The Handling of the Economic Crisis May Lead to Civil Unrest

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CNN's Jack Cafferty notes that a number of voices are saying that - if our economy continues to deteriorate (which it very well might) - we are likely headed for violence, and civil unrest is a growing certainty.

Watch the must-see CNN viewer comments on this issue:

Newsweek wrote two weeks ago:

is beginning to break through. Gas and grocery prices are on the rise,
home values are down, and vast majorities think the country is on the
wrong track. The result is sadness and frustration, but also an
inchoate rage more profound than the sign-waving political fury
documented during the elections last fall.




search of the earthly toll of this outrage, NEWSWEEK conducted a poll
of 600 people, finding vastly more unquiet minds than not. Three out of
four people believe the economy is stagnant or getting worse. One in
three is uneasy about getting married, starting a family, or being able
to buy a home. Most say their relationships have been damaged by
economic woes or, perhaps more accurately, the dread and nervousness
that accompany them.

Could these emotions escalate into revolt?

Why Are People So Angry?

Why are people so angry?

Well, as the Newsweek article points out:

earnings have soared to an all-time high. Wall Street is gaudy and
confident again. But the heyday hasn’t come for millions of Americans.
Unemployment hovers near 9 percent, and the only jobs that truly
abound, according to Labor Department data, come with name tags,
hairnets, and funny hats (rather than high wages, great benefits, and
long-term security). The American Dream is about having the means to
build a better life for the next generation. But as President Obama
acknowledged at a town-hall meeting in May, “a lot of folks aren’t
feeling that [possibility] anymore.”

By way of background,
America - like most nations around the world - decided to bail out their
big banks instead of taking the necessary steps to stabilize their
economies (see this, this and this).
As such, they all transferred massive debts (from fraudulent and
stupid gambling activities) from the balance sheets of the banks to the
balance sheets of the country.

The nations have then run their
printing presses nonstop in an effort to inflate their way out of their
debt crises, even though that effort is doomed to failure from the get-go.

Quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve is obviously causing food prices to skyrocket worldwide (and see this, this and this).

But the fact is that every country in the world that can print money - i.e. which is not locked into a multi-country currency agreement like the Euro - has been printing massive quantities of money. See these charts.

the austerity measures which governments worldwide are imposing to try
to plug their gaping deficits (created by throwing trillions at their
banks) are causing people world-wide to push back.

As I warned in February 2009 and again in December of that year:

high-level officials and experts warn that the economic crisis could
lead to unrest world-wide - even in developed countries:

  • Today, Moody's warned
    that future tax rises and spending cuts could trigger social unrest
    in a range of countries from the developing to the developed world,
    that in the coming years, evidence of social unrest and public tension
    may become just as important signs of whether a country will be
    able to adapt as traditional economic metrics, that a fiscal crisis
    remains a possibility for a leading economy, and that 2010 would be a
    “tumultuous year for sovereign debt issuers”.
  • The U.S. Army War College warned in 2008 November warned in a monograph
    [click on Policypointers’ pdf link to see the report] titled “Known
    Unknowns: Unconventional ‘Strategic Shocks’ in Defense Strategy
    Development” of crash-induced unrest:

    military must be prepared, the document warned, for a “violent,
    strategic dislocation inside the United States,” which could be provoked
    by “unforeseen economic collapse,”
    “purposeful domestic resistance,” “pervasive public health
    emergencies” or “loss of functioning political and legal order.” The
    “widespread civil violence,” the document said, “would force the
    defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend
    basic domestic order and human security.” “An American government and
    defense establishment lulled into complacency by a long-secure domestic
    order would be forced to rapidly divest some or most external security
    commitments in order to address rapidly expanding human insecurity at
    home,” it went on. “Under the most extreme circumstances, this might
    include use of military force against hostile groups inside the United
    States. Further, DoD [the Department of Defense] would be, by necessity,
    an essential enabling hub for the continuity of political authority in
    a multi-state or nationwide civil conflict or disturbance,” the
    document read.

  • Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair said:

    "The global economic crisis ... already looms as the most serious one in decades, if not in centuries ... Economic crises increase the risk of regime-threatening instability if they are prolonged for a one- or two-year period," said Blair. "And instability
    can loosen the fragile hold that many developing countries have on law
    and order, which can spill out in dangerous ways into the
    international community

    "Statistical modeling shows that economic crises increase the risk of regime-threatening instability if they persist over a one-to-two-year period."***

    crisis has been ongoing for over a year, and economists are divided
    over whether and when we could hit bottom. Some even fear that the
    recession could further deepen and reach the level of the Great
    Depression. Of course, all of us recall the dramatic political
    consequences wrought by the economic turmoil of the 1920s and 1930s in
    Europe, the instability, and high levels of violent extremism.”

    made it clear that - while unrest was currently only happening in
    Europe - he was worried this could happen within the United States.

