MAY THE ODDS EVER BE IN YOUR FAVOR – THE REAPING

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Posted on 9th December 2013 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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 “Human history seems logical in afterthought but a mystery in forethought. In every prior Fourth Turning, the catalyst was foreseeable but the climax was not.” -  The Fourth Turning – Strauss & Howe – 1997

We are five years into the Crisis that will not resolve itself until sometime in the 2020’s. No one can predict the specific events that will fundamentally change history over the next decade, but the catalysts of debt, civic decay and global disorder were evident sixteen years ago when Strauss and Howe wrote their prophetic generational history. The volcanic eruption occurred in 2008 when the worldwide financial system blew and the molten lava continues to spew forth and flow along the Federal Reserve created channels, protecting the corrupt establishment while incinerating senior citizens, the working middle class and Millennials. Deep within the volcano the pressure is building again as the mood of the country darkens. It will blow again and the economic, social, political and military distress will catalyze into a catastrophic emergency that will tear the fabric of the country asunder. The existing social order will be swept away and replaced by a new paradigm which could be better or far worse.

“Imagine some national (and probably global) volcanic eruption, initially flowing along channels of distress that were created during the Unraveling era and further widened by the catalyst. Trying to foresee where the eruption will go once it bursts free of the channels is like trying to predict the exact fault line of an earthquake. All you know in advance is something about the molten ingredients of the climax, which could include the following:

    •  Economic distress, with public debt in default, entitlement trust funds in bankruptcy, mounting poverty and unemployment, trade wars, collapsing financial markets, and hyperinflation (or deflation).
    • Social distress, with violence fueled by class, race, nativism, or religion and abetted by armed gangs, underground militias, and mercenaries hired by walled communities.
    • Political distress, with institutional collapse, open tax revolts, one-party hegemony, major constitutional change, secessionism, authoritarianism, and altered national borders.
    • Military distress, with war against terrorists or foreign regimes equipped with weapons of mass destruction.”

The Fourth Turning – Strauss & Howe – 1997

Linear thinkers are incapable or unwilling to understand that history is cyclical, primarily driven by national mood changes and the interaction of generations entering different stages in their 80 year life cycle. We’ve seen this story before, but those who lived through the last Fourth Turning have mostly died out, and our techno-narcissistic populace has absolutely no interest in understanding history beyond last night’s episode of Duck Dynasty. The mood of the country during a Turning is often captured in literature and/or film produced during that period.

The last Fourth Turning encompassed the period from the Great Crash in 1929 through the Great Depression and World War II, ending in 1946 with a new world order. Four novels written during this Crisis captured the dystopian nature of the time, reflecting the fear, pain, anger, brutality, and courageousness of the common man during that perilous period. Huxley’s Brave New World (1932), Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath (1939), Orwell’s 1984 (written during WWII), and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy (written from 1937 through 1949) are masterpieces of literature which captured the aura of the times in which they were penned. Only one of the novels was brought to film during the Crisis, with John Ford’s brilliant Grapes of Wrath screen adaptation capturing the suffering and desperation of common folk during the Great Depression.

Most of what passes for literature and film these days is nothing more than glorified commercials or corporate created twaddle designed for narcissistic, mindless, teenage girls. Many will dismiss Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy and the film adaptations as nothing more than run of the mill teenager nonsense. They are making a huge mistake. Decades from now, if we make the right choices during this Fourth Turning, The Hunger Games will be viewed as the novels and films that captured the darkening, rebellious mood of the Crisis. It is not a coincidence the first novel was published in September 2008. The worldwide financial meltdown initiated by the Wall Street financial elite and their paid for cronies in the nation’s capital, occurred in September 2008 and marked the commencement of this Fourth Turning. Collins has brilliantly created a dystopian nightmare that combines the shallowness and superficiality of our reality TV culture with our never ending wars of choice and rise of our surveillance state, while blending the decadence and debauchery of the declining Roman Empire. She also unwittingly places her characters in their proper generational roles during a Fourth Turning Crisis.

Collins was a military brat who was fortunate enough to have a father that taught her the truth about historical events, not the propaganda taught in our public schools today.

“He was career Air Force, a military specialist, a historian, and a doctor of political science. When I was a kid, he was gone for a year in Viet Nam. It was very important to him that we understood about certain aspects of life. So, it wasn’t enough to visit a battlefield, we needed to know why the battle occurred, how it played out, and the consequences. Fortunately, he had a gift for presenting history as a fascinating story. He also seemed to have a good sense of exactly how much a child could handle, which is quite a bit.”

She learned lessons about war, poverty, oppression, and the brutality and corruption of the ruling classes. Her knowledge of history, the visual images of reality shows and the Iraq War displayed on TV created the idea for her Hunger Games trilogy.

“I was channel surfing between reality TV programming and actual war coverage when Katniss’ story came to me. One night I’m sitting there flipping around and on one channel there’s a group of young people competing for, I don’t know, money maybe? And on the next, there’s a group of young people fighting an actual war. And I was tired, and the lines began to blur in this very unsettling way, and I thought of this story.”

