Guest Post: This Would Never Happen Where You Live

Tyler Durden's picture

From Simon Black of Sovereign Man

This would never happen where you live

Here’s a great story.

I left Santiago yesterday, quite happy that I had managed to lock up a
major property deal at the 11th hour right before my international
departure. I cut it so close, I literally had to run from my attorneys’
office back to my flat in El Golf within 90-seconds of signing the

I was in such a hurry to make my flight that, when going through
security, I forgot to empty my pockets. I know, the cardinal sin, right?

I had a Blackberry, my wallet, a belt, and several Chilean coins
jingling around in my pants, and the X-ray machine dinged like a winning
slot machine.  Instinctively, I prepared myself for a verbal battle
with some neanderthal who would try and put his hand down my pants.
Except… it didn’t happen.

In my haste, I had almost forgotten that this was Chile, a civilized
place that doesn’t go out of its way to demean citizens and residents at
every available opportunity. No fondling, no fear and intimidation
tactics, no surprise searches, no cash-sniffing dogs, no ‘secondary
screening’, no stasi on the jet bridge.

Instead, the solo security attendant simply asked if I had anything
in my pockets. I pulled out my Blackberry and showed it to him, and he
waved me through. I was on my plane 2-minutes later.

A few days ago, I was having a conversation with our Chief Investment
Strategist Tim Staermose; he was telling me about a similar experience
traveling recently to Macau via hydrofoil from Hong Kong.

During his trip, he checked his luggage, got his boarding pass, went
through immigration control… all the typical sort of international
travel stuff, except for one thing: there were no X-ray machines or
radiating body scanners at all, and there certainly weren’t any surly
border guards to fondle passengers.

As I travel frequently and spend time in so many different countries,
it’s becoming clear to me that there are essentially two categories in
the world– police states that are running towards George Orwell’s view
of the world in 1984, and countries where you can still feel like a free
human being.

Unfortunately, the police states are doing their best to corrupt the
rest of the world. Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano recently
toured India and met with senior security officials there, undoubtedly
trying to influence them to toughen security measures and join the
Orwellian order.

Back in the US, DHS recently announced its ever-expanding “If you see
something, say something…” program, this time at the 2011 Indianapolis
500 race.

If you’re not familiar, this is the program that encourages people
across the country to become unpaid spies for the federal government and
rat out friends and neighbors for anything ‘suspicious’. In eerie Big
Brother fashion, Napolitano delivers this message from monitors perched
throughout WalMart stores nationwide.

The stated DHS purpose
for the Indy 500 message this past weekend was to “help ensure the
safety and security of fans, employees, and race crews by identifying
and reporting suspicious activity” at the venue.

Realistically, though, it’s just a precursor to having Homeland
Security involved in public sporting events… in addition to airports,
train stations, subway stations, bus stations, and eventually shopping

(This video, though a bit long, should give you an idea of the ridiculously police state conditions that exist in public places.)

This has nothing to do with security, but the gradual brainwashing of
a population to accept a heavier and heavier hand of government in
daily life. They convince people that government is necessary to create
jobs, to provide security. Within a few years, though, this influence
can change the entire face of the country.

Developed countries used to be the light of the world, the pinnacle
of civilization. You could turn on the TV in North America or Europe,
see terrible oppression in third world countries and think, “that would
never happen here.”

Ironically, as I was sensibly waived through security in Chile’s
principal airport yesterday, I thought to myself, “wow, that would never
happen in the United States.”

Similarly, as many of my foreign friends see TV clips of police
battling citizens across Europe, and even in North America, they say
“wow, that would never happen here.”

The tables have truly turned.

Look, economic opportunity exists all over the world, and modern
technology makes the opportunities accessible to just about everyone.
Moreover, nice, clean, developed places exist all over the world, and
there are plenty of ways to obtain residency. We talk about these

Great schools? Excellent hospitals? First rate standard of living? Options are out there, all over the place.

For me, the bottom line is simple: if freedom is something you truly
value, it’s time to start considering these many options… or at a
minimum, to take a step back, look at the big picture, make an honest
assessment of where things are going, and decide if you want to put
yourself and your family on that trajectory.

