The handwriting is on the wall and the ruling class is beginning to realize as the 2012 elections approach, there are going to be wholesale changes in Congress and their corrupt puppet politicians are going to be voted out of office. There may be efforts at rigging the election or voter intimidation by unions and special interest groups, but this will only guarantee a violent backlash. The general population has become better informed thanks to the internet and the New Media. They are not happy.
Looking at this from a purely technocratic sociological viewpoint, avoiding mass riots and violence while this many desperate people lose life-sustaining programs appears to be an impossible task, and given our current economic and political environment this seems inevitable. What’s going to happen in this society when these people are without jobs, when their families hurt, when they lose their homes in massive numbers a neighborhood at a time? The scenarios are grim. Former US Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair recently testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee stating that the greatest threat facing the US is not terrorism, it’s the current economic crisis.
“The primary near-term security concern of the United States is the global economic crisis and its geopolitical implications. The crisis has been ongoing for over a year, and economists are divided over whether and when we could hit bottom. Some even fear that the recession could further deepen and reach the level of the Great Depression. Of course, all of us recall the dramatic political consequences wrought by the economic turmoil of the 1920s and 1930s in Europe, the instability, and high levels of violent extremism.”
This propaganda effort is only a temporary measure and will not suffice over the long-term. As the economy continues to collapse, the banking elite risk being overthrown as a result of their own greed. So they will then turn to physical violence to suppress populations that can no longer be controlled through propaganda and economic coercion. The classic strategy of an endangered oligarchy is to divert discontent among the population into nationalistic militarism. It is time, once again, to bang the drums of war and whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor. An increased external threat will lead to an increased internal crackdown, which creates the pretext and conditions for a police state. As we have already seen in the first phase of the crackdown on civil liberties since the “War on Terror” began, when rioting and outbursts of armed insurrection begin within the US, external threats, real or imagined, will again be presented to justify extreme measures to suppress American citizens, and to further repress internal dissent. Without an external enemy to rally the population against, the population will rally against the pre-existing internal powers.
To put a slight twist on what my father once told me back in 1988: The banking cartel “constructs its own inconceivable foe, terrorism. Its wish is to be judged by its enemies rather than by its results. The story of terrorism is written by the state and it is therefore highly instructive. But they must always know enough to convince the people that compared with terrorism; everything else must be acceptable, or in any case, more rational and democratic.”
It would not surprise me in the least if some enterprising guerilla journalist were to uncover the fact that people like Stephen Lerner were actually on the JPMorgan payroll. The art of misdirection is not just confined to the worlds of magic and politics. The average American is dreadfully unaware of just how depraved these people are. The little regard they have for human life is beyond common comprehension.
Is history repeating itself? Not to oversimplify an extremely complex situation, but this is all too similar to the origins of World War II. The looting of the masses by unaccountable Wall Street elites led to the Great Depression and set the conditions for WWII. Desperate and impoverished populations increasingly supported more and more extreme leaders. The conditions are now so ripe for world war that even the leading leftist intellectual Noam Chomsky was quoted in the April 2010 edition of The Progressive comparing modern-day America to Weimar Germany prior to the outbreak of WWII. Research the history of pre-war societies and you will see how our current political environment fits historical precedent like a glove.
After analyzing our current crisis and studying well-established historical precedents, one must conclude that the global bankers have only three possible cards left to play. The first is admitting culpability and working to restore the American economic engine to its free market potential. History has taught us that the ruling class rarely admits error and never concedes power. The second is to foment so much civil unrest and fear that the general population will be clamoring for a global dictator who will provide them food, shelter and security in exchange for their individual freedom and sovereignty. The final play is global conflict where they can try and control the outcome by means of funding both sides.
Of course, the one-tenth of one percent of the global population hoarding our wealth could give back a significant amount of the $39 trillion they looted from us (not counting what they have hidden in offshore accounts). That would certainly go a long way to fixing the crisis they have caused; but that’s another thing the ruling class never does. They never give any money back, no matter how excessive and ill-gotten their gains.
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