The central storyline of The Hunger Games is there are twelve districts subservient to the Capitol in the totalitarian nation of Panem. The country consists of the affluent Capitol, located in the Rocky Mountains, and twelve desperately poor districts ruled by the Capitol. The Capitol is lavishly opulent and technologically advanced, but the twelve districts are in varying states of poverty. As punishment for a past rebellion against the Capitol wherein twelve of the districts were defeated and the thirteenth purportedly destroyed, one boy and one girl from each of the twelve districts, between the ages of twelve and eighteen, are selected by lottery to compete in the “Hunger Games” on an annual basis.

 

The Games are a televised spectacle, with the participants, called “tributes”, being forced to fight to the death in a treacherous outdoor arena. It’s a combination of American Idol, Survivor, and Middle Eastern warfare. The victorious tribute and his or her home district are then remunerated with extra food and supplies. The objective of the Hunger Games is to provide superficial reality TV entertainment for the vacuous small-minded masses in the Capitol and serve as a constant reminder to the Districts of the Capitol’s supremacy and supposed omnipotence. The Capitol ruling with an iron fist over its 13 Districts is clearly founded upon the British Empire running roughshod over the 13 American colonies and harvesting resources and taxes to maintain their wealth, power and control. Collins utilizes her knowledge of ancient Greek and Roman history and merging it with our degraded shallow TV culture to meld a dystopian nightmare of brutality, child murder, voyeuristic sadism, and a fragile, rotting empire.

 

 “A significant influence would have to be the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. The myth tells how in punishment for past deeds, Athens periodically had to send seven youths and seven maidens to Crete, where they were thrown in the Labyrinth and devoured by the monstrous Minotaur. Even as a kid, I could appreciate how ruthless this was. Crete was sending a very clear message: “Mess with us and we’ll do something worse than kill you. We’ll kill your children.” And the thing is, it was allowed; the parents sat by powerless to stop it. Theseus, who was the son of the king, volunteered to go. I guess in her own way, Katniss is a futuristic Theseus.

In keeping with the classical roots, I send my tributes into an updated version of the Roman gladiator games, which entails a ruthless government forcing people to fight to the death as popular entertainment. The world of Panem, particularly the Capitol, is loaded with Roman references. Panem itself comes from the expression “Panem et Circenses” which translates into ‘Bread and Circuses’.” Suzanne Collins

Any similarities between propaganda posters in Panem and propaganda in America are purely coincidental, I’m sure.

 “At least once every human should have to run for his life, to teach him that milk does not come from supermarkets, that safety does not come from policemen, that ‘news’ is not something that happens to other people. He might learn how his ancestors lived and that he himself is no different–in the crunch his life depends on his agility, alertness, and personal resourcefulness.”  - Robert Heinlein

The Reaping of Wealth

 

“War, terrible war. Widows, orphans, a motherless child. This was the uprising that rocked our land. Thirteen districts rebelled against the country that fed them, loved them, protected them. Brother turned on brother until nothing remained. And then came the peace, hard fought, sorely won. A people rose up from the ashes and a new era was born. But freedom has a cost. When the traitors were defeated, we swore as a nation we would never know this treason again. And so it was decreed, that each year, the various districts of Panem would offer up in tribute, one young man and woman, to fight to the death in a pageant of honor, courage and sacrifice. The lone victor, bathed in riches, would serve as a reminder of our generosity and our forgiveness. This is how we remember our past. This is how we safeguard our future.”President Snow – Hunger Games

A major theme in the novels is the tremendous wealth inequality between the Capitol and most of the districts. District 12, the home of Katniss Everdeen the protagonist, is the most desperately poor. District 12 is located in the Appalachian region of the former USA. They are tasked with providing the Capitol resources obtained from dangerous mines. The population lives a bleak existence in poverty and squalor, with starvation always looming like an apparition of death. The districts are essentially slave plantations to be pillaged for whatever the dictatorial Capitol demands.  The districts exist to harvest resources, such as fish, coal, lumber, crops, and gems, all sent to fulfill their quotas.  Many districts, such as 12 and 11, don’t have enough coal to power their own district or enough food to feed their citizens. Districts 1, 2 and 4 are closer and more allied with the Capitol, resulting in them receiving more support, better food, consumer goods, and military protection. The wealth inequality between the ruling class and the working class in the districts is the primary cause of discontent and increasing rebelliousness.

The parallels with our corporate fascist surveillance state are unmistakable. The wealth and power in our country is concentrated in the hands of ruling elite who primarily reside in the nation’s capital of Washington D.C. and the financial capital of New York City. The top 1% control 42% of the nation’s financial wealth, while the bottom 80% control less than 5% of the financial wealth.   

 Table 1: Income, net worth, and financial worth in the U.S. by percentile, in 2010 dollars

Wealth or income class

Mean household income

Mean household net worth

Mean household financial (non-home) wealth

Top 1 percent

$1,318,200

$16,439,400

$15,171,600

Top 20 percent

$226,200

$2,061,600

$1,719,800

60th-80th percentile

$72,000

$216,900

$100,700

40th-60th percentile

$41,700

$61,000

$12,200

Bottom 40 percent

$17,300

-$10,600

-$14,800

From Wolff (2012); only mean figures are available, not medians.  Note that income and wealth are separate measures; so, for example, the top 1% of income-earners is not exactly the same group of people as the top 1% of wealth-holders, although there is considerable overlap.

