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Guest Post: The Good Guys Are Not Coming To Save Us

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Authored by Paul Rosenberg and originally published at Free-Man's Perspective,

A lot of Americans know that the US government is out of control. Anyone who has cared enough to study the US Constitution even a little knows this. Still, very few of these people are taking any significant action, and largely because of one error: They are waiting for “the good guys” to show up and fix things.

Some think that certain groups of politicians will pull it together and fix things, or that one magnificent politician will ride in to fix things. Others think that certain members of the military will step in and slap the politicians back into line. And, I’m sure there are other variations.

There are several problems with this. I’ll start with the small issues:

  1. It doesn’t happen. A lot of good people have latched on to one grand possibility after another, waiting for a good guy to save the day, and it just doesn’t happen. Thousands of hours of reading, writing and waiting are burned with each new “great light” who comes along with a promise to run the system in the “right” way, and give us liberty and truth. (Or whatever.) Lots of decent folks grab on to one pleasant dream after another, only to end up right back where they started… but poorer in time, energy and finances.
  2. Hope is a scam. It’s a dream of someday, somehow, getting something for nothing. People who hope do not act – they wait for other people to act. Hope is a tool to neuter a natural opposition: they sit and hope, and never act against you. Even the biblical meaning of hope is something more like expectation (or sometimes waiting) than the modern use of hope.
  3. Petitioning an abuser for compassion. The “good guys” are considered to be a few people inside the abusive government. But if the good guys were really good, wouldn’t they have dissociated themselves with an abuser some time ago? By pleading for the good guys to rise up, people are asking one sub-group of the abusers to save them from the rest of the abusers. However, they all work for the same operation; they all get paid out of the same offices; according to the same rulebook. And if the good guys are so willing to turn against their employers, why would they have waited until now?
  4. Movies. We all grew up in the company of movie heroes who rode in at the last minute to save the noble victims. From John Wayne to Star Trek to Bruce Willis, the story line differs little. These are pleasant stories, of course, but cinema is not reality, and hoping for it to become reality is something that we should get over prior to adulthood.

But, as I say, those are the smaller issues. Let’s move on to the serious ones.

The Magic System

A lot of Americans believe that the American “Founders” created a system that automatically fixes itself. They talk about the “balance of powers,” and think that it will always save them from a tyrant. The balanced powers of the US Constitution, however, were trashed within fifteen years and doubly-trashed just a century ago.

In the Constitution, the states balanced the power of the national government (the one now in Washington, DC.) Not only did the states control half of the legislature, but they decided if and how they would implement the edicts of the national government. And that included deciding whether a law was constitutional or not.

This changed in 1803 with the Marbury v. Madison ruling. This ruling – taught as a work of genius in American schools – was a fraud against the US Constitution. In it, the Supreme Court held that they understood the Constitution better than James Madison, the man who wrote it!

But worse than even this, they held – with absolutely no basis – that it was they who would decide what was constitutional or not. The states were tossed aside. Even the sitting President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, called it “a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.”

Marbury’s Judicial review (the Supremes ruling on constitutionality) merely involves one branch of the national government providing a check on the other branches of the national government. After Marbury, no one could check the national government.

Washington DC was unleashed with Marbury v. Madison. What made it almighty was the 17th Amendment of 1913, which took the powers of the states and transferred them to Washington, by mandating the popular election of senators.

With senators being elected directly by the populace, the states were cut-out of the equation. In their place, political parties gained massive power, and nearly all power was consolidated in the city of Washington.

And so it is today. Washington is an unfettered beast. The system will NOT fix itself; the mechanisms to do that were lost a long time ago.

The Easy Way Out

Standing up against a beast like Washington DC is scary, to be sure. Understandably, not many people want to do such a thing. But if the beast is abusing you, what other choice do you have? You can certainly avoid or evade the beast, but we all know that the beast hurts people it catches avoiding it, so the risk of doing this isn’t zero either.

So, what’s a person to do? They hate their abuse, but outright disobedience would be scary. Unfortunately, many people have come up with a third option: Get someone else to do it for you.

Lots of writers have done this, for example: Write flamboyantly about the abuses people face and stir them to “rise up against the power.” Fairly seldom does the writer take big risks himself – he just stirs up others to do the scary stuff.

Something very similar happens to basically moral people who don’t want to risk pain and suffering: they imagine good guys riding in to save them.

But, as I say, these are genuinely decent people, and they are willing to take smaller risks to help the good guys: They will spend time and money promoting them, and they will even accept name-calling in many cases. They just don’t want to become full-blown rebels and outcasts.

The result of this is predictable: abuse by the political class. If the politicians show them a viable possibility every election cycle, they’ll keep voting their way forever… and the hero never really has to show up.