    [See also this].

  • Former national security director Zbigniew Brzezinski warned
    "there’s going to be growing conflict between the classes and if
    people are unemployed and really hurting, hell, there could be even
  • The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warned
    the the financial crisis is the highest national security concern for
    the U.S., and warned that the fallout from the crisis could lead to of
    "greater instability".

Others warning of crash-induced unrest include:

Unemployment is soaring globally - especially among youth.

And the sense of outrage at the injustice of the rich getting richer while the poor get poorer is also a growing global trend.

worldwide told their people that bailout out the giant banks was
necessary to save the economy. But they haven't delivered, and the
"Main Streets" of the world have suffered.

As former American senator (and consummate insider) Chris Dodd said in 2008:

it turns out that [the banks] are hoarding, you’ll have a
revolution on your hands. People will be so livid and furious that
their tax money is going to line their pockets instead of doing the
right thing. There will be hell to pay.

Of course, the big banks are hoarding, and refusing to lend to Main Street. In fact, they admitted back in 2008 that they would. And the same is playing out globally.

As I noted in February:

Agence France-Press reports today:

International Monetary Fund stands ready to help riot-torn Egypt
rebuild its economy, the IMF chief said Tuesday as he warned governments
to tackle unemployment and income inequality or risk war.

No wonder former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski ... warned the Council on Foreign Relations that:


the first time in human history almost all of humanity is politically
activated, politically conscious and politically interactive. There are
only a few pockets of humanity left in the remotest corners of the
world that are not politically alert and engaged with the political
turmoil and stirrings that are so widespread today around the world.


needs to face squarely a centrally important new global reality: that
the world's population is experiencing a political awakening
unprecedented in scope and intensity, with the result that the politics of populism are transforming the politics of power.
The need to respond to that massive phenomenon poses to the uniquely
sovereign America an historic dilemma: What should be the central
definition of America's global role?

central challenge of our time is posed not by global terrorism, but
rather by the intensifying turbulence caused by the phenomenon of global
political awakening. That awakening is socially massive and politically radicalizing.

It is no overstatement to assert that now in the 21st century the
population of much of the developing world is politically stirring and
in many places seething with unrest. It is a population acutely
conscious of social injustice to an unprecedented degree, and often
resentful of its perceived lack of political dignity
. The
nearly universal access to radio, television and increasingly the
Internet is creating a community of shared perceptions and envy that can
be galvanized and channeled by demagogic political or religious
passions. These energies transcend
sovereign borders and pose a challenge both to existing states as well
as to the existing global hierarchy, on top of which America still

That turmoil
is the product of the political awakening, the fact that today vast
masses of the world are not politically neutered, as they have been
throughout history. They have political consciousness.


awakened mankind craves political dignity, which democracy can
enhance, but political dignity also encompasses ethnic or national
self-determination, religious self-definition, and human and social
rights, all in a world now acutely aware of economic, racial and ethnic
inequities. The quest for political dignity, especially through
national self-determination and social transformation, is part of the
pulse of self-assertion by the world's underprivileged


live in an age in which mankind writ large is becoming politically
conscious and politically activated to an unprecedented degree, and it is this condition which is producing a great deal of international turmoil.

turmoil is the product of the political awakening, the fact that today
vast masses of the world are not politically neutered, as they have
been throughout history. They have political consciousness.

Watch an excerpt:

Postscript: Violence Is Not the Answer

I've repeatedly noted, I am against violence for a number of reasons,
the most important being that people advocating violence have probably
not thought through
George Orwell's analysis that:

in which the dominant weapon is expensive or difficult to make will
tend to be ages of despotism, whereas when the dominant weapon is cheap
and simple, the common people have a chance.

I agree on the urgency of fundamentally changing things so that our
nation (and world) aren't driven over a cliff, I believe that - instead
of violence -
other methods must be found.

that energy of being willing to die to protect your and your family's
freedoms, and put it into demanding change in an effective manner.