The concentration of wealth in the hands of the few if achieved through superior work ethic and/or intellectual advantage would not cause discontent among the masses. Henry Ford, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were admired for creating businesses and employing people. They earned their wealth. Today, it has become clear to all critical thinking people that a small cabal of super-rich men constituting an invisible ruling class have captured our financial and political system. They are the .1% who run the Wall Street banks, control the Federal Reserve, buy off the politicians of both parties, and pay lobbyists to write the laws and tax regulations. They use their ill-gotten wealth to maintain the status quo and further pillage the wealth of the working class through financial market manipulation, man-made inflation and outright theft. As 47 million Americans depend upon food stamps and other welfare programs to get by and real unemployment exceeds 20%, the wealth inequality in the nation has reached levels only seen in 1929, prior to the Great Crash outset of the last Fourth Turning. The mounting anger and discontent among the former working middle class is palatable. Those at the top of the food chain have rigged the system and get richer by the day. They bribe the lower classes with welfare benefits, taken from the working middle class, in an effort to stave off riots in the streets.         

 

 

Rentier capitalism, the economic practice of parasitic monopolization of access to physical, financial, and intellectual property, has replaced free market capitalism, with the rentier class generating billions of illicit financialization profits while contributing nothing to society. We’ve become a modern day Panem, an imperialistic state thriving on the slave labor of other countries and inflicting our bastardized form of democracy at the point of Tomahawk missiles. In order to survive, Katniss defiantly and illegally hunts outside the District 12 fence perimeter and the famished citizens openly defy the law with their black market trading at the Hob. Desperate times lead to desperate measures.

When people despair, laws designed to maintain the status quo are deemed inconsequential by the peasants. You can see this happening in our society today. Welfare fraud among the lower classes is rampant. Bartering and working under the table for cash to avoid the crushing tax burden is growing. The rise of bitcoin as an alternative currency and the growing popularity of having possession of physical gold and silver is a reaction to the banker/politician fiat currency debt scheme to impoverish the masses. When the people see the bankers (Jamie Dimon) and former politicians (Jon Corzine) breaking laws with impunity, they feel no obligation to obey laws designed to keep them under the thumb of the ruling class. The fallacy of all men being created equal, with the American dream achievable for everyone, is still propagated by the government media propaganda mouthpieces. You’d have to be asleep to believe it.

In reality the ultra-rich have captured the system and have stacked the deck in their favor. This theme is captured in the Hunger Games during the reaping process, which is supposed to be random, with rich and poor equally likely to get chosen. In reality, the poor are much more likely than the rich to be reaped as tributes. In exchange for extra rations of food and oil necessary to keep from starving or freezing to death, called tesserae, those children eligible for the Hunger Games can enter their names into the reaping additional times. Most children of poor families have to take tesserae to survive, so the children of poor families have more entries in the reaping than children of wealthy families who need no tesserae. The odds are never in their favor. The current version of the Hunger Games for our youth is loading them up with government peddled student loan debt, with no jobs available when they graduate, leaving them enslaved in unpayable debt.  

The rich who do become tributes from the more prosperous districts have an additional advantage, because they are often trained to take part in the Games and volunteer to do so. They are bigger, stronger, well fed and groomed to win. The poor tributes face certain death. The fact is you can only push people so far before they fight back. The arrogance and hubris of the rich governing class leads them to disregard the misery of the lowly peasants, while they intensify their pillaging and burning of the countryside. Eventually a spark ignites a revolutionary spirit and unleashes a torrent of violence and retribution. History is ripe with instances of the downtrodden masses rising up and throwing off the yoke of authoritarian despots. Fourth Turnings are when the existing social order is swept away in an avalanche of violence and bloodshed.              

Bread, Circuses & Reality TV

“What must it be like, I wonder, to live in a world where food appears at the press of a button? How would I spend the hours I now commit to combing the woods for sustenance if it were so easy to come by? What do they do all day, these people in the Capitol, besides decorating their bodies and waiting around for a new shipment of tributes to roll in and die for their entertainment?”Katniss Everdeen – Hunger Games

The name of the nation – Panem, derives from the Latin phrase panem et circenses, which translates into ‘bread and circuses’. The idiom is meant to describe entertainment used to distract public attention from the corruption and vices of the governing class. By the government providing basic food and ample entertainment, the citizens voluntarily sacrifice liberties and rights for safety, security, and sustenance. The debauched occupants of the Capitol are the wealthiest and most decadent of all Panem, and the city’s affluence is fueled by the compulsory labor of the districts. The degenerates of the Capitol are known for their “creative” outfits, outrageous hair and ridiculous sense of fashion, even to the extent of dying the color of their own skin, or having whiskers implanted. Food and amusement are major drivers of the Hunger Games plot. The impoverished citizens, particularly in Districts 12 and 11 are on the verge of starvation, while the Capitol has food in abundance and throws lavish parties with extravagant and copious quantities of cuisine.