The Sad Truth

Let’s just say it:

No one is going to ride in and save you.

If you want things to get better, then YOU will have to make them better. YOU will have to stand up and take the arrows, yourself. Liberty, at this stage of human development, requires risk and pain.

I trust that you will remember the end of Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount: That it is not those who call upon his name who will be saved, but only those who DO the things he said.

Likewise in this situation, our only hope of salvation lies in DOING.

 

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Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:05 | 3504051 THX 1178
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The big reset IS the system being saved. Its the only way out now.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:20 | 3504094 AlaricBalth
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I, Alaric, will sack the New Rome and give the republic back to the people.

(Just as soon as the NBA playoffs are over...and then the NFL kicks off in July and American Idol will be starting a new season. Come to think of it, I need to lose quite a few pounds and get in shape first, after eating such a cheap high carb diet the last few years. Oh well...never mind.)

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:07 | 3504227 negative rates
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Step and slap? Can you use that in court??

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:45 | 3504509 xtop23
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In the immortal words of Joshua;

"The only way to win, is not to play."

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 22:03 | 3504737 prains
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I thought it went;

"the only way to scim is to make someone else pay"

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 07:24 | 3505236 mophead
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"Movies. We all grew up in the company of movie heroes who rode in at the last minute to save the noble victims. From John Wayne to Star Trek to Bruce Willis, the story line differs little. These are pleasant stories, of course, but cinema is not reality, and hoping for it to become reality is something that we should get over prior to adulthood."

Explained right here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7eP6pYu4vE&t=11m39s

 

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 18:45 | 3506422 Raymond K Hessel
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I've been thinking about this problem for a few years now.

It's as obvious to me as it was to the writer that going Red Dawn on the behemoth is just a futile effort that will end in death or imprisonment.

The only way out is to live life as self reliant as possible.  

Since most people live in or near metropolitan areas, it will require an urban solution.  A cabin in the woods, going mountain man, isn't feasible for 3 out of 4 of us.

 

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 08:36 | 3509495 TMLutas
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You can't even name all the tentacles of the behemoth in many urban environments. The US has 3000 counties and 89,000 governments for an average of 9. That's not counting the states or the federal government. Some people have fewer, others have more but most people when asked, inaccurately list their own. 

There is no thing one can do in resistence to the behemoth that is more basic and safer than to name your own governments, be aware of their existence, and start to think how to monitor them in the time you have to devote to civic affairs. 

The vast majority of us do not do this. 

I'm creating a project to enable you to do exactly that. 

http://www.citizenintelligence.org

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 07:57 | 3505251 Miss Expectations
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 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:22 | 3504095 Dick Buttkiss
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Um, what, THX? The system is unsustainable, and the longer TPTB are able to extend and pretend, the bigger the reset will be.

Know your enemy -- http://mises.org/books/Our_Enemy_The_State_Nock.pdf -- and get the hell out of the way, as he self-destructs.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:55 | 3504190 THX 1178
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Um, I know Dick. We want to run the USD system as long as we can get it and get real goods and commodities to flow in our direction while people still accept it and while we can still print it. The longer it goes on the better (really) in the long run. I know the system is unsustainable, I know all about the Austrians, I know it will self destruct. But until it does, lets get cars and clothes and consumer electronics and oil and NG and solar panels and food and medical supplies and building materials and FUCKING EVERYTHING ELSE to flow TO us BEFORE we implode the system. Lets stretch this out as long as we can since we know it WILL implode.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:38 | 3504290 Dick Buttkiss
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No, you're missing my point, THX, which, again, is that the longer TPTB can extent and pretend, the bigger the reset will be. If they are able to keep it going long enough, then we're all headed down The Road, since those in control are so out of control that they will stop at nothing to perpetuate the statist quo, including nuclear fucking holocaust.

So what's the ideal time for the "big reset"? It's the day after you're ready for it and not a day longer.

Get it?

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 11:55 | 3505509 THX 1178
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Yeah, I understand that. You don't understand austrian economics entirely. The longer the crash is put off the worse the hangover will be to a point. Eventually the consequences of a speculative boom will be the death of the currency and banking system. At this point, extending teh system longer and squeezing the system harder will NOT cause a change in the consequences. Death is death. So we have passed the point of killing the system long ago. Still we keep it running because we can still get real shit to flow in our direction. We are already on Cormac Mccarthy's the road and keeping the system going will not make it any more or less ROADY.

Get it?

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 21:58 | 3504731 sun tzu
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Tht's where you're wrong. The system is sustainable if 99.9% are serfs while .1% are masters. The elites are using the lower class to smash the middle class. 

