Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Feb 2012 11:22 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems No matter where you look these days, there's a profound sense here in the west that the people no longer having any tangible control over what our governments do. Sure, we are allowed to vote every once in a while, but effectively, most of our countries are governed by backroom deals and corporate interests. If matters really do get out of hand, how do we fight this? Well, with technology of course!
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RE[4]: Review history
by lucas_maximus on Tue 21st Feb 2012 17:52 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Review history"
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Going to have to Godwin this ... Similar tactics don't work against people like Stalin or Hitler.

It certainly wouldn't have happened in Europe where the Catholic Church used to celebrate Hitler's Birthday (and continued to until the 1960s), Nazism was preferable to the Catholic Church than any Jewish presence in Europe.

I don't think people know how lucky we have it in the Western world.

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RE[5]: Review history
by Gullible Jones on Tue 21st Feb 2012 23:01 in reply to "RE[4]: Review history"
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Fortunately we're not (yet) fighting anything close to Nazism in the mainstream (though there are people who'd love to move things in that direction). And maybe if we use saner methods now, insanity won't be necessary later.

Hey, it worked for SOPA/PIPA, at least for a while...

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RE[5]: Review history
by zima on Mon 27th Feb 2012 23:59 in reply to "RE[4]: Review history"
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Though thing worth remembering is: Stalin or Hitler were essentially also created by more "decisive" ways.

And people in the Western world (in general, really, but those you can mostly see in this thread) follow many myths - in the thread, you can for example clearly see denial of how the conditions in their democracies are largely also reflections of societies, problems even due to outright populism and universal simple human greed. Or, of course, seeing the past through rose-coloured glasses (or, really, still reflecting the way past mass media, actually much less dependable than remembered, were misrepresenting that past back in the day)

Edited 2012-02-28 00:13 UTC

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