On America's In Dependence Day

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By Bill Frezza, originally posted in Forbes Magazine

Lamenting The Lost Legacy Of Independence Day

Why do we still celebrate Independence Day? Is it a lingering habit, a mindless bit of nostalgia, a time to indulge in fireworks and barbecues, devoid of any deeper meaning? Can anyone honestly argue that our nation still honors the values, or practices the principles, for which our Founders fought?

Today, most Americans have been trained to be embarrassed by the “extremist” individualist ethos that made the protection of liberty the primary purpose of government. They have been taught to apologize for the shortcomings of the “rich white men” who led the revolution. A majority of Americans now subscribe to an expansive view of government as both great provider and beneficent leveler. Its primary purpose is to redress unequal or unhappy outcomes, regardless of their source, through wealth redistribution on a scale so vast that it mocks the concept “private property.”

As for the causes of revolution, we’ve lost sight of them, too. King George III was a champion of laissez-faire compared to the modern cradle-to-grave entitlement state. The swollen capital city named after the man who won our freedom now claims the prize for erecting “a Multitude of new offices” bent on sending out “Swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.” If there is a field of endeavor that the federal government does not yet regulate, subsidize, or penalize, just wait. A new law is only a “crisis” away.

Have these new offices been imposed on us by some malevolent force that has undermined the workings of democracy? No. We the people ceaselessly demand new offices at an accelerating rate. The majority of Americans vote as if they believe that massive new government programs— created by incomprehensibly complex laws and administered by increasingly unaccountable bureaucrats—can solve an expanding array of “problems” which our Founders would have surely concluded were the proper province of civil society and not the sovereign state.

The King was criticized for unjustly imprisoning seamen. Today, our federal and state governments imprison more of our fellow citizens than any totalitarian regime in history—the vast majority for violating a futile prohibition on the possession, sale, or consumption of substances our Founders would not have thought twice about. Vast portions of our youth are thus rendered permanently unemployable, branded as felons and outcasts with nowhere to turn but a life of crime. And yet we persist in this folly, unable to admit that drug prohibition has been as huge a failure as alcohol prohibition.

And taxes? The Founders knew a tax when they saw one—and there were very few they could abide, with or without representation. Thanks to a Supreme Court that long ago gave up defending the Constitution, we now have a chameleon levy that is not a tax when politically inconvenient yet magically becomes a tax when seeking constitutional muster. As if we didn’t have a wide enough variety of taxes, this new tax is designed to penalize anyone who refuses to participate in a great communal project designed to make every citizen even more deeply dependent on the government.

Little by little, the home of the brave and the land of the free has become a nation of rent-seeking dependents clamoring for their share of state largess. Even before the latest entitlement blowout called Obamacare, we crossed the line where more than half of Americans receive some kind of assistance from the government every month, paid for by the fewer than half that still pay income taxes. As we move into the future and the number of dependents grows while the taxpayer pool shrinks, we call the result social justice rather than its old name: theft.

Our forefathers shed blood rather than render unto King George. Yet today we madly mortgage our nation’s future to foreign powers, piling debt upon debt without limit or thought as to how it will be repaid. These debts ensnare our children and grandchildren even as we stop having them, confident in the knowledge that the government will take care of us in our old age, so why bother with the trouble and expense?

If we were still a nation capable of shame with enough intellectual integrity to call things as they are, if we hadn’t debauched our language as badly as our currency, if we had the courage to look in the mirror and see how woefully we have squandered our Founders’ legacy, this Fourth of July would be a day not of celebration but of atonement.

Give some thought to what we have lost as we mark another In Dependence Day. May providence have mercy on our nation, lest we end up getting what we deserve.

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Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:28 | 2587560 reader2010
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Last time I chatted with Marc Faber was about three years back, and I asked him his favorite places. Without even any hesistation, his recommendation was Montreal. Go Canada!

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 03:08 | 2588072 poldark
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Vancouver is much better!

