A superb democracy which promote democracies around the world, at times using very undemocratic methods, at times falls prey to the powerful forces of money..
It is of interest to those of us who are seriously interested in the principles of the United States, generosity, hospitality, friendliness..
But this article shows that it is all good and fine as long as you don't touch the oligarchs, the drug companies, the oil barrens, the media moguls or the agricultural conglomerates, and the food companies that make you fat so that their other oligarch friends can increase their profits too, in an indirect sort of way.
It is no coincidence that the oligarchs belong to the party which would be much more at home in Nazi Germany than a modern democratic state, they admire Putin for his policies, oppress the already oppressed, take away from people who already have little to give..
In my field of Medicine, I can see that most of the practicing doctors who are not serving the government or the people, are in one way or another tied up with some of these oligarchs, by becoming their peons. It is not uncommon to see these peons at all levels of medical practice from GP at a neighborhood to some of the professors at some second rate universities such as Tulane University in New Orleans.
This kind of de-democratization is extending its tentacles to all walks of life. I am a traveller and thus member of a few Frequent Traveller Programmes, and i see that their worth is being eroded for the ordinary traveller but being upgraded for those who are in the upper levels of spending . Those who have travelled in the USA based airlines either in the USA or abroad would have noticed this definite two class system of the Favoured and not so favoured sons of the Land of the Free?
At least at Airline Clubs, Hilton Hotels and Certain airline call centers, there are distinctions and it has nothing to do with how much you are paying for their services just that day, which would be much more than a frequent traveller who is feted and fed would be paying.
So, here is the article from BBC
Be warned, some of the information would be offensive to ethically minded honest citizens of this world!
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