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Melville1977's picture

MSM is late to the game once again. Gerald Celente talked about civil unrest back in late 2008-early 2009. Marc Faber and Peter Schiff also spoke of it too.

SecondComing's picture

What I, Homo sapiens, need is the (r)evolution of the Universe; the one Camus alluded to in The Rebel.  A non-violent macroevolutionary saltation from discord, distrust, and fear to World Peace.  Not long now.  It's palpable.

Crumbles's picture

Prime directive of any oligarchy is to protect and perpetuate the status quo.
Primary consideration for sheeple/population is food, clothing and shelter.

Feed a hungry man for a day and he will work for you. Starve a man for a week and he will kill for you.

Hold a man's family hostage and you own him. Harm his family and another revolutionary is created for a lifetime.

Brand someone a terrorist and you can kill him in the age of homeland security - but only a few at a time. Numbers count

The banksters have known these facts forever and they control the oligarchy. The few controlling the ignorant many who control the mass.

Food, and a secure place to stash your loved ones, junk silver and lead delivery systems may be enough to counter-attack after TSHTF.

Prime directive for a good Scout is BE PREPARED for the shitstorm is coming soon.

dcb's picture

I think th eelites have known the potential violence in this for a long time. in fact it is rather planned instead of changing the system. if you follow closely they have been enacting measures to deal with it. I think that is what the patriot act is about.

George you get it, but you haven't put the pices together. they get it and they are making sure they have the means of control in place or when it happens. patriot act, internet kill switch.

I have been thinking this will be the likely method of my demise for about two years now. The only thing I kep wondering is why it hasn't happened. although it did help to cause the arab spring by raising food prices so people could not eat.

SpiritBlade's picture

of course they are hoarding. the globalist elite and their lil buddies are looting the treasuryand emptying the taxpayer coffers slipping away giggling while the amerikan sheepsit and watch the cable entertainment.

no need to riot

tony bonn's picture

all of the pompous pretentious talk about violence is precisely the point for the engineered economic melt is the crisis not to waste in the imposition of martial law, concentration camps, and mass murder of people to a size which the plutocrats deem appropriate. the plutocrats must be destroyed by any and all means....

blunderdog's picture

I've known plenty of crazy folks, but boy sometimes it still gets to me when I read these threads.

"Gummit" can exterminate us!  OH NOEZ!

Sure it can.  But the country is the people.  It's not worth much to our "leaders" after it's been devastated.  There's no heavenly paradise that the elites achieve after they've cut the population to a billion. 

The problems are, and have always been, SOCIAL.  The more abstract a system you put in place to "control" society, the less important it all becomes when something significant happens.  If, in some apocalyptic fantasy, the USA population density is reduced to that of 1700, the "elites" aren't going to have a prayer of doing anything to "run" the place. 

You'll be able to get together with your like-minded friends and your silver and your guns and your canned hams and start your own estate/house/society.  Or whatever you want to call it.

And BTW: I say this precisely because I too am one of the apocalyptics.  I just happen to be an optimist about it.  Global slavery can't work with the current population disparity.  If you had 40% of the people dominating 60%, sure.  But when you have .01% dominating 99.99%?

No fuckin' way.  That shit's over.

dolly madison's picture

All the protests I've heard of are non-violent, but of course eventually if non-violence didn't help and things keep going down the crappy path they're on, it would eventually get violent.  It's better than just being sheeple throughout oppression.

JustACitizen's picture

If the perception is that "everyone's doing it" - especially the so-called "elites" (i.e. lying, cheating, stealing, insider trading, accepting bribes, not paying taxes, etc.) than it becomes acceptable for everyone else to do it...

This is the way nations collapse...and it will be a terrible result.

aerial view's picture

Nice GW, your title actually explains the cause: "the handling of the crisis..."

The realization that the elites are really screwing the rest of us is what will eventually upset the masses into not paying their mortgage, taxes, car loans, etc.

bruiserND's picture

OMG!  You're frightening me GW.

The blue collar man has been loading shells, stockpiling food and preparing for this civil war since January 20th 2009 because he instinctively knew the social engineers had this planned

The original crop of ZH regulars dropped off of this blog by 2010 because they instinctively knew the financial engineers had this planned.Now GW is saying we can't get violent . With all due respect to one of the brightest people I've ever read GW, get a clue.

That's almost as lame GW as the Republican boomers who still have incomes & jobs declaring "we'll vote 'em out in 2012!!!" . The blue collar man that has been loading shells has known all along there will be no election in 2012.


