What is distinctive about the new mode of authoritarianism is that it is driven by a criminal class of powerful financial and political elites who refuse to make political concessions. These elites have no allegiances to nation-states and do not care about the damage they do to workers, the environment, or the rest of humanity.
Americans live in a society where ever-expanding segments of the population are being spied on, considered potential terrorists, and subject to a mode of state and corporate lawlessness in which the arrogance of power knows no limits. As American society is increasingly militarized, the policies and practices of disposability have become a societal scourge that constitutes entire populations as excess, to be relegated to zones of social death and abandonment, surveillance, and incarceration.
==America’s Addiction to Terrorism (Giroux, Henry A.)
There exists a shadowy Government with its own Air Force, its own Navy, its own fundraising mechanism, and the ability to pursue its own ideas of national interest, free from all checks and balances, and free from the law itself. –
— Senator, Daniel K. Inouye
I mean, you know, I watched the president and sometimes the words are okay. But you just look at the body language. There’s something going on.
What if Donald Trump was not referring to Obama’s attitude towards the cop killing Black Lives Matters movement? What if was hinting at something far more sinister that he dare not come out and say? Obama is a tool of the power elites and the hidden state. Trained and educated by Brzezinski and the Trilateral Commission as was Jimmy Carter and very likely most Presidents since its founding in 1973. All the mystery surrounding his past is not a mystery when one considers that he is, in fact, a Manchurian Candidate. Notice I wrote “a”, because our government, corporations, educational systems, foundations and even many of our churches today are filled with Manchurian Candidates. This is why, with so many people of power and prestige indoctrinated into the corrupt, evil system of control that has infected America and almost all of the West, mind-numbingly evil deviants like Hillary Clinton can smile and march on towards the Presidency, even if it is stolen by fraud or murder.
The technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities.”
—Zbigniew Brzezinski, Between Two Ages, America’s Role in the Technotronic Era 1970
“The powers of financial capitalism had another far reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements, arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was the Bank for International Settlements in Basle, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the worlds’ central banks which were themselves private corporations. The growth of financial capitalism made possible a centralization of world economic control and use of this power for the direct benefit of financiers and the indirect injury of all other economic groups.”
—-Tragedy and Hope: A History of The World in Our Time (Macmillan Company, 1966,) Professor Carroll Quigley of Georgetown University, highly esteemed by his former student, William Jefferson Blythe Clinton.
Many of you have seen these missives from John Whitehead and Michael Krieger over the past few days, always hate to be the last one to reproduce great articles, but there you have it! If you have not read them, you must do so. What is fascinating to me is to watch the evolution of many of the market and socioeconomic pundits over the past few years as they realize, after the ongoing process of awakening to the realities of the deep state and the multi-generational insidious anti-democratic, freedom corrosive agenda of the power elites, truly grasp the nature of the evil that is surrounding us all, here in America and throughout the West.
From Zero Hedge, which started its now very robust existence as primarily an alternative, non-mainstream platform for truth about totally fraudulent Potemkin Village that is the American and global financial market system to even long standing and insightful defenders of the civil liberties of all Americans regardless of race, color or gender preferences, what I have seen evolve is a realistic assessment of the power and the anti-freedom, anti-democratic intentions of the ruling power elites and their many minions within the self-protecting monster of the technocratic Administrative State.
Power does not give up willingly. We are the defense lined up on the one yard line against armed 500 pound guerrillas and the clock is about to run out. There is only one more play and they have the damned ball.
The Rutherford Institute :: There Will Be No Second American Revolution: The Futility of an Armed Revolt
“A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”—James Madison
America is a ticking time bomb.
All that remains to be seen is who—or what—will set fire to the fuse.
We are poised at what seems to be the pinnacle of a manufactured breakdown, with police shooting unarmed citizens, snipers shooting police, global and domestic violence rising, and a political showdown between two presidential candidates equally matched in unpopularity.
The preparations for the Republican and Democratic national conventions taking place in Cleveland and Philadelphia—augmented by a $50 million federal security grant for each city—provide a foretaste of how the government plans to deal with any individual or group that steps out of line: they will be censored, silenced, spied on, caged, intimidated, interrogated, investigated, recorded, tracked, labeled, held at gunpoint, detained, restrained, arrested, tried and found guilty.
For instance, anticipating civil unrest and mass demonstrations in connection with the Republican Party convention, Cleveland officials set up makeshift prisons, extra courtrooms to handle protesters, and shut down a local university in order to house 1,700 riot police and their weapons. The city’s courts are preparing to process up to 1,000 people a day. Additionally, the FBI has also been conducting “interviews” with activists in advance of the conventions to discourage them from engaging in protests.
Make no mistake, the government is ready for a civil uprising.
Indeed, the government has been preparing for this moment for years.
The single event that changed my life more than any other was TARP, aka the banker bailout. The unfairness, extreme greed and selfishness with which the status quo bailed out financial criminals while leaving the public high and dry changed me forever. When it comes to shaping American history, it is equal in importance to the attacks of 9/11.
As someone who grew up privileged, I never really questioned the criminality of the status quo system. Like so many others who are beneficiaries of the way things are, there’s not much incentive to look behind the curtain. Nevertheless, the banker bailouts shook me to my core and opened my mind in ways that no other event could. At the time, I was happily earning a very large income at a young age while doing absolutely nothing to benefit society. As such, I couldn’t contemplate why government officials were putting so much money and energy into bailing out people like me, while ignoring everyone else. It felt irrational, unethical and dirty. I wrote about all this for over a year while still working in the financial sector, before concluding that it was time to part ways in early 2010. Even back then, I was incessantly warning that tremendous anger from the banker bailouts would ultimately bubble to the surface and create the sort of backdrop in which authoritarians, demagogues and fascists thrive.
The following years have felt like a tremendous rollercoaster ride. My emotions have vacillated significantly from pessimism to optimism, and now reside in a bizarre state in which the two inhabit an uncomfortable coexistence. I’ve previously defined the monumental struggle of our time as: Liberty and Decentralization vs. Authoritarianism and Centralization. For example, I noted in the post, The Comcast/Time Warner Merger and the War Between Centralization and Decentralization:
Until recent years, the struggle between the forces of “centralization” and “decentralization” was more of a full on slaughter-fest than an actually battle or war. As Americans sat there blissfully asleep for decades, every facet of our lives has been carefully consolidated into the hands of a smaller and smaller group of corporations, and hence individual executives. This trend is undeniable in everything from food, banking, media and everything in between.