It's 2008! Did you get your government handout yet?


Because, in addition to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, we are also guaranteed digital television.

Starting January 1, 2008, all U.S. households will be eligible to request up to two coupons, worth $40 each, to be used toward the purchase of up to two, digital-to-analog converter boxes. For more details on the federal regulations, including the budget information, please the DTV Converter Box Coupon Program Rules.

In a display of irony, the obfuscated challenge words ("captcha") that I had to decipher when filling out the online coupon request to prove that I wasn't a 'bot were "fine narcotic".

And they say that religion is the opiate of the masses!

According to Wikipedia, Marx was preceeded by de Sade. Here Juliette addressed King Ferdinand, and explains the consequences of his policies in de Sade's novel Juliette.

Though nature lavishes much upon your people, their circumstances are strait. But this is not the effect of their laziness; this general paralysis has its source in your policy which, from maintaining the people in dependence, shuts them out from wealth; their ills are thus rendered beyond remedy, and the political state is in a situation no less grave than the civil government, since it must seek its strength in its very weakness. Your apprehension, Ferdinand, lest someone discover the things I have been telling you leads you to exile arts and talents from your realm. You fear the powerful eye of genius, that is why you encourage ignorance. Tis opium you feed your people, so that, drugged, they do not feel their hurts, inflicted by you. And that is why where you reign no establishments are to be found giving great men to the homeland; the rewards due knowledge are unknown here, and as there is neither honor nor profit in being wise, nobody seeks after wisdom.

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