The superficial decadent upper class in the Capitol embraced overindulgence to such an extreme they purposely drank a concoction which would force them to throw up, so they could consume more. The analogy to the Roman vomitoriums during the depraved final days of their declining empire is distinct. Today in America, 47 million lower class Americans are reliant upon food stamps to be fed, while the majority are left to ingest processed poison packaged as food by mega-corporations and relentlessly marketed on television to a dumbed down populace. The ultra-rich dine on caviar and champagne in their penthouse suites, mansions in the Hamptons, or make reservations at restaurants not available to the 99.9%.

Appearances are extremely important in the post-apocalyptic pretentious world of the Hunger Games. Style and ostentatious fashion are everything to the affluent citizens of the plutocratic Capitol. It is natural to tattoo and dye their bodies’ in bright colors, as well as undergo plastic surgery to improve their looks. Some people of the Capitol have gems implanted in their skin, as well as talons. Capitol residents regularly wear wigs in a multitude of shocking colors. The degradation of our society can be seen in the worship of Hollywood created stars and pop singers freaks like Lady Gaga. The filthy rich deform their bodies with plastic surgery to change their natural appearance. By mutilating their bodies with surgery and tattoos, the media glorified fashionistas set the tone for a cultural decay. The lower classes can’t afford expensive plastic surgery, so they cover themselves in hideous tattoos in a pathetic attempt at individuality, when they are just conforming like lemmings to what they are told is trendy. The vain and narcissistic are too ignorant to realize their worship of celebrity and purchase of the latest fashions in clothes and jewelry are the sheep-like behavior of conformists.

The voyeuristic exploitation of children is taken to an extreme in The Hunger Games with their terror, suffering and slaughter televised for the enjoyment of a blood thirsty public. Murder as mass entertainment in a reality TV game show format illustrates a truly depraved culture. The American TV culture turns news, tragedy, childhood and war into morbid reality TV entertainment. The news, as reported by the corporate legacy media, is nothing more than propaganda generated by the establishment to support their continued control over the financial and governmental levers. It is designed to distract, misinform and obscure the truth.  What the news cameras show is not reality and facades are more consequential than the truth – a Wag the Dog world. Virtually half of prime time TV is a staged voyeuristic display of moronic triviality, requiring no thought and providing a form of passive sedation for low IQ imbeciles. The sexual exploitation of children in shows such as Toddlers & Tiaras and Honey Boo Boo is considered normal in a thoroughly abnormal society. Television is nothing but show business and we are amusing ourselves to death, as revealed by Neil Postman.    

“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.” – Neil Postman – Amusing Ourselves to Death

The Hunger Games are televised and discussed incessantly in Panem’s media, just as the pointless Iraq War and faux War on Terror are ceaselessly analyzed, evaluated and hyped by talking heads with bleached teeth, like the smarmy Caesar Flickerman in the Hunger Games movie. The Roman gladiatorial games and the televised “Shock & Awe” of obliterating the city of Baghdad with thousands of cruise missiles are both forms of barbaric entertainment, with the poor sacrificed on the altar of entertainment. The ruling class have successfully dehumanized our culture and turned real people into commodities to be manipulated, used and even killed for profit. Their value becomes determined by how much entertainment they provide, and as such they lose their identities as people. Reality television is a form of objectification. The world has become a stage for our Contollers, their stage managers on Madison Avenue and the mainstream media.       

“Television is our culture’s principal mode of knowing about itself. Therefore — and this is the critical point — how television stages the world becomes the model for how the world is properly to be staged. It is not merely that on the television screen entertainment is the metaphor for all discourse. It is that off the screen the same metaphor prevails.” ― Neil Postman – Amusing Ourselves to Death

We’ve spent the last five decades learning to love our oppression, adoring our technology, glorying in our distaste for reading books, and wilfully embracing our ignorance. Huxley’s vision of a population, passively sleep walking through lives of self- absorption, triviality, drug induced gratification, materialism and irrelevance has come to pass. Only in the last two decades has Orwell’s darker vision of oppression, fear, surveillance, hate and intimidation begun to be implemented by the ruling class. We’ve become a people controlled by pleasure and pain, utilized in varying degrees by those in power. Stay tuned for our modern day Hunger Games after this commercial for your very own Duck Dynasty Chia Pet.

In Part 2 of this article – May the Odds Ever Be in Your Favor – Hope & Defiance, I’ll address how Edward Snowden is our mockingjay who has ignited a fire that will lead to revolution and the next phase of this Fourth Turning.

43 Comments
  1. msc says:

    Great article. I agree that the 4th turning likely started in the 2007-08 time period. However, I feel that some elements of it (i.e., the police state) were kicked into motion by 9/11/01 as well. So in that way, it’s maybe different than previous turnings.

    I also wonder if the internet will not accelerate this turning by disseminating information so much faster than 80 years ago.

    8th December 2013 at 11:07 pm

  2. Reverse Engineer says:

    “Henry Ford, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were admired for creating businesses and employing people. They earned their wealth.”-JQ

    Mmmm, not so sure about that.

    In all cases, they achieved wealth through monopolistic practices, not through a “free market” economy. In all cases, they played fast and loose with the patent system, stealing when they needed to and then prosecuting others for stealing from them.

    Beyond that, in all cases they were beneficiaries of a money creation system which allowed all of them to create enormous debt, sell equity shares and so forth.

    Really folks, what is an Iphone REALLY worth?