CompassionateFascist's picture

Difficult call. I expect HardRight Texas Gov. Rick Perry - who detests WallSt/DC crowd and has already used the S(ecession) word - to announce for the Republican Prez nomination fairly soon, and to clear the field pretty quickly. That sets up a viciously polarizing 2012 election, taking place in a context of actual or immanent economic collapse. Think: 1860. If Zero wins, Texas + 15-20 other states will secede in a matter of days. CW II, coming at 'ya.

Vic Vinegar's picture

This is why I love Zero Hedge so much: a) such great news b) such great insights in the comments section and c) this.

You mean Civil War 2: Electric Boogaloo?

You mean, Rick Perry, Bilderberger? 

Have fun fighting that Civil War 2, dude.  I'll be trading stocks on the internet in the meantime. 

Remember kiddies, it's not about the Price Tag.  It's just about having fun and betting against said comments above

Goodnight spacemonkeys!


Transformer's picture

Perry is in Switzerland right now, hopefully, getting the nod from the owners.  He's just another Bush/Clinton/Bush/Obama.  There won't be no difference.

Shell Game's picture

How bout you go soap up your tits and tuck yourself in. Nighty-night.  The men will do the heavy lifting.

treemagnet's picture

Regarding that last paragraph......I'm going with protecting my family - although I gotta say, a seat on the township board wields some serious clout in these parts.  "I'll tell ya one thing thats gonna change mister, dem damn ditches is gonna get mowed at least twice dis summer!"

Why the fuck would I waste precious time and energy trying to change a backwardass world instead of preparing my family for what I believe is coming at us hard?  Why would you?

HungrySeagull's picture

Or the rock solid council that has been reelected so many times that they all have crystilaized into a salicitate (Underground cavern growth) insitution that can wave a finger and manage or harm the lives of tens of thousands unaware if they never go to a council meeting.


Sorry for the butcher spelling of the big words. I have tried to apply them carefully.


That one drip can be good water for thousands or a poison.


(Trying out the butterfly thinking)

blunderdog's picture

It's really not like this stuff is unfixable, it's just that we're still dealing with the fact that most people don't want to fix anything--they want to keep whatever they've got going.

Change is disconcerting, and clearly we need change.

Buck Johnson's picture

Welcome to the new world.

Vuvuzela's picture

will never happend. stop dreaming

98% of the population are like sheeps soaked in Asparthame, MSG, ELF radiation, Fluoride, they even can;t find Australia on a map and you guys talk of unrest


maybe in Europe can happend but not here in this Frankenstein society

Consider that 50% of the amrican population is on medication and 20% of the GDP represents Medical Services

and 70% of Services

Sales peoples and sick peoples dont rebel against the system


CompassionateFascist's picture

Junked you because you got it backwards. In Europe, gun  control: the people are disarmed. All you've got going there is public employee unionists struggling to keep their snouts in the trough. America: 80 million gun owners. Gunfighter Nation. You, and the TPTB, are in for a shock.

Shell Game's picture

You, and the TPTB, are in for a shock.


Yep. I think the number has risen to 100 million American gun owners. It will take less than half of them to bring on that coming shock. 

HungrySeagull's picture

We are already in unrest. It's just the early stages.

Been there done that in Baltimore around '68 when they rioted. The United States Government drew up Military plans that were rather good and well executed to restore law and order to that city. I was a baby at the time living beyond the urban areas affected.

It will not take much with the approach of winter to turn it into a hot unrest.


And this kind of unrest with technology, knowledge and other assets availible to our youth who have no boundaries will be rather.... baaad.

Vendetta's picture

People are pissed off ... many have been for some years ... now the MSM write something about it ... while the greed based stupidity and corrupt acts by the power/money elite continue on unabated ...  oy. 

"The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warned the the financial crisis is the highest national security concern for the U.S., and warned that the fallout from the crisis could lead to of "greater instability".

The economy and financial condition of the country have been a national security concern for at least 10 years (probably since 1971 and the damage since then) always far more important than 3,000 people dying on a particular day 9.5 years ago (statistically insignificant relative to the economic suffering since 2008)... its just no one has lifted a damn finger to repair the damage to it ... now they pretend they are concerned about unrest ... the stupidity is amazing. 

BernankeHasHemorrhoids's picture

Every one reading ZH should be loaded up on weapons and ammunition. You got 300 million people brandishing an AK and you got trouble no military force can disperse. The real problem for the Obama fascists is that the military largely comes from rural conservative America and they are already pissed off. Most units would defect given a conflict. Think Libya on a grand scale with Obama doing his best Gaddafi impersonation.

