Sheldon Richman on Big Government Fans Rallying Around the Surveillance State

Sheldon Richman
says the welfare state, warfare state, and corporate state are of a
piece. The government interventions needed to assist well-connected
economic interests and to carry out world hegemony create permanent
structural economic problems and hardships for the most vulnerable
in society. To buy off the victims and reduce the chance of civil
strife, the power elite builds an intrusive welfare bureaucracy
designed to toss crumbs to the trapped population. Ultimately, one
cannot critique the surveillance state without critiquing the rest
of the existing political apparatus, which is why fans of the one
defend the other.

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