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 19:30 | 2587700 Dugald
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Can you really blame Canada, having made an unholy mess of your own country, you now think you have the right to take your disease into Canada, or any other country come to that.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:36 | 2587107 logically possible
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" the province will pay you 20k to get your ass there and help the economy grow"

CPL this is just another government handout to be payed for, in the future by you and the people of your province. Have you considered allowing "supply and demand" to balance this naturally? People are always thinking government needs to step in. This handout is a perfect example of what this article is all about.                           In Dependence.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:44 | 2587128 CPL
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It is what it is. 

But if a fool is willing to offer something that you were intending to do anyways, take the graft.  Personally I'm seeing it as an opportunity for people in the US that are rotting away doing nothing to accomplish two things.

 

  1. Get a gig so they feel productive doing their profession
  2. Get 20k for doing nothing but breathing the oxygen in another location.
  3. Don't speak French.  In Saskachewan, you would be better off speaking Dutch or German as a second language.  The elder homesteaders still speak German in Saskatoon.  99% of th daily life runs in English though.

 

This isn't limited to US citizens, btw, it's open to anybody with the inclination to move to Canada.  Shit, take the 20k, buy silver/gold with it and sit on it while working.  US, Canada, England, Ireland, India.  They are just places.

Besides it's not my province, it's an option for those moving.  If in a similar situation in Canada with the same government impositions, I would be seeking to send my children as far away fro the mess as possible.

After they are safe and away from the troubles, then I would be loading the rifles.  Again, it's an option and it's opportunity.  Plus it's pretty country, just like Montana.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:54 | 2587148 Lucky Guesst
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Those that would should.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:59 | 2587156 hivekiller
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The people's republic of Canada is just Amerika lite. You're basically a province which is why the degradation is not quite as complete as it is here. But I notice that you don't have much freedom of speech either. Inviting people to come and work for a measly $20 a year is like a bracero program for Americans.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:01 | 2587161 AldousHuxley
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USA:

60% white, 5% Asian, 13% black, 15% Hispanic

healthcare preimum: ~$1000/month, 30% overhead, life expectancy 78 years

rate of violent crime: 0.4%

unemployment: 8.3%

Median household income (PPP): $49,000

paid time off: 10

taxes for military spending: ~50%

 

Canada:

90% white, 7% Asian, 3% black, 1% Hispanic

healthcare premium ~$100/month, 1% overhead, life expectancy 81 years

rate of violent crime 0.2%

unemployment: 6.3%

Median household income (PPP): $54,000

paid time off: 20

taxes for military spending: ~8%

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 16:44 | 2587489 Everyman
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Canada is also exporting death by selling asbestos to third world countries that don't know better and say that it's use is "safe".  The asbestos industry was the first "bailout" in the United States for corporates and materials magnates.  Just google India toxic trade.  Oh, and over a weekend, the Canadian Government gave $58 million to re-start Jefferies mine for production.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:23 | 2587550 Overfed
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I wish I could still buy asbestos brake pads and shoes, and clutch discs. This new non-asbestos shit sucks.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 00:55 | 2587994 CompassionateFascist
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Canada continues to suffer from a shortage of young black males. Cf. crime differential. Still, America has it way better re gun rights and free speech. Offend a Tribal - or any other Jew-integrated Group Entitlement - in the Land of Bronfman and watch what happens.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:02 | 2587284 reader2010
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Canada is a piece of shit. How long we have to wait at the border crossing now? They even turn away the people that they believe are going to make some money up there. Bullshit. Worse than China. 

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 00:55 | 2587771 billsykes
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I would pay 20k to stay out of Saskatchewan.  But good try, the differential between what pays or what can pay well is concentrated in business, and because canada doesn't do anything outside O&G and real estate then finance is a choice- Saskatoon and Toronto are totally different. This, if it is a choice is really only a choice between the ages of 23-28.

I say stay out of canada altogether, there was more of a bailout per capita, the banks are more overleveraged, there is zero manufacturing or real economy, and taxes are higher than the usa if you know what you are doing. 

Everyone says USA is fucked but canada is  the real sleeper- zero manufacturing, no venture funding outside limited tech crap, too big with low population counts. And we depend and trade with a fucked country, the usa. Hell Canada has to give michigan money to cover their half of a bridge ontario wants to build so Canada can do more trading with the USA. How fucked is that? 

