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"The triumph of the security state"

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Looking back 25 years to 1988

George Bush Sr. - son of a banker to the Nazis, grandson of an arms dealer, member of Skull and Bones, former head of the CIA, director of Iran-Contra - became president of the US in 1988.

When you present his resume accurately, as I just did, the problem's pretty obvious.

Fast forward to the present:

Travelers - even pedestrians in NYC - are subject to full body searches, the NSA records and stores every e-mail and phone call, banks and other corporations have been given a blank check to rip off citizens without mercy.

So what kind of a country is the US?

This quote might shed some light on the situation.

"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." - Benito Mussolini.

What does all this matter to people who are making financial decisions?

Well, for starters, it helps to know the nature of the country you're investing in.

Also, crime - including well organized government crime - is an industry and just like any other industry it impacts the economy as a whole.

These 53 minutes - recorded in 1988 - long before the current pattern was apparent to the average person, do more to paint an accurate picture of how the US is actually governed than anything else I've seen.