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 01:46 | 3505039 Questan1913
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sun tzu

"Tht's where you're wrong. The system is sustainable if 99.9% are serfs while .1% are masters. The elites are using the lower class to smash the middle class"

Indeed.....and if you understand that you then understand why DHS is buying millions of rounds of ammo and will soon be arming enough of those lower classes to finish the job. 

 BO, in a major policy speech during his first term called for a domestic security force as large and well armed as the US Army.  The Watertown "lockdown" house searches and rousting of law abiding Americans from their homes at gunpoint shows that training and tactics are in place and were purposely displayed. 

 A nation of sheep will inevitably be controlled by the wolves among them..

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 10:52 | 3505389 centerline
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Other way around.  The gear is to pound the lower classes more than anyone else.  In most places, all that is needed is to ring fence the LC areas using that gear and let them burn it to the ground on thier own.

The middle class will be scared to death, and likewise pounded in the process into the next lower class.  The reason for this is that middle class is compliant and better educated.  The system still needs critical infrastructure and labor to go on.  Free-shit generational welfare queens are not going to cut it.

This is also why the show of force is being done in the middle class areas.  They are ones being conditioned to accept the police state.  The lower class areas are simply fucked.

Also, food for thought... what if all the gun control talk is really to scare people so that as much guns and ammo can be crammed down into society as possible.  Who is buying all this?  The middle class.  An outright class/race war is being stoked.  The police and DHS just need to maintain perimeters, critical supply chains, critical infrastructure, etc.  Then, much later on, move in to disarm the public in the interest of returning safety and peace.  After the chaos of course.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:13 | 3504236 Freddie
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F TV and TV Hollywood - if you watch it and pay for it - you support your own serfdom.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:40 | 3504303 The Second Rule
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I don't disagree. H-wood and TV are bankrupt and put out nothing but mindless fop to brainwash the masses (for the most part), but I don't think it's a one-stop shop for all evils. TV and movie media is just one of tentacle of the vampire squid.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 22:51 | 3504863 jimmytorpedo
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Babylon system is the vampire.

--Bob Marley

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 01:29 | 3505022 Jam Akin
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Sucking the blood of the sufferers

 

Building church and university

 

Deceiving the people continually

 

Graduating thieves and murderers

 

Tell the children the truth.

 

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 03:56 | 3505122 The Second Rule
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Really? BM said that? I'm going to have to listen to my Bob Marley CDs some more.

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 05:09 | 3505164 Disenchanted
Sat, 04/27/2013 - 05:24 | 3505172 The Second Rule
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I'm glad somebody gave me the lyrics, @1:25, cause I never would have made that out on my own. Thanks for the demo link.

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 09:27 | 3505301 jimmytorpedo
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Bob saw what TPTB did to Jamaica.

Or should I say,

"when TPTB did it to Jamaica, I said nothing because I'm not Jamaican,

when they did it to Iraq, I said nothing, because I'm not Iraqi

when they did it to Libya,..."

You get my point.

This shit has been going on for a while.

Bob's album Survival gives me chills, inspiration and the creeps all at the same time.

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 10:19 | 3505368 TeamDepends
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Get up     Stand up

Stand up for your rights

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 20:23 | 3506576 Ludwig Van
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Team Depends -- I think we can do it with as little as five million men.

If one were to give it just a little thought, there are good basic but highly leveragable operations that can be executed with the equivalent of one Regular Army company (40-50 guys). Parlay local to national. The right plan, even if ultimately overrun -- that is, the fifty guys die -- if properly depicted (the essential larger aspect), could/should signal the advanced guard, i.e. aware fence-sitting dudes with guns and balls. We are the good guys we're waiting for.

Afraid? Hell, yeah. But it's either me or my son -- one of us is going down. And no one fucks with my son.

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Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:22 | 3504251 lasvegaspersona
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1178

sadly correct 

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 23:25 | 3508982 Nick Jihad
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Many Russians thought their big reset in October 1917 would save them. Fewer thought so in 1991.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:56 | 3504108 rhinoblitzing
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Trump, Santelli, You Here me? - ENOUGH... The CNN - Constant Negative Newz - whether from MSM or ZH is getting too blatent. The programming and conditioning from all angels states that " it's too late - it's all over - there is no hope or saviour ".

Elected leaders and Judges took an oath, they need to look in the mirror; Either uphold the constitution and root out the traitors from within - or resign and let someone else do it.

Why doesn't Rantelli, Beck, Trump, Dennis Miller, and El-Erian - run for office? Yeah it's a thankless job frought with peril - but standout if your going to stand up...

Trump, Santelli, You Here me? Or are you too concerned about your TV careers to walk the talk? Lead, Follow, or Get out of the way.

