OUR TOTALITARIAN FUTURE – PART ONE

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Posted on 28th July 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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“On the first Christmas Day the population of our planet was about two hundred and fifty millions — less than half the population of modern China. Sixteen cen­turies later, when the Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plym­outh Rock, human numbers had climbed to a little more than five hundred millions. By the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, world pop­ulation had passed the seven hundred million mark. In 1931, when I was writing Brave New World, it stood at just under two billions. Today, only twenty-seven years later, there are two billion eight hundred million of us. And tomorrow — what?” Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited – 1958

As the world explodes in violence, war, riots, and uprisings, it is challenging to step back and examine the bigger picture. With airliners being shot down over the Ukraine, missiles flying between Israel and Gaza, ongoing civil war in Syria, Iraq falling apart as ISIS gains ground, dictatorship crackdown in Egypt, Turkey on the verge of revolution, Iran gaining control of Iraq, Saudi Arabia fomenting violence, Africa dissolving into chaos, South America imploding and sending their children across our purposely porous southern border, Mexico under the control of drug lords, China experiencing a slow motion real estate collapse, Japan experiencing their third decade of Keynesian failure, facing a demographic nightmare scenario while being slowly poisoned by radiation, and Chinese-Japanese relations moving towards World War II levels, it is easy to get lost in the day to day minutia of history in the making.

Why is this happening at this point in history? Why is the average American economically worse off today than they were at the height of the economic crisis in 2009? Why is the Cold War returning with a vengeance? Why is the Federal Reserve still employing emergency monetary policies when we are supposedly five years into a recovery and the stock market has attained record highs? Why do the ECB and European politicians continue to paper over the insolvency of their banks and governments? Why did the U.S. support the ouster of a dictator we supported for decades in Egypt and then support the elevation of a new dictator after we didn’t like the policies of the democratically elected president? Why did the U.S. eliminate the leader of Libya and allow the country to descend into anarchy and civil war? Why did the U.S. fund and provoke a revolutionary overthrow of a democratically elected leader in the Ukraine? Why did the U.S. fund and arm Al Qaeda associated rebels in Syria who are now fighting our supposed allies in Iraq? Why has the U.S. been occupying Afghanistan for the last thirteen years with the result being a Taliban that is stronger than ever? Why are the BRIC countries forming a monetary union to challenge USD domination? Why is the U.S. attempting to provoke Russia into a conflict with NATO?

Why is the U.S. government collecting every electronic communication made by every American? Why is the U.S. government spying on world leader allies? Why is the U.S. government providing military equipment to local police forces? Why is the U.S. military conducting training exercises within U.S. cities? Why is the U.S. government attempting to restrict Second Amendment rights? Why is the U.S. government attempting to control and lockdown the internet? Why has the U.S. government chosen to treat the Fourth Amendment as if it is obsolete? Why is the national debt still rising by $750 billion per year ($2 billion per day) if the economy is back to normal? Why have 12 million working age Americans left the workforce since the economic recovery began? How could the unemployment rate be back at 2008 levels when there are 14 million more working age Americans and the same number employed as in 2008? Why are there 13 million more people on food stamps today than there were at the start of the economic recovery in 2009? Why have home prices risen by 25% since 2012 when mortgage applications have been at fourteen year lows? Why are Wall Street profits and bonuses at record highs while the real median household income stagnates at 1998 levels?

Why do 98% of incumbent politicians get re-elected when congressional approval levels are lower than whale shit? Why are oil prices four times higher than they were in 2003 if the U.S. is supposedly on the verge of energy independence? Why do the corporate controlled mainstream media choose to entertain and regurgitate government propaganda rather than inform, investigate and seek the truth? Why do corporations and shadowy billionaires control the politicians, media, judges, and financial system in their ravenous quest for more riches? Why has the public allowed a privately owned bank to control our currency and inflate away 96% of its value in 100 years? Why have American parents allowed their children to be programmed and dumbed down by government run public schools? Why have Americans allowed themselves to be lured into debt in an effort to appear wealthy and successful? Why have Americans permitted their brains to atrophy through massive doses of social media, reality TV, iGadget addiction, and a cultural environment of techno-narcissism? Why have Americans lost their desire to read, think critically, question authority, act responsibly, defer gratification, and care about future generations? Why have Americans sacrificed their freedoms, liberties and rights for the false expectation of safety and security? Why will we pay dearly for our delusional, materialistic, debt financed idiocy? – Because we never learn the lessons of history.

There are so many questions and no truthful answers forthcoming from those who pass for leaders in this increasingly totalitarian world. Our willful ignorance, apathy, hubris and arrogance will have consequences. Just because it hasn’t happened yet, doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen. The cyclicality of history guarantees a further deepening of this Crisis. The world has evolved from totalitarian hegemony to republican liberty and regressed back to totalitarianism throughout the centuries. Anyone honestly assessing the current state of the world and our country would unequivocally conclude we have regressed back towards a totalitarian regime where a small cabal of powerful oligarchs believes they can control and manipulate the masses in their gluttonous desire for treasure. Aldous Huxley foretold all the indicators of a world descending into totalitarianism due to overpopulation, propaganda, brainwashing, consumerism, and dumbing down of a distracted populace in his 1958 reassessment of his 1931 novel Brave New World.

