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Unforgiven - Part Five



“You’d be William Munny out of Missouri, killer of women and children”. – Little Bill Daggett – Unforgiven 

 ”That’s right, I’ve killed women and children, I’ve killed just
about everything that walked or crawled at one time or another, and I’m
here to kill you Little Bill, for what you did to Ned”
– Willam Munny – Unforgiven 

Funny thing, killin’ a man. You take away everything he’s got and everything he’s gonna have.William Munny – Unforgiven 

Clint Eastwood’s final western was one of the darkest, most violent,
vicious westerns ever made. Much of the film takes place in darkness.
The tone of the film is depressing, with a drained wintery look
reminiscent of High Plains Drifter. The script had been written in 1976
during our last Awakening, but Eastwood held off making the movie until
1991 when he was old enough to play the lead role. Age, stages of life,
and mood are key elements in the movie, as they are in the plot playing
out in the world today. Unforgiven
 is a story of atonement, justice and retribution. The cold forbidding
atmosphere reflects a Fourth Turning mood. We’ve entered our hibernal
Crisis, with its violent struggles and compulsory sacrifices in an era
of maximum danger and ultimately a fight for survival. This decisive
test of human strength and fortitude was as predictable as the change in
seasons. Strauss and Howe understood the generational dynamics of the
country would align to create the mood change which would usher in the
third Fourth Turning in American history:

“The next Fourth Turning is due to begin shortly after the new
millennium, midway through the Oh-Oh decade. Around the year 2005, a
sudden spark will catalyze a Crisis mood. Remnants of the old social
order will disintegrate. Political and economic trust will implode. Real
hardship will beset the land, with severe distress that could involve
questions of class, race, nation and empire. The very survival of the
nation will feel at stake. Sometime before the year 2025, America will
pass through a great gate in history, commensurate with the American
Revolution, Civil War, and twin emergencies of the Great Depression and
World War II.” – Strauss & Howe –
The Fourth Turning 

 follows the journey of William Munny, a cold blooded vicious bandit in
his youth, turned peaceful farmer in his old age. As a widower with two
kids and a failing farm, he agrees to kill two cowboys who had
disfigured a prostitute in the town of Big Whiskey, in return for a
reward of $1,000. In his youth he drank heavily and murdered for fun,
now he was killing for money. The town is run with an iron fist by an
aging gunfighter, turned sheriff, named Little Bill Daggett, who doesn’t
allow guns in his town. Munny and his two companions arrive amidst a
driving rain storm in the middle of the night. They proceed to execute
the two cowboys, but both of Munny’s companions reveal they don’t have a
stomach for killing anymore. After collecting the reward, Munny finds
out that his friend Ned was captured, tortured, and murdered by Little
Bill Daggett. He takes a drink of whiskey and the tale turns into a
story of retribution and atonement. He arrives back in town in the pitch
black of night and enters the saloon where Little Bill and his men are
gathered. He guns down six men, including Little Bill. As he lies on the
floor wounded, Bill laments that he doesn’t deserve to die this way.
Munny declares:

“deserves got nothin’ to do with it.”

Bill tells Munny he will “see him in hell”, a sentiment which Munny
agrees with. Munny then kills him. There is no rousing ending. No cheers
from the audience. The ugliness of violence is portrayed realistically
and myths of the Old West are demolished. You are left to meditate about
the concepts of age, repute, courage, heroism and the fine line between
good and evil.

The themes, atmosphere, violence, brutality and finale of this eulogy
to the western genre are a perfect representation of our current dire
circumstances. The town of Big Whiskey represents the United States. The
sheriff rules with an iron fist over the population, but his cronies
can get away with murder. Hypocrisy abounds across the U.S. as
politicians use the rule of law to keep the masses controlled while
rewarding their corporate and banker cronies with government handouts,
tax breaks, and free money. I see Munny, his companions and the
prostitutes as symbols of the flawed citizens of the United States.
They’ve made mistakes, committed crimes, made poor life choices, but
they ultimately tried to make an honest living as upstanding citizens.
When the authorities pushed them to the brink with their overbearing
regulations, brazen criminal actions and blatant institutional
corruption, each constituent reacted differently. Some responded with
defiance, most rolled over, some ran away, and Munny responded with
viciousness and retribution.   

This is how it will play out over the next ten to fifteen years.
Cynicism about solutions put forth by corrupt politicians, distrust of
government bureaucrats and crooked bankers, and a society wide
demoralization, as widespread unemployment and declining living
standards for middle class Americans has darkened the landscape like an
approaching winter storm. The disillusionment of average Americans is
reflected in poll after poll, with only 20% of the population satisfied
with the direction of the country versus 70% just prior to 9/11. The
mood change in the country since 2005 is palpable. The gap between the
Haves and the Have Nots has never been greater and continues to widen.
The middle class has floundered for decades, while bankers, politicians
and corporate titans have reaped vast riches through peddling debt and
gaming a system rigged in their favor.

In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in the U.S. at this time?

Recent data from the Pew Foundation finds that Americans are sick of
being the world’s policeman. Even conservative Republicans are becoming
more isolationist in their views. This was also the case during the
1930’s in the last Fourth Turning. The vast majority of Americans want
to keep our noses out of other countries’ affairs because they realize
the trillions spent are bankrupting the country.


Even though Americans, by a large majority, favor slashing foreign
aid, ending our three foreign wars of aggression, and no longer allowing
the super rich and mega-corporations to use the 60,000 page tax code as
their means to avoid taxes, our leaders increase war spending, continue
to meddle in the affairs of foreign countries, and seek further tax
benefits for the super rich and mega-conglomerates. The will of the
people is ignored because the government has been bought by the
financial and military industrial complex, with funding by the Federal
Reserve and the banking cartel that pulls the strings on their puppet –
Ben Bernanke.

I’ve previously detailed how the baby boom generation contributed to our financial quandary in Part One – For a Few Dollars More, how the traitorous deeds of the
Federal Reserve over the last few decades have ruined the middle class
and placed the country on the precipice of disintegration in Part Two – Fistful of Dollars, addressed the nefarious conception of a central bank in Part Three – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and revealed how the super rich have used the tax code and their control of politicians to pillage the nation in Part Four – Outlaw Josey Wales. Now
I will detail the likely result of years of frivolous consumerism,
creation of a debt tsunami, corrupt myopic leadership, crooked bankers,
and a angry despondent populace. The lack of preparation by government
and individuals ensures this Crisis will be far worse than it had to be.
The violent clash between competing forces will be extreme, bloody and
result in retribution dished out to the guilty. Ultimately, the country
will need to atone for its sins.    


“Reflect on what happens when a terrible winter blizzard strikes.
You hear the weather warning but probably fail to act on it. The sky
darkens. Then the storm hits with full fury, and the air is a howling
whiteness. One by one, your links to the machine age break down.
Electricity flickers out, cutting off the TV. Batteries fade, cutting
off the radio. Phones go dead. Roads become impossible, and cars get
stuck. Food supplies dwindle. Day to day vestiges of modern civilization
– bank machines, mutual funds, mass retailers, computers, satellites,
airplanes, governments – all recede into irrelevance. Picture yourself
and your loved ones in the midst of a howling blizzard that lasts
several years. Think about what you would need, who could help you, and
why your fate might matter to anybody other than yourself. That is how
to plan for a saecular winter. Don’t think you can escape the Fourth
Turning. History warns that a Crisis will reshape the basic social and
economic environment that you now take for granted.” –
Strauss & Howe - The Fourth Turning

This Fourth Turning was as predictable as the seasons. The American
Revolution Crisis ended in 1794. The Civil War Crisis arrived 66 years
later in 1860. That abbreviated vicious Crisis ended in 1865. The
Depression/World War II Crisis arrived 64 years later in 1929. Our
current Crisis arrived in the 2008/2009 time frame, exactly 64 years
after the end of the last Crisis. Strauss and Howe wrote their book in
1996. They knew we had about a decade to prepare for the looming winter
ahead. We had time to fortify, prepare, save, not waste our seed corn on
foreign adventures, and reduce all non-essential spending. Not only did
we not do what needed to be done, we did the exact opposite of what
needed to be done.

