Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Jun 2013 11:40 UTC
Legal This story is getting bigger and bigger. Even though most Americans probably already knew, it is now official: the United States government, through its National Security Agency, is collecting the communications and data of all American citizens, and of non-Americans using American services, through a wide collaboration with the large companies in technology, like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and so on. Interestingly enough, the NSA itself, as well as the US government, have repeatedly and firmly denied this massive spying on Americans and non-Americans took place at all.
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The Soviet Union murdered tens of millions of it's own citizens

I'll grant you that (you could argue that the US has a similar body count of its own citizens, but it's a stretch. That said, the US does murder its own citizens without due process).

maintained a vast complex of slave labour camps for most of the 20th century

suppressed all dissenting political activity

Check. (No source, but have you ever seen mainstream coverage of, say, the Green or Libertarian parties?)

delivered shabby and poor living standards


prevented it's citizens from travelling abroad or freely accessing foreign culture, news and information

I'll partially grant you that one, but the corporatocracy in charge has done an excellent job of discouraging its citizens from doing so.

and managed to devastate the environment.


It also imposed all of that on many other countries in Europe through the use and threat of military force.

s/Europe/the Middle East

Western liberal democracy may be flawed and may have it's own shabby moments but it delivers a quality of life and a degree of personal freedom that no other system comes close to.

Except the US isn't a democracy (and I'm not sure which definition of liberal you're using), it's a corporatocracy with a sham democracy.

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