    Anyhow, remember the words of Henry Ford himself:

    “It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”
    Henry Ford

    Hank went BK at least 3 times, who picked up the tab for those BKs? He had the inside line to unlimited credit though, so try try again until you screw the pooch on a global scale.

    RE

    8th December 2013 at 11:10 pm

  3. AKAnon says:

    Brilliant analysis, Admin. I made most of the connections, but you tie it all together into a cogent and entertaining treatise. This is why TBP is such a powerful instrument. Be on the lookout for some support in the next few weeks.

    8th December 2013 at 11:12 pm

  4. twilight says:

    President snow says

    8th December 2013 at 11:28 pm

  5. ecliptix543 says:

    Admin – Excellent article!

    I’ve often thought of the Districts being somewhat equivalent to the various “education” systems we are exposed to. Just as with the 12 Districts, the wealthiest schools with the nicest toys still seem to turn out the biggest and most coddled, pathologically egomaniacal fuckups. Skull and Bones is the Tribute Training camp for District 1’s volunteers. Homeschooling and actual, practical skills are more prevalent in the outlying districts. One group does well in the spotlight and usually wins (having been gifted every possible advantage), whereas the other group usually loses due to having every minor strike held against them – and ridiculed and dressed up in costimes just to make sure they know they’re at the bottom (just like fast food workers and most blue-collar jobs are today).

    When the Tributes from District 1 or 2 fuck up, as when the one picked a fight before the first games in the training facility, there are no penalties and everything is kept private to be used against them later behind the scenes. Otherwise, they get off scott free. When people from the outlying Districts get caught poaching dove or deer, they are whipped in the town square (George Zimmerman vs Ted Kennedy, anyone?). Which are more celebrated by the mindless and which are of a truer, but more vulnerable morality? Hmm…

    Collins has her act together, even – or especially if – she thought it up while watching Survivor stoned shitless at 2am.

    8th December 2013 at 11:33 pm

  6. Reverse Engineer says:

    “Human history seems logical in afterthought but a mystery in forethought.”-S&H

    Humbug. The outcomes here are completely predictable. Timelines are tougher, but outcomes are EZ here. S&H need to get a better Crystal Ball.

    RE

    8th December 2013 at 11:45 pm

  7. mabuk says:

    Not sure if/when it will be arriving in the US, but another movie released this year featuring similar themes as well as some jaw-dropping imagery is Snowpiercer. The film is an adaptation of a French graphic novel, directed by a Korean, and played by a Hollywood cast along a plot that is just bonkers: a train that carries the last of human society after a failed scientific experiment in climate control, where each level of society is segregated into train compartments by social class from worst to first — well, given all this information, you’d be forgiven for assuming it ends up a colossal clusterfuck, but having watched both Hunger Games and Snowpiercer within a week of each other (both have been released here in Asia), I’d say the latter has had much more impact and staying power for me, so perhaps worth a look.

    9th December 2013 at 12:58 am

  8. bb says:

    Admin time is linear with predictable events that occur in cycles.Who says so God in the book of revelations.Time is on a direct path and clear end.Otherwise well written article.village idiot.

    9th December 2013 at 1:40 am

  9. Administrator says:

    Part 2 is written and just needs some polishing. It should be ready by tomorrow.

    9th December 2013 at 5:54 am

  10. Old Buck says:

    What a brilliant piece to start the week. Knowing that part two is a day away a bonus too. Thanks

    9th December 2013 at 7:45 am

  11. sensetti says:

    A cup of coffee and a new article by Jim Quinn, now that’s a good day.

    Exquisito Admin, thank you, lookin forward to the second part.

    9th December 2013 at 8:09 am

  12. Linda says:

    This is beautiful. I had to print it out and read it again. I watched grapes of wrath 2 weeks ago and it struck me hard. How far America has come. Yes, not everyone was in the same situation but alot were. Watched Hunger Games and Upside Down (A romance) however, it was steeped with communist framework and ordinary people with special skills and knowledge bursting that arrangement. I know you are not religious sir, but I have to say that these writers are seeing the beast system predicted in the bible. The beast is here and has been growing and growing and growing…

    9th December 2013 at 8:29 am

  13. sensetti says:

    Yes it can be done. Stand by bb and I will work this out for you.

    9th December 2013 at 9:08 am

  14. Hope@ZeroKelvin says:

    I am not as optimistic that we have until 2020 for this 4th Turning.

    9th December 2013 at 9:30 am

  15. Gayle says:

    With every passing day, we peasants lose ground in our capacity to fight the evil empire. The technology arrayed against us is formidable, but we lack the will to scale it back. The propaganda machine spews forth the daily lies with impunity, rarely held accountabe by anyone. Like the Old Testament prophets crying in the wilderness their warnings, the Ron Pauls, Edward Snowdens, Alex Joneses, and even the Jim Quinns are dismissed and ridiculed for their dire predictions. The coming closure of large swaths of the Internet will put an end to their nonsense though.

    There’s a perverse fascination with living in the midst of a collapse of civilization, although I’m getting weary of the anger I feel every day about a thousand small cuts that are bleeding us to death. I wish I could muster any optimism that this Turning will have a positive outcome. Hunger Games indeed.

    Now I’ll try to have a happy day while I still can.