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vote_libertarian_party's picture

I don't have the link but Drudge has a link to a guy going thru 9/11 security hell at a Baltimore train station.

DavidC's picture

Why have you linked to the video that was linked in the article?


cornedmutton's picture

So that you would be forced to comment on how stupid I am.

No, not really.  I didn't see it.  Shoot me.

ebworthen's picture


Yes, as if we in America didn't know about terrorist attacks and need Big Brother to tell us.

Fear mongering from Napolitono and the MSM is fodder for the flag waving sheeple who still believe the eagle/red-white-blue/apple pie bullshit while their Sons and Daughters are sent to die for oil and the continuation of the Crusades and Washington and Wall Street rob them blind and push them into indentured servitude; the gilded cage of consumerism, credit scores, and suckling teat.


AnAnonymous's picture

Well, well, willingful servants though

 this is the program that encourages people across the country to become unpaid spies for the federal government


In a country people are used to asking a few bucks only to answer a person asking the way, the unpaid work has all its weight.


Not only US citizens fund the project with their hard earned money but they are also ready to deliver work for free without asking for monetary reward.

No goverment manipulation, only the expression of a popular will.

Anytime US citizens do something for free, it tells.

Altavoz-de-Verdad's picture

Spot on!

The United States is a police state b/c it is a military empire ruled by the corporate elite.  The federal govenment does the bidding of Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Walmarts of the world.



swamp's picture

And to whom do I rat out DHS and Walmart?

gosseyn's picture

"In eerie Big Brother fashion, Napolitano delivers this message from monitors perched throughout WalMart stores nationwide."

Exactly!  And just what is Walmart's incentive for being a DHS cat's paw?

Andy_Jackson_Jihad's picture

Probably went something like this in a backroom on K street:

"Hey dats a nice business you got dere.  Shame if something were to happen to it.  You know DHS is pushing for dis new law dat would make your supply chain awfuly slow.  Da boss could probably be persuaded to foget about it in return for her face in you stores"

MachoMan's picture

More like, "as I know you are aware, government assistance pays the lion's share of your corporation's bills."  Followed by a long pause and deep stare.  Or a, "it sure would be an inconvenience to importers of chinese goods if we were to finally take them to task for their currency manipulation and impose tariffs."

They know who butters their bread...  

This is nothing but moral hazard...  where the government tromps, moral hazard ensues. 

ATM's picture

It probably had something to do with the President being very good friends with the SEIU thugs and WalMarts anti-union stance but that's just a highly educated guess.

Altavoz-de-Verdad's picture

More like Walmart owns a bunch of politicians and wants to maintain the status quo of dependent, despondent and disiplined American serfs.  They want any one messing up their gravy train to get ratted out and shipped off to gitmo.

When are people going to figure out that the federal government works for the corporations...not against them. 

Oh regional Indian's picture

To be a key part of the big brother supply chain for Cross Country SNAP? Or some morphed version of rationed everything.
The shenanigans are quite stunning.

And India has all the makings of going off in one of two directions when SHTF. Raging Anarchy or Moribund Police State with Armed forces and huge paramilitary playing some role. Cops are being technologized and smartened up. All very interesting to observe.


Spastica Rex's picture

Is that mystical "end of the world thing" still on schedule?

Oh regional Indian's picture

Bob rex, it's unfolding befor our very eyes. You would need to be particularly indoctrinated or wilfully blind to not see that the edge of the cliff is now BEHIND most of us. 

This is just the hang-time before the descent begins in earnest.

Better hang on to that pipe of yours.


Spastica Rex's picture

I wish I had a pipe. Bourbon will have to do.

DosZap's picture

I  knew we were in deep caca, when the military started training with our local LE.

That was eons before it got to this point.

As for the comment in the article about there being many places not to have to put up with this crap, and residency is easily obtained.


Residency is one thing, citizenship is quite another.

Only Two places left that will allow quick citizenship, and you had best be ready to drop $250-$400k,to do so.