Hey Trump, what world are you leaving to your grandchildren? Fire Yourself and get a real job - Firing the real culprits!! You turned into another Ross Perot. With all that experience of putting together teams of egos, your deal and negotiating background - you would have smeared Obama in 2012 - Run for Governor of NY, or watch Weiner re-establish himself as you stand down.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:44 | 3504319 The Second Rule
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You turned into another Ross Perot.

No, that's the problem. He didn't turn into another Ross Perot. Ross warned us of the dangers of globalization and what free-trade treaties like NAFTA and GATT would do to the country, and everything he said turned out to be dead on right.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 21:58 | 3504721 Scro
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Ross Perot Jr is such a turd.

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 03:12 | 3505105 John_Coltrane
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You do know I hope that Ross Perot was called the world's first welfare billionaire for a good reason?  That simply means he "created" all his wealth via government contract work.  Not much of a role model for small government.  He also spyied on his employees private lives. 

 

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 04:03 | 3505125 The Second Rule
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I'm aware that he made some big $ off the health care system, but I don't see how that detracts or subtracts from his cautionary warnings about free trade agreements. I think he nailed that, quite accurately.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:04 | 3504055 Wakanda
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Great article Paul.  A lot of truth in a few well chosen words.

Thanks!

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:56 | 3504354 Anusocracy
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Except that one would be totally in a fantasy world thinking that the USS Soviet Union can be turned around.

If you consider how much the people have changed since its founding, you will see why it can never go back.

 

 

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:51 | 3504529 Go Tribe
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There is no more freedom. Anywhere.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 21:08 | 3504581 xtop23
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Freedom is slavery and the govt. stands ready to free the absolute shit out of you.

 

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 06:57 | 3505223 j.tennquist
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Oh brother, get a grip man. 

They can take away so-called rights (written on paper and disregarded).

They can inflate the pleasures of life until they are available to only a precious few

But you still have your mind, the inner life, your soul (call it what you will), they can't touch that. 

And that is the freedom that ultimately makes us all worth more dead then alive.

[ at this point I might put in a plug for buying guns and ammo but you draw your own conclusions ]

 

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 10:47 | 3505391 silver sword
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Goiod call, JT;

Freedom is started and found from within - and as a primary state of mind cannot be taken away.

Guns and gold are simply part of the tool kit - but there are still enough of us left with the brains, balls and backbone to save what is left of this once-great nation - the REAL America.

Molon Labe motherfuckers, read the Constitution. know it, understand it - the longest running one on earth - for a reason.

NEVER give up, NEVER give in, don't stop learning and educating others - because when BHO, Bernanke and the rest of the commie clowns are done - it may be too late!.

Fuck the 49% of the parasites who are too stupid and lazy to understand - they'll be the first to go when the SHTF!

 

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 20:32 | 3506583 Ludwig Van
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+All, silver sword.

+All, j.t.

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Sat, 04/27/2013 - 07:34 | 3505239 jvetter713
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Well...take away the EBT cards...suddenly and permanently and let the chips fall where they may without government intervention and that would be good point to re-evaluate...say in 12 months.

Tue, 04/30/2013 - 22:31 | 3516400 Mike in GA
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Take away EBT and reevaluation begins immediately.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:06 | 3504057 Son of Loki
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Turkey becomes partner of China, Russia-led security bloc


 

ALMATY (Reuters) - NATO member Turkey signed up on Friday to became a "dialogue partner" of a security bloc dominated by China and Russia, and declared that its destiny is in Asia.

 

 

http://news.yahoo.com/turkey-becomes-partner-china-russia-led-security-b...

 

This cannot be good news for Barry.

 

 

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:45 | 3504063 Rustysilver
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Son of Loki,

This is a great setup. Turkey can pass on NATO secrets (such as they are) to Russia and China.  It's win-win.

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 03:47 | 3505118 JOYFUL
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You're both write\rong...

Turks merely doin what Turks eternally do...it's a 'sea of Bosphorus' thing.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:20 | 3504084 Kirk2NCC1701
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I DON'T CARE, I LOVE IT!  Here, let me put it to music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxxajLWwzqY

 

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:17 | 3504088 F. Bastiat
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I doubt Barry cares; the guy's spent his entire life undermining, attacking, assaulting, and subverting the United States.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:27 | 3504107 Kirk2NCC1701
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Surely you jest.  The guy's a goddam PUPPET.  Just like his predecessors (except for Bush Sr -- the Puppet Master):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXVGbFSP4Ps

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:40 | 3504307 StarTedStackin'
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Put down the crackpipe, Otis

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:58 | 3504556 Go Tribe
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But a puppet with a mind, intentional.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:29 | 3504109 McMolotov
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Barry has also been known to eat man's best friend.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:42 | 3504153 Cheesy Bastard
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Yes.  A man's best friend is his penis, right?