Is There a Limit?

“At the rate of increase prevailing between the birth of Christ and the death of Queen Elizabeth I, it took sixteen centuries for the population of the earth to double. At the present rate it will double in less than half a century. And this fantastically rapid doubling of our numbers will be taking place on a planet whose most desirable and pro­ductive areas are already densely populated, whose soils are being eroded by the frantic efforts of bad farmers to raise more food, and whose easily available mineral capital is being squandered with the reckless extravagance of a drunken sailor getting rid of his accumulated pay.” Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited – 1958

Demographics are easy to extrapolate and arrive at an accurate prediction, as long as the existing conditions and trends remain relatively constant. Huxley was accurate in his doubling prediction. The world population was 2.9 billion in 1958. It only took 39 years to double again to 5.8 billion in 1997. It has grown by 24% in the last 17 years to the current level of 7.2 billion. According to United Nations projections, world population is projected to reach 9.6 billion in 2050. The fact that it would take approximately 70 years for the world’s population to double from the 1997 level reveals a slowing growth rate, as the death rate in many developed countries surpasses their birth rate. The population of the U.S. grew from 175 million in 1958 to 320 million today, an 83% increase in 56 years.

The rapid population growth over the last century from approximately 1.8 billion in 1914, despite two horrific world wars, is attributable to cheap, easy to access oil and advances in medical technology made possible by access to cheap oil. The projection of 9.6 billion in 2050 is based upon an assumption the world’s energy, food and water resources can sustain that many people, no world wars kill a few hundred million people, no incurable diseases spread across the globe and there is no catastrophic geologic, climate, or planetary events. I’ll take the under on the 9.6 billion.

Anyone viewing the increasingly violent world situation without bias can already see the strain that overpopulation has created. Today, six countries contain half the world’s population.

A cursory examination of population trends around the world provides a frightening glimpse into a totalitarian future marked by vicious resource wars, violent upheaval and starvation for millions. India, a country one third the size of the United States, has four times the population of the United States. A vast swath of the population lives in poverty and squalor. India contains the largest concentration (25%) of people living below the World Bank’s international poverty line of $1.25 per day. According to the U.N. India is expected to add 400 million people to its cities by 2050. Its capital city Delhi already ranks as the second largest in the world, with 25 million inhabitants. The city has more than doubled in size since 1990. The assumptions in these U.N. projections are flawed. Without rapidly expanding economic growth, capital formation and energy resources, the ability to employ, house, feed, clothe, transport, and sustain 400 million more people will be impossible. Disease, starvation, civil unrest, war and a totalitarian government would be the result. With its mortal enemy Pakistan, already the sixth most populated country in the world, jamming 182 million people into an area one quarter the size of India and one twelfth the size of the U.S. and growing faster than India, war over resources and space will be inevitable. And both countries have nuclear arms.

More than half the globe’s inhabitants now live in urban areas, with China, India and Nigeria forecast to see the most urban growth over the next 30 years. Twenty-four years ago, there were 10 megacities with populations pushing above the 10 million mark. Today, there are 28 megacities with areas of developing nations seeing faster growth: 16 in Asia, 4 in Latin America, 3 in Africa, 3 in Europe and 2 in North America. The world is expected to have 41 sprawling megacities over the next few decades with developing nations representing the majority of that growth. Today, Tokyo, with 38 million people, is the largest in the world, followed by New Delhi, Jakarta, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, Manila, and Karachi – all exceeding 20 million people.

To highlight the rapid population growth of the developing world, the New York metropolitan area containing 18 million people was ranked as the third largest urban area in the world in 1990. Today it is ranked ninth and is expected to be ranked fourteenth by 2030. The U.S. had the fewest births since 1998 last year at 3.95 million. We also had the highest recorded deaths in history at 2.54 million.  The fertility rate for 20- to 24-year-olds is now 83.1 births per 1,000 women, a record low. That combination created a gap in births over deaths that is the lowest it has been in 35 years.

This is the plight of the developed world (U.S., Europe, Japan) and even China (due to one child policy). According to the U.N. report, the population of developed regions will remain largely unchanged at around 1.3 billion from now until 2050. In contrast, the 49 least developed countries are projected to double in size from around 900 million people in 2013 to 1.8 billion in 2050. The rapid growth of desperately poor third world countries like Nigeria, Afghanistan, Niger, Congo, Ethiopia, and Uganda will create tremendous strain on their economic, political, social, and infrastructural systems. Nigeria’s population is projected to surpass the U.S. by 2050. Japan, Europe and Russia are in demographic death spirals. China is neutral, and the U.S. is expected to grow by another 89 million people. I wonder how many of them the BLS will classify as not in the labor force.

What are the implications to mankind of the world adding another billion people in the next twelve years, primarily in the poorest countries of Asia, Africa and South America? What does the world think of the U.S., which constitutes 4.4% of the world’s population, but consumes 20% of the world’s oil production and 24% of the world’s food? Will there be consequences to having the 85 richest people on earth accumulating as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion, with 1.2 billion surviving on less than $1.25 per day? Can a planet with finite amount of easily accessible financially viable extractable resources support an ever increasing number of people? Is there a limit to growth? I believe these questions will be answered in the next fifteen years as the dire consequences play out in civil strife, resource wars, totalitarian regimes, and societal collapse. Fourth Turning Crisis cycles always sweep away the existing social order and replace it with something new. It could be better or far worse.

