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"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum - even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate."
- Noam Chomsky
Originally posted by nagabonar
You see where i live (indonesia) in elections we have more then 50 parties...out of those 50 around 10 parties make it into the congress, and this is a pattern all around the world in democracies.
Surely, the US with a population of more then 200 million should have a lot of different voices and opinions?
in many countries and democracies you got additional parties with a minimum 5% share of the populations vote:
Leftists (tending towards communisms)
Rights/ nationalists (tending towards fascists)
and so on.....
"The great political issue of our times is not liberalism vs conservatism, or capitalism versus socialism, but Statism - the believe that government is inherently superior to its citizenry, that progress consists of extending the realm of compulsion, that vesting arbitrary power in government officials will make the people happy -- eventually." James Bovard, Freedom in Chains: The Rise of the State and the Demise of the Citizen (St Martins Press, 1999)