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:01 | 3504209 Harbanger
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I know it's my GF's best friend.  She always asks, did you bring your friend?  And then, do you have a license for that?

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:36 | 3504287 Angus McHugepenis
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You need to change your name to "Whorebanger".

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:40 | 3504306 Harbanger
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A whore wouldn't be my GF Angus, she's my girl, show some respect.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:03 | 3504373 Angus McHugepenis
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No dis to your GF intended. I was refering to your comments about your dick only. Does that make sense?

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:23 | 3504438 Harbanger
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I know, I'm only playing.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:51 | 3504520 Angus McHugepenis
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... playing with it?

So you have no GF and you've been a closet stroker all this time at fight/fuck/forgetit club?

Just fucking with ya Whorebanger. I can call you that now that the sensitive GF part is out of the way? Feel free (free feels) to call me whatever you like. I promise I won't get offended. But please use humor (humour for the Brits/Canucks) when raking a rat bastard like myself over the coals.

Cheers

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 21:08 | 3504577 Harbanger
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I like you Angus, you're the kind of guy I could relax and have a beer with.  We could talk about politics, blonde and red head chicks, old dogs and their new tricks, the habits we ain't kicked. :)  And you could trust me like a timeless old friend to keep it between us.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 22:02 | 3504733 Harbanger
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Here's the Amerkin song I'm talking bout in case you haven't heard it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Km-fW3Z3og

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:16 | 3504416 Cheesy Bastard
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That would make me nervous.  A license implies that I need permission to use it...

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:44 | 3504497 Harbanger
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Well I need permission from her, but Good point.  In this upside down fantasy all weapons "should" be registered.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 22:59 | 3504883 jimmytorpedo
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Is that a pressure cooker in your pants or are you just glad to see me?

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:40 | 3504300 Angus McHugepenis
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Cheesy: From the Loaded Gun(?) spoof movies:

Tim Curry: I'm your worst nightmare...

Emelio Estevez: "No, waking up without a penis is my worst nightmare"...

Tim Curry: "Okay, so I'm your second worst nightmare"...

 

Going by memory here.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:14 | 3504423 Cheesy Bastard
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+1.  Good play on words with Harbanger, too.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:42 | 3504315 StarTedStackin'
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Barry Soetero has also been known to Eat Reggie Love's Penis.......

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:58 | 3504194 Harbanger
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"This cannot be good news for Barry."

How much you wanna bet the state run media spins it into "good news for Barry".

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 12:30 | 3505599 screw face
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+1 for Turkey, game changer, NATO is broke

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:08 | 3504060 Skateboarder
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10% awareness is our goal, and it goes exponential from there. We're getting close guys, keep up the good work.

Just kidding, we're toast. :(

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:44 | 3504162 BigJim
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LOL, you had me going for a moment there!

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:23 | 3504253 Harbanger
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Of course we're toast, but it's nothing new, the gameness has been bred out of us.  Only 10% of males are genetically alpha males.  Only 2% of those have exceptional IQ's.  Guess who's coming back to take over after this bitch is destroyed?

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:18 | 3504427 Anusocracy
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Alpha-males are carriers of the psychopathy disease.

Those are the ones to keep away from power.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:28 | 3504461 Harbanger
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We're all descendants of Alphas.  Don't you believe in evolution?

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:46 | 3504502 tip e. canoe
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it depends.   Darwin did though:

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

doesn't sound very Alpha to me.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:55 | 3504543 Harbanger
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According to Darwins theory, Alphas always win because they're genetically superior, both physically and mentally.  Amongst humans that equals adaptabilty.  We're not finches, humans with high intelligence are very good at adapting to a changing environment.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 21:15 | 3504606 tip e. canoe
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is that (a) Darwin's theory or (b) an Alpha interpretation of Darwin's theory?

from the Descent of Man : “For my own part I would as soon be descended from that heroic little monkey, who braved his dreaded enemy in order to save the life of his keeper; or from that old baboon, who, descending from the mountains, carried away in triumph his young comrade from a crowd of astonished dogs—as from a savage who delights to torture his enemies, offers up bloody sacrifices, practices infanticide without remorse, treats his wives like slaves, knows no decency, and is hauntted by the grossest superstitions.”

you're welcome to throw some quotes of his as a rebuttal, but until then, i happen to choose to believe that it's (b), just like every other so-called theory out there that is being used to manipulate the masses.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 21:40 | 3504651 Harbanger
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Darwin was only stating the obvious, he was no genius.  People understood genetics and survival of the fittest even in classical times, that knowledge was already forgotten in Darwins  time.  Take things from were they come.  If he had seen chimps hunting down and torturing other rival chimps, and then partly eating them, "not for food",  then he would have drawn a different opinion.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 21:43 | 3504689 Harbanger
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For some reason, my comment is repeatedly being forced into italics against my will, I must have pissed off some drone somewhere.  Long live the Queen!!

