Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Mar 2017 22:47 UTC

The United States, a country in North-America bogged down by extensive corruption, just passed a bill allowing ISPs to share and sell users' browsing history without their consent.

Internet providers now just need a signature from President Trump before they’re free to take, share, and even sell your web browsing history without your permission.

The House of Representatives passed a resolution today overturning an Obama-era FCC rule that required internet providers to get customers' permission before sharing their browsing history with other companies. The rules also required internet providers to protect that data from hackers and inform customers of any breaches.

The corrupt US senator who sponsored this clearly atrocious bill, Marsha Blackburn, from an area in the southern part of the country called Tennessee, received 693,000 US dollar in bribes from AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and other related companies who operate in the country's dysfunctional telecommunications sector.

In the United States, officially a representative democracy, it is entirely normal for high-level figures - up to and including the president of the troubled nation, a man named Donald Trump - to receive vast sums of money to enact laws written by corporations, regardless of their effects on civil liberties or the poor and needy people of the country.

Americans, as citizens of the nation are called, often lack access to basic necessities such as healthcare, parental leave, clean drinking water, high-quality infrastructure, and so on. This is in spite of the country's vast natural resources and wealth, to which only a few percent of the country's population of 320 million have access to.

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RE[2]: Comment by cb88
by atsureki on Wed 29th Mar 2017 07:38 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by cb88"
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The US is still pretty young as far as countries go.

I take issue with this sort of claim, because it's equivocating cultural continuity with political.

China's cultural legacy has been going on for thousands of years, but its current system of government is only decades old.

British Parliament has existed for about four times as long as the U.S., but in theory the representative government only serves by the consent of the monarch, rather than "the consent of the governed." That theory has meant less in practice as the centuries dragged on, with the monarchy never going so far as to recommend its own abolition, so the U.K. is basically a modern democracy, but there's no saying exactly when that happened.

Outside of the Anglosphere, most of the world's great western-style democracies are younger than some of their own citizens, having been established or re-established some time in the previous century, with the defeat of Fascism in Europe and Imperialism in Japan, holding back Communism from South Korea, and the retreat of the Republic of China to Taiwan.

Much of the Eurasian continent's political identity has been defined by the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, most of the Southern hemisphere and Pacific islands have been drawn and redrawn by colonialism for the past half millennium, and pretty much any country not fitting into those categories (the "third world", in the original sense) has been handed around among regimes or fiefdoms and only adopted a constitution recently, if at all.

So while much of Europe and Asia have been divided into largely the same geo-linguistic cultural silos for a millennium or more, there are few countries on the map that haven't been conquered, liberated, or revolutionized in the time the U.S. Constitution has stood.

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