In a political system where nearly every adult may vote but where knowledge, wealth, social position, access to officials, and other resources are unequally distributed, who actually governs?
One widely accepted theory of the roots of revolutions holds that they occur when a specific group, such as the middle class, is led to believe conditions will improve, and then this promise is not realized. Call it the theory of crushed hopes.
Too often, we characterize economic inequality as principally a moral issue. In fact, economic inequality is not solely an issue of fairness. It is a transcendent danger that threatens our national security and the survival of our form of government.
The rapid loss of confidence in the government, amidst failed expectations and reforms, leads to revolution or political instability.
Trust is a central element in any democracy. Citizens give up a certain amount of power over their own lives in the belief that the government will act in their interests.
Without trust, people become unwilling to cede power to government.
Without trust, government itself eventually becomes ineffective, or provokes active conflict, as people lose confidence that leaders will be able to fulfill their responsibilities.
Government statements come to be viewed as meaningless propaganda. In this extreme situation, government policies designed to promote the long-term health of the society are ignored as individuals worry about their own immediate well-being. The social fabric that holds the society together begins to unravel. This occurred in the late years of the Soviet Union when there was an extraordinarily high degree of cynicism toward the government. The government of Louis XVI was almost universally mistrusted before the French Revolution. At the time of the American Revolution the colonists lost trust in the British Parliament.
==It Could Happen Here (Bruce Judson)
In the past decade, the entire population of the globe has been kept permanently off-balance with one financial meltdown and transnational trade fiat after another emptying national coffers and overriding rights of domestic self-determination. Populations have been so overwhelmed by the moving juggernaut of economic and environmental crises that a rule of universal insecurity has rendered social majorities paralyzed by a low-intensity terror – the necessary condition for any totalitarian movement to continue its advance, because keeping its subjects perpetually off balance is its modus operandi.
We are at the crossroads. And the roads we take will now terminate whether we will live in the XXI century as nation state republics or subjugated, culled and dehumanized crop of slaves.
==Tavistock Institute: Social Engineering the Masses
At this point I’d like to remind everyone that crime in the U.S. has been dropping since the 1990’s. So why has domestic police force militarization been growing exponentially since then? Ostensibly, it is for the “war on terror” and to keep us safe. In reality, we know this is bullshit. Just like the NSA’s unconstitutional spying hasn’t stopped a single terrorist attack, turning local cops into a domestic army hasn’t done a single thing to make us safe. To the contrary, it is creating an environment where the general public harbors increased resentment and skepticism toward police, and the police view the citizenry as the “enemy.” This takes the societal tinderbox that already exists and makes it downright explosive. Ferguson is just the latest example of the tension bubbling to the surface, but there will likely be many more in the future.
The planned chaos is accelerating. If you cannot viscerally feel it warning you of the impending crisis of our civilization, if not that of all of humanity it may be too late to condition yourself to the impeding socioeconomic and geopolitical disintegration. Collapse is all but inevitable. However, how the people of this nation deal with it will determine our future for many generations to come.
There is nothing, absolutely nothing that the domestic and global power elites will not do to maintain the status quo; murder, instigate riots, false flag terrorism here in America on a scale not seen since 9/11, massive election fraud, nothing is off the table. I have been warning for some years now of the disruptive chaos and violence that would befall America and the world in 2016 and every signpost points to this dismal prospect. How will the elites respond to the ever growing chorus of voices from the people that we have had enough?
Expect intentional or fanned social unrest exceeding Ferguson or Baltimore. Never let a good crisis go to waste is more than a foolish sounding slogan, it is a well worn dialectical process. One spark is all it will take and the forces of racial violence and unrest will be let loose. Divide and conquer is another old phrase that ruling elites have used effectively for thousands of years.
A summer of violence also provides cover for the slights of hand as the important goals of the power elites are implemented. Overwhelming distractions in the entertainment and cotton candy world of the American mind provides the fog needed to blind us to reality. It also provides further fuel for Trump’s campaign and a cover for his silent embracing of the neoliberal and neocon factions that may be republicans in name only but whose fetted hands grasp the throttles of State in both parties, a process which started with Trump’s kissing of the Kissinger ring a few months ago.
It is hard to say when the financial markets finally reflect reality and implode, but given the fundamental outlook for the world economy and corporate profits it can’t be too far off. I am afraid that Brexit is a great pretext for continuing to levitate US financial assets as the “flight to quality and safety” provides the needed excuse for the Federal Reserve and financial elite to manage the markets higher.
We are in the end game of an unsustainable crony-finance capitalist era, the Fed will do all it can to choose the timing of the collapse, if the market allows it. There should be no doubts that they can, directly or indirectly thru the banking network, buy stocks at strategic times. There are no rules right now at the Justice Department or on Wall Street. The stock market is totally rigged, it is used as a potent tool of propaganda and mind manipulation by the Fed and finance capitalists. It is now devoid of reality.
Trust is essential for the sustainability of the aura of legitimacy of governments. When the trust is gone, as it is in America today, the last resort is for the elites to try and regain it by appealing to bloodlust and patriotism as a unifying force through war. When a society achieves the massive income and wealth inequality we see in America today, it is prescription for revolution. Combined, it becomes such a potent brew that the power elites will be forced to play the war hand. It may come sooner than most think.
There seem to be no rules applicable to the elites anywhere as corruption rules, as it has in every civilizations collapse. Ours is no different.
I am a big fan of Michael Krieger and his website libertyblitzkrieg.com This video is a must watch.
From the SHTF website.
“There’s too much of everything…” The debt, the currency collapse, the global economy, and the institutions we’ve all taken for granted.
All of it is head for prolonged collapse, and revolution.
Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg warns about the immense scale of the problems that have been triggered by the Brexit – and could lead to the complete disintegration of the European Union.
The status quo is being disrupted, and a major, major event is coming. This one may well be big enough to wipe everyone out, that is those who aren’t able to duck out and survive.
Former Wall Street analyst and journalist Michael Krieger contends the recent so-called “Brexit” chaos is signaling something much bigger than coming economic trouble. Krieger explains, “I think the biggest thing with Brexit, and I think it is far bigger than an economic downturn, is the disintegration and ultimately the overthrow of the entire status quo regime, the entire post WWII establishment. That’s way bigger than an economic decline. It’s way bigger than the economic decline in 2008 and 2009. When you think about it, since 1945, we’ve had all kinds of economic declines. We’ve had bear markets and bull markets, but the status quo, the establishment, the basic principles that have been guiding the world for, let’s say 80 years now, those are what are going to be overthrown, and that is a way bigger deal than an economic downturn, in my opinion.”
On the odds of a financial crash, Krieger contends, “In my writings, when I first came out of Wall Street, I focused on debt, I focused on economics and I focused on financial markets. I did all of that stuff, but I stopped doing that for one simple reason.
It was obvious to me . . . that this thing had only one way to go, which is a complete collapse of everything. We’re going to need to start over. There’s too much debt. There’s too much corruption. There’s too much BS. There’s too much war. There’s too much everything that is bad in this world, and debt is one aspect of it. Are we going to have to wipe out the debts one way or the other? Of course, we will. I guess the reason I have stopped talking about that and writing about that is because it is so obvious. So, what I have been doing over the last three years is getting people aware and engaged on everything, not just the economics, but the political corruption. Every single industry in this world is basically hitting peak corruption, peak shadiness, peak violence and peak everything. So, it’s not just the debt or the economies that are going to collapse, it’s everything, the political establishment and the social fabric. All of these things we have been living under our entire lives will be replaced by something else. . . . The only question is, are we going to get something better or are we going to get something worse?”