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We need the old USSR back. As odd as this seems, there was actually a sense of competition going on back then– competition for goodness. I remember mocking the USSR for having secret courts, secret laws, secret prisons. Now WE have those things. I think that at least in part it’s because we no longer have competition to compare and contrast our government’s behavior to, so people are less apt to associate this kind of totalitarian behavior with The Evil Empire. As a result, we have become The Evil Empire.