Impact of Over-Population

“The problem of rapidly increasing numbers in relation to natural resources, to social stability and to the well-being of individuals — this is now the central problem of mankind; and it will remain the central problem certainly for another century, and perhaps for several centuries thereafter. Unsolved, that problem will render insoluble all our other problems. Worse still, it will create conditions in which individual free­dom and the social decencies of the democratic way of life will become impossible, almost unthinkable. Not all dictatorships arise in the same way. There are many roads to Brave New World; but perhaps the straightest and the broadest of them is the road we are travel­ing today, the road that leads through gigantic num­bers and accelerating increases.” Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited – 1958

The turmoil roiling the world today is a function of Huxley’s supposition that over-population pushes societies towards centralization and ultimately totalitarianism. The relentless growth in the world’s population, not matched by growth in energy resources, water, food, and living space, results in increasing tension, anger, economic decline, government dependency, war and ultimately totalitarianism. Huxley believed politicians and governments would increasingly resort to propaganda and misinformation to mislead citizens as the problems worsened and freedoms were revoked. Could this recent statement by our commander and chief of propaganda have made Edward Bernays and Joseph Goebbels any prouder?

“The world is less violent than it has ever been. It is healthier than it has ever been. It is more tolerant than it has ever been. It is better fed then it’s ever been. It is more educated than it’s ever been.”

I’m sure the people living in Gaza, the Ukraine, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Thailand, Turkey, Africa and American urban ghettos would concur with Obama’s less violent than ever mantra. Disease (Cholera, Malaria, Hepatitis, Aids, Tuberculosis, Ebola, Plague, SARS) and malnutrition beset third world countries, while the U.S. obesity epidemic caused by consumption of corporate processed food peddled to the masses through diabolical marketing methods enriches the mega-corporate food companies, as well as the corporate sick care complex. Religious wars and culture wars rage across the world as intolerance for others beliefs reaches all-time highs. After three decades of government controlled public education they have succeeded in dumbing down the masses through social engineering, propaganda, and promoting equality over excellence. Obama should stop trying to think and stick to what he does best – golf and fundraising. After reading his drivel, I’m reminded of a far more pertinent quote from Huxley:

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

The chart below details the fact that 12% of the world’s population in countries producing 9% of the world’s oil are currently in a state of war. The violence, war, and civil unrest roiling the Ukraine, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan are a direct result of U.S. meddling, instigation, and provocation. The U.S. government funds dictators (Hussein, Mubarak, Assad, Gaddafi) until they no longer serve their interests, engineer the overthrow of democratically elected leaders in countries (Iran, Egypt, Ukraine) that don’t toe the line, and dole out billions in military aid and arms to countries around the world in an effort to make them do our dirty work and enrich the military industrial complex. The true motivation behind most of the violence, intrigue and war is the U.S. need to maintain the U.S. petro-dollar hegemony and to control the flow of oil and natural gas throughout the world. The ruling oligarchy’s power, influence, and wealth are dependent upon dictating currency valuations and flow of oil and gas from foreign fiefdoms.

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In Huxley’s 1931 Brave New World fable the world’s population is maintained at an optimum level (just under 2 billion) calculated by those in control. This is done through technology and biological manipulation. Procreation through sexual intercourse is prohibited. Creation of the desired number of people in each class is scientifically determined and the classes are conditioned from birth to fulfill their roles in society. When Huxley reassessed his novel in 1958’s Brave New World Revisited he didn’t argue for an optimum level of population. He simply hypothesized a close correlation between too many people, multiplying too rapidly, and the formulation of authoritarian philosophies and rise of totalitarian sys­tems of government.

The introduction of penicillin, DDT, and clean water into even the poorest countries on the planet had the effect of rapidly decreasing death rates around the globe. Meanwhile, birth rates continued to increase due to religious, social and cultural taboos surrounding birth control and the illiteracy and ignorance of those in the poorest regions of the world. The ultimate result has been an explosion in population growth in the developing world, least able to sustain that growth. Huxley just uses common sense in concluding that as an ever growing population presses more heavily upon accessible resources, the economic position of the society undergoing this ordeal becomes ever more precarious.

It essentially comes down to the laws of economics. Most of the developing world is economic basket cases. They cannot produce food, consumer goods, housing, schools, infrastructure, teachers, managers, scientists or educated workers at the same rate as their population growth. Therefore, it is impossible to improve the wretched conditions of the vast majority, as they wallow in squalor. Unless a country can produce more than it consumes, it cannot generate the surplus capital needed to invest in machinery, agricultural production, manufacturing facilities, and education. The rapidly growing population sinks further into poverty and despair. Huxley grasps the nefarious implications for freedom and liberty as over-population wreaks havoc around the globe:

“Whenever the economic life of a nation becomes pre­carious, the central government is forced to assume additional responsibilities for the general welfare. It must work out elaborate plans for dealing with a criti­cal situation; it must impose ever greater restrictions upon the activities of its subjects; and if, as is very likely, worsening economic conditions result in polit­ical unrest, or open rebellion, the central government must intervene to preserve public order and its own authority. More and more power is thus concentrated in the hands of the executives and their bureaucratic managers.”Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited – 1958

Despots, dictators, and power hungry presidents arise in an atmosphere of fear, scarce resources, hopelessness, and misery. As the power of the central government grows the freedoms, liberties and rights of the people are diminished and ultimately relinquished.