The reason is the country has been run by ideologue linear thinkers.
Believers in linear history are constantly blindsided by the fact that
history is cyclical and periods of progress are counterbalanced by
periods of regression. As neo-con Republicans continue to push their
lowering taxes on the rich, Christian fundamentalism, drill drill drill
energy plan, bowing down to Wall Street bankers and wars on Muslims,
drugs, and immigrant agenda, the mood of the country has shifted away
from their falsehoods and fabrications. As ultra-liberal Democrats
continue to push their agenda of ever increasing entitlements,
ridiculous Keynesian stimulus, disengenuous green energy plans, blind
support of corrupt unions, wars to prove they’re as tough as
Republicans, pushing for gay marriage and rolling over for Wall Street
bankers the people of the country have tired of their lies and deceit.  

Our country had a decade to prepare for the coming tempest. All
generations should have worked to elevate the moral and cultural
standards of the country. Instead the decadence, selfishness,
materialism and profligacy of the nation were taken to new heights. The
complete lack of self control exercised by the media and the public has
allowed government bureaucrats to impose despotic laws and regulations
to protect us from ourselves and phantom terrorists. The Federal
government needed to cut back its size and scope so that it would be
nimble in the face of the Crisis. Politicians needed to prevent further
civic decay by speaking bluntly and honestly to the American people
about the future challenges, while stressing collective duties over
personal rights. We needed a revival of citizenship over individualism,
with a focus on future generations who would be left with the fallout of
thirty years of debt induced societal degradation. The government
should have shifted its budgetary focus away from the non-needy old to
the young people of our once great Republic. The future of the country
depends on the young, not the old. The preparation scorecard on all
these accounts is a miserable failure:

  • Since 9/11 the American public has willingly allowed the government
    to strip liberties and freedoms away in the name of safety and security
    through passage of the Patriot Act, spying on US citizens, and wars of
    aggression in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.
  • The government wolves control the sheep through the use of fear and
    misinformation. The War on Terrorism is used at every opportunity to
    keep the sheep-like populace under control in their holding pens.   
  • The corporate owned mainstream media glorifies wealth, celebrity,
    and sensationalism while infecting the culture with a vapid mind numbing
    array of TV shows and spewing toxic levels of filth and porn across the
    airwaves and internet.
  • The Federal government cut back its scope by increasing its annual
    spending to $3.8 trillion in 2011 versus the $1.6 trillion it spent in
    1996, a 138% increase in fifteen years. Meanwhile, GDP only increased by
    92% over this same time frame.


  • Our leaders prepared for the tough times ahead by increasing the
    National Debt from $5.2 trillion to $14.3 trillion in fifteen years, a
    175% increase, or almost twice the rate of GDP growth. Rational leaders
    always triple their debt level when knowing harsh times are coming.
  • The blunt talk coming from politicians since 1996 included: buy an
    SUV with 0% financing to defeat terrorism; sure we can pay for your drug
    costs with Medicare Part D; home prices never fall and everyone
    deserves a house; free market capitalism always works; cutting taxes on
    the rich will increase tax revenue; they have weapons of mass
    destruction; debt doesn’t matter; giving bankers $700 billion will save
    our economy; spending $800 billion will generate 3.5 million jobs; and
    QE2 will reduce mortgage rates and jump start the economy.
  • Our leaders have thrown the Millenial generation under the bus,
    while promising to never cut Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security for
    the 76 million Boomers that make up the largest voting bloc in the
    country. The collective long-term survival of the country has been cast
    aside in the name of the selfish desires of the generations in power.

The lack of cultural and civic preparation has been far outdone by
the extraordinarily deficient amount of preparation in the economic and
military areas. Everyone knows that when you discern tumultuous times
are on the horizon, you conserve, save, and marshal your forces for the
coming storm. Our leaders needed to level with Americans and tell them
the entitlements they were promised could never be honored. Americans
needed to ramp up their savings and become more self reliant in
preparing for their old age. Federal, state and local governments needed
to shift their employees from defined benefit plans to defined
contribution plans. Americans needed to pare back their debt and stop
over-consuming. The government needed to balance budgets, reform the tax
code shifting toward consumption, and reduce entitlement promises.
America needed to gird for a possible war whose scale, cost, manpower
and casualties would seem impossible in 1996 (every prior Fourth Turning
led to all encompassing war). The preparation scorecard for these areas
was dreadful:

  • The most damning data in proving how delusional the government,
    consumers, businesses and banks has approached the future is the rise in
    total credit market debt from $18 trillion in 1996 to an all-time high
    of $52.6 trillion today, or 350% of GDP.


  • Rather than level with people and explain that entitlement promises
    could not be fulfilled, a supposedly fiscal conservative Republican
    President added another $15 trillion unfunded liability to our $100
    trillion obligation. 


  • Our current socialist president rammed through a national healthcare
    bill that will filter 30 million people into the system and will add in
    excess of $1 trillion of unpaid for costs, further burying the hopes
    and dreams of our youth under a mountain of un-payable obligations.
  • Americans, who used to save 10% of their disposable income, were
    only saving 5.5% in 1996. Rather than prepare for the future by saving
    more, they put their faith in housing values growing 10% per year for
    infinity, and let their savings rate drop below 1% by 2005. The current
    level of 4.9% is not sufficient and is reflected in the fact that
    two-thirds of all workers have less than $50,000 in total savings.


  • States have unfunded pension liabilities approaching $3 trillion,
    with the Federal government carrying a $1 trillion pension liability.
    Unfunded liabilities are really future tax increases on unborn
  • The one area that seemed under control in the late 1990s was budget
    deficits. Budget surpluses in the late 1990s turned into $1.5 trillion
    annual deficits today and as far as the eye can see. The national debt
    at 95% of GDP has past the point of no return.
  • The price for a barrel of oil was $12 in 1998. Rather than take
    advantage of this Indian summer and creating a plan to transition from
    depleting oil to other energy sources, our leaders did nothing. The
    American people bought massive SUVs, minivans and pickups and moved
    further into the suburban countryside, miles from civilization. The
    bumpy plateau of peak oil has arrived and oil prices have ranged between
    $70 and $140 a barrel for the last few years. We will long for these
    prices in a few short years.


  • Rather than conserving our military forces and preparing for a
    future major confrontation we have overextended our limited forces,
    spent $1.2 trillion on wars of choice, killed 7,300 American soldiers,
    and wounded another 43,000 soldiers.

The complete lack of preparation, indeed the choice to actively do
the opposite of prepare, has insured this Fourth Turning Crisis will be
that much more destructive.

“History offers no guarantees. If America plunges into an era of
depression or violence which by then has not lifted, we will likely look
back on the 1990s as the decade when we valued all the wrong things and
made all the wrong choices.”
– Strauss & Howe - The Fourth Turning


“The refusal of the political class to imposes losses on large
bank creditors since the collapse of Lehman Brothers and Washington
Mutual in 2008 illustrates the extent to which the financialization of
the western industrial economies has turned into a gradual coup d’état
by the banks and the global speculators who dominate their client base.”
Chris Whalen


“We’re not moving toward Hitler-type fascism, but we’re moving
toward a softer fascism: Loss of civil liberties, corporations running
the show, big government in bed with big business. So you have the
military-industrial complex, you have the medical-industrial complex,
you have the financial industry, you have the communications industry.
They go to Washington and spend hundreds of millions of dollars. That’s
where the control is. I call that a soft form of fascism — something
that’s very dangerous.”
Ron Paul 

As the average American continues their epic struggle to stay afloat
in these turbulent times it is clear to those with critical thinking
skills, like Chris Whalen and Ron Paul, that the game is rigged in favor
of those with enormous wealth and power. There is no doubt the levers
of government and finance have been seized by a super rich minority of
men, willing to use all means necessary to increase their wealth and
power at the expense of those they consider lowly expendable peasants.
The myth perpetuated by those in control of the system is that everyone
in America has ample opportunity to move up the ladder, even as they
push the ladders away from the parapet surrounding their castle.