    9th December 2013 at 10:01 am

  16. TPC says:

    @HZK – Mid 2020’s it should be “resolved” one way or another. Given the timetable, I think we are looking at the 2016 election catalyzing some of the general public’s angst.

    No idea what it would take for that to happen though. The police have continued to crack down harder and harder on the citizenry, and while it hasn’t been covered by the MSM, the rise in social media has caused these stories to run rampant anyways.

    Hillary Clinton 2016, let the FEMA Games BEGIN!

    9th December 2013 at 10:26 am

  17. Olga says:

    Nice – sent it to the daughter (26) who is half way through The Fourth Turning.

    9th December 2013 at 10:42 am

  18. Stephen says:

    Very Interesting article, as always. I believe, we are in the hands of organized evil masquerading as a “good.” One could call it satanic possession.

    9th December 2013 at 11:47 am

  19. Administrator says:

    RE

    Is it true that Ford, Jobs and Gates killed 7 million people?

    9th December 2013 at 11:58 am

  20. Thinker says:

    Another great piece, Jim. Looking forward to the next installment.

    In the meantime, another example of a 4T in progress; I don’t know if any of you have been to Singapore (I lived there for 3 years) but it’s as similar to a Big Brother state as you’re going to find. Their methods aren’t as barbaric as North Korea, but the surveillance, restrictions on behavior and government run by a “chosen few” makes the U.S. look like the freest place on earth. People are getting fed up with it, apparently.

    Singapore shocked by worst riots since 1969
    http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/09/singapore-shocked-by-worst-riots-the-first-since-1969/

    9th December 2013 at 12:44 pm

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  22. Rise Up says:

    Stephen said:
    Very Interesting article, as always. I believe, we are in the hands of organized evil masquerading as a “good.” One could call it satanic possession.

    Consider another possibility, wild as it may sound:

    http://www.metahistory.org/gnostique/archonfiles/AlienDreaming.php

    Don’t let the term ‘Alien’ through you off here…yes, there is an ‘Alien’ connection, but not some wild-ass science-fiction. This comes from the Nag Hammadi texts found in Egypt in 1945. Fascinating stuff.

    9th December 2013 at 4:15 pm

  23. Spinalator says:

    “The superficial decadent upper class in the Capitol embraced overindulgence to such an extreme they purposely drank a concoction which would force them to throw up, so they could consume more”

    We have that, only slightly different, they’re called Imodium AD, Maalox, etc.

    9th December 2013 at 4:34 pm

  24. AWD says:

    Great article. I’m looking forward to the third hunger games movie, where, I hope, the president and all the swine in the Capital get what’s coming to ‘em. I haven’t read the books, but I’m sure that will be the eventual end, because it’s the eventual end of all tyranny and fascism.

    The fourth turning seems to me to be the fight against tyranny and fascism. I would wager that our government, the banksters, and Wall Street are much worse than the people in the movie. If you’ve ever been to Detroit, or the South side of Chicago, or the Bronx, or South Central LA, or any one of a hundred other ghetto shitholes run by democrats, they’re worse than any of the districts in the movie. And instead of starvation, people in the USSA struggle with obesity, which kills 340,000 people a year and is (see other post) the number one preventable cause of early death.

    I would wager if the 100 million people that vegetate and stuff themselves on the taxpayer’s dimes actually had to work for a living, they would be happier and healthier. All it’s going to take is another economic calamity to bring this whole country to it’s knees, and people will be murdering and pillaging what scraps are left (just like on black Friday). The tyrants and fascists and liberal progressives will soon be hanging from piano wire, with people hitting their corpses with folding chairs. The more shit they pull, the worse the blowback is going to be. It’s building now, you can feel it. It’s going to explode.

    9th December 2013 at 4:47 pm

  25. Rise Up says:

    Ain’t gonna be no blowback, AWD. Just as you say, too many obese peeps who can barely get up a single flight of stairs. Consider how fragmented a society the USSA is now with all the ‘diversity’ of cultures and nationalities. No common ground, no common religion, i.e., no common rallying point. Just the way the guv wants it to be. Keep us fragmented, fat, stupid, and drugged up to keep us from rising up.

    The boot only presses harder on your neck.

    9th December 2013 at 5:17 pm

  26. backwardsevolution says:

    Admin – great article! People better start looking around and listening to what you’re saying. My daughter just finished reading “1984,” and she thought it was brilliant. As a teenager, she can see what’s happening and how it parallels the book. You wouldn’t believe how many of her friends think the same way. There must be some intelligent and very aware parents out there, because when I talk to these kids, they nod their heads in agreement, and then tell me what they’ve discovered.

    Godfrey Bloom (member of the European Parliament) also has some interesting words to say:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBVFpYN0iNo

    Thanks, Admin.

    9th December 2013 at 6:02 pm

  27. Arizona says:

    2020,HUH,well I know for sure you ain’t got that kind of time,as a matter of fact ,everyones out of time,and you better be getting ready,THE WORLD doesn’t see a a major change in direction very offen,BUT the truth is THE WHOLE WORLD is on the presipise of a major change that will stear the world in a new direction,and its on the horizon right NOW,and coming this way fast,NUCLEAR WAR,for the first time in americas history,America faces total destruction,sadly it can’t be avoided,to many americans would be just as happy dead as they would be alive,get close to the LORD,or you will be left to face whats coming,and like the BIBLE says ,they will wish for death ,but won’t find it……………

    9th December 2013 at 7:02 pm

  28. Reverse Engineer says:

    “Is it true that Ford, Jobs and Gates killed 7 million people?”-JQ

    After careful research, I discovered that of the 11M Global Highway Fatalities since 1898, 7M of them were in Fords.