Blackmail is universal.

Andy_Jackson_Jihad's picture

Militias.  And those get ratted out to Al-Queda who gets ratted out to DHS.

Checks and balances seemed to work for a while.  Why not try them again?

flattrader's picture

On occasion I find myself in Walmart when I travel. [Usually easy to find off the interstate.]

I have not seen a Big Sis monitor yet. When I do, my plan is to declare my displeasure and intent never to return to that store at the  top of my lungs while in the checkout line to a captive audience of other shoppers and cashiers.

Walmart's sales are already for shit.

Do they really want to lose customers with money?...They've already lost the ones that don't have any.

Vote with your wallet.  They'll get the message.

Rhodin's picture

Back in the day, when Sam Walton was CEO, and Walmart had it's "Buy American" program, I shopped Walmart often.  When Sam died, Walmart dropped the "Buy American" program,  started pressuring their suppliers to move factories to China,  and I shopped there less often.   Now, most things at Walmart are from China, and i go there last;  mostly to look for something when everyone else is out.  Haven't seen Big Sis there yet, and almost everyone else sells stuff from China now too, but i'm still avoiding Walmart for pushing things that way.

DosZap's picture

Walmart's sales are already for shit.

Yep, I go in a NEW one (Super WalMurt), about 2-3 times a week, and no matter the day or time, it's basically empty.

My area is one of the top counties in Texas, and it's not empty due to lack of $$$$$.

MachoMan's picture

In my county, we had the lowest unemployment rate in the country through 09 and you can't wade through the zombies at virtually any hour...  I dunno what you guys got going on, but all our walmarts are packed full.  (I think one of our stores was the #1 store in the country through the early to mid 2000s, but I'm not sure as of late.)

RafterManFMJ's picture

Man I hope I'm next in line - I'm turning you in. Then I get a free $10 gift card.

goldfish1's picture

Vote with your wallet.  They'll get the message.

Their prices aren't all that. Shop CVS, Walgreens or Rite-Aid. The larger independent grocery stores have weekly specials much better than wm prices.

mayhem_korner's picture

New Zealand, baby!

Shell Game's picture

Good thing one can arm themselves in those locales..

Vlad Tepid's picture

Less than they have living on the mainland...most Polynesians and Micronesians have left their island fastness and joined the Borg, like any Diaspora, I guess - Irish, Jewish, etc.  I currently live on a small Micronesian island and most of the locals take any opportunity to leave, but they are prideful and resent being "forced" to leave by economic necessity.  It doesn't surprised me that they would form gangs in the States.  New Zealand is a different story as the Maori are indiginous there and are reasserting themselve politically (including thuggery.)

John Rotten's picture

From Wikipedia

"Other gangs are prominent in particular areas, for example the Junior Don Kings (JDK)..."


Imagine the hair on those guys!

lincolnsteffens's picture

New Zealand does have at least one Maori gang. I think they are mostly in the Auckland area. If drugs were legalized here much of the funds for gangs would dry up. Then with any logic the police and Feds. would be able to concentrate on violent crime.

Oooops. My bad. I forgot logic is not part of our culture any more. Don't you ever wonder why most US cities have areas that are not safe even in daylight? We have military around the globe supposedly keeping us safe and a new Homeland Security machine but it just gets worse here. Is this a plan or just stupidity? Either way the result is the same.

Rhodin's picture

In the US, the primary drug cartel is run "off books" by government and the banks.  The "war on drugs" controls the competition, helps fund and justify police budgets and allows them to seize cash from anyone carring "too much". 

If drugs were legal, or decriminalised, competition would increase and prices would drop, and slush fund and black op money would need to be re-sourced. Prisons would downsize,  as would many areas of law enforcement.  Most government would take a haircut of some size.  A percentage of drug profits is reserved for contributing to "war on drugs" friendly candidates to keep the "business" running, likewise government union and association candidate recommendations will usually be friendly to "war on drugs".

DosZap's picture

Last I heard, citizenship, and residency are a bitch,  if not impossible.

Not so?.

