That's a quite reactionary view you're bringing to the forum. I don't know where you come from but I do know that there are people who were born and raised in North America who can and do make nearly identical statements. The "view" you present is almost a cliche.
I was born in Czechoslovakia. While we didn't have gulags on our own ground, I had several family members who "visited " them in Siberia. And one who was jailed at home just because it was good for the party. And guess what, we were just normal people, nobody was a fighter against the regime. Enough? BTW, why would be my view reactionary? The government should serve the people, not control them.
There is a great difference between a government which manipulates, suppresses and uses the populace for its own ends and a government which is called by its populace (by whatever clumsy means) to dictate standards of behavior and regulate activities that the majority of the people believe is in (or against) their interests.
Hell, no. The line is between the two is very thin and it is being crossed very often nowadays.
It is perfectly within the realm of possibility that a community or a nation could decide that an excessive amount of any commodity or behavior is not in the community's interests and choose to regulate or even ban that item.
Yes, it is perfectly possible and it has a name. Totality.
Please stop crying wolf. If you want to make the case for ownership of multiple cars fine, but don't twist the discussion into something it's not.
I may be crying wolf, but remember: I have the experience. I may be seeing symptoms people who grew up in North America simply may not recognize.
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