    Of the 15M Chinese factory workers who committed suicide in the last decade, 7M of them worked for Apple or Microsoft suppliers.

    Not only that, the Bill & Melinda Gates/Buffet Foundation has developed a Poison Pill Vaccine designed to eliminate the entire population of Africa, Asia and Philadelphia Bedroom Communities with an electromagnetic trigger, automatically tripped if S&P drops below 1000.

    It was nice knowing you Jimbo. :)

    RE

    9th December 2013 at 7:45 pm

  29. dc.sunsets says:

    S&H may have underestimated the shitstorm that’s promised.

    Today nearly 1/4 of school children are not “native English speakers.” School districts are firing good teachers to hire bilingual-qualified new teachers in masses.

    Today America is more segregated than ever, with delusional leftists attempting to paper over the 40 year complete destruction of blacks in society, destroyed by the welfare state’s perverse incentives.

    Today we a mad gleam in the eyes of most of the “leaders” on TV, a gleam they all share in common with JIM JONES! (Peoples Temple, anyone?)

    Our monetary system is now so debauched that the Fed can create over a $ Trillion per year out of thin air and NO public criticism of it exists in the forums seen by 95% of Americans.

    The investment idea for the next 20 years may be “long machetes.” Rwanda may have nothing on us in coming years.

    BTW, Collins’ stories of her father are BULLSHIT by definition. If she placed him in her books, he’d be among those slaughtering the wogs as the career military officer he was.

    I’m sick of people suggesting that we can learn jack from people in the military. The vast majority of those in the military deem the rest of us subhuman, the vast majority of soldiers embrace the endless propaganda that to “serve” makes a man (or woman) BETTER than the rest of us ignorant cowards. It never occurs to them that the people with their boot on the face of the rest of us could not do ANYTHING were it not for those who enlist to SERVE (their masters).

    Those in the military ARE the boot of the elites (and their sock-puppet politicians). Without people who are the FIST of the elite, the elite would have NO POWER.

    Collins’ father was one of those staffing the “fist.”

    Let’s call a spade a spade for once.

    10th December 2013 at 9:40 am

  30. dc.sunsets says:

    Books like Hunger Games serve as a pressure relief valve to keep the status quo from ever changing.

    What did Orwell’s books change? Huxley’s? NOT ONE DAMN THING!

    Were people already illiterate by the time Kennedy was assassinated and the CIA basically formed its own secret, permanent government in order to direct the trillions of dollars of wealth that goes missing periodically from the Pentagon and other unaccountable subunits of our Leviathan government?

    No.

    No one gave a damn then, no one gives a damn now. To argue that people as a whole, or even a small subpopulation, learn diddly-squat from literature is ahistorical.

    Human social behavior is a complex system whose rules are yet poorly understood. I argue that nothing “outside” (like literature or movies) has any significant, lasting effect.

    The world goes by itself, and societies go from liberty/prosperity to complacency/narcissism to anger/despair/collapse in a vast fractal.

    Even the Oxford Dictionary’s 2013 Word-of-the-Year, “Selfie,” gets this one right.

    10th December 2013 at 9:50 am

  31. The Anti-Gnostic says:

    No. There’s something else going on. The Hunger Games makes for a nice after-school special for teenagers feeling their oats, but in the real world, any society wealthy enough and technologically advanced enough to host such fantastic pageants will just automate the mines and pay people not to work.

    What is being overlooked here is the vast, r-selected proletarian tide that is literally waxing fat off transfer payments from K-selected net producers. When the system collapses due to a plundered tax base, there won’t be any “police brutality” or “TSA thuggery,” because they’ll have all left to go protect their families from Third World mayhem we’ve thoughtlessly allowed into our high-trust, high-investment society.

    The dichotomy between governors and governed vanishes once the money runs out. The real fault lines are between K-selected groups and r-selected groups, tracking mostly but by no means exclusively along racial and ethnic lines.

    When the State collapses, we will indeed have anarcho-capitalism, and I think the anarcho-capitalists will be the least prepared for it. They’ve been telling us all along that the State exists and Corporations exist but Nations, Faiths, Tribes and Clans do not.

    When it’s back to blood, which has been the cycle for all of human history, they’ll weep like orphans.

    10th December 2013 at 11:30 am

  32. TPC says:

    “I feel like I will see this on my doorstep….soon” – Upon seeing the music video for No Church in the Wild

    “You should read them, its like looking in the future.” – After reading the Hunger games trilogy

    “West Virginia already looks like that.” – After seeing the first movie.

    The short list of quotes above is (almost) verbatim from friends and family. The books/movies have a much greater effect than you think.

    1984 was a warning.

    The Hunger Games is what happens when that warning isn’t set in some unnamed future, but in our immediate one.