The talking points of the super rich, which are pounded into the
brains of slumbering Americans, are they pay all the taxes, create all
the jobs, create all the wealth, and drive innovation. The facts say
otherwise. The super rich aren’t creators, they are destroyers. The top
0.1% richest Americans didn’t get rich by creating new companies and
letting their entrepreneurial talents shine. These 152,000 people, with
an average income of $5.6 million per year are overwhelmingly executives
at large corporations, banks, law firms, and real estate firms. These
people account for 68% of the richest of the rich. Entrepreneurial
creators and producers account for less than 10% of the richest
Americans. The executives that make up the 68% are masters of creating
debt, wealth for themselves by peddling debt to the middle class, and
creating jobs in China and India by outsourcing U.S. jobs.

The average income of the 137 million people that sit at the bottom
of the income pyramid has declined by 1% since 1970. The people at the
top of the pyramid saw their average income rise by 385%. Was this
because they worked harder? No. It was because they used their existing
wealth to buy politicians and pay lobbyists to write laws, create
loopholes, reduce regulations, and alter the tax code in their favor.
This was not a conspiracy. It was human nature. Humans are driven by
greed and fear. Lusting for power and wealth is a common human frailty.
Those who are able to acquire wealth and power through their superior
abilities and intellect are usually driven individuals. It is built into
their DNA to seek more wealth and power. There are 310 million
Americans and based on the chart below, only 1.5 million would be
classified as very rich or extremely rich. Many of these people
associate in the same circles. This incestuous relationship is what
breeds the growing inequality in our country. The game is rigged in
favor of these 1.5 million people because they run the corporations,
occupy the halls of Congress, peddle the debt products to the bottom
90%, and use their mass media to control the message to the
under-educated, over-medicated, gadget distracted masses.  


The problem with humans is they always push the envelope too far. The
rich and powerful have methodically accumulated more wealth and more
power since their glorious coup in 1913 with the creation of the Federal
Reserve and the personal income tax. They have used inflation and the
tax code to further their agenda. The rate of their pillaging has waxed
and waned over the last century as the mood of the country has
oscillated during the five turnings between crisis and triumph. The rate
of looting has accelerated in the last thirty years as their false
message of free market capitalism, lower tax rates for the rich, and the
issuance of unparalleled amounts of debt was bought hook line and
sinker by the American public. Their plundering of the national wealth
reached a sickening crescendo in the last ten years, as their internet
bubble was replaced by their housing bubble, which has been replaced by
their debt bubble of immense proportions. As the middle class has been
impoverished, 30 million people are unemployed or underemployed, senior
citizens have been sacrificed at the altar of Wall Street and 45 million
people are forced to use food stamps, the top 1% has done fabulously.
They continue to rake in a greater proportion of the national income
every year.  In 2009, in the midst of an epic financial crisis, the
number of millionaires in the United States soared by 16% to 7.8 million
as despair and hopelessness spread across the land and fearful
Americans were railroaded into bailing out the bankers that initiated
the crisis and believing the Obama’s Keynesian solutions would actually
trickle down to them.


As the game approaches its inevitable termination those in control
have become increasingly audacious and frantic in their attempts to
embezzle what remains of middle class wealth. The anger and
disillusionment grows by the day. The mood of the country darkens like
the sky before an approaching blizzard. The intensity and violence
during a Fourth Turning hastens as events spiral toward a climax. The
extreme actions taken by those in power since September 2008 have set in
motion a chain of events that will lead to civil war. The powerful
elite in government (Bush, Paulson, Bernanke, Congress) chose to bail
out the powerful elite on Wall Street (Blankfein, Dimon, Pandit, Lewis)
on the backs of the American middle class. TARP, QE1, QE2, and the $800
billion stimulus package were all created by the ruling elite to benefit
the ruling elite, who control the vast amount of financial wealth in
the country. Savers and seniors have been thrown under the wheels of a
Lamborghini driven by the profligate Wall Street gamblers.


Average Americans feel betrayed by politicians, bankers and corporate
America. The Tea party movement is a reflection of that anger. Fourth
Turnings always sweep away the old order and replace it with a new
order. The old order isn’t ready to be swept away, but their time is
coming. The U.S. economic model is unsustainable and is guaranteed to
collapse in the near future. Those in power are trying to engineer a
controlled collapse, but they will lose control just as they did in
2008. Panic and depression will ensue. Vast amounts of wealth will be
destroyed. When the middle class realizes they have been screwed again
by Wall Street and K Street, and they no longer have anything left to
lose, they will lose it.

The welfare class will only riot if their EBT cards stop working and
the monthly welfare direct deposit ceases. It’s the critical thinkers in
the middle class that will lead a revolution. There are 250 million
guns owned by Americans. With this amount of firepower and millions of
Americans with nothing left to lose, those attempting to retain power
will be at a distinct disadvantage. I believe armed vigilantes will hunt
down those responsible for the destruction of the American economy and
invoke their own justice. Their gated communities and penthouse suite
doormen will not protect them. No politician, banker, or corporate
executive will be safe. Some will escape in their Lear jets to foreign
lands, but the rest of the world will be equally chaotic and unsafe for
those who committed crimes against humanity. Innocent people will die.
Deserve will have nothing to do with it. The very existence of our
country will hang in the balance.


“The seasons of time offer no guarantees. For modern societies,
no less than for all forms of life, transformative change is
discontinuous. For what seems an eternity, history goes nowhere – and
then it suddenly flings us forward across some vast chaos that defies
any mortal effort to plan our way there. The Fourth Turning will try our
souls – and the saecular rhythm tells us that much will depend on how
we face up to that trial. The saeculum does not reveal whether the story
will have a happy ending, but it does tell us how and when our choices
will make a difference.”  
– Strauss & Howe - The Fourth Turning

“Don’t think you can escape the Fourth Turning the way you might
today distance yourself from news, national politics, or even taxes you
don’t feel like paying. History warns that a Crisis will reshape the
basic social and economic environment that you now take for granted. The
Fourth Turning necessitates the death and rebirth of the social order.
It is the ultimate rite of passage for an entire people, requiring a
luminal state of sheer chaos whose nature and duration no one can
predict in advance.” 
– Strauss & Howe - The Fourth Turning

No one can predict the exact events (debt ceiling, Euro collapse,
Middle East war) that will propel this Fourth Turning. But, the
underlying drivers are clear: public debt, private debt, banker coup,
military overreach, corporate fascism, Federal Reserve created
inflation, an oil dependent society with depleting oil and rampant
corruption across all levels of government. The fingers of instability
grow longer as we add $4 billion per day to the national debt. A grain
of sand will fall on the wrong part of the sand pile triggering a
collapse of our currency. The event is unknown, the timing unclear, but
the destination is certain. A dollar collapse will trigger a surge in
interest rates, which will be fatal to our debt bloated society. Every
previous Fourth Turning involved revolutionary aspects. The American
Revolution and Civil War were wars of revolution. The stirrings of
revolution were rampant in the early 1930s, with a plot foiled by
General Smedley Butler. The New Deal was a response designed to quell
discontent among the masses. Enough people are becoming aware of who to
blame for the ills in our society that Henry Ford’s prediction is ever
closer to being realized:

“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 morning.”


An uprising against the super rich and their banking cartel partners
in crime is in the cards over the next ten years. Our society has
degenerated and has been ransacked by sociopaths in suits as Jesse from Jesse’s Café Americain  so eloquently states:

“Not all sociopaths wield knives and
knotted cords. Some wear suits, and are exceptionally intelligent and
articulate, obsessively driven, and are able to use and undermine the
law and the rules for their advantage, like weapons.  It is never about
the win, never about the money.  It is about the kill, the expression of
their hatred, about elevating themselves with the suffering of others.
Bind, torture, kill.  Not only with ropes and knives, but also with
power and money, and the subversion of law.  Lawlessness is their
addiction, their will to power.

When societies become lax and
complacent, these sociopaths can possess great political power through
great amounts of unprincipled money.  And over time they become almost
anti-human, destroyers of all that is good, all that is life, all that
offends their insatiable sickness with its goodness.  They twist the
public against itself, and turn a broad sweep of society into their
killing grounds. This is the undeniable lesson of the last century. 
There are monsters, and they walk among us.”

