It may be that the prospect of an active, informed, educated citizenry is so frightening because it would begin to question how the United States ended up with so many elected officials who are not only ignorant about science and history, but are willfully ignorant and want to impose their ignorance on the rest of us.
The Court's ruling stripped the citizenship of any person born on the soil of the Dominican Republic to Haitian parents from 1929 to today. In one stroke of the proverbial pen, the DR has taken away the most basic of rights to hundreds of thousands of its citizens, leaving them without recourse or the most basic civil protections.
Today's free-market fundamentalists insist that the forces of the market could easily solve all of our nation's woes if only government would get out of the way. The history of the free market system between October 1929 and the steady deflationary slide into the Great Depression three years later teaches us something different.