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  • The distinction between license and freedom is a good one.

    In this society, we have licensed advertisers to make money off the lurid depictions of women's anorexic bodies to sale lingerie and sports cars, but a photograph of a naked child can cause an uproar.

    We have licensed Hollywood to make violent, war-mongering, flag waving films (again for profit) while censoring images of torture by American soldiers of captives in Abu Ghraib.

    We have licensed the Mormon Church (which is not taxed) to donate millions of dollars against gay marriage, while an art piece with a crucifix dipped in urine will be greeted with protests, and funding cuts for the National Endowment for the Arts.

    We have licensed the right of billionaire-oligarchs to distribute propaganda, fear mongering, through radio talk shows, newsprint, television, while disbanding the Occupied Movement--citizens gathered in public spaces protesting the tumor of corporate greed.

    We are licensed to be consumers, not free to be citizens.
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