Human beings are a flawed species. We are often driven by emotion
rather than reason. We are easily convinced of things we want to be
convinced about. Those with superior intelligence often take advantage
of those with inferior intelligence. We are prone to mass hysteria and
believing things that, in retrospect, were utterly ridiculous. We can be
swayed by fear and greed in alternating degrees of delusion. History
teaches us that this time isn’t different. We’ve experienced depression,
war and social upheaval on an epic scale three times since the founding
of this country. With only three data points it is tough to discern
patterns that would reveal exactly how this Fourth Turning will play
out. But it is apparent to me that each Fourth Turning alternates
between a mostly external struggle and a mostly internal struggle. The
American Revolution was a struggle against an external oppressor – Great
Britain. The Civil War was an internal struggle between the industrial
North and the agrarian South. The Depression/World War II struggle was
mainly against an external threat – Germany, Japan, and Italy.

The Fourth Turnings that centered upon an external threat ended with a
glorious High. The Civil War Fourth Turning resolution felt more like
defeat, with the country exhausted, bitter and angry. All indications
are this Fourth Turning will be mainly an internal struggle between the
ruling class of bankers, business elites, and politicians and the
downtrodden middle class. The lying, cheating, fraud, theft and other
wrongs committed by those in power will need to be atoned for. The
generational dynamics in place will drive the reactions of the country
moving forward. We have been badly led. A vast swath of the populace has
lived beyond their means. The existing system is unsustainable. The
Boomer generation does not want to yield on their perceived
entitlements. The Millenial generation will be saddled with un-payable
debts. Generation X is caught in the middle of this generational
struggle. The huge imbalances in our society have built up over decades
like flood waters behind a weakening levee. When the levee breaks the
existing order will be swept away in the raging torrent that will

The ruling class will be stripped of their unseemly acquired wealth;
the Boomer generation will be scorned for their reckless disregard for
future generations and stripped of their entitlements; Generation X will
resign themselves to a lower standard of living, knowing full well by
doing so, their children will not be saddled with crushing levels of
debt; Millenials will have borne the burden of the revolution and
violence which will be inevitable as the ruling class fights to retain
their dominating position in society.  Darkness descends upon our land.
Storm clouds gather on the horizon. We’ve all played a part in the
catastrophe that lies before us. Everyone in our crumbling society will
need to atone for its sins, whether they deserve to or not. Will Munney
was not an innocent man, but he ultimately atoned for his sins by
digging deep into his soul and finding the strength and fortitude to
fight the evil establishment. Each generation’s rendezvous with destiny
awaits. There are no guarantees. The myth of American Exceptionalism
will not protect us from the choices we’ve made. God will not shield us
from the consequences of our actions. The American Empire hangs in the
balance. As the ghosts of Roman emperors whisper – Glory is fleeting.       

“The risk of catastrophe will be very high. The nation could
erupt into insurrection or civil violence, crack up geographically, or
succumb to authoritarian rule. If there is a war, it is likely to be one
of maximum risk and effort – in other words, a total war. Every Fourth
Turning has registered an upward ratchet in the technology of
destruction, and in mankind’s willingness to use it.” 
– Strauss & Howe - The Fourth Turning

“History offers no guarantees. Obviously, things could go
horribly wrong – the possibilities ranging from a nuclear exchange to
incurable plagues, from terrorist anarchy to high-tech dictatorship. We
should not assume that Providence will always exempt our nation from the
irreversible tragedies that have overtaken so many others: not just
temporary hardship, but debasement and total ruin. Losing in the next
Fourth Turning could mean something incomparably worse. It could mean a
lasting defeat from which our national innocence – perhaps even our
nation – might never recover.” 
– Strauss & Howe - The Fourth Turning


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Fri, 06/24/2011 - 14:57 | 1399360 max2205
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Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:07 | 1399378 etrader
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If someones figured out how to get an  Algo's panties in a bunch, like the last hour of yesterday. It wont be Zzzzzzzzz into the close as they will trigger it 180 degrees in the oposite direction...;)

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:10 | 1399427 gmrpeabody
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I believe he was commenting on the story, not the market. However, you have a very good point. We shall see.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 22:03 | 1400371 max2205
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Just downloaded the e book so I can read it on the toliet while I do a short squeeze

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 22:58 | 1400439 G-R-U-N-T
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"The Boomer generation does not want to yield on their perceived entitlements."

"The Boomer generation"....The dumbest generation of all previous American generations!



Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:11 | 1399438 4shzl
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Total, panic-on short squeeze in the 5-yr. Treasury is what we're seeing into the close.  Is that you covering, Billy-Big-Mouth?

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:17 | 1399443 Hugh G Rection
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"You just shot an unarmend man!"


"He shoulda armed himself."

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:38 | 1399508 JW n FL
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You could be a Pig / Cop if you would hand cuff him first then shoot him in the back and then say "He shoulda armed himself"! LULZ!!!


Fri, 06/24/2011 - 18:48 | 1400009 Bicycle Repairman
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Fri, 06/24/2011 - 14:54 | 1399362 bgilliam83
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Last post I am making on this.  We got BATMOBILE ROLLS ROYCE TANKS MOBILIZING FOLKS!  I'm thinking good time to be safe and get yer money out of the banks

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:09 | 1399404 1911A1
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Date, time and location of picture?  Any news reports?

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:08 | 1399421 Threeggg
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I seen this 2 days ago. It was reported in Willowbrook, IL

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:17 | 1399456 10kby2k
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Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:37 | 1399497 Threeggg
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Ifs itz mies grammers iz beez sorriez.

I had observed this photo previously and it was reported to be taken in the area of Willowbrook, IL


Fixed ?

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:41 | 1399519 JW n FL
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HomeLand Security!


Which is Code for.. Security for Bankers and Pigs ONLY all other will be run over! LULZ!!

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 16:05 | 1399581 Hacked Economy
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Can I get one in black?

Oh, that's right...this is just another item in the list of things *they* allow themselves to have and *we* can't have.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 22:28 | 1400409 Hook Line and S...
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The dealer channels are stuffed with these beauties!

I ordered the one with reclining bucket seats, overhead cam, computerized parallel parking feature, and fiat paper on-board wiping tissue dispenser.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 20:34 | 1400214 mick_richfield
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He ain't yer grammar, ya moron.  He's a guy!


Sat, 06/25/2011 - 12:22 | 1401049 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Them schools ain't never learned me no good English.


Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:06 | 1399411 cosmictrainwreck
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holy shit....."boyz and their toys". Police Rescue? Rescue what?

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 16:48 | 1399710 chumbawamba
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Their ego.


Mother fuckers.

I am Chumbawamba.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 18:32 | 1399972 Abitdodgie
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I E D the only way to play

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 22:36 | 1400421 Hook Line and S...
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If one of their drivers happens to be an acquaintance, a neighbor, or in some cases...your brother, you can make sure his delicious bon voyage dessert, good luck celebratory drink, or nutritional supplement prior to assignment keeps him feeling well loved.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 17:18 | 1399786 NotApplicable
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Why bankers and legislators, of course.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:14 | 1399444 scatterbrains
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I can see them now surrounding and protecting the NY Fed building.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 17:31 | 1399816 kengland
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It says "rescue" on the sides. It's ment to save people. Don't worry

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 14:59 | 1399368 Herbert_guthrie
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"He had it coming, didn't he?"

"We all have it coming, kid."

Read "When corporations rule the world" (leans a bit more into reality)

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:01 | 1399372 Lednbrass
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The Civil War Fourth Turning resolution felt more like defeat, with the country exhausted, bitter and angry.


True, but South Carolina has finally gotten even in the end and sent the Yankees Bernanke, stealth nation destroyer extraordinaire.

He who laughs last...

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:10 | 1399396 Herbert_guthrie
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Who would have thought that South Carolina and Princeton University would contribute so much in financially destroying our nation.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:31 | 1399492 citta vritti
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+1 Woodrow Wilson

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 16:29 | 1399667 Herbert_guthrie
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Yes, but at least Woodrow said he was sorry afterwards.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 18:23 | 1399955 Iam_Silverman
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"Yes, but at least Woodrow said he was sorry afterwards."

It's not afterwards.....yet.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 18:49 | 1400004 CompassionateFascist
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And let's not forget all the good work Prof. Wilson did at Versailles, 1919. WW = Hitler's midwife.

