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The Great American Bubble Machine

Concluding paragraph:

But this is it. This is the world we live in now. And in this world, some of us have to play by the rules, while others get a note from the principal excusing them from homework till the end of time, plus 10 billion free dollars in a paper bag to buy lunch. It's a gangster state, running on gangster economics, and even prices can't be trusted anymore; there are hidden taxes in every buck you pay. And maybe we can't stop it, but we should at least know where it's all going.

Or, as I like to put it, the US is now a banana republic. We've got banana republic government, banana republic business. All that's left is to fill the place up with banana republic citizens. Because the coup will not really be complete until there are no longer any US citizens left alive with any remembrance--or even heritage--of when things were otherwise.