Here is a relevant quiz from Charles Hugh Smith:
Is your "democracy" (or republic) actually a Totalitarian State? That is, is it a "democracy" or "republic" in name only? To find out, take this quick quiz.
1. Does your government (federal, state and local) seize citizens' assets without due process? In other words, the rule of law is dead; the state is the law. If the answer is yes, Your "democracy" is already a Totalitarian State. The answer in the USA is a definitive "yes."
2. Does your government impose tyranny by complexity? If so, the average citizen lacks the wealth and connections needed to fight the seizure of private property without due process or recourse. In the USA, the answer is "yes," the government is a tyranny by complexity.
3. Is your government essentially "for sale" to wealthy elites? If the answer is yes, Your "democracy" is already a Totalitarian State - or more accurately, a fascist Totalitarian State.
4. Does your government spy on its entire citizenry? If the answer is yes, Your "Democracy" is already a Totalitarian State. The answer in the USA is a definitive "yes."
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But hey, our government can smite its numerous imaginary enemies with expensive missiles to keep us safe. That must count for something, right?