In Part Two, I examine our relentless path towards totalitarianism and war.

57 Comments
  1. Anonymous says:

    “宁为太平犬,莫作乱离人 or
    “better to live as a dog in an era of peace than a man in times of trouble.”

    28th July 2014 at 9:26 pm

  2. Anonymous says:

    Malthus was right

    28th July 2014 at 9:27 pm

  3. AWD says:

    Over population?

    I guess no buddy has been to rural America. It’s paradise. Let the City Boys carve each other up. We couNty folk thrive when the government collapses under 20 TRILLON when Obama tap dances out of office and anarchy reigns. If you,re living the city or\burbs,nyou be looted,raped,and murede by black wile yuff, or Mexican. you won’t last long. Get out of the city while still can. rural life rulz!

    28th July 2014 at 9:35 pm

  4. Sensetti says:

    Ebola is going to wipe out a large swath of humanity. Don’t concern yourself with overpopulation it will correct itself. Disease and warfare will be the great equalizer of humanities excess.

    28th July 2014 at 10:01 pm

  5. Anonymous says:

    Seriously Angry White Dude you believe you are insulated from any of this. Might as well believe that fantasy. Certainly a rural area is better, but what about potable water, are you water secure?

    28th July 2014 at 10:04 pm

  6. Sensetti says:

    I have an endless supply of fresh spring water on my property

    28th July 2014 at 10:07 pm

  7. llpoh says:

    Anonymous – stop being an asshole (it is you, isn’t it, BS?). Enough potable water to survive in rural Illinois can be caught off a rooftop, so long as there is a tank to catch it.

    28th July 2014 at 10:08 pm

  8. AWD says:

    Anonymous

    Go fuck yourself. If you don’t the post, don’t take a shit aand walk off. Just make sure you gofuck yourself asswipe. pussy.

    28th July 2014 at 10:12 pm

  9. AWD says:

    I live on a “strip pit”, former strip miing spot in the twenties. 90 feet deep. Pletny of water and land. I’m prepared, beleve you fucking me.

    28th July 2014 at 10:17 pm

  10. llpoh says:

    AWD – ‘sic ‘em. We have too many assholes hanging around these days. And they do not even have the balls to identify themselves. What a bunch of pussy low-life jerk-offs.

    28th July 2014 at 10:24 pm

  11. AWD says:

    these assholes contribute nothing. brain dead piles monkey shit.

    asshole-merit-badge.jpg

    28th July 2014 at 10:29 pm

  12. Anonymous says:

    AWD said he has land in a national park.

    How is that?

    28th July 2014 at 10:41 pm

  13. Anonymous says:

    Im not gonna go typo nazi on you AWD but have you been drinking? NTIGAS.

    28th July 2014 at 10:49 pm

  14. Anonymous says:

    I was the first Anon and not the second (Malthus), admin can verify.

    28th July 2014 at 10:51 pm

  15. Anonymous says:

    Meanwhile AWD quenches his thirst

    28th July 2014 at 10:54 pm

  16. Anonymous says:

    brain dead piles monkey shit. -AWD

    Seriously? You have no idea you ignorant Jane slut.

    28th July 2014 at 10:56 pm

  17. Old Buck says:

    looking forward to part two. Great post Thanks

    28th July 2014 at 11:09 pm

  18. Anonymous says:

    I tell you again, Ass While Drunk, think tanks, all of them, are supported by big business. We do not have socialism,that word has become nothing more than a pejorative to politically bash one another over the head so the WWF polarized crowd cheers it all on. I am not for that, but I am also against capitalism that uses government laws and regulation to increase sheople shearing via elected representatives. This is how empires end. When the gropermint works for special interests it cannot end well.

    I say, dont do this, it cannot end well IMO.

    28th July 2014 at 11:24 pm

  19. Anonymous says:

    I appreciate admins hard work and his articles, good t. I mean that. What saddens me is that many do not understand finance, or even history of it.

    Your a good man Jim.

    28th July 2014 at 11:27 pm

  20. bruce says:

    Anonymous.
    There are many private homes, cabins, and ranches within the boundaries of National Parks or a National Forrest. The bounds of some of these areas are vast. Take a look at any USGS Quad map covering areas or parts of areas designated as National Forrest and count how many private residences, private mining operations, farms or ranch’s you can find. Get a map of your own area or an area close to you. Its amazing what all you can find that is abandoned, bypassed, forgotten, or hidden even in populated areas. If nothing else you will know where to run to and where to hide when the SHTF and the FSA zombie swam approaches.

