"The illusion of freedom [in America] will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater."
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Frank Zappa
(1940-1993) American Musician
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Such an accurate and scary depiction. Perceptions will be stripped naked with so few left understanding what the representative republic was all about Law needs be rediscovered so that freedom may replace the despots illusion.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    This why rock stars need to stick with sheet music rather than reading the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.
     -- Dougmcr8, Springfield, VA     
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    As long as DEA goons can break down doors and the IRS is still in business, freedom will continue to be an illusion in the U.S.
     -- jim k, austin,tx     
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    Frank Zappa was actually an amazing individual as weird as he was. And everybody should read the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. I have them on my ofice wall.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Interesting imagery.It seems to me that IF perception IS reality, then IF we change the way we percieve things,then the things we percieve will change.A novel idea wouldn't you say?
     -- The Real Me Again     
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    To change the way we perceive things means knowledge and education something the current administration is suppressing, and the reason is quite obvious - THE illusion of liberty, freedom and security - once the scenery has been removed you will have the culprits hiding behind the brick wall.
     -- RobertSRQ     
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    The more things change, the more they remain the same. Just changing your view doesn't change facts. Yes, if I were a prisoner of war in a concentration camp, I could change my view to compensate for my loss of freedom -- "at least I am still alive, at least I still have my opinions and beliefs, and no one can take away my dignity" -- but that doesn't change the fact that I am a prisoner. Zappa was one righteous dude. ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    The man never said any thing serious. Any thing he says is irrelevant. I liked him, bought most of his records in the 60's + seventies. Decent joker. Extraordinary jazz musician. Wrote good silly songs. Not worth taking serious.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    First of all who the hell is they? Frank is obviously another covert conspiracy theorist. All things tend towards a norm, including ideas and opinions. If you find this tendency to be controlling or a conspiracy it does not matter, I don't think there is much we can do about the law of normativeisity (sic). Anyone can and should have their far left or far right views and this will be fed into the equation but normative will always rule.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
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    All one has to do is look around us as our liberties & freedoms are slowly eroding.If you cannot or will not see,you'll be so surprised in the near future.Just think of what has transpired since 9/11...
     -- myxplx, knoxville     
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    We're getting pretty close to the brick wall.
     -- Sean, Swannanoa     
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    The IRS isn't a part of the US Gov't - it is nothing but a collection agency for the Federal Reserve Bank - google: Diversified Metals v IRS
     -- Petes Inc, Bumfucr ND     
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     -- Anonymous      
    yippy yi yo kay ay!
     -- Greg Knapp, Plano, TX     
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    Hey! Just because Frank was a Groovy Rock Star doesn't make him automatically an idiot. Presumptively an idiot maybe, but he has effectively rebutted that presumption. He and a few others (Pink Floyd comes to mind) can see the bars of the cage we all live in and are unafraid to expose them.
     -- Groucho Lenin, Shell Beach     
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    Doug, Warren, Waffler, you all need to take a good look at what happened on 9/11 and since to get up to speed with the rest of the world.
     -- LUCKY, Ground Zero and I repeat the planes were only seen on TV     
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    As evidenced by Frank's unique compositions, he was aware of things most of us simply never see or understand...
     -- Anonymous, Washington     
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    I wish Frank was still with us. His insights and perspective were profound. Very few entertainers have the sensitivity and guts to speak real truth. I put him in the same category as George Carlin.
     -- Publius, Gouldsboro, PA     
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    I have always loved this quote, but I would like to know where it came from. I have a good chunk of his albums and this quote doesn't appear in any of the liner notes. When and from where does this quote originate?
     -- Kyle, Austin, TX     
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    9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB!!! = ROTHSCHILD CRIME FAMILY
     -- GEORGE, DENVER     
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    just about all US news channels work to promote perceptions of your military industrial complex owners its cheaper than maintaining crowd control on the streets
     -- laurence Phoenix, Wellington     
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    What a load of rubbish. Go live in Iran, China or any countries of the world where there's no freedom and see what it's like. Middle class intellectuals need to wake up to themselves and see the world as it is. Stop trying to make your lives more interesting by pretending there are conspiracies going on and actually do something to make the world a better place.
     -- Boris, Sydney     
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    Lots of freedom in china Boris. Just live there a while. In my 6 years I did what I did at home, plus a lot more that is frowned on here, and never wanted for anything. Zappa is the best, I watch his viddies every now and then just so I won't forget.
     -- Tony, Turk'sCove     
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    normativeisity (sic) would dictate a much different distribution of wealth than currently exists, it is this very imbalance to which he refers
     -- brotherfunk, NJ, USA     
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    Frank Zappa IS QUITE RIGHT! PNAC plus Urban Moving Systems PLUS a dumb down population equals THE DEATH OF THIS REPUBLIC, any fool who thinks free speech zones is normal. U R BLIND. The brick wall is evident. The fourth reich is america and EVIL IS THE NEW NORMAL. Zappa saw it coming. When corporations run the government that is fascism. Blind patriotism is treason! Keep sleeping, they are just getting started.
     -- truthmustbesought, Independance     
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    He may or may not have been joking at the time he said this... but today, in our time, it is absolutely true. You'd have to be a member of the Flat Earth Society... or a Conservative Republican, to believe anything different.
     -- JM, Kingstree     
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    Democracy and freedom is just an illusion. Frank Zappa nails this in a few sentences. He was sharp!
     -- Ralf, Gothenburg     
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    "Don't mind your make-up, you'd better make your mind up."
    http://frankzapppa.blogspot.com/2014/02/frank-zappa-quotes.html
     -- klemen, podčetrtek     
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     -- alms, Chicago      
    PNAC did 911, Boston, Sandy Hook
     -- Pitor, Minot     
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    Who scares the Spooks ! there's another wake up call. 
     -- Ronw13, OR     
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    Just like your post.



     -- Moron, Olathe     
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    But that was 12 years ago. I bet he can see the wall now!

     -- Paul Downey, Cheltenham,UK     
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    https://thenewamerican.com/cfr-still-the-power-behind-the-throne/
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     was once under similar impressions as you Waffler.
    Perhaps you really aren't interested in the facts. Many are happy in their little captive boxes their masters built and put them in.
    But I'm not one of them and perhaps you aren't either.
    If you are a truth-seeker, I invite you to debunk any and all statements of fact in the above article. If you can't — or won't  I win! You lose!
     -- Nalejbank, Appleton, WI     
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    This explains it!  You'll be very impressed and thankful you read it!
    https://thenewamerican.com/cfr-still-the-power-behind-the-throne/

     -- Nalejbank, Appleton, WI     
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    The best update on the globalists from the CFR and Biden!
    MUST READ!
    https://thenewamerican.com/cfr-still-the-power-behind-the-throne/

     -- Nalejbank, Appleton, WI     
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    What Zappa was referring to is explained in this Special Issue of The New American magazine! Concerned citizens MUST read this article!
    https://thenewamerican.com/cfr-still-the-power-behind-the-throne/

     -- Nalejbank, Appleton, WI     
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