AurorusBorealus's picture

At the moment, those elements of American society most likely to become insurgents are paid off with government money (veteran's benefits, food stamps, welfare, unemployment).  Should a dollar crisis ensue... the U.S. government goes down.  Period.

dracos_ghost's picture

He left out James Carville as another voice that violence may be coming:

onlooker's picture

There is civil and military unrest, and war around the World. How is it working out? These thing sometimes do not work well. The Russian Revolution, the French Revolution, and we had a dandy Civil War that was not a winner. Your children will die soon enough, dont rush it.

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

I liked the Orwell quotation:

Ages in which the dominant weapon is expensive or difficult to make will tend to be ages of despotism, whereas when the dominant weapon is cheap and simple, the common people have a chance.

You didnt answer which age we have today.  My view is the economics of weaponry has shifted from the despot to the individual--not universally, but decisively just the same.  Consider the unbalanced economics of a $30 or $40 million fighter vs. a guerilla armed w/a heat-seeking shoulder fired rocket that costs perhaps a few hundred thousand (if that).  Does the guerilla win every time?  No, of course not.  He doesnt have to.  If he only scores a hit every 10th or 20th fire, he's still got an amazing economic kill ratio. 

magis00's picture

Barring some serious defections from the established military, I doubt the "insurgents" would have this sort of weaponry -- I don't know anyone with a heat-seeking shoulder fired rocket, and those I do know with the coin to get one (or 10 or 20...) don't plan to stick around for the show.  I think an F-18 or an A-10 (god help us) would hold air superiority pretty easily.

CompassionateFascist's picture

National Guard units have heavy weapons, A-10s, etc. When Texas secedes, its NG units go with it. Multiply 15x. CW II.

TheMerryPrankster's picture

You must remember the bankers make money selling / loaning money to both sides in a war, it prolongs the confict and increases the debts/loans. We know Mexico has been stockpiling weapons for years and I'm certain China and a few other nations would welcome a chance to sell off some of their older vintage weapons and even slip a few new ones in just to combat test them.

Things could get really ugly in a hurry, especially on the Mexican border, so Texas, California and Arizona - LA especially. Lots of smoldering fires waiting for the wind to blaze up, and it certainly seems to be a lot of hot dry air blowing out of Washington D.C. lately.


Heroic Couplet's picture

Republican pal just lost his job today. Was named "Salesman of the Year" just six months ago. It's going to be so much fun to watch his job search, to tell him he can conduct his job search from a Republican's office, and remind him that as a new hire, in his mid-fifties, he'll have a target painted on his back for the next set of layoffs.

honestann's picture

Oh violence is coming alright, and the sooner the better.  Let's just hope it is all directed at the predators-that-be and predator-class where it belongs.

Eireann go Brach's picture

Look at me, as I noted, I am so fucking right, I am perfect, I was the only one on planet earth to predict...

ThoughtCriminal's picture

More wishful thinking and directed thought ("newsweek" and "cnn", for gawd sakes)by the self-anointed "elites" who desire any excuse to give Obama the green light for suspension of what remains of constitutional rights; internet "kill switch" ('bama already has the switch and censorship is gearing up now), restricted travel, in, out, within USA, (almost there now with "random" check points; and Tyrannical Sexual Agressors (TSA) feeling up children and wheelchair bound at airports, to be followed by bus stations and highschool proms), gun confiscation (taking away USA gun-rights will stop the Mexican drug-lord wars - yeah right), debtor prisons (we have Dept of Education (FFS!) idiots with guns doing pre-dawn raids over student loans ?!), martial law, and totalitarian control -all for the benefit of the global banksters and their politico administrators.

And the military strategists can pimp "elitist" clap trap all they want, but majority of military are ordinary Americans who aren't going to fall for the NWO b.s. and attack their fellow Americans.


poydras's picture

I remain somewhat surprised by the complete lack of Vietnam era type protests.  The delta between perception and reality is significant.  At some point the government has to begin dealing with this delta or risk popular response previously unseen in the US.

TheMerryPrankster's picture

CIA/FBI killed or co-opted most of the leaders since the 60's. A headless beast takes a while to orient itself and strike out, but it is more difficult to kill since it is immune to a headshot.