Vlad Tepid's picture

Depends on who you get married to.  Got a good photographer?  Go "reverse-picture bride."

Shell Game's picture

It's so obvious I don't know how so many fail to see it.  Fear and entitlements are the best way to keep a populace dependent on the State.  Throw in MSM misiformation and entertainment feeding stations 24/7 for good measure.  F'cking bullshit way to live.

Clampit's picture

Taxes are the best way to keep a populace dependent on the State, with security being the justification.

As I see it nothing will change until a large enough group coalesces geographically within the US and declares sovereignty. In contrast to Waco, internet broadcasts of the ensuing military action against what would likely be a simple farming town should be enough to give pause to even the most die hard statists.

I'm truly amazed how many people cling to the notion that somewhere, somebody or some faction is capable of successfully orchestrating society for the common good. We should have better heeded the political lessons of the Third Reich instead of dismissing what occurred as the brain-trust of some already slain super human demon.

Andy_Jackson_Jihad's picture

Like anything that can't be reproduced and isolated in a laboratory, people can rationalize that the failure of the paradigm is because there wasn't enough of what failed.

God smote those good christians with a tornado because they weren't praying hard enough. The third reich collapsed because they didn't get every last jew.  The US is crumbling because we aren't statist enough.  Michelle Obama has a fat ass because children have too much tasty food.   You get the idea...

Shell Game's picture

Well said.  Funny how we are so good at self-policing ourselves every tax season. And how taxes have been burnt into the psyche of our culture. Very European of us..  I agree, mass succession may be the only way out of this, for those who want out..

Clampit's picture

"for those who want out.."

Yeah, there's the rub. So many people can't see how a stateless society might work that they cling to the familiar with often indignant apologist tactics. I think we need a serious Flying Spaghetti Monster style candidate to highlight all the silliness in modern political rhetoric. Go team.

MachoMan's picture

The problem is this: we need some type of central authority and judicial system to balance the wealth gap, confiscate ill gotten gains, and "level" the playing field; if we hack and slash the arms of our government, we will be impotent to honestly and forthrightly deal with our captors.  Once "leveling" has been accomplished, then we can rely upon newly discovered market principles.

Now, it may very well be that we accept the fact that no central authority would ever deal the kind of justice that needs to be done...  so be it...  but, I'm not sure how sincere and diligent we have been in demanding this... 

DosZap's picture

Blame it on your parents, or Grandparents................

Eisenhower flat out WARNED the USA.

Clampit's picture

Oh believe me I do ... those pricks. ;-)

A better philosophy, IMHO: Fix the problem not the blame.

moregoldplease's picture

If one can afford to freely travel and maybe not come back to the USA at the moment, then one should do so. It will be a difficult decision but it is very disturbing to see the totalitarian changes coming our way incrementally. It appears that most US citizens are quite content to snooze while the camps are built.

wombats's picture

So where do you recommend people go?  How do families w/ kids afford it?

thriftymost's picture

Come on over to mainland China.  The cops here don't even carry guns.  Sure, they'll arm up awfully fast if and when there's an insurrection on--but that's something the average Chinese will never see.  The bottom line, for me, is that no one is afraid of the police.  Government serves the people.  Everything runs on consensus and pursuit of the common good.  America looks so laughably backwards and barbaric, after a little time spent in China, that you'll never want to return.

Bam_Man's picture

Last time I looked, China was already an authoritarian Police State.

Is your argument that "They've got it down pat"?

Or are you just being sarcastic?

Confuchius's picture

You, round eye, watch too much msm.

Come to China a savour true freedom.

For a killer dose, come to Hong Kong.

Maybe too much for round eye accustomed to being told when to go pee.

portfola's picture

This is true. It's paradoxical, but I never felt freer than when I lived in the police state of China. Of course, I wasn't a journalist on the human rights beat...

DosZap's picture

Or, could post on a Blog like ZH??.

We know the names,and info have been taken.But, in China, you would never get to criticize/and slam the .gub like here at all, they love 7.62 Toks  and kneeling serfs.

(Soon to change I am sure).