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 22:53 | 3504862 tip e. canoe
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thanks for clarifying.   figured it wasn't a CD quote, unless he was a self-denigrating egomaniac who spoke of himself in the 3rd person.   but if you must insist on arguing your perception of him & his work -- 

yes, i agree that in times when Earth is in relative stasis, darwin noted that the alpha male was dominant, due to sexual selection by the ladies.   your mention of the Queen isn't too far off actually, since society seems to be all one big cockfight to breed the chick with the award-winning genes.

however, during times of environmental changes when survival of the species is potentially at stake, the notion of fitness also changes from what gets the women wet to that which helps the species best survive the maelstrom.   according to him, not the strongest, not the most intelligent, but those who best adapt to the changes with the least resistance and the most resilience.   fwiw, i've personally happened to observe this with growing veggies as well.   the most productive seeds are from the plants that survive Sheer Total Utter Neglect, even if the plants were not as outwardly as productive in their lifetime.

but like darwin, i'm not a genius alpha male either, so feel free to take it with a grain of salt.

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 04:08 | 3505128 JOYFUL
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lol...you may\or may not be a g/a\m/, TippooSultan - but yu definitely slept in a 'holiday inn' last night! Dat was brilliant...and very Lamarkian\\Mendelian too!

Allow me to add\moderate...

during times of environmental changes when survival of the species is potentially at stake, the notion of fitness also changes from what gets the women wet to that which helps the species best survive the maelstrom///

during times etc....what gets the women wet-also changes...[to favoring]those who best adapt to the changes with the least resistance and the most resilience...  ' and as  I've  "personally happened to observe"... this phenomena...on a micro level...by living outsida the western gulagastani zone...where the womenfolks haven't been birthcontrolpilled\vaccinated\indoctrinated\mediamassaged n manipulated into mere shad/wid/ows of their all-knowin, testosterone-sniffin, species improvement selectin selves....

nativistically knowledgeable, nubile n moon-driven peeple of the female persuasion...life's a beautiful thang...once agin!

 

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 08:47 | 3505271 tip e. canoe
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indeed sri sri joy, it's very telling to me that Darwin titled a book that discussed this particular strand 

Variation in Plants and Animals under Domestication 

 

yes, at the core, the women rule (even from the shadows), always have, just due to the biological nature of the way our species reproduces itself.   no coincidence that a certain Tribe has a matrilineal line of succession, is it?

and agreed that what makes them all tingly in the loins is a'changin as well.    of course, most only observe that adaptable trait as filtered, twisted & maimed through the all-consuming pop culture narrative, hence the pervasiveness of metrosexual males & bull-dyke fem-nazis -- stereotypes that only serve to reinforce the dying edifice.

but if one looks through the cracks, the real story emerges.    the cracks are where it's at :)

 

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 11:06 | 3505428 JOYFUL
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deed, venerable tulku tippoo...the bizness of lettin the ladies rule da roost seems to go hand n glove with the preponderance of testosterone-driven warrior ways...

as our Pictish forbears with the formidable fightin skills what put the fear of the gods into the Romans that strayed north of the wall -demonstrated -with their line of matrilinear succession o kings n what all,

as did the Iroquois...who never passed up a chance for war or romance...in that order...and their ardor for both knew no border! They just honed their oratorial skills and let the womenfolk run the day to day! Everyone's a winner!

And not to leave out the great Scythian strain of our past patrilinear lines...which works out equally fine when viewed through the lense of lettin the ladies have some leeway...those green\blue\grey\hazel eyed hordes what roamed the steppes from TaklaMakan to the Ukraine Marshes were as tough a breed of warrior caste as whatever rode a noble steed...but they integrated their Amazon partners into the line o battle, and made their enemies run like cattle!

p.s. tho the racial hegemonists of the talmudist persuasion still favor the female line of genetic inheritance...their misogynistic inner core always gives them away... they have always envied and feared us big swingin dick Europoids and have tried to breed their way out of their testosteronic&testicular inferiority via slave tradin our ladies and breedin through the mother's line! They may have breed a new slave race of inferior DHS\TSA orc-like nobodies and their femmenazi overlordettes back in the fallen lands...but here on the fringes of the empire, we keep our swords sharp, and trust to our lances, waitin patiently for the day that we ride to take back the homelands!

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 00:35 | 3504989 Anusocracy
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Alpha-males in social hierarchies were physical savages with a very cunning social mind.