 

 

 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:02 | 2587041 DoChenRollingBearing
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@ veyron

+ 1

Those of us lamenting what America has become, we are legion.  But, maybe, we can bring America back.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:22 | 2587088 CPL
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We are legion, but even legions retreat. 

We only need to wait for the leash and illusion of fiat currency to collapse.  Then it'll be time to clean house.  Not a moment before hand though.  People are going to be pissed at anyone that publically makes promises before the incoming fiat collapse.

 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:07 | 2587054 Abitdodgie
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The problem is what do we do about it , whos up for a armed march onto the White House to get our shit back.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:19 | 2587198 AldousHuxley
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just march up to your bank's ATM and take the money out.

 

your vote isn't even worth a buck these days with 300,000,000 people.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:35 | 2587573 4horse
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THE WHITE HOUSE  .  .  .  !

 

hidey hidey, amidst whitey, what's to be seen obscene is there as everywhere concealed

 

in plain sight

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:15 | 2587189 AnAnonymous
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On with that.

If anything, the people here on ZH reaffirmed my faith in US citizens.

Quite a collection of fine specimens of US citizenism on here.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:37 | 2587232 TheFourthStooge-ing
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AnAnonymous said:

Quite a collection of fine specimens of US citizenism on here.

You are quite an upstanding specimen of US citizenism. Every day you promote US citizenism, advance its causes, and work to spread it to every part of the globe.

AnAnonymous is number one US citizenism patriot.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:49 | 2587254 AnAnonymous
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One could suppose that according to your fantasy, I promote US citizenism on my free time when I am not busy to promote the forgery called chinese citizenism.

You should stand your ground. Once again, I know fantasy is fantasy but even fantasy needs some consistency. Selling me at the same time as a promoter of US citizenism and the fantasy called chinese citizenism lacks.

But hey, US citizens can not talk based on the merits of US citizenism. They have to find something to mediate between themselves and US citizenism.

So it is because of chinese citizenism, or promotion of US citizenism etc

Cant plug with reality.

US citizenism at work.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:53 | 2587262 AnAnonymous
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Labelling me as the number one patriot of US citizenism is an insult to the billions of US citizens, past, present and future, who have dedicated their efforts to the promotion of the greatest thing ever to happen to humanity, and whose debut is celebrated by the world on July, 4th.

If indeed I had been the biggest patriot for US citizenism, well, US citizenism would not have known that huge success which is courtesy of those billions of US citizens, past, future and present.

It takes special people to support the scam of enslaving other people on behalf of freedom, of stealing other people on behalf of property.

I am not of those very special people. Those people are US citizens.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:21 | 2587328 TheFourthStooge-ing
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AnAnonymous said:

Labelling me as the number one patriot of US citizenism is an insult to the billions of US citizens, past, present and future, who have dedicated their efforts to the promotion of the greatest thing ever to happen to humanity, and whose debut is celebrated by the world on July, 4th.

Ah, ah, being now your modesty is most boastful. You are not only number one patriot of US citizenism, you are founding father of US citizenism. Please, go taking a bow, and accept the thanks of humanity graciously.

I am not of those very special people. Those people are US citizens.

Alas, alas, triple alas, the contrapuntalism boils over the side of the cooking marmit. You, AnAnonymous, are the leader of those very special people. As the founding father of US citizenism, you do having over nine hundred billion US citizenism citizens worship on you, every day of the days in weekly. Bear with it.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 16:04 | 2587427 akak
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In realityness, it is to supposed that we should feel the have of honor of being in presence of father of all Citizenisms, AnusAnonymous, blessings be upon him, at moment of birth of great but nonexistent philosophy of US-Chinese Citizenism (one and same and yet not, one being and one not being), existing as it were in mind own of his, not being able to hatch into view of lowlys such as we.

Perhaps much many meditations while squatting on side of road will bring to minds the Oneness of Denialistic Algebraic Coconutistic Offuscationisticalizing US-Chinese Citizenism.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 20:45 | 2587764 RichardP
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Yes.  I think you nailed it.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 04:18 | 2588107 AnAnonymous
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The founding father of 'Americanism'?

