The principles through which Western Judeo-Christian civilization was built, are now no longer dominant in our society; they exist only as a kind of underground resistance movement. If that resistance is ultimately submerged, then the civilization will not survive—and, in our era of incurable pandemic disease and nuclear weapons, the collapse of Western civilization will very likely take the rest of the world with it to Hell.
The people of North America and Western Europe now accept a level of ugliness in their daily lives which is almost without precedent in the history of Western civilization. Most of us have become so inured, that the death of millions from starvation and disease draws from us no more than a sigh, or a murmur of protest.
Our own city streets, home to legions of the homeless, are ruled by Dope, Inc., the largest industry in the world, and on those streets Americans now murder each other at a rate not seen since the Dark Ages.
==Schiller Institute—THE NEW DARK AGE
All government power is ultimately gun power and serves the interests of those who despise or do not comprehend the principles of liberty. The gun in the hands of law-abiding citizens serves to hold in check arrogant and aggressive government. Guns in the hands of the bureaucrats do the opposite. The founders of this country fully understood this fact.
Though Cassandra was ultimately correct in her prognostications it is with great dread that I fear my long held belief that this year, 2016 will be the most significant year of the 21st century. For it will be this year and the immediate months following that the fate of America and Western Civilization will be determined for many generations to come. Like Pyrrhus of Epirus whose army defeated the Romans at Heraclea in 280 BC but yet suffered such great losses that history defined this, winning the battle but losing the war, as a Pyrrhic victory.
The war we are now in started long ago; it has ebbed and flowed like the tides, but with each high the tidal waves have constant eroded the ground upon which most of us stand until we are but an island of humanity desperately trying to retain our ground, to breath and remain free and democratic. It is a war against an elite whose power and wealth, enhanced by technologies only dreamed of in years past, appears overwhelming. But it is not so. The power, wielded by the people still has a chance of defeating the seemingly unstoppable rising tide of elite-crony capitalist progressive fascism.
They still control the major outlets for propaganda, from a state run and Fabian socialist designed primary educational system to the major media outlets, even those we think are more “fair and balanced”, but there is a growing awakening. This sounds to some like insanity, but to me, insanity is willful blindness and the embracing of the false memes, overused symbols and disgustingly obvious lies that a once free people are now force-fed, as we were the formerly hunger striking Guantanamo prisoners. Wake up…they will not allow there illusional world to be torn down, not without a fight.
There will violence, planned chaos and civil unrest instigated by the elites in order to fragment an already dysfunctional society. Then there will be war. This is coming…much of it is already here. Brexit and Trump have catalyzed the power elite and ruling oligarchy to take more immediate actions of fear generation and repression. As I have said over and over again, power and its associated wealth, never, ever gives up without a fight. We are in the midst of it.
Nothing is as it seems. Perhaps even the elites allowing the majority of English voters to think they are in charge is a well planned illusion. But two things you can be absolutely sure of; Western Civilizations democratic principles are under a concerted and now aggressive assault, and the end game, as it has been played throughout the centuries to the cultural and civil collapse is War.
Is an international threat required to maintain peace at home?
It is understandable why elites would think this way, but it does not stand up to scrutiny and exposes humanity to untold dangers.
Stephen Walt, a world famous professor of international relations, has presented an interesting ‘case against peace‘ that might explain some of the most recent trends in international affairs.
Walt presents an argument that essential says that a state of war allows for domestic social cohesion to occur, because:
“When the wolf is at the door, domestic quarrels are put aside in order to deal with the more immediate danger.”
George Simmel, a sociologist, is also quoted by Walt and proceeds to explain how, in his opinion, ‘peace time’ can lead to domestic unrest:
“A group’s complete victory over its enemies is thus not always fortunate in a sociological sense. Victory lowers the energy which guarantees the unity of the group; and the dissolving forces, which are always at work, gain hold.”
Walt explores the work of another political scientist, Michael Desch, who said:
“The cold war was the ‘perfect’ type of threat. It never escalated to a major war … although it was serious enough to be a unifying factor.”
The Case Against Peace
A striking trend in contemporary world politics is the apparent erosion of political unity in so many different places. In the Middle East, we’ve seen the upheavals of the Arab Spring and the continuing bloodbaths in Syria, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere. In Europe, support for the European Union continues to drop, Great Britain may vote to leave it, and Scotland might still decide to exit the United Kingdom. Here in the United States, we have a level of bitter partisanship not seen for many decades, the two main political parties are themselves deeply divided, and the presumptive GOP presidential candidate is a rank amateur (in several senses of that term). To say “the center cannot hold” seems like an understatement these days.
But prolonged periods of peace may also have a downside: They allow divisions within different societies to grow and deepen.
What’s going on here? Some people believe today’s fractious politics is a consequence of globalization, which has accelerated the pace of change, threatened traditional cultural norms, and left millions of people feeling marginalized. Other observers blame economic policies that have enriched the One Percent and insulated them from their own misdeeds, leaving the rest of us to forage for the crumbs from their table. Or perhaps the digital revolution and new media are the real culprits, with the combination of cable TV, Twitter, and other modern means of communication lowering barriers to entry, coarsening the national dialogue, spreading extremism, and making the nastiest forms of political innuendo seem legitimate.
It’s Time for the Elites to Rise Up Against the Ignorant Masses | Foreign Policy
The schism we see opening before us is not just about policies, but about reality. The Brexit forces won because cynical leaders were prepared to cater to voters’ paranoia, lying to them about the dangers of immigration and the costs of membership in the EU. Some of those leaders have already begun to admit that they were lying. Donald Trump has, of course, set a new standard for disingenuousness and catering to voters’ fears, whether over immigration or foreign trade or anything else he can think of. The Republican Party, already rife with science-deniers and economic reality-deniers, has thrown itself into the embrace of a man who fabricates realities that ignorant people like to inhabit.
Did I say “ignorant”? Yes, I did. It is necessary to say that people are deluded and that the task of leadership is to un-delude them. Is that “elitist”? Maybe it is; maybe we have become so inclined to celebrate the authenticity of all personal conviction that it is now elitist to believe in reason, expertise, and the lessons of history. If so, the party of accepting reality must be prepared to take on the party of denying reality, and its enablers among those who know better. If that is the coming realignment, we should embrace it.
Brexit reminds us some things are too important to be decided by the people | UK Politics | News | The Independent
Since British voters elected to leave the European Union, signs have quickly emerged of the flaws in holding a referendum on such a messy, massive, far-reaching decision.Politicians responsible for explaining what’s at stake have admitted they may have fudged some of the consequences.Nigel Farage, Ukip leader, acknowledged merely an hour after the election was called that one of the Leave campaign’s key promises to voters was inaccurate.Brexit backers pledged that money the UK currently sends to the EU — supposedly £350 million a week — would go to the country’s national health system instead. Former London mayor Boris Johnson even drove around Britain in a bus blaring that message.