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 12:00 | 1401008 Miss Expectations
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Urban legend.  He was never sorry.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:00 | 1399377 jkjacksonhole
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Iam conservative and as pro military as you can get.

Been to Iraq Afghanistan, Kosovo,Panama and Grenada. I support any actions where a risk to the US or US foriegn policy exists.

Kosovo, Libya and recent Afghanistan do not meet the test. Nation building in Afghanistan where a single missile costs more than an entire village  to rebuild multiple times is not a military function.

Libya has no value the the US. all we are doing is paying for oil for Europe and they seldom help us at any meaningful financial level.

Iran will be our fight.

So am I am isolationist. No I just believe in picking a fight that we need to fight.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:11 | 1399415 Herbert_guthrie
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"Iam conservative and as pro military as you can get."

My deepest condolences.
Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:48 | 1399528 JW n FL
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and you think we can hug it out with the Bankerz? maybe sit and talk with them about how since the early 1970's they have added to their wealth will stripping the Working Class of America of EVERYHTING?


How do you think we should handle it? paint some signs? smoke a "J" with them and see if they can get into a better frame of mind?


What do you think will change the behavior of the Bankerz and Lobby Whorez and Pigs??

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 16:32 | 1399673 Herbert_guthrie
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I was talking more about the wars created by and profited in by the bankers you so despise.

Smoking a J with them might not be a bad idea.
Then leave them out in the middle of Saline Valley in the middle of August.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 18:40 | 1399986 hardcleareye
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Junked you for "bad form".  You should have left the "idiot" part out and allowed people to draw their own conclusion after considering your statement.

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 11:17 | 1400956 Herbert_guthrie
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Bad form junk well-deserved.
Hate to be put in my place, but no defense today.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:39 | 1399502 mlbs
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Violence begets more violence. Warefare is not the road to peace, peace is the road itself.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:51 | 1399543 JW n FL
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for the last 30 - 40 years you baby boomers have had your way of talking just to talk..


what has talking gained the working people of America?




Fuck YOU! and YOUR BULLSHIT!! Roll Over and Play Dead while they fuck everyone in the ass some more! You are worse than the Bankerz you fucking Coward!

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 17:24 | 1399807 NotApplicable
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And your way of talking is no different. It's just more platitudes promoting divide and conquer.

Here's a clue, as long as you attack working people of America, then you do nothing to help the working people of America yourself.

Problem is, you can't see that they are the same people.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 22:58 | 1400461 BernankeHasHemo...
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The "working people" of American are white trash morons who shop at Wal-mart buying the crap made from their future slave masters, the Chinese. It just seems, oh so appropriate.

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 17:06 | 1401524 JW n FL
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1. China has 1,200% Leverage per Yaun or Renminbi v. the U.S. Dollar which has 120% Leverage.


2. U.S. Dollars own all the senior debt in China.


3. It has never been nor will it ever be China.. China did not vote in Congress and the Senate to give tax breaks to people who ship jobs to the tune of 50,000 jobs a month from here in the U.S. to them in CHINA!!


4. China has not kept those Tax Breaks in place for the last decade!


5. America has Let the Lobby Whores FUCK our Country to Hell! We have a service economy and a bunch of Mexicans who work for $5 bucks an hour and thats it!

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:55 | 1399567 grey7beard
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>> Kosovo, Libya and recent Afghanistan do not meet the test.


It would appear your criteria for good war/bad war is what political party is in the whitehouse during the war.  Blindly partisan zealots such as yourself are as much of the problem in this country as politicians on the payroll of corporations. 

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 16:45 | 1399701 Deepskyy
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Wow, just wow. 

Kosovo was pointless.  That was a regional/religious/ethnic dispute that had been brewing for years, but kept in check by the Iron fist of the CCCP.  Once the Union fell, chaos ensued and the genocidal tenancies were brought out into the open.  Let the UN handle that shit and take the lead.

Libya?  Why the hell are we bombing K-daffy again?  When did he assault us?  Don't give me this humanitarian bullshit otherwise we would have shelled Tehran during the demonstrations, not to mention Egypt, Bahrain, Tunisia... you get the point.


Afghanistan?  Hell we have been there as long as the Russians were, and haven't accomplished a damn thing more than they did.  They aren't interested in helping us with terrorists, Pakistan is a shithole that harbors islamofacists, and we will NEVER defeat the enemy in Waziristan.  All we are doing is getting people shot up, and burning through money. 


It has not a damn thing to do with who is President, you leftist twit, it has to do with useless wars wasting money and American soldiers lives. 


Fri, 06/24/2011 - 20:20 | 1400179 grey7beard
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>> It has not a damn thing to do with who is President, you leftist twit, it has to do with useless wars wasting money and American soldiers lives.


Precisely (minus the personal attach and mislabeling of my political leanings)  No war since WWII has been justified by the US.  I do take offense to those who justify mideeds based on what party did the misdeeds.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 17:18 | 1399771 topcallingtroll
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Iran will be our fight?

How unfortunate if zionists get us to do their dirty work for them.

I have no beef with iran. If we dont bother to do anything about a pakistan, india, or israel with nukes then it seems hyocritical to worry about iran.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 18:23 | 1399965 Clark Bent
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Pakistan already got 'em, and that hasn't been good for anyone last time I checked. Israel may have them. And India is not doing anything with theirs. Nobody has a beef with Iran. But they sure have a beef with everyone, including their own people. If you can't distinguish between the propensities and open bellicose assertions of Iran, and the actions of Israel, you won't be long in improving your education. Zionists, really. 

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 22:28 | 1400400 mickeyman
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What was the last country Iran invaded again?

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 12:53 | 1401114 TheFourthStooge-ing
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If you can't distinguish between the propensities and open bellicose assertions of Iran, and the actions of Israel, you won't be long in improving your education.

If you can't distinguish between the people of a nation and the government of a nation, you won't be long in improving your education.


Fri, 06/24/2011 - 18:06 | 1399914 FWM
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So am I am isolationist.



 Isolationist: an American who thinks America should behave like other countries.

-Joe Sobran

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 18:37 | 1399979 Abitdodgie
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So why exactly does Iran deserve "it" you are nothing more than a fucking mercenary working for a corporation 

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 21:15 | 1400273 Blotsky
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Tell you what, You put your uniform back on and come after me, because Uncle Sam says its in his "interest" to take my gun, and I will light your ass up.

That goes for you and all your other drone friends that dont mind stomping on our rights, for the sake of the government's "interests".


Get patriotic about that.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:03 | 1399382 Caviar Emptor
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Don't trust anybody in wingtips. Make smart phones not war. 

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:05 | 1399386 candyman
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OT: Tyler can you update whats happening at the Billion Prices Project and correlations with core prices being advertised?

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:14 | 1399445 fuu
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Pretty sure Tyler ran a story a few weeks regarding how that had been shut down and the data was no longer available.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:06 | 1399405 Threeggg
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SEC: Circuit breakers "installed" on all stocks ! (running)

CFTC: IEA leaked SPR oil release before market opened ! (frontrunning)

Conclusion: Nothing has changed !

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:12 | 1399418 orangedrinkandchips
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cocksuckers still bleed like the rest of us....

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:08 | 1399419 Atch Logan
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"soft fascism"? kiss my white ass.  The difference between the fascism fostered upon us today by Obama/Bernake and their minions and that of Hitler is only yellow stars placed upon jews. But, wait! we have used an alternative measure: kill, imprison and destroy the peoples and countries of the middle east. We don't need gas chambers, we just use NATO, drones, high tech, and a bunch of low IQ mercenaries (but Germany had these, too).

Why do we have to hide and be cute about what is happening in and to America in some phoney movie plot?  I guess it is because at our educational level today it is maybe one step above cartoons.


Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:18 | 1399460 pelican
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Low IQ Mercs?  You would be surprised.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 20:09 | 1400162 Use of Weapons
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Hush... Yes, they would.

Rule: Replace organisational loyalty with professional loyalty; I remember this was how it was worded by the EU de'Bono adherents.