So funny.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 18:19 | 2587622 4horse
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sphinx, without a riddle, insists us thinking:

It takes special people to support the scam of enslaving other people on behalf of freedom, of stealing other people on behalf of property.

I am, that I am, one of those, Chosen, for very special relationship

 

answer: israeli
                       citizenism

whose cynicism am I their sphincter, of such afflatus and passing gas as has here been chosen, I am, for me, to do such do do as is here as silent as it is deadly, spreading  .  .  .

such contagion as here thinks to stink to high heaven

 

 

INRI

YHWH

 

 

I Am, That I Am, that enigma whose Tetragrammaton isreal as all IAMs to any running d*g  .  .  . knows, what I Mean, when indeed meaning stinking to f-fucking HH found only h-here from wither&whence Am I, r-rear guarding

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:58 | 2587271 akak
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You should stand your ground. Once again, I know fantasy is fantasy but even fantasy needs some consistency. Selling me at the same time as a promoter of US citizenism and the fantasy called chinese citizenism lacks.

No inconsistency exists.  Chinese Citizenism (which exists) is the exact same thing as US Citizenism (which does not exist).  By constantly promoting real Chinese Citizenism, you actually also promote the fantasy of US Citizenism, which exists, but only in your own addled mind.

US Citizenism: fantasy

Chinese Citizenism: real (just ask the Tibetans!)

US Citizenism is the same thing as Chinese Citizenism.

Promotion of Chinese Citizenism is the promotion of US Citizenism.

There is no such thing as US Citizenism.

Chinese Citizenism is the one true threat.

Chinese Citizenism is blobbing-up, monolizing of the speeching means, and offuscationizingisticalization.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:06 | 2587292 AnAnonymous
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No inconsistency in claiming that something that does not exist is the same as something that exists?

Sure.

Funny US citizens, they have woven a world of quasi certainty.

They blame everytime others for their US citizen doings, it has to be the chinese, the negroes, the illuminati, the elite, the vatican.

They are fully unable to question themselves. Which leads to quasi certainty.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:41 | 2587357 akak
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Much like Chinese Citizenism trolls are 1006% unable to self-indict, or to indict the ruling Chinese Communist Party dictatorship for ANY of its egregious crimes, forcing them into wild trips beyond the speed of light on harmonically oscillating Mobius Strip journeys of exponential hypocrisy, denialistic tomfoolery and raging bigotry, finally imploding in the singularity of the roadside spreading-cheeks black hole.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 23:36 | 2587911 Clashfan
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Clearly Analmouse not criticize Chinese government. Him too busy practicing invisible roadside shitting Chinese citizenism.

Him government have satanic elite, too. Li family?

Him government take control for citizens and media, too. Him government brainwash even more, for more brainwash is needed when roadside shitting is blobbing up. Him blame America very funny.

Him so funny me laugh long time. Him need get busy making more fireworks so American citizenism can keep blobbing up on my block and keep me from grading foreign students' bad papers. Maybe I miss some mistakes because loud bangs over my roof. Sneaky China go boom all over my roadside; stinky China go boom all over his roadside.

Chinese shitizenism blobbing up everywhere on our holiday. Even on ZH.

Chinese shitizen need more toilet paper, anti-bacterial wipes, stalls, and running water. No one like to shit like animal on side of road, not be able wipe with winsome privacy. Must always have little bit of shu-shu in special spot.

Him find group of Americans complain about our leaders on internet, but him complain to those Americans that we all bad? Where his shitizens complaining about Chinese system? China have so many problems, job would be large indeed. Much larger than roadside shit pile in ditch. Much stinkier, too. Him need try clean up his own ditch first. Confucious say, "Clean up own shit ditch before blaming messy wag-bag on people across big water."

Him get special fortune from me: "Today you get many junks on ZH. Use this better wipe."

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:16 | 2587193 Sean7k
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America is its' people. 

The debt belongs to bankers, bondholders and government, this author is merely trying to sell the same old story- debt must be repaid. Why? 

