Skip to comments.The Lull Before the Civil Unrest Storm
Posted on 11/07/2012 10:24:13 AM PST by blam
The Lull Before the Civil Unrest Storm
Politics / Social Issues
Nov 07, 2012 - 03:49 AM
By: Jack D Douglas
Vast social revolutions and wars are often preceded by periods of giving up on reforms, despairing withdrawal from public life by the best and brightest,(Going Galt) and even peacefulness which seems to have become the normal condition in spite of deep conflicts and growing crises beneath the surfaces of public life. Often, earlier periods of intense conflicts and crises have been overcome and resolved, so it comes to look like that is the normal in life. This lulls most people into assuming their worse fears cannot happen, but this leads them to lowering their guards against growing conflicts and crises, so small ones can more easily cascade down into massive ones. If people expected they could become vast wars or revolutions or implosions, they would take more precautions to prevent that. But when lulled in expecting the worst cannot happen, the worst than they could ever imagine often explodes suddenly.
The cataclysmic French Revolution came after many decades of attempted reforms and conflicts which people had come to think of as unending. It started with new attempts at reforms, then incidents that did not seem so important, then all of it a sudden it exploded. WWI came after so many decades of peace in Europe, in spite of imperial conflicts around the world and an arms race, that most people thought a major war was impossible. Then a single murder in the far away Balkans set in motion an explosive cascade of events that led to a cataclysmic war. The Russian Revolution was preceded by such a long "lull" encouraged by European peace and reforms by the tsar that even Lenin was near despair and was living abroad. After several years of WWI and growing poverty at home, the Russian front imploded and a small event at home triggered a revolution that started small and democratic and then exploded into one of the vastest social revolutions in history. The beginning of WWII on the crucial German-French front was so quiet for so many months after France and Britain had declared war on Germany after it invaded Poland that it was called the "Sitzen Krieg" in Germany, the sit-down war, then it exploded as Germany invaded through the Ardennes. This was repeated near the end of the war as Germany built up its forces secretly for attacking through the Ardennes again.
The American Revolution looked very unlikely until that fateful British march to Concord and Lexington to enforce gun control laws. Then it exploded. The conflicts between the North and South had been so intense for so many decades, off and on, and then resolved again and again by major compromises that the Ante-Bellum period of the 1850's seemed another replay of that scenario. Then all of a sudden there was a small incident near Charleston, moves to secession, calling up the Northern troops and an explosion of war vastly more ghastly than Americans imagined possible. War between Japan and Germany and the U.S. had been put off so many times and so long that Pearl Harbor came as quite a shock to most Americans. The 9/11 attacks on the U.S. were just as shocking all over again.
In the early years of this new century, the U.S. had used soaring paper money and paper-asset inflation to fuel a great Bubble and apparent "prosperity" over twenty years and repeated crises [1980, 1987, 1990, 2000] were ended by pumping out more paper money and inflating assets [both paper and houses after the Nasdaq Crash in 2000] that the Fed and almost all economists and Bankers and speculators declared we had entered an Age of The Great Moderation in which financial crises were impossible, as Bernanke declared with gusto. Then housing and stocks started slowly cascading down, then did so more rapidly, then one Big Bank was hit by a sudden crisis and had to be "saved" from implosion, then others followed, then suddenly one weekend Lehman imploded and the the whole top of the U.S. financial system imploded and had to be taken over by the U.S. to save it from what looked like total implosion. The Great Moderation was suddenly replaced by The Greatest Global Financial Crisis in history. Europe and the rest of the world soon followed the U.S. into growing crisis.
By pouting out vast and soaring trillions and using vast distortions of the System [such as Quantitative Easing by the Fed] to hold the System up, they managed in the past several years to stop the accelerating cascade down and have kept it bumping along the bottom in official statistics like the GDP and unemployment, while the debts and distortions and all the real crises keep growing. The apparent bump up in the official stats on GDP are an illusion, below the real rate of inflation for GDP, while real unemployment and all the other real economic crises keep growing.
We're now in a lull before a vast, revolutionary storm. The U.S. is sinking faster and faster in all the ways vital to the future of our society, from the The Great Global Economic-Financial Crisis which the U.S. produced with insane Big Bank speculations and corruption to educational decline and bureaucratic strangulation to losing imperials wars around the world to political deadlock. I'm sure any intelligent American who is honest with himself can quickly write down a long list of the crucial ways in which the U.S. is declining now. Maybe half of Americans are too ignorant about the world or lack the intelligence to see all of this Big Picture of Crisis and Decline. They are confused and mad and despairing and see no way out, but assume the Republicrat System will go on and on and are trying merely to fit in and keep or get a job with a livable wage for them and their families. Even some knowledgeable and intelligent people see what is happening but see no exit and despair and simply withdraw and hide from it all, implicitly or explicitly assuming The System will just keep getting worse and worse and never end.