    28th July 2014 at 11:29 pm

  21. bb says:

    Great job admin ,whether you believe it or not I always look forward to reading your articles. Thanks for taking the time to write.

    28th July 2014 at 11:32 pm

  22. T4C says:

    “s there a limit to growth?”

    Of course….and it can be done naturally, or unnaturally.

    “Whenever the economic life of a nation becomes pre­carious, ……It must work out elaborate plans for dealing with a critical situation….”

    I don’t believe for a nanosecond that not only was the ‘thinning of the herds’ implemented a couple of decades ago, but that there also seems to be a little bounce in TPTBs’ steps due to an increasing array of ‘tools’ to speed things along if necessary. Everything from ‘Death by a thousand cuts’ to ‘Death of thousands with a single cut’, i.e. war, biological agents etc.

    Population Control?…..The Managers have that covered.

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    This will be “selective”

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    28th July 2014 at 11:36 pm

  23. Bullshit Sommelier says:

    llpoh says:

    Anonymous – stop being an asshole (it is you, isn’t it, BS?). 

    No, I just got here. I’m the one who keeps doppling you with the ‘aye ya ya ya’ comments. You about to head in to work?

    29th July 2014 at 12:25 am

  24. howard in nyc says:

    Hey Quinn:

    Great summary of our current plight. I’ll be passing this one around. Bravo, as usual.

    I still peak at your essays regularly. I pulled back from posting because the small but significant percentage of hateful, ignorant and racist junk just bums me out, and my patience for such is at an all time low.

    OTOH, I miss the cast of idiots in here, llpoh, stuck and AWD and the rest. I miss particularly the juvenile and often racial yet good-natured humor and barbs. (There is a clear difference, and I ain’t here to lecture or admonish, just to say hi.) Anyway, a holla to my niggas up in here, I’ll pop back around as my tender sensibilities allow.

    29th July 2014 at 1:40 am

  25. Zarathustra says:

    howard in nyc says:

    Hey Quinn:

    Great summary of our current plight. I’ll be passing this one around. Bravo, as usual.

    I still peak at your essays regularly. I pulled back from posting because the small but significant percentage of hateful, ignorant and racist junk just bums me out, and my patience for such is at an all time low.

    OTOH, I miss the cast of idiots in here, llpoh, stuck and AWD and the rest. I miss particularly the juvenile and often racial yet good-natured humor and barbs. (There is a clear difference, and I ain’t here to lecture or admonish, just to say hi.) Anyway, a holla to my niggas up in here, I’ll pop back around as my tender sensibilities allow.
    __________________________

    Great to see you back, doctor. My anti-semitic ass welcomes you :)

    29th July 2014 at 1:52 am

  26. llpoh says:

    Howard – Damn, this redskin has missed your sorry ass. You always make me think. Don’t be a stranger.

    BTW – how is your business going? Small business is fun, right? (sarcasm off) Hope you are making heaps.

    29th July 2014 at 2:09 am

  27. NickelthroweR says:

    As I sit here in an airport in Moscow and look at the incredible amount of infrastructure needed to move people around, I’m reminded of the simple fact that 90% of all Americans would be dead within a few weeks the very second modern transportation ceases to exist. All it would take for this to happen would be the people sending us all that tasty oil in exchange for our worthless IOU’s to, well, just stop.

    As a quick reminder, a barrel of oil contains 40,000 man hours worth of labor. Imagine what will happen when all those energy slaves we are used to having around just vanish. The breakdown of this infrastructure will send us back to the 1850′s pretty quickly population included.

    We are all on this rollercoaster together so I say enjoy it while it lasts ’cause it probably wont last much longer.

    29th July 2014 at 3:26 am

  28. Administrator says:

    “Every dictatorship has ultimately strangled in the web of repression it wove for its people, making mistakes that could not be corrected because criticism was prohibited.”

    Robert F. Kennedy

    29th July 2014 at 6:14 am

  29. Administrator says:

    “The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson — and I am not wholly excepting the Administration of W[oodrow] W[ilson]. The country is going through a repetition of Jackson’s fight with the Bank of the United States — only on a far bigger and broader basis.”

    Franklin D. Roosevelt, Letter to Col. Edward Mandell House, 21 November 1933

    29th July 2014 at 6:15 am

  30. whatever says:

    “NickelthroweR says:

    As I sit here in an airport in Moscow and look at the incredible amount of infrastructure needed to move people around, I’m reminded of the simple fact that 90% of all Americans would be dead within a few weeks the very second modern transportation ceases to exist”

    But the Russians will carry on as ever they have. With or without it.

    That should tell you something.

    Enjoy your trip.

    29th July 2014 at 7:19 am

  31. card802 says:

    Something is going to pop. A market collapse, the demise of the dollar with the FSA marching, water wars, currency wars, religious wars, made up wars, collapse of the electric grid, or some new super bug.
    I don’t care about myself, but I have three new grand babies and a fourth on the way.

    What kind of new world awaits them?

    “As for man, there is little reason to think that he can in the long run escape the fate of other creatures, and if there is a biological law of flux and reflux, his situation is now a highly perilous one. During ten thousand years his numbers have been on the upgrade in spite of wars, pestilences, and famines. This increase in population has become more and more rapid. Biologically, man has for too long a time been rolling an uninterrupted run of sevens.”

