four year old demagogue named #AdolfHitler). All these #views, and quite some others, started being thrown about almost as soon as the #ink on the #Treaty had dried. In one way or another, all of them are still being discussed in the #literature right down to the present day.
But what was there about the #Treaty that was so #special? Was it really as #original, as #unique, as has so often been maintained? Was the brouhaha it gave rise to justified? By way of obtaining an answer to this seldom-asked question, consider the following…
#history #military #politics #economics #culture #historian #MartinVanCreveld #MilitaryHistory #VersaillesTreaty #Versailles #TreatyOfVersailles #France #Germany #Britain #America #US #Europe
Why we shouldn't call political science a scientific discipline
Shed the pretense, however, and I accept there is a set of political phenomena that can be studied “scientifically.” That is only to say there is puzzling, yet observable, patterned human political behavior that can be understood and explained as such. Corollary to this is that I’m perfectly willing to grant there is a lot of observable human political behavior – important human political behavior – that is not patterned, and therefore cannot be explained “scientifically.”One doesn't need to quote oneself but one can submit a prossible solution to a given problem. It only depends on how much worth one values one's submitted solution to the given problem.
And it’s a good thing for a political scientist, when asked to recommend an optimal path of action or policy, to respond, “I can explain likely outcomes that result from different policy choices, but when it comes to identifying the optimal policy outcome, your opinion is just as good as mine.” (When I occasionally use that line in interviews with journalists, I’ve had more than one reporter respond with something like “Well, yeah, but I can’t quote myself.” I don’t think they realize just how revealing their answer is.)
#Education #Academese #News #Politics #Science #Policy #Policies #Government #StateAndGovernment #PoliticalScience
#NSA #Whistleblower: #Government Collecting Everything You Do -- #EmpireFiles
#AbbyMartin interviews former Technical Director of the National Security Agency, Bill #Binney, who blew the whistle on warrantless spying years before Edward #Snowden released the evidence. They discuss the #US #empire's mass #surveillance program and dangers of the #Intelligence Industrial Complex.
"The billionaire class and their wholly owned Republican politicians keep trying to tell us that “freedom” means the government doesn’t provide any of the things listed above.
Instead, they tell us (as Ron Paul famously did in a GOP primary debate years ago) that, if we’re broke and sick, we’re “free” to die like a feral dog in the gutter.
Freedom is homelessness, in the minds of the billionaires who own the GOP.
Poverty, lack of education, no access to health care, poor-paying jobs, and barriers to voting are all proof of a free society, they tell us, which is why America’s lowest life expectancy, highest maternal and childhood death rates, lowest levels of education, and lowest pay are almost all in GOP-controlled states.
America—particularly the Democratic Party—is engaged in a debate right now about the meaning of socialism. It would be a big help for all of us if we were, instead, to have an honest debate about the meaning of the words freedom and liberty."
The number of recluses in that age group who have not interacted with people outside their family is higher than in the 15-39 age bracket, the government survey found.
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About 613,000 people aged 40 to 64 are believed to fall into the category of recluses, who hide themselves away in their homes without working, the government’s first survey on the age group showed Friday.
The estimated number of recluses, known as hikikomori, in that age group is higher than those age 15 to 39. There are an estimated 541,000 recluses that fall into the younger age bracket, a Cabinet Office survey in 2015 showed.
The total number of social recluses in Japan is thought to be over 1 million, an official said.
“Adult hikikomori is a new social issue,” said welfare minister Takumi Nemoto. “It should be addressed appropriately by conducting studies and analyses.”
The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry defines hikikomori as people who have remained isolated at home for at least six consecutive months, not going to school or work and not interacting with people outside their family.
Of those surveyed, 76.6 percent of recluses were men. Most, both men and women, began withdrawing from society after retirement, according to the survey, which was conducted in December and involved 5,000 households with at least one member in the age group.
The study showed a total of 46.7 percent of recluses have lived that way for at least seven years, highlighting a trend in which older people are shutting themselves in their homes for longer periods. One in three hikikomori was financially dependent on elderly parents.
Of those surveyed, 21.3 percent said they have been disconnected with those around them for three to five years.
The number of surveyed people who cited retirement as a trigger for their withdrawal stood at 36.2 percent, followed by those who pointed to troubles with human relationships or illness, both at 21.3 percent. Those who said they felt like misfits in their workplace accounted for 19.1 percent.
One in three hikikomori aged between 40 and 44 — a generation said to have lived through an “employment ice age” when new graduates found it hard to secure jobs — became socially reclusive between the ages of 20 and 24 years old, suggesting their inability to find work was behind the problem at least to some extent.
Either a hikikomori’s father or mother provided financially for their shut-in child in 34.1 percent of cases, and some families rely solely on a parent’s pension.
A 56-year-old man from Tokyo said that his parents were in their 70s when he started withdrawing from society at the age of 40.
After his father died in 2016 and his mother died in 2017, he was introduced to a person from a support group who looked for a lower-priced place for him to live.
“I was lucky to have found someone who helped me, but once you become a hikikomori, it is difficult to consult others,” he said. “I wish there was a system specially designed to support such people.”
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