Welcome to the Carnival of the Decline of Democracy, Edition 2.24 - Blogging 'till the secret police take us away.
Starting us off this week is Rickey Henderson, who dares to suggest that the pablum fed us by the media may play a role in our current political problems in This Week in Media Malfeasance... posted at Riding with Rickey.
Ian Welsh writes that the extent to which "a State controls violence and law within its territory is the most basic of all tests of power." He puts that test to work in New Jersey and Iraq in New Jersey: when gang rule trumps state power posted at The Agonist.
Judy Aron wonders what you think your right to vote is worth in Trade You My Vote For An iPod Touch posted at Consent Of The Governed.
John suggest that the abuse of power since 9/11 extends to all sectors of our society in Flying the not so friendly skies posted at hell's handmaiden.
Madeleine Begun Kane uses haiku to compare the threat of a nuclear Iran against another potential problem area in First Pakistan And Then? posted at Mad Kane's Humor Blog.
Ian Welsh provides the most frightening bit of information that most people would rather ignore in Cell phones are essentially spies in your pocket. And now cops don't need a warrant to use them. posted at The Agonist.
As always, I'll be back in two weeks (December 10) with the next edition of the Carnival of the Decline of Democracy - Submit Your Posts Here. More information on future carnivals can be found on our carnival home page.