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Religions of "peace and love" spread violence and hate. Nations kill hundreds of thousands in the name of "freedom and democracy", with the dead being labelled "collateral damage" - as if they were buildings rather than human beings. Media outlets that claim to stand for "truth and free speech" spew out nothing but lies and the propaganda of the elite. No voice is ever heard that offers any challenge to the owners of the media and the elite controllers of the world. Stock traders rig the markets to ensure a one- way bet for their insider cartels. Bankers use others' money to enrich themselves, and if anything goes wrong they use others' money to bail themselves out. Lawyers sell the law to the highest bidder as if it were popcorn. Politicians, elected in the "name of the people" have nothing but contempt for the people. They are practitioners of self-service, not public service. Capitalism, the economic system of the rich elite who control the vast bulk of the capital, view human beings as nothing but consumers whose only function is to buy the objects they are selling to them. Thus humans are transformed into zombies wandering in soulless shopping malls looking to buy "things" they have been brainwashed into believing will make them "happy". They themselves become "things". The "happiness" of making a purchase is as fleeting as the usefulness of the object purchased. Obsolescence is inbuilt. In six months' time, you will be told that the shiny, state-of-the-art object you have just bought is junk for losers and that all of the cool people have moved on to the new state-of-the-art object. And the treadmill goes on forever. Many women define "retail therapy" as the greatest pleasure in their life, their reason for being. Men worship sport and think that when multi-millionaires stride out onto a field, their own hopes and dreams are somehow embodied by these fake gladiators (who definitely WON'T be putting their lives on the line like the real gladiators).