"At the end of a century that has seen
the evils of communism, Nazism and other modern tyrannies,
the impulse to centralize power remains amazingly persistent."
by:
Joseph Sobran
(1946-2010) Columnist
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When the Personal Computer was introduced, the old world of centralized computer systems ended. How the PC has brought power back into the hands of the user was revolutionary. Indeed, the original idea of America was revolutionary -- every State was independent of the central government as were the People independent from the State. The PC and the Internet may well serve as the impetus for the next revolution as we liberate ourselves further from centralized control and accept more personal responsibility and self-sufficiency.
 -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- John Donich, Los Angeles      
     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    Agreed.
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
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    right on!
     -- leonard, leominster     
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    Now that we are a fascist nation(s) isn't it ironic that we go to install democracy in dictatorship nations through violience that we fund by borrowing from a communist nation? But I'm sure our shadowy overlords know what they're doing. (to us)
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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     -- Gregory Aleem, university park      
    I think more of a communication initiative is required rather than centralizing control. You have no control over sovereignty, both individually and nationally, when you centralize nations. The cooperation and sharing in the problem-solving process should be transparent and made easily accessible to all nations. The manipulation of the monetary system behind closed doors and the abuse of a country’s government should also be included in this category of tyrants and despots.
     -- RobertSRQ     
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    Mr Sobran, either you are naive as heck, or you are a part of the problem. For centuries the "money-changers" have lusted for world control whether it was a complete world or not. Today, the international bankers and all of the prostitutes of governments who bow down to those bankers want the New World Order and the One World Government. The only reason that the NEW crusades are being fought is to overcome whatever power they currently have over the black gold - OIL! Nevertheless, the goal of the "money-changers" has never faltered. Baron Rothschild said it many years ago, and I will paraphrase it to read, "You give me control of the money and I care not what laws you pass!"
     -- patriot1776, novi, michigan 48375     
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    Mr. Sobran hasn't been observing the Bush administration for IT has made central government it's absolute goal. I hope the mess Bush/Cheney have made is 'fixable'. Or that the Newbies will be able to do anything very much about it.
     -- A.Jurgensen, Stuart, FL     
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    The newbies are far more for centralized power than Bush ever was. It takes an idiot to believe we are a fascist nation. We have fascists running around here but it is going to take a lot of work to turn the country fascist.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    Warren, are you kidding? The masses-r-asses, as I call them, are not aware of the truth that we are no longer a Republic but are a form of socialist, communist, collectivist, centralist police-state. Those masses-r-asses would rather have their suv's, tv's, dvd's, and whatever else and when the police-state is finally enforced, they will never have realized what the Founding Father's stated in the Federalist Papers regarding 'stealthy encroachments', or that 'we must be wary of the greedy and perhaps evil' members of our society - the government, our alleged (un)public (dis)servants! Each and every president since probably Wilson has been under the control of the "money-changers", the international bankers. J.F. Kennedy tried to break away from the stranglehold that the bankers had on our alleged money and they killed him. Now that China has over 1.3 trillion of our paper and can destroy our economy I am waiting to see what the "money-changers" will do to bring China under their control!
     -- patriot1776, novi, michigan 48375     
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    Centalization springs from a basic human egotistical foible to control ones environment and in ever larger circles. I have been in churches which have signs that read "from our neighborhood to the world" just like the Muslims feel in their idea of jihad. Rome wants to be the centralized authority of the world as does Mecca.This feeling in the human breast is what caused the Genghis Khans etcetera to try to bring every thing under their control. And of course corporations with their mergers and acquistions know a little bit about centralization. There are benefits of course, so this is a difficult issue.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
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    Kennedy was killed by the bank. That's a new one. Was there anyone not involved in the Kennedy assassination?
     -- warren, olathe     
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    Indeed Warren, Kennedy had determined not to use the Federal Reserve and had put in place that our government would coin it's own money, and it had started about the time he was assassinated. Many people were interested in his demise, but the timing of his assassination with the printing of money by our own government, and not the bank, does not seem coincidental.
     -- Judith, Corrales NM     
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    Strange to me how the veterans of WWI, WWll, and the Korean conflict who went abroad to fight against centralized powers would come home and vote overwhelmingly for centralized power here at home in 1964. I've lost a lot of respect for them.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    Lobbyists, Crony Capitalists, and other highly connected political hacks are winning.

    Cheers,

    b
     -- bruski, naples FL     
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    Read "The Real Lincoln" and see how he wanted to centralize power in Washington D.C. And he got it in spades. Honest Abe wasn't all that honest. He was a very slick politician.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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    "The one pervading evil of democracy is tyranny of the majority, or rather of the party not always the majority, that succeeds by force or fraud, in carrying elections. " Lord Acton. Or all of the above. No doubt discretion preserved him. The whole truth is as hid treasure. Worth more than gold and silver.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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    warren - socialism's two primary recognized forms of administration are communism (holding / owning and controlling everything in its own centralized name) and fascism (holding / owning and controlling everything in its own centralized extensions - corporations {LLCs, Titles, etc.). Marx's plan to totally engulf a nation in socialism could be identified somewhere within the 10 planks of the communist manifesto. Please tell me what planks are not fulfilled - in vogue, function and dominate in the U.S. Now add to that the fascist forms of corporations (corporatism) and there is you answer. The occupying statist theocracy infesting his land has replaced freedom, liberty, inalienable rights, natural law and justice with/for a carnal man god's administration of socialism (communism, fascism, etc.). By way of further evidence, observance and understanding: compelled compliance, government licenses, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity (2nd plank of the communist manifesto, Social Security, police state confiscations, centralized corporate medicine, etc., etc., etc.), title replacing perfected allodium and alienation of inalienable right(s) are not aspects of individual sovereigns united in a representative "republican form of government" - BUT, are consistent with a theocratic socialism (communism, fascism, etc.).
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    As persistent as is the intractable, other than by dint of the ever ennobling influence of Virtue, character frailty of radically Fallen Man that renders him fearful and indolent, thus susceptible to relinquishing his priceless Sovereignty, in exchange for supposed "safety" and "ease".
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    So much so, it's embarrassment to humanity and our salvation....
     -- Robert, Somewhere in the US     
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    Robert, I find your comment irreconcilable with your expressed admiration of Karl Marx's ideals in previous posts.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Archer, then you don't know me..... I am not a bucket person - far from it!
     -- Robert, Somewhere in the US     
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    "The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool." WS- As You Like It
     -- Robert, Somewhere in the US     
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