But nations, like individuals and groups and companies, cannot simply drift downward faster and faster into worse and worse crises they patch up but cannot escape or reverse. We've been doing that now for decades, as France and Russia did before their vast social Revolutions, as the nations did during long decades of peaceful imperial conflicts before the utterly immense conflicts of the American Civil War, WWI and WWII. There comes a time finally when the accelerating crises and sufferings and rages become too much to bear and something, often a seemingly small event like a murder of a young man in the Balkans, or an attack by "hotheads" on a small fort near Charleston, sets off an explosive cascade of events that quickly leads to a vast social explosion.
The U.S. is now rushing downward along all vital dimensions of social life. If this continues much longer, the U.S. will simply implode and that will lead to vast social revolution or revolutions. But maybe the vast social revolution will come before implosion.
The one thing we can be sure of is that we have sunk so far so long and are now accelerating down so fast that this cannot continue long without producing an implosion or a vast social revolution.
Everyone that wants to get started, start listening to “Uncle Jack” at http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com.
Don’t let the word “survival” turn you off. This is not a “camoflaged ninja creeping around in the woods with an AR and a backpack” kind of “survivalist”,
but more of a “grow your own garden, raise your own chickens” kind of “survivalist”.
You might survive the conflict, but the pestilence and famine that will surely follow will be the bugger. You can bet there won’t be a Marshall Plan after the next one.
The makers need to stop makin’.
Let’s crash this pig all the way into the ground and start over.
It is crashing, that is for sure. We couldn’t stop it if we wanted to.
Even with Romney and a fillibuster proof majority in Congress/Senate, the crash couldn’t be stopped.
The difference, though, would have been that there would have been an economic runup before the dollar was inflated out of existance,
and there would have been a capitalist/businessman instead of a Marxist in power to put the pieces back together.
IC Ken....You better plan your hide far from your home in a wilderness area or hard access area with a good surrounding view(free fire zone). When TSHTF, your house will be a death trap even if you have 10,000 rds of ammo. Secrecy and invisibility will be your hope for survival until you meet up with like-minded groups and form community defenses...
Even though a movie, Red Dawn is an example of survival, albeit without the offensive moves that the group made...That was Hollywoodish....
That’s the start...It will only sustain you until the pack mentality begins with the people who haven’t planned and they band together to pillage...That’s when you better be invisible with your supplies somewhere else....
Superstorm Sandy was a wake-up call. I hope people were paying attention. Those who were unable to make it a week without assistance need to get started on their preparations now.
With respect to advanced weapons, you're correct. Those who don't have guns or can't afford them need to learn how to use and sharpen knives. Many will scoff at such a suggestion, but I had a conversation with FReeper Mr Rogers last year about knives versus guns that gave me a new perspective. Then just the other day, I was flipping through the channels and caught an episode of "I Survived" in which a female lawyer was attacked in her apartment by an intruder with a knife. The damage he inflicted, quietly, changed my mind about bringing a knife to a gun fight. I love my guns, but I also now keep a blade next to my bed and in my truck.
Darlin’, he already feels that way. It’s open season on conservatives now.
What is with the popularity of the phrase “going Galt”? The correct term is “shrugging.” Tell your friends and family to call it shrugging.
Holder ain’t gettin’ on the SCOTUS while I am breathing.
Are you nuts? War is biggest of all Big Government projects.
Scary scenario, but I’m also concerned about a related issue. One of my favorite movies is “Falling Down” with Michael Douglas from 1994. I could see a lot of people “falling down.”
Think the point was that we have a ruling elite that is not working for our best interests. They are lining their own pockets (bailouts). The outcome from the fight against our tyrants, is not very predictable. We could slip into a socialistic Russia or a more perestroika ("restructuring") and "glasnost" ("openness") Poland or form several new countries. Some socialistic (Kalifornicationland) and some based on the principals of the founding fathers of the US (Free Texas).
This is getting really serious. I mean for the American people to say “OK” to socialism bordering on Communism it is the most frightening thing I have see in my 41 years. Yes Clinton was bad but he was a just a walking penis. This man has conned every one into thinking he is the next FDR. I weep for my country. No longer the Country I love but the country of my birth.
“...I am thinking 1K rounds of ammo should be enough ...”
You need a bit more than a thousand rounds, friend...
And it won’t only be the hordes from the city you need worry about; it’ll be FedZilla and thugs with badges that consider you a threat for having the temerity to believe you actually have rights and property worth defending.
Yes, the Wall Street robber barons and banksters.
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