    ― George R. Stewart, Earth Abides

    29th July 2014 at 7:20 am

  32. Sensetti says:

    Welcome back Howard

    29th July 2014 at 7:56 am

  33. Administrator says:

    Howard

    I do miss your insights on TBP. I feel the same way about TBP sometimes. My belief in free speech generally overrides my distaste for some of the rhetoric. I know we’ve lost valuable commenters because of it.

    I go to your blog to make sure your still alive.

    29th July 2014 at 8:09 am

  34. AWD says:

    howard in nyc

    Great to see you back, we missed you

    29th July 2014 at 8:45 am

  35. Welshman says:

    Good hearing from you Howard in NYC,

    I miss your input also, hope you are having a good summer.

    29th July 2014 at 8:54 am

  36. Tommy says:

    T4C and admin, and the rest of you monkeys – after reading the ten part series of ‘SDR and the new bretton woods’ over at philosophyofmetris.com and trying to integrate it with T4T…..I answered questions that had been on my mind for some time. But I also have new ones – anybody else out there know this stuff?….T4C I never got back to see if you had a response to my question of zerohedge vs. j.c.collins – did you have one or did I miss it?

    Regarding this site’s increasing raciss take, maybe….maybe not. But, when you find a place that realizes statistics aren’t raciss, the casual observer will just dismiss it as another hate zone, to their detriment.

    29th July 2014 at 9:36 am

  37. TeresaE says:

    Dearest Admin, your writing brings words to the darting thoughts in my head. Huxley was prescient, and premature, you bring him to the 2000s, for the masses whom dare to read the truth in your thought provoking essays. I so thank you for that.

    Card802 says, “I don’t care about myself, but I have three new grand babies and a fourth on the way.

    What kind of new world awaits them? ” Isn’t that just the scariest thing ever? I bounce my darling 19 month old grandgift, MJ, on my lap, and take a walk with my 9 year old daughter, and thoughts of repression, hunger, want, and the unfairness of it all, are constantly threatening to ruin life’s most precious moments. Unless I actively work to relieve stress and limit myself from thinking about the reality. That is just so screwed up. Sigh. But, it surely makes the moments more precious, I’ve found a new appreciation of my ability to create memories from those modern activities that may not be around in 20 years. Fairs, festivals, mini golf, theaters, all these depend on cheap energy and a solid middle class. Enjoy today, hug today, smile today, do today, hugs to you Card and those grandbabies.

    @Howard, wow man, I think of you often. So much we could discuss concerning vitamin and mineral deficiencies and our modern medical and food industries. My brother, 38 years old, went from nitroglycerine, to magnesium, because he thankfully found a heart doc that knew about it. The first 5 had no clue. I think of you when I bless god for his continued life.

    Thanks again Jim. Thank you so very much for your continued efforts and concern. You are a better man than I. And I mean that both literally and figuratively.

    29th July 2014 at 9:37 am

  38. Tommy says:

    it’s philosophyofmetrics.com – I’m typo’ing today.

    Anyway, check it out and if you like it, you’ve got T4C to thank.

    29th July 2014 at 9:37 am

  39. Rise Up says:

    I knew another epic post was coming. This is very sobering and those questions are begging answers. We seem to be living under a time of dark forces and influences. Let’s hope this cycle is ending soon and the Kalki of our current era will arrive shortly.

    29th July 2014 at 9:38 am

  40. Rise Up says:

    Another video of grand cycles of time according to Maya and Hindu tradition. The visual imagery and graphics are well done. I hope some of you find this interesting (but it is over 24 minutes in length).
    It puts some perspective to what Huxley and others allude to w/regard to the future but on a much grander scale.

    29th July 2014 at 10:14 am

  41. T4C says:

    howard in nyc

    “I pulled back from posting because the small but significant percentage of hateful, ignorant and racist junk just bums me out, and my patience for such is at an all time low.”

    I hear ya’! I too had considered pulling back, if not leaving all together due to said issue, but…..that meant surrendering to ‘letting the bastards get me down’; allowing them to run rip-shod over everyone else; granting them a faux sense of power. Then a “Hell No!!” moment occurred to me and I realized I had a most effective tool…whilst requiring discipline and fortitude…that fixed what was actually my problem, aka, “my reaction.” How did I not see the solution at the get-go?!

    The cure: Don’t. Read. The. Offenders. Junk.

    **************

    Admin

    “I know we’ve lost valuable commenters because of it.”

    That’s truly unfortunate. It punctuates the worthlessness of the ‘small but significant percentage’ that use TBP as their personal latrine.

    “My belief in free speech generally overrides my distaste for some of the rhetoric.”

    Yes, the Road of Freedom is……a Tollroad.

    29th July 2014 at 10:23 am

  42. GilbertS says:

    Carrol Quigley pointed out in Tragedy and Hope every nation where the population outstrips its food supply is a dictatorship. You can’t preserve freedom and republicanism if the people are hungry enough to take the law into their own hands. Enter the new dark age of totalitarianism as the Earth seeks a more sustainable carrying capacity via disease, natural disaster, malnutrition, war, etc.