If the people want to be something great, there is nothing standing in their way. Law requires the acceptance of the people to operate. Courts require the confidence of the public. Government require the legitimacy of the vote and the revenue from taxes.

All these things require the people. If the people want to manufacture goods, nothing stands in their way.

If the people want to stop being obese, imbecilic, mindless zombies, nothing is stopping them from turning off the audio, educating themselves and eating right.

If the people want to form strong communities with shared values and invest in each other, they have only to step outside and engage their neighbors.

The malaise that affects America has infected the people. But only the people can choose to cure the malaise. They may need leadership, but the leaders are here and there. They may need new ears to hear, but the message is available. They may need new eyes to see and imaginations to be spurred, but that is the motivation of wanting to be something better. 

America is not about dependence, fear and tyranny, unless the people have decided it will be done. Inwhich case, America is nothing more than a hollowed out carcass and it is time to find a new dream.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:55 | 2587265 AnAnonymous
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If the people want to be something great, there is nothing standing in their way.
_______________
Indeed.

And US citizens have already what they deem great, that is US citizenism.

A US citizen wishes for nothing else but US citizenism. And they have it.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:01 | 2587280 TheFourthStooge-ing
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AnAnonymous said:

A US citizen wishes for nothing else but US citizenism.

As the founder of US citizenism, that must make you very proud.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:03 | 2587286 AnAnonymous
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Now I am the founder of 'Americanism'?

Woooo, no limits.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:10 | 2587298 akak
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You are indeed the womb, the lifegiver, the seedcorn, the spore, the essence of US Citizenism!

As it exists only in your autistic and retarded mind, it can not be otherwise.

AnusAnonymous = US Citizenism.  A is A.

Self-identity pertains.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:19 | 2587324 AnAnonymous
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The world would be different in 'Americanism' only existed in my mind.

It is funny. Very funny. US citizens are led to deny their own existence. Who else is said to proceed the same way? Denying one's own existence?

How funny indeed.

US citizenism is as US citizen does.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:26 | 2587343 TheFourthStooge-ing
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AnAnonymous said:

How funny indeed.

US citizenism is as US citizen does.

US citizenism is as AnAnonymous sees reflected in his mirror.

AnAnonymous making the much of funny, advancing the humor protocols for the amusement of humanity. Made me laugh.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:54 | 2587407 akak
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AnusAnonymous made me laugh so hard while reading his Chinese Citizenism expositions while holding my iPad on the side of the road, I was forced to soil myself!  Yes, my fecal embarcations landed squarely on the roadside!

Can I now apply for honorary Chinese citizenship?

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 16:21 | 2587449 TheFourthStooge-ing
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akak asked:

Can I now apply for honorary Chinese citizenship?

Yes, is due all being of glorious Chinese citizenism up-blobbery. Please do you are filling out both sides of applications formulation.

Eligibility in Peoples Liberation Opium Parlour frequent high flyers program also now commences with obligation fulfilled of already the inaugural roadside excretory deposit.

Congratulatement being to upon you now many.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 16:22 | 2587455 yofish
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Does it cost anything to get into this circle-jerk?

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 16:35 | 2587477 krispkritter
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Now, now, don't go spoiling their fun. These two are just having fun with AnAnnoyingAsshole. Fun for the whole family of USCitizenisms!

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 04:30 | 2588113 AnAnonymous
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In US citizenism, the group is all.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 12:50 | 2589334 akak
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Collectivism and group identity have always been the hallmarks of Chinese authoritarianism and anti-individualism, unlike tradational American individualism.

Once again, you project your faults and sins onto others, in the most laughable display of idiocy and delusion.

Hypocrisy, thy name is Chinese Citizenism!

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 04:20 | 2588109 AnAnonymous
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US citizenism is as US citizen does.

It takes US citizens.

Only them qualify.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:26 | 2587558 Peter Pan
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Zero Hedge definitely does maintain a high level of awareness and camaraderie amongst its readers but can anyone tell me if and how this is changing our actions for a better America and better world? Or is the comments section just for letting off steam?

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 18:47 | 2587656 AustriAnnie
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Never underestimate the value of letting off steam.