Then again, 'they' often don't appreciate that their body guards aren't hired by 'them', they're hired by the people looking to profit from their inputs. *cough* Psyops on Senators? How... parochial, and old.



Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:14 | 1399430 jmc8888
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Rather than watch the movie in real life, I'd rather re-implement Glass-Steagall and cancel the fraud.  Why watch a movie and pretend for a different outcome, when you already know the ending?


Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:11 | 1399433 sgorem
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you can call me Munny if WE can 'em high on the Hill.........all of 'em..............

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:17 | 1399442 ghostfaceinvestah
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Re-read Orwell's 1984 for a glimpse into our future.

There is no hope in the proles.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 20:59 | 1400253 equity_momo
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sad but true

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 01:40 | 1400661 malek
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And then (re-)read Huxley's "Brave New World" for good measure.

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 14:01 | 1401233 monkeyboy
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Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless.


If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever."

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:15 | 1399446 doomandbloom
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Metallica, bitchez .\m/

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:14 | 1399447 RowdyRoddyPiper
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Life is a metaphor for a Clint Eastwood film? 


Jeez...just play Misty for me instead.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 18:29 | 1399969 Clark Bent
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It is oversold, love the goosepimples of dread though, can almost here the Wagnerian score. 

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 18:56 | 1400026 CompassionateFascist
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Well, Clark, if you don't like least buy a new pair of running shoes. When the urban ethnic group-entitlement boyz lose their handouts, they are going to go at each other, and then wipe out the local cosmiclib whites and Jews. We in the rural militias will just stand and watch. Then we'll go into the cities and clean up the mess.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:29 | 1399476 Alcoholic Nativ...
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Americans are retards.  Can't say I have too much faith in them.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:26 | 1399478 css1971
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ok. sorry unrelated to the article which I will read.


It's 3.30 on a friday, everything is down. Give me odds on the Dow/S&P heading up? Fore the close.


Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:36 | 1399495 statlawyer
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Wooo can you feel it?? Here comes the plunge protection team!

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:52 | 1399549 buzzsaw99
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ten minutes to go. i don't like that gold is down again. bad omen.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:37 | 1399499 LivermoreJim
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This new chicken little is no more believable than the old one.  No, the world is not coming to an end; at worse there will be a short term depression followed by a re-evaluation of the current socialistic premises now governing this country and a return to an unhampered free enterprise system and a workable gold standard.  Civil war??????

And what's this nonsense about blaming the Boomer generation for all our ills?  The Federal Reserve Act came into being in 1913!  If blame is to be dished out, then FDR, as the embodiment of the Progressives, gets my vote.  And blame the Demos and the minorities they have yoked who have come to believe this world owes them big time.  Do I need to mention that Obama supporter who yelled out that now her rent and gas bills would be paid after Obama's election?

Boomers were the victims of the Progressives and are just now, entering retirement age, getting back a fraction of what was taken from them.  And Boomers are the backbone of the conservatives in the country working for a change. 

A little less childish drama and a little more realism is what we need. 

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:58 | 1399575 Zing
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Are you a paid agitator?  The CIA has actively been engaging in this deceit.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 20:28 | 1400203 Neoisolationist
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Hey,Zing, if this guy is a paid agitator, I'd be surprised. Probably one of the more sensible voices among us--and optimistic. Not a slam against you mate.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 17:10 | 1399749 topcallingtroll
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Boomers are intent on getting back what they put in the system, and then some.

They dont care that they are " getting it back" by taking money from their children and grandchildren.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 17:39 | 1399841 LivermoreJim
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Boomers are just now starting to retire, just now beginning to get something of what they put in (what was taken from them).  They've been carrying the x generation of moochers and food stampers long enough.  Your complaint might be valid in ten years, but not now.

Are they going to take the money?  Yes, to help pay the bills for their children and grandchildren who have moved backed in with them.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 18:54 | 1400015 Bicycle Repairman
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So far the boomers have paid for the raising of the millenial moochers.  Time for the moochers to pay back.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 19:03 | 1400039 CompassionateFascist
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So we are looking at states vs. central regime + class war + generational war + race war + urbs vs. rurals. More ammunition...need more ammunition. By the way, how are gun manufacturers stox doing?

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 20:27 | 1400199 Neoisolationist
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Thanks, Livermore. This is what I've been thinking. Back to the basics, which made us strong. Hard times during the adjustment phase. and just to hedge against being wrong, doing some hoarding of supplies and such.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:43 | 1399525 spooz
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Agree with a lot of what you say, but to call Obamacare socialism is wrong.  No public option means the system remains in the hands of the pharmaceutical and insurance companies, who are more profitable than ever now that consumers are forced to pick up more of the cost of health care and are deliberately self rationing it.  A real health care fix would have included developing a new low cost provider system, with, for example, more community clinics staffed with lower cost nurse practitioners as the first line of defense for routine healthcare. That is the kind of universal health care that would reduce expense overall and bring about better outcomes.  Its just an embarrassment that we spend more than anybody else for worse outcomes.


Fri, 06/24/2011 - 17:13 | 1399756 topcallingtroll
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Bad socialism (and central planning ) is still socialism ( and central planning).

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 17:51 | 1399875 spooz
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But its not central planning.  Its crony capitalism.  Big corporate interests help congress write a tax code filled with loopholes for the biggest donors.  But no talk of eliminating tax breaks, only for cutting spending.  And no long term planning, only the next two years.  Sell all the public assets, it'll give us a little bump right now.  Let the multinationals repatriate profits at 5% while home grown businesses have to pay a lot more.  We get a nice revenue bump for the next election cycle.  The hand in hand government/private Obamacare is another handout to the special interests Big Pharma and insurance, who will be collecting nice profits off the suckers who get less for more with their increasing insurance premiums.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 18:29 | 1399973 Clark Bent
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Obamacare is single payer, just need to crater the insurance industry first and eliminate all alternatives. Oh, and yeah, it makes your decisions regulable by the Federal gubmint. Get a clue. 

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 18:38 | 1399980 spooz
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Oh goodie, when do I get to see the "crater the insurance industry" part?  Is that some kind of wishful thinking or do you have some proof to offer that it is happening?  They are more powerful and profitable than ever. I think YOU need a clue.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 18:44 | 1399995 Clark Bent
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Try this, insurance is based on risk. That means it is a matter of timing and prediction. If, however, one is not required to pay until one gets sick, except for a relatively small yearly fee, then risk is unmanageable. The model of insurance cannot operate and will fail. Ok, scenario two, no employer will be able to afford to pay health insurance costs because, by Obamacare design, they cannot budget for this expenditure. This is because they are taken out of the negotiation process and supplanted by HHS Secretary who determines what plans can be sold and at what price. Error in calculating (i.e. predicting future illness of a given employee) results in huge penalties that would bankrupt all but the largest companies. So, employers cancel insurance plans (as we have already seen). And of course the costs are increasing dramatically already, as with every single payer system they will explode and require rationing and decreasing levels of care. After killing all alternatives, there will remain only one giant Medicaid for all. 

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 22:23 | 1400395 blunderdog
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We're better off without health insurance, anyway.  It's just another middleman skimming out of the resources distributed between patients and providers.

For all practical purposes, health insurance wouldn't exist if it weren't for Medicare.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 23:15 | 1400481 spooz
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There should be no insurance rent factored into healthcare.  There should be free community clinics staffed with nurse practitioners as the first line of defense in health care, for starters. There should be a public option so that small businesses don't have to worry about employee health care AT ALL.  We need to do everything we can to support  both the consumers in this country and the small businesses that provide employment.  By providing a public option and a new low cost provider system, perhaps even subsidized education for medical personnel if there are any shortages in exchange for working in urban or rural clinics.  There are answers, just not any that will satisfy the special interests that are calling the shots.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 19:10 | 1400055 CompassionateFascist
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Bad news, spooz: the Era of Policy Wonkery is coming to an end.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 22:56 | 1400455 BernankeHasHemo...
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The US spends 10 times as much per capita on health care as Mexico. The payoff - a miserable 3 extra years in average life span.

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 02:19 | 1400692 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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Which current system operating in another country can you share as an example?

If no other country has the system you propose then your idea is theory.