    BTW-does this mean that all our charities trying to feed folks just enough to survive in the terd world are perpetuating the problem and making it worse? Instead of letting people just die on their own, as they would naturally, are we making the problem worse by giving them food they can’t grow on their own, helping them to reproduce and thus burden their ecosystem with even more hungry mouthsI recognize no one wants to see people suffer. Still, the question is worth asking, since the increase in population beyond the planet’s carrying capacity affects us all.

    29th July 2014 at 10:40 am

  43. T4C says:

    Tommy

    “….T4C I never got back to see if you had a response to my question of zerohedge vs. j.c.collins – did you have one or did I miss it?”

    Yes I did. Here’s the link to see it.

    http://www.theburningplatform.com/2014/07/15/unemotional-analysis-required/

    JC hasn’t posted anything on his blog since July 16th. That makes me irritable. :)

    29th July 2014 at 10:55 am

  44. Pirate Jo says:

    Don’t have kids.

    29th July 2014 at 11:21 am

  45. Olga says:

    The problem is the whole Middle East is that our nation is the largest death merchant in the world with a 36.6% market share.

    China, who’s our buddy-buddy pals since they buy our Treasury paper does 10.8% of the world arms exporting.

    And Russia? Try 5%..

    And our other buds, the Saudis, French, Germans, and Brits? Combined they account for 13/4% of world arms sales.

    So this morning’s Reality Check is really pretty simple: The whole Western economic paradigm would collapse tomorrow if peace broke out.

    The world cannot afford peace. There’s no money in peace.

    And an abhorrent as it is to write this, you do realize that without proxy wars going on all over the world, the whole global economic system would collapse in a heap.

    http://urbansurvival.com/schizophrenic-tuesday/

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    With half the internet determined to slap “hoax” on the Report from Iron Mountain , statements like the above does make me wonder ….

    http://educate-yourself.org/nwo/reportironmountain1.shtml

    29th July 2014 at 11:23 am

  46. Tommy says:

    T4C, that’s where I’m at as well…..zerohedge has been right on, too many times to count – but, with the SDR explanation, Obama on vacation/messing with Ukraine/militarization of our police/DHS buying billions of rounds/the southern border & all other immigration bullshit/ and on, and on….just fits into place like a puzzle. I just want big questions answered – the rest, even some of the more significant stuff, is just noise, so I’m stuck fiddling with the dial trying to get good reception.

    29th July 2014 at 11:37 am

  47. N8 says:

    Jim your original articles are so good. Thank you for taking the time

    29th July 2014 at 11:38 am

  48. bluestem says:

    Looks like we need to move to Russia or Germany. But how is it that Mexico is predicted to have greater population growth than the US? That doesn’t make sense with what is happening at the boarder right now. John

    29th July 2014 at 12:02 pm

  49. BUCKHED says:

    I wonder if in the future some young kid will ask me ” Old man what was it like to live in the golden days of the 1960′s ? When the civil right movement got started, when vis-a vis the pill the sexual revolution came about, when the gold standard was lifted or a kid could ride his bike 3 miles to the park to play baseball and not worry about getting kidnapped and raped ?

    I’m sure I’ll sigh first, pause to reminisce and then start to tell the kid my stories .

    29th July 2014 at 12:21 pm

  50. Bostonbob says:

    Admin,
    Great article, the first paragraph is as powerful as any I have ever read. I was reading the article while sitting next to my 18 year old daughter, when I got the the quote from the President,

    “The world is less violent than it has ever been. It is healthier than it has ever been. It is more tolerant than it has ever been. It is better fed then it’s ever been. It is more educated than it’s ever been.”

    I read it to her and she stared at me for a moment then said, “Does he really believe that, he sounds like Geobbels”. I had not yet read the you previous sentence citing Goebbels and Bernays. I often send her your articles in hopes that it balances some of the liberal tripe she has had to endure at the government indoctrination centers we call schools. She is going to college to study Chinese and my son will finish his Chem E degree next year. I still hold out some hope for the future, but I still have a plan just in case.
    Thank you,
    Bob.

    29th July 2014 at 1:13 pm

  51. Administrator says:

    Exceprted from Elliott Management’s latest letter from Paul Singer,

    EMP: THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DANGER

    While these pages are typically overflowing with scary or depressing scenarios, there is one risk that stands way above the rest in terms of the scope of potential damage adjusted for the likelihood of occurrence. Even nuclear war is a relatively localized issue, except in its most extreme form. And the threat from asteroids can (possibly) be mitigated.

    The risks associated with electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, represent another story entirely. It can occur naturally, from solar storms that send “coronal mass ejections,” which are massive energetic bursts of solar wind, tens of millions of miles in a mere few hours. Or it can be artificial, produced by a high-altitude (at least 15 miles) explosion of relatively low-yield (even Hiroshima-strength) nuclear weapons.

    Different initiators of EMP have different pulses and different effects. But the bottom line is that EMP fries electronic devices, including parts of electric grids. In 1859, a particularly strong solar disturbance (the “Carrington Event”) caused disruption to the nascent telegraph network. It happened again with similar disruptions in 1921, before our modern power grid came into existence. A NASA study concluded these events have typically occurred around once per century. A repeat of the Carrington Event today would cause a massive disruption to the electric grid, possibly shutting it down entirely for months or longer, with unimaginable consequences.