We all might be physically prepared for the worst.  But mental preparation is the hardest part.  I think that the dialogue created here on ZH helps people prepare mentally for the changes that are occurring.  And the more people who are mentally calm and prepared, the better for the world, because when TSHTF there will be a dire shortage of sanity.  But calm strong people (even one in a room full of people) can make a huge difference in the way that events unfold, even if only on a small scale in their local communities.

There is what I call the "awareness curve" and when I came to ZH there were ppl here farther along on that curve, who had gotten past the frustration and anger and bitterness and were calmly preparing to help themselves and their loved ones.  These people helped me move a little farther along the curve.  Knowing that there is only so much you can do to stop a chain of events, and having the ability to remain sane in the midst of stark-raving mad idiots -- those were skills I realized I needed to develop.  

Point being: changing our actions IS better for America and the world.  Individuals affect those around them.  We might all feel like our hands are tied right now, and like we are just waiting for doomsday.  But in reality we on a small scale affect all the people around us.  Awareness can be contagious.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 21:28 | 2587776 RichardP
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I think that the dialogue created here on ZH helps people prepare mentally for the changes that are occurring.

George Washington and his contemporaries did not make a difference by being further along on the awareness curve, by being mentally calm and prepared.  Rather, they got out there and did something.  (They grabbed the llama by it's ears and kicked its ass.)  They didn't wait for King George to crash and burn, and then, out of those ashes, rebuilt something that they called America.  No - they engaged King George where he was, in the moment, and defeated him.  Wanna try that here, now??  "Umm ... no thank you.  But we are having a real good discussion about things on ZeroHedge.  Perhaps you would like to join us.  It will make you feel ever so much better.  And that's the point of life, right?  Feeling good??"

Where is your effort focused?  On learning how to be a better patient?  Or on getting well?  You gonna learn how to best manage the disease?  Or are you going to kill it?

Good luck with the kill it part.  That won't be quite as simple as defeating King George.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 04:58 | 2588127 cranky-old-geezer
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They didn't wait for King George to crash and burn, and then, out of those ashes, rebuilt something that they called America.  No - they engaged King George where he was, in the moment, and defeated him.

Many are hoping for the system to crash and following anarchy, thinking it will be their chance to right all the evils and get America back on track so to speak.   The "big reset" they hope for.

What they don't realize is there won't be any such crash and reset.  Yea the currency will be debased down to nothing and most Americans will lose everything.  But that's not a system crash.  It's simply the start of a feudalistic society of rich and poor. 

That's the future of America.  Not crash, anarchy, reset, and rebuild, but silent slide into a feudalistic police state tyranny.

This is why gold and silver won't save anyone.  People attempting to use gold and silver will be ratted out, arrested, imprisoned, maybe executed. 

Nothing but the official (worthless) currency will be tolerated, so the tyrannical police state government can keep stealing your wealth and keep tabs on you.

Barter?  Black market?  Not when 90% of everyone around you will rat you out to the government for a bone tossed their way, because they're destitute and starving.

No, there isn't gonna be any crash and reset.   All you people waiting for it are gonna be disappointed when it never happens, and you find yourselves in a feudalistic  America of rich and poor, and guess what group you're in.

Wana see the future of America?   Go watch Braveheart.

But there won't be any William Wallaces.

 

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 03:59 | 2588092 Prometheus418
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Zero Hedge definitely does maintain a high level of awareness and camaraderie amongst its readers but can anyone tell me if and how this is changing our actions for a better America and better world? Or is the comments section just for letting off steam?

Put a drone above my home, and you'll see more than steam.  Or more precisely, you won't- you'll just see falling drones, and a lack of further commentary as they drag me off to an undisclosed location once they figure out what killed their circuits.

Make no mistake, some only let off steam, and some prep.  I'm no action-hero, and my guns can't beat even the Sheriff's department, but my tech kung-fu is pretty good.  I have no illusions about "winning"- the only goal is to die as a man, and not a cringing slave.  If enough of us do it, it might even make some kind of difference.  It'd be real swell if I can do that without fighting, but that doesn't appear to be in the cards.

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