GFORCE's picture

Why is this surprising? It's happening everywhere.

uniman's picture

Most Americans are ensnared in a web of security/dependency and are thus unwilling to participate in the Revolution.

Although many are royally pissed off about what’s happening now, they are afraid to do anything effective about it.

As long as they fill out their paperwork, they continue to receive unemployment, disability payments, socialist security, or whatever.  They don’t want to loose that.

If they are not presently paying their mortgage but they still live in their home, then they enjoy a sugar deal and they don’t want to loose that.

If they have a few dollars left in their bank accounts or credit limits, they sure as hell do not want to loose any of that.

Heaven forbid they have any real estate equity or other assets.  They will not make any waves lest those be lost.

But these conditions of security are transitory.  When these things are consumed, then the former beneficiary is set free to pursue his freedom.

What’s needed is to speak to the people who are past these hostage points.  The people who no longer have bank accounts or credit cards because the IRS has finally gotten to them.  The people who have finally been pushed out of their homes.  The people no longer collecting unemployment.  They are the growing liberation army.  They are the ones with nothing else to loose and plenty to gain.

Organize these people into a movement to disconnect from the old system, take and hold land and natural resources, and build a rational and humane new system that works.  It is our right as people to “alter or abolish” this system.  Our rights are “inalienable.”  Non-violent civil disobedience is the American way.  It’s why a black man is the President of the US today.  The military will be neutralized in that manner because there’s nothing to shoot at.  Violent insurrection is something cheer in the movies, would totally play into the hands of the Enemy, and would be efficiently and ruthlessly crushed.

Our leader John Connor addresses these issues in further depth.


TheMerryPrankster's picture

When de electricity stops, when da lights go out, da fires start burning.

ThoughtCriminal's picture

"Most Americans..." are not needed to make change. A relatively small amount with balls and brains (better if they have more brains).

The sheeple - will as always - follow along and not get in the way.

sgt_doom's picture

Sad to say, this is what I, and probably many others predicted:

a similar outcome as to what took place in Hong Kong back in the late '90s and early '00s, when China offshored all their jobs to the mainland, and relocated their capital asset as well (i.e., they relocated both their production assets, and capital assets, offshore -- to the mainland from Hong Kong!).

Wage and housing deflation, concurrent with commodities inflation.


BernankeHasHemorrhoids's picture

I know a LOT of people in the military at all levels. Anyone in Washington who thinks that they are going to shoot their own people are dreaming. A military coup is far more likely believe me. There is a HUGE amount of anger and distrust among US servicemen towards the current criminal administration. Osama bin laden and Obama bin laden - one down, one to go!

laughing_swordfish's picture


I agree. TPTB have had just too many hits of the crack pipe if they think that the US Military will leave Iraq and Afghanistan in defeat and immediately "turn to" on protecting the uber-wealthy scum that has brought this country to the brink of ruin.

If the collapse comes before the troops can be repatriated, they'll just be abandoned to their fate amid the kindly inhabitants of Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pentagon has already contingency plans for just that eventuality.

That's what Rome did in the 5th Century AD...and those abandoned troops promptly became the military muscle behind the Visigoths that eventually sacked Rome and brought justice to its elites. And that's also why one of the last acts of the collapsing Soviet Union was to bring its troops home from the Warsaw Pact countries, in the vain hope that the "repatriated" Red Army would willingly prop up a dying regime.

However, our PTB's are out of luck. Disgust with Obama, the banksters, and the CEO's who took away the jobs of our troops' families is running at fever pitch among both the rank and file and the officer corps.

I predict that at the very first sign of trouble, the military will step in, arrest the civilian government and its bankster/CEO cronies, put them on public trial, and submit them to very bloody public justice.

Of course, certain exceptions would be made. Military contractors, government arsenals, and weapons production would be kept going, as would the logistics train necessary to secure the borders and keep internal order. The new military government could use this as a basis to restart civilian production of consumer necessities,beginning with military control of food and fuel production and distribution. World War II-type rationing would probably be necessary.

And I think that most Americans would go along with this, provided there is a provision for eventual return to civilian rule, as the military is one of the few government institutions left that most citizens have some respect for. 

And I also believe that TPTB will flee rather than fight - they will always have safe haven in Israel, remember.

taxpayer102's picture

More than a few active duty military and plenty of retired know something is very wrong in Washington. Talk to them, you'll be surprised to hear "... somebody's trying to bring this country down." Under martial law don't assume politicians, bureaucrats and Wall Street types will be telling the military what to do.