More of an animal than an Einstein - and they still are.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:48 | 3504471 tip e. canoe
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or spread power over a wide enough area so that the effect of their power is equivalent to their proportion of the population = ~5%.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:49 | 3504491 tip e. canoe
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50% male * 10% alpha * 2% smart mofos = .1% of population 

sound familiar?

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 12:25 | 3505584 screw face
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Dude, on a stick

+1

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:10 | 3504066 greggh99
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"YOU will have to make them better. YOU will have to stand up and take the arrows"

No thanks. I'd rather just watch The Voice.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:18 | 3504086 F. Bastiat
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Ditching your cable service and getting rid of your TV is a good place to start.

Think clearly again.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:20 | 3504090 no life
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I don't practice Santiera, I ain't got no crystal baaaallll

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:26 | 3504104 McMolotov
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I had a million dollars, but Uncle Sam took it all...

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:23 | 3504091 Saint Tibb
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I don't understand the complaints against the 17th amendment.  My state legislature is a bunch of idiots, and I would much rather elect our senators by popular vote than have those morons appoint them.  If you are someone who wants the 17th amendment appealed and you are reading this, will you explain to me how I would be better off without it?  Because I don't get it.

Edited to add: I don't buy the argument that the 17th amendment took "the powers of the states and transferred them to Washington", because senators are still being chosen by the states.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:36 | 3504142 WillBest
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Its about power.  The more you separate interests the harder it is for them to agree on how to screw you over.  The goal is gridlock so that normal people can live thier lives in relative peace.  

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 01:23 | 3505017 Vlad Tepid
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The senators are not being chosen by "the states."  They'rebeing chosen by the peopleIN those states. Is that wrong?  No, but that's what the house of Reps is for...and chosen in the same way.  When senators were selected by governors or state legislatures, it had more to do with the power STRUCTURE of the state coming into conflict with the power STRUCTURE of DC, therefore lending....more federalism to the system.  Now the States (as a political entity) have no real way to affect DC expect saying we don;'t want your stringed money for this or that at their own detriment.

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 11:26 | 3505453 Dull Care
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Basically the 17th amendment eliminated the possibility of statesmen in American politics. As mentioned the people could directly elect their member of the House, but the Senate as chose by the states was to be a check on mob rule.The primary focus of Senators was the well-being of their state and since there was no need to worry about reelection by the sheeple, they had the independence to stand against popular but short-sighted policy. Now they are simply politicians who raise money from coast to coast and in practice aren't any different than the House.

 There is much more corruption and pandering now that Senators are directly elected. It's no coincidence that the welfare-warfare state became potent post 17th amendment. I find it highly unlikely we would be in this position if Senators were truly independent.

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 10:52 | 3517821 Saint Tibb
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Thanks for replying.  I understand the arguments against the 17th amendment better now.  The only point above I don't buy is the one about "the primary focus of Senators was the well-being of their state".  It seems like the primary focus of the senators would be the well being of the majority party in the state legislature.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:18 | 3504093 PaperBear
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The tsunami of gold buying is bringin down the bad guys.

The solution was in our hands all this time.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:28 | 3504117 The Abstraction...
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Might bring down the arch oligarchs, but the army of degenerate Politically Correct retards will still stand with their grip on all things government. We will need a bloody purge to clean through all the filth. Wash away the vile dross. When a man can tell the truth without some libtard moll slut gloating at him, then we will be done.

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 08:21 | 3505260 Miss Expectations
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Dorothy: Oh, will you help me? Can you help me?
Glinda: You don't need to be helped any longer. You've always had the power to go back to Kansas.
Dorothy: I have?
Scarecrow: Then why didn't you tell her before?
Glinda: Because she wouldn't have believed me. She had to learn it for herself.

(In the book, Dorothy's slippers were made of silver.)

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:20 | 3504099 sunstreaker
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FOR ALL TO SEE:

 

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) develops the policy makers’ strategic response to the banking crisis and directs its legal and institutional implementation:

http://www.financialstabilityboard.org/

 

The FSB Plenary is comprised of the most senior representatives from Central Banks, Finance Ministries as well as from the main international bodies governing finance (FSB’s current chairman is Mark Carney, his predecessor was Mario Draghi): 

http://www.financialstabilityboard.org/about/plenary.pdf

 

The FSB developed the so-called Bail-In. The main working paper is “Key Attributes of Effective Resolution Regimes for Financial Institutions.” It is candid and succinct. Specifically view points 3.5 & 3.6 titled: Bail-in within resolution:

http://www.financialstabilityboard.org/publications/r_111104cc.pdf

 

Equally to the point is the progress report, “Resolution of Systemically Important Financial Institutions,” from November 1st, 2012; it leaves no doubt that the Bail-In is indeed a template for a great many jurisdictions, amongst others the US and the EU:

http://www.financialstabilityboard.org/publications/r_121031aa.pdf

 

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:25 | 3504105 stant
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that wallet bomb is your best weapon. dont give them any, and put it where they cant steal it

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:24 | 3504106 Falconsixone
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Master Money Monkey will not be shaken by lies ..., 

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:28 | 3504110 Common_Cents22
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have no fear, Jamie Dimon is here!