    Only two years ago, the sun let loose with a Carrington-magnitude burst, but the position of the earth at the time prevented the burst from hitting it. The chances of additional events of such magnitude may be far greater than most people think.

    The artificial version of EMP, a kind of nuclear attack, would require between one and three high-altitude nuclear explosions to create its effect across all of North America. It would not cause any blast or radiation damage, but such an attack would have consequences even more catastrophic than a severe solar storm. It could not only bring down the grid, but also lay down a very intense, very fast pulse across the continent, damaging or destroying electronic switches, devices, computers and transformers across America.

    There is no way to stop a naturally occurring EMP, and nuclear proliferation, combined with advances in weapons delivery systems, make the artificial version a distinct possibility, so the dangers are very real.

    What can be done about this risk? Critical elements of the power grid and essential electronic devices can be hardened. Spare parts can be stockpiled for other, less critical hardware. Procedures can be developed as part of emergency preparedness so that the relevant government agencies and emergency response NGOs are ready to respond quickly and effectively to an episode large or small.

    Why are we writing about EMP? Because in any analysis of societal risk, EMP stands all by itself. Congressional committees are studying this problem, and federal legislation is laboriously working its way through the process. We think that raising people’s consciousness about what should be an effort by both parties to make the country (and the world) safer from this kind of event is a good thing to do.

    29th July 2014 at 3:35 pm

  52. BrutlStrudl says:

    No mention of Britney ? Wha’sup ?

    29th July 2014 at 3:39 pm

  53. Sawgil says:

    “After three decades of government controlled public education they have succeeded in dumbing down the masses through social engineering, propaganda, and promoting equality over excellence.”

    Jim. Can you expand on this idea? It seems to be a recurring theme on any number of blogs. I also don’t get the whole self esteem movement.

    First post in quite some time. Shit throwing monkeys , flamers… Almost like an infectious disease…

    30th July 2014 at 12:17 am

  54. GilbertS says:

    I think it was Dmitri Orlov who was talking about how Russia is starting to cast itself as the only defender of Western Civ and Western Christendom. It would be utterly fascinating if American Christian Patriots flee America and settle in Holy Mother Russia as the only nation standing for traditional morality and values, while America turns on the very values they accuse Russia of never holding sacred. Russia could very well end up as the only standing defender of Western values as Eurabia descends into chaos and America becomes a demented, impoverished, paranoid police state whose only exports are weapons, crappy popculture, and war on weaker nations. How ironic the European nation with the least connection to the West (thanks, Mongols!) could end up carrying the ball down the field.

    30th July 2014 at 9:33 am

  55. Farmerbme says:

    I love my horses – gonna ride em out of this nightmare…

    30th July 2014 at 8:06 pm

  56. flash says:

    excellent read , admin.

    It can be easily argued that the great glorious gift of scientism that so many scientoadies worship at the altar of, has not been a gift at all, but a curse.While technology has not only borne, but supported the massive human population bomb, it has also provided the oligarchy with the necessary tools exercise vast and unlimited control over the herd via communication, travel , basic life supporting sustenance and even eventual termination , if they so desire.

    I hear the incessant whine of Freepers, Threepers, Repuglicans and other self-avowed albeit delusional patriots claiming the will and motivation to take back America, but that is no longer an option..American has moved on from the Republic of Unite States it was once.The nation is now completely under the authority of one political, economic and military force , The Federal government .The states are no longer even players, but mere mewling sycophantic puppets masquerading as government awaiting their next Federal directives ,which is ,as usual accompanied by a lucrative taxpayer funded hand-out.

    It is now a blatant empirical fact.The Federal government has achieved absolute authority over the states, just as states once displaced aristocracies, so swings the pendulum.The next act in the power play on growth of government will be a consolidation of regional governments ….Welcome to the front row seating of Act 3: Building One America.

    http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2014/07/21/how-the-globalists-will-for-america-into-the-agenda-21-urban-areas-ghettos/

    The next act to logically follow the absorption of states into regional government will be the 4th Act to be known as The Sustainable Power of Global Government Act which will marketed as the only path to peace and prosperity after the regional wars over resources leaves millions, and maybe billions dead with cities laying in smoking ruins.Those poor souls surviving the 21rst century resource wars will not have a care of who rules whom and what for.They’ll just be happy to have food, security and maybe some soap.
    And, if the price is having the terrors cease and warm bed in which to lie will be subjecting oneself to being herded into the remnants of smouldering cities, stacked in public housing like so much cord wood and at daylight being bused out to the cabbage fields to perform one’s duty to global empire, then so be it .

    Today, One America…Tomorrow One World ..

    Technology , the gift that keeps on giving.

    1st August 2014 at 4:08 am

  57. Jeff says:

    Hey AWD – I got plans for cunts like you. You’re a prick even during the “good times”, I can’t imagine what you’ll be like when things go south.

    The assholes on my list will be the first to go. You’re in the top ten.

    4th August 2014 at 9:21 pm

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