We’ve known for 5,000 years that mass spying on one’s own people is usually aimed at grabbing power and crushing dissent, not protecting us from bad guys.
We’ve known for 4,000 years that debts need to be periodically written down, or the entire economy will collapse.
We’ve known for 2,500 years that prolonged war bankrupts an economy.
We’ve known for 2,000 years that wars are based on lies.
We’ve known for 1,900 years that runaway inequality destroys societies.
We’ve known for 1,700 years that torture is a form of terrorism.
We’ve known for thousands of years that debasing currencies leads to economic collapse.
We’ve known for millenia that – when criminals are not punished – crime spreads.
We’ve known for thousands of years that the rich and powerful try to censor their critics under the guise of heresy.
We’ve known for hundreds of years that the failure to punish financial fraud destroys economies, as it destroys all trust in the financial system.
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And yet we keep doing the same crap over and over.