    10th December 2013 at 11:50 am

  33. JJ3 says:

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/12/jim-quinn/the-4th-turning-2/

    Hey Jim your article made the Lew Rockwell blog today, not sure if you were aware. Well done.

    10th December 2013 at 12:08 pm

  34. SSS says:

    Nice article, Admin. A few observations:

    1. Reverse Engineer (RE) actually said something funny (his 7:45 pm comment above).

    2. “Hunger Games” author Susan “Collins was a military brat who was fortunate enough to have a father that taught her the truth about historical events, not the propaganda taught in our public schools today.

    “He was career Air Force, a military specialist, a historian, and a doctor of political science. When I was a kid, he was gone for a year in Viet Nam.”
    —–from the article

    I was a career Air Force officer, a military specialist, amateur historian, have a degree in political science, and served a one-year tour in Vietnam. Therefore, I might be Susan Collins father. Heh.

    3. “Today, it has become clear to all critical thinking people that a small cabal of super-rich men constituting an invisible ruling class have captured our financial and political system.”
    —-from the article

    True. Led by the despicable corporate raider Carl Icahn, worth $20 billion. He is the epitome, along with George Soros, of men who have created wealth and power for themselves while producing nothing but destruction and chaos.

    10th December 2013 at 12:59 pm

  35. Olga says:

    Okay – I had to google K-selected and r-selected ..

    http://www.koanicsoul.com/blog/a-critique-of-anonymous-conservatives-rk-selection-theory/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R/K_selection_theory

    10th December 2013 at 1:10 pm

  36. Billy says:

    flash

    You said “The great historical patterns always overwhelm national politics and specific ideologies in the course of time. Just as the various mono-ethnic nations came into being in the first place, they will recreate themselves over and over again, and there is no government or ideology that is capable of standing in the way of the basic human instinct to be surrounded by one’s own kind in periods of uncertainty, economic contraction and international chaos.”

    Absolutely.

    This dovetails neatly with my own observations… I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating:

    One the population of “others” in any country reaches the magic number of 40%, that country rapidly devolves into chaos and civil war. The ONLY thing that keeps it from happening is the iron hand of a dictatorship holding things together. You can buy off ‘others’ with bread and circuses for a time, but they will tire of that, eventually.

    Whites are currently +/- 65% of the population of the US. And that number is falling fast, either through the number of whites actually dwindling, or the population of “others” rising rapidly in relation to the number of whites…

    It doesn’t matter if someone self-identifies as racist or anti-racist… it’s easier to identify your enemy at a distance when they don’t look like you. That’s just the way it is.

    10th December 2013 at 2:37 pm

  37. Mr Clark says:

    Thank you Thank you Thank you
    Just like Mrs Collins, Mr Quinn’s writings here express what many of us recognize and feel
    Our capitol has done much to prepare for a rebellion, and is currently trying to placate the masses with payoffs of EBT school grants, housing and energy vouchers, and more… while these are actually valid forms of social safety net fabric, they are paltry compared to the riches gifted to those close to the top
    It may be that the coming drone armies are another attempt to create a path around insurrection, we shall soon see…

    10th December 2013 at 8:03 pm

  38. Bill Johnson says:

    Coincidentally, my teenage son is a big fan of Hunger Games books and movies. From the beginning, I have been showing him the parallels between the movie and our current situation. Washington DC is the center of 6 of the wealthiest counties in the country. As of 2012, it is the only region in our country where real estate prices were above pre-crash levels. Thanks to a bloated government and crony capitalism, it is nearly recession proof. We pay homage to our militaristic ways and claim that we are exceptional. The freakish fashions and body alterations are no longer limited to Hollywood and the “beautiful” people. The Hunger Games is eerily close to where we are as a nation.

    10th December 2013 at 10:40 pm

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  40. Texian says:

    The world holds much hate, suffering, death, and grief. However, the Bible is God”s love letter to this sin-sick world. Many years ago, the spirit of God convinced my heart that I was a SINNER, So then I yearned to be free of sin Soon thereafter, He convinced me that I was a LOST-WITH-NO-HOPE-OF-STAYING-OUT-OF-HELL sinner. At that point, I asked for mercy. His loving response was to cause me to hear and understand the “gospel,” a word that means “good news.” The following God-inspired words are a very important part of the gospel:

    “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him [Jesus] should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16, the holy Bible). “He who believes on the Son hath everlasting life, [but] he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36, the holy Bible).

    God’s holy Bible is viewable and easily searchable at http://www.biblegateway.com

    11th December 2013 at 11:20 pm

  41. fallout11 says:

    AWD, and for anyone else who has not read the books and is expecting the power elite to get what is coming to them in the upcoming third Hunger Games film, lets just say you are going to be sorely disappointed.

    12th December 2013 at 11:46 am

  42. Skinny says:

    When you watch the current bunch in Washington running roughshod over the remainder of the country it makes one long for the tyranny of King George. Imagine if the King had the IRS, EPA and the armored division of the FDA at his disposal. The lords in D.C. have realized that a garrison of Hessians on Staten Island does not an occupying force make. Bribery, regulation and arbitrary enforcement of 2000 page laws is how you occupy a populace. The dreck spewing from TV screens is just a fortunate byproduct.

    12th December 2013 at 8:13 pm

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