Who can argue with "new low cost provider system" or "community clinics staffed with lower cost nurse practitioners" and "first line of defense". Heck only evil greedy bastards would oppose these statements.

How do create this? Where do you find nurse pratitioners in suffiecient numbers at a low cost? How about we give them loans from the government? If they agree to work for reduced pay at these new community clinics.We would not want to pay for an education which does not meet government standards. So we would need a new agency to make sure our new low cost staff is properly trained, using the best practices which have been gleaned from HHS new agency and staff that was created to find the proper curriculum for the new low cost staff......

It goes on forever.

The health care system is fucked up enough because of government so lets give government another chance to waste even more years...

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 11:03 | 1400944 spooz
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If you are unable to find enough nurse practitioners you subsidize tuition and open new schools to produce them.  They work off their subsidy by interning in community clinics. When I say reduced pay, I mean what they are currently earning, in comparison to MDs who see people in the emergency rooms for routine care.  That alone will be a huge cost savings.  A health care agency would be handle the subsidies, clinics, bargaining with the pharmaceutical companies for lower prices. It could be combined with medicare in one public health bureau.  We need to do something radical to the broken system that costs more than everybody else for worse outcomes. 

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 11:32 | 1400965 spooz
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France has universal health care, and the cost per capita is half of ours.  They recently introduced a copay.  Their outcomes are better and the French consumers are generally quite happy with it.

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 12:43 | 1401081 Encroaching Darkness
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Read the book "Lopsided", about a female with a medical condition. She lived in France, developed the condition, and went to see her French physician about it. Not liking what she heard, she went to New York to visit friends, saw a doctor - and got the dire diagnosis, breast cancer.

Her French doctor called it a rash.

How much of that "cost per capita is half of ours" is hidden by incompetence?

Now Obamacare is going to ruin that, like we needed MORE government....

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 15:45 | 1401408 spooz
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Don't you love how the lobbyists use anecdotal evidence to smear a whole system?  From what I understand, the French are very satisfied customers of their health care system.  Scare tactics like that could just as easily be found in any country. And Obamacare is just Obama paying off his corporate benefactors.  Crony capitalism. Why do you think the stock of Pharmaceuticals & Insurance went up after it passed.  Its a gift of guaranteed profits.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 12:44 | 1403108 Encroaching Darkness
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Don't you love how the statists use no evidence to support their endless interventions in our lives? I cite a real, non-fiction book by a woman who was malpracticed by a government-run healthcare system, and a leftist statist cites NOTHING in return except "what I understand". OK, we have malpractice cases in the US; OK, some French may be well-served by their system. But if "Obamacare is just Obama paying off his corporate benefactors.  Crony capitalism.", then putting the WHOLE COUNTRY in the hands of the government is advisable and good policy? Once the government owns all health care providers, what will stop them from punishing their political opponents by denying them health care? "Sorry, Mr. Jones, your heart medicine has been DISCONTINUED by the government, and this is your last prescription. I suggest you get your affairs in order."

Can't happen here? Just wait; in the past the US government has used the IRS, the FBI and even special forces "observers" against its own citizens. Why should they hesitate to use government health care to reward their friends, punish their foes and keep everyone else in line?

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 23:24 | 1404609 Melville1977
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I agree. Obamacare isn't socialism. It is a financial BJ for the Health insurance industrial complex. BigInsurance, not the government, will be calling the shots. Matter of fact, what were going through right now isn't socialism or communism, it is fascism. Fascism was ramped up under George W. and Obama has continued it. Thus, George W. Obama : ) : (

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:45 | 1399534 Crab Cake
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I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away".

-Percy Bysshe Shelly

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 15:52 | 1399548 Zing
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Great read.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 16:04 | 1399579 Atch Logan
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Thank you, Crab Cake. Who could have said better.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 16:04 | 1399595 jack stephan
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Good article, they should make one about the sociopathic similarities to the face parasite from Alien.  All the quotes match.

"You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility."

"It's got a wonderful defense mechanism. You don't dare kill it"

"I admire its purity. A survivor... unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality."

"Paralyzes him, now puts him in a coma...Now what the hell is that?

The last ten years have been a preemptive strike on mankind and the first half of the century it seems, I don't mean to be a dramatist, but damn.


Fri, 06/24/2011 - 16:10 | 1399604 Hacked Economy
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Wow!  This article was a long read.  Good stuff here and there, but way too long, just like the previous Parts 1 - 4.  Why can't the author knock it down to perhaps two scrollable pages of meaty substance instead of all the added fluff?

I don't think I'll put in the time to read Part 6 if there is one...

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 17:24 | 1399795 Commander Cody
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Fri, 06/24/2011 - 16:21 | 1399632 PaperBear
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bottom 90% of world incomes has moved -1% since 1970 - great job (sarcasm) on the poverty reduction.

Of course, if this was not CPI adjusted it would be an even greater job (more sarcasm).
Fri, 06/24/2011 - 16:17 | 1399636 Downtoolong
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I have only watched parts of three episodes of American Idol since the show began back in …. well whenever. From that brief experience I can see clear examples in this highly popular exhibition of the kind of social manipulation that parts of this article is describing.  Tens of thousands vying to become a finalist, led by the media to truly believe they have a shot at it. They all somehow manage to overlook the fact that only a handful each year actually do. And what of the rest? What happens to them? We’re never told, but, I’m sure it’s nothing as good as they might have achieved if they had spent their time focusing instead on more attainable and productive goals. And even that’s not the real story. The real story is that Ryan Seacrest just signed a deal to continue as MC of the show for $45 million. That’s probably more money than all of the past American Idol winners combined will earn as entertainers in their lifetime.   

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 16:34 | 1399677 Azannoth
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Hey have some 'Brawndo' that will 'Pimp you up'

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 17:18 | 1399784 allenaki
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In Greece the "idol" reality shows are 5.

The "master chefs" reality shows also.

The "dancing with your nightmares" reality shows 5 or something.

The "we rennovate your home" reality shows also.

The "we give millions of euros to the winner" 2.

The "we fix your yard into a garden" reality shows are 2 or 3.

The TV is transforming young, fresh married couples (for example young architects, accountants, students) into greedy bastards counting pallets of euros with their trembling fingers for every question they answer.

There is a generation of young people and young couples or families totally depending on

V for their existence, for their lives.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 17:24 | 1399792 allenaki
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correction (keypad refuses to obey, former IBM now Lenovo something..):

a generation totally depending on TV

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 17:20 | 1399793 MrButtoMcFarty
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See kids....sucking Merv Griffin's dick does pay!!

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 16:36 | 1399674 Stuck on Zero
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Don't forget the other ruling class BS spewed upon the masses by the obedient media:

Free trade agreements boost jobs for everyone

Multicultural diversity is a paramount objective

Unlimited immigration is good for America

Immigrants take jobs that Americans won't do

Lovers of the Constitution are terrorists

Israel is our best ally

Education is the passport to wealth

Fort Knox is full of gold

Bigger is better


Fri, 06/24/2011 - 16:39 | 1399681 blunderdog
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I feel so deceived.  I saw "Chris Whalen" in the post tags, came here, and it's just another of Quinn's Fourth Turning rants.

Can you read another book, Jim?  Please?

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 16:51 | 1399721 High Plains Drifter
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Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz !!!!!

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 17:07 | 1399752 allenaki
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A brilliant narration


The greek political Alite (alitis is a man behaving like a tramp) oligarchs-plutocrats class spewed upon the greek people the same lies through the obedient media and the life style magazins:

- Free trade agreements boost jobs for everyone

- Multicultural diversity is a paramount objective

- Unlimited immigration is a BLESSING! for Greece

- Immigrants take jobs that Greeks won't do

- Lovers of the Constitution are terrorists

- Education is the passport to wealth

- Bigger is better

About Odious Debt:

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 17:10 | 1399761 allenaki
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the Unforgiven song (metallica) has anything to do with the movie?

the lyrics do have, i think

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 17:17 | 1399783 americanspirit
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Too long? Too many ideas? Too complex? Not an easy read? Zzzzzzzzz?

You want it all short, simple, and easy to understand?

Come on, fess up. Thinking makes your head hurt, and then you get cranky and start stamping your little feet. Waaaahhhh.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 17:32 | 1399821 sasebo
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Yeah, definitely time for some retribution.

