Throughout the history of United States, society has generally consisted of two types of organizations: public and private. The public sector has encompassed governments, courts, libraries, public schools, and national parks. The private sector included businesses, churches, foundations, and private schools. The public and private sectors have coexisted for centuries with few conflicts.
Recently, however, religious/political conservatives have demonstrated a surprisingly bitter animosity toward the public sector as a whole. Public schools, public libraries, public television and more are subjects of their vitriol.
Through privatization of the public sector, and deregulation of the private sector, religious/political conservatives would create a private ruling class that is not accountable to the general public through the traditional democratic process. The goal is privatization of government itself, isolating government from public scrutiny. A facade of religious moral values surrounding the religious/political conservatives tends to disarm suspicions and discredit alarmists. But sound the alarm!
Many are deceived by the religious cloak of a radical political movement. A political coup is taking shape, a literal revolution, and many people arenít even aware of it. Worse yet, some believe that what is happening is for the common good!
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The moon, the stepping-stone to exploring the unknown of outer space, is an extremely hostile environment without an atmosphere and climate comparable to that of Earth. Despite such forbidding characteristics, however, the moon has recently attracted attention as China, the ESA, NASA, and even commercial enterprises plan missions to the moon in the near future. This new race to the moon could be a source of future conflict, but the moon is not devoid of legality. The Moon Treaty entered into force with five member states on December 1, 1984. However, as of January 1, 2004, only ten states have ratified the treaty which has been interpreted as placing a moratorium on any lunar exploitation. Although the comparable Antarctic Treaty has had a limited number of members, its impact has nevertheless been considerable. Also, a number of international agreements have developed under the auspices of the Moon Treaty
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