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The lesson to be learned from the world at large in 2011 is both the power the people hold and the costs of exercising it. It has been clear for some time that it is the policy of local government and law enforcement to suppress dissension. Not some weird conspiracy theory - see "free speech zones" and ensuing arrests.

These sorts of surveillance state tactics can be rolled back by demonstrations, strikes and civil dissemblance, but those sorts of actions have costs, and I don't think the US is ready to embrace the costs of demanding change.

Let's hope I'm wrong. Because it's time...

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