Will happen as soon as someone (anyone) figures out how to get a large part of the couple hundred million person middle class organized & heading in the same direction.

Any names or prospects? Anybody know somebody that can do this job? We need somebody bad.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 19:19 | 1400072 CompassionateFascist
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Don't worry. I'm here.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 17:38 | 1399842 Salah
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This time it'll be a doozie: Pluto's in Capricorn (toxic to all structure); Neptune's in Pisces (great sorrows), and Uranus is in Aries (return to violence).

I'm taking my money and heading to Brazil or Oz.


Fri, 06/24/2011 - 18:34 | 1399981 Clark Bent
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Where is Saturn? Which house?

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 18:34 | 1399975 anonnn
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"The lying, cheating, fraud, theft and other wrongs committed by those in power will need to be atoned for. ... We have been badly led."

So... How to tell a misleader from a leader?

Suggstions please.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 18:34 | 1399982 Clark Bent
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By their fruits shall you know them. 

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 10:22 | 1400903 Founders Keeper
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Fri, 06/24/2011 - 19:18 | 1400076 VyseLegendaire
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We sure do live in a hellish point in history.  But its not true that history is cyclical.  Our future is in reality predicated on the conscious acts and decisions of individuals, well-informd or not.  To say that history is cyclical is to give up on the possibility of a more solid and just social framework, one where massive imbalances would not be expected to occur – in other words, that our world is deterministic. 

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 19:36 | 1400119 blunderdog
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Well...our world IS deterministic.  If you're determined to produce shit results, you can easily act in a way which causes shit results to obtain. 

History is cyclical because human behavior is cyclical.

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 10:29 | 1400915 Founders Keeper
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Though I might add: Human behavior is ever constant; the ills of which peak at predictable (cyclical) intervals.


Sat, 06/25/2011 - 01:54 | 1400667 malek
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You're blabbering nonsense - kind of like saying oscillating circuits cannot be deterministic.

Read "The Fourth Turning" (the first chapters suffice), then we talk.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 19:36 | 1400117 Buck Johnson
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Spot on, spot on.  He hit it pretty much on the head.  I believe that the US will split up into 4 to 6 regions and go their own way as seperate countries.  People will not want to have a centralized govt. for the whole US like last time, they will want more power for the local and region govt..  As a whole country the US will be done, but in parts we will exists.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 20:15 | 1400173 Use of Weapons
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This is all you need to know about the new method:



(Those of you who remember Hicks will note that the "DVD inclusion" edit has been applied to all youtube versions out there... interesting, reminds me of Ayn Rands issue with pupils; suffice to say, I have copies of it without the intrusive edit)

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 20:27 | 1400190 electronpaul
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"Recent data from the Pew Foundation finds that Americans are sick of being the world’s policeman.... The vast majority of Americans want to keep our noses out of other countries’ affairs because they realize the trillions spent are bankrupting the country."

Ron Paul's position on foreign wars matches this large majority.

Elect Ron Paul...

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 22:58 | 1400449 BernankeHasHemo...
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Not a chance he will ever get elected. Americans are MORONS!

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 21:47 | 1400328 grunk
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Jesse from Jesse’s Café Americain is correct: "And over time they become almost anti-human, destroyers of all that is good, all that is life, all that offends their insatiable sickness with its goodness."

I've met a couple of these people in my life. It's almost like they aren't human.

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 22:53 | 1400447 BernankeHasHemo...
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In the end the American people will get exactly what they deserve - poverty and slavery. They are worthless white trash scum who do not deserve a man like Ron Paul - they deserve a Muslim criminal like Obama bin laden to lead them into oblivion. The world will laugh at the fate history gives them. They should be killed, ground up into hamburger and used to feed the world's dogs.

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 09:08 | 1400868 Calmyourself
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You first, feet first into the grinder..

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 14:10 | 1401253 BernankeHasHemo...
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Gone ex-pat, dude. Too late suckers!

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 15:41 | 1401404 malek
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Good luck believing you will not be impacted by the coming Fourth Turning, and determining in advance the place were some basic freedoms will survive it!

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 23:10 | 1400471 Yen Cross
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 Squint is the BEST!  Met him at the Piano bar in Carmel. Outside actually. He was an ABSOLUTE gentleman! Let me take pictures with a G/F from that area.  


                                                               Long Live CLINT!

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 23:14 | 1400487 tony bonn
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this article is a magnum opus of diagnosis of the american cancer....god bless you....the corruscating brilliance is blinding except to him who has an eye.....

however, i wish to quibble about the presence or absence of a indeed described a conspiracy....some may have been witting and others less so but a conspiracy exists to plunder america....

i pray godspeed for the belligerents who defy the plutocrats and seek to destroy their ungodly powers....

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 01:54 | 1400676 malek
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Excellent article.

But remember Jim, the country didn't seriously prepare for the Fourth Turning, because if so we wouldn't get a Fourth Turning :-)
It is the inability to correct things, without massive upheaval forcing us to, that makes it inevitable.

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 02:02 | 1400684 CactusLand
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Jim, great series, they have really helped me to get a feel for the moment. We all really need to rally around Ron Paul, he is the only guy that gives me any hope.

Ron Paul 2012, to The Doors Peace Frog

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 03:22 | 1400729 ebworthen
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I like it.


Sat, 06/25/2011 - 08:36 | 1400839 skipjack
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Blah blah.  Blame only the Boomers; no generation before or after them

made any contribution to the mess.  Yeah, Gen-X, you know, that generation that's now 30-48 are not in any positions where they have had any influence over the last 5 years.  And the Silent generation, and their parents, who elected T.Roosevelt, Wilson, FDR and LBJ and all those fools and idiots had zero relevance towards the entitlement mentality we have today.


You discredit every single thing you say on that basis alone.


Secondly, anyone who thinks that we have lived in free market capitalism at any time since the Civil War needs to go read more history, because they are totally ignorant on the involvement of the government in the economy since that time.


Thirdly, anyone who does not mention the forcible imposition on the populace of a public education system shows just how the dumbing down has affected his own research and thinking skills.


I give this essay series a grade of D-.  You have bought the propaganda of the central planners, you are promoting generational warfare when really, the war is and has always been the bankers vs. the people.


Wake up, shithead.

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 09:43 | 1400881 rwe2late
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 You are 100% correct.  Although the author's identification of the empire's maladies has merit, his interpretation of the cause of the maladies does not.

The cause of the problems is NOT found by astrology, nor by the equivalent methodology of generational generalizing of birth dates.

Nor is the solution or any reasoned understanding to be found by promoting inter-generational warfare.

The wealth of the world is sucked upward, not downward. The elite concentration of wealth and power has never been greater. The economic problems are not caused by the crumbs thrown to the masses, crumbs often paid for by the lower ranks, and often promised but not delivered. The wars are not fought to protect the interests of the poor, but to the benefit of the rich. The laws are not designed to divest the wealthy, but to further enrich them, and solidify their power.

The whole arrangement has been heavily reliant on a divide-and-conquer strategy from the beginning. Ask the native Americans how the continent was conquered. Of course the crumbs are parceled out inequitably. How better to promote diversionary infighting? Why was the IWW (one big union) considered such a threat, but trade unions acceptable? Why did the government purge unions and the media of any so-called radicals?

People are not born with an innate political consciousness. It is learned.

Intelligence and compassion are not restricted by age, sex, or race ... and neither is avarice and a lust for power.

When humans organize, those organizations typically have a potential for great benefit and great harm. That is the human conundrum.

The problems are not in the stars, but the institutions.

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 16:23 | 1401401 malek
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You seem to be in way over your head, if you are comparing the Fourth Turning with astrology.

Institutions are man made devices, and they are not all completely controlled by a few rich.
The non-rich are into gaming them, too. And they don't understand or don't care that they are being gamed as well - it always takes two to Tango. And that ignorance of the masses, with some actual participation in ruining the existing systems, is what the Fourth Turning describes as the typical trait of the current generational phase, to mention just one thing.

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 12:14 | 1401021 Jim Quinn
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I take dumps with more substance than your blathering drivel.

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