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:28 | 3504112 TN Jed
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You sir, have never been on the Road to Roota?  Saddle the Unicorns! 

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:28 | 3504113 smacker
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Very nice article.

You could be describing the dilemma in ANY Western country. EVERY government is OUT OF CONTROL and as a Brit, I've been saying this for about 10 years.

Perhaps the major difference between the American dilemma and that of some others is the belief many Americans have in their constitution. In Britain we don't even have one whatever our political liars claim. When we elect a new government, they become dictators for five years, with vitually no limits on their powers.

As I have also said for years, waiting for things to change or trying to negotiate with the ruling elites for a better system is fantasy. These people will not negotiate. They currently hold the levers of power and will not voluntarily release them. A new system will have to be imposed on them from the outside. Period.

And we all know what the implications of that are.....

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:24 | 3504264 Parrotile
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Looking back over World History this scenario has obviously happened many times (French, Soviet Revolutions). Unfortunately, in these two at least, "The Man in the Street" didn't come off so very well, and it was simply replacing one "ruling elite" with another "ruling elite" - the replacements being just as bad (or worse) than those they replaced (Robespierre, Stalin, and their delightful "associates").

If we do end up with a Revolution of sorts, do we then face a "New Enlightenment", or do we follow similar Historical events, and enter a "New Dark Age"?? 

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:33 | 3504282 knukles
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What with our demographics, I'll take "dark age" for sure, Alex

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 21:41 | 3504671 Parrotile
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The problem with the "New Dark Age" might be the lack of useful skills amongst the masses.

In previous Dark Ages people on the whole did have a fairly sophisticated "Self-Sufficiency" Skillset. Not the case any more (at least not the case for the vast (>>95%) population majority.

Well, whatever happens, happens. Lets just hope that whatever's left of the Planet will be remotely habitable.

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 01:28 | 3505020 Vlad Tepid
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There were also 95% fewer people back then.  My guess is the number of people with a similar skill set hasn't changed much...make sure you're in the 5 %.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:36 | 3504288 smacker
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Indeed. I know exactly what you mean.

Look what happened in Egypt...they overthrew the despotic Mubarek only to find themselves being dictated to by a Muslim Brotherhood despot.

What happens after a revolution depends entirely on who is in control of change, perhaps from the beginning.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:28 | 3504451 The Second Rule
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Look what happened in Egypt...they overthrew the despotic Mubarek only to find themselves being dictated to by a Muslim Brotherhood despot.

Yes, and a very similar situational conflict is going on in Syria which could lead to another Sunni government, even more oppressive than Bashar al-Assad. Radical revolutionaries seldom make good political leaders. Ex: Col TE Lawrence's march on Damascus (bloody); French revolution (bloody); Bolshevik revolution (bloody), Khmer Rouge's Cambodian purges (brutally ugly); etc.

Back to Egypt and Syria: people tend to romanticize and oversimplify these rebellions as issues of human rights (the US in particular), when a more pragmatic and realistic approach would factor in radical ideology. Of course that requires complex thinking and being able to hold at least three thoughts in your head at the same time, and unfortunately a generation weened on sports, iGadets, reality shows, and suffering from chronic ADHD can't do that.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 21:16 | 3504605 smacker
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Well, even though there are many Americans who suffer from these societal problems (every country is stuffed full of them), it is also true that America has a good supply of thinkers and people who understand the aspirations of its founding fathers, the meaning of its constitution and are competent to draw up a new model of limited government that will be compelled to abide the constitution and Rule of Law. I believe that people on Zerohedge and other places understand the issues very well.

That does not mean that every one of these thinkers is a natural born leader, but it does mean the skills are there if/when that leader emerges. It simply needs someone to emerge (or to be encouraged) to pick up the reigns and run with it, others will follow and support it. A movement for change will emerge. And it doesn't take a 2/3rd majority of people to join the party, not even 50% +1, just a large minority determined to remodel America. One of the first steps is to articulate the issues that need serious attention to. A manifesto for change would soon emerge.

Think what happened to Benito Mussolini when the Italian people said "Enough Is Enough".

All IMHO :-)

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:29 | 3504120 newworldorder
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While there is great deal of distress among many of our fellow citizens, there is not enough pain within the majoriy of our population to bring on change. Until there is a tipping point of pain or the financial system collapses, the can will be kicked.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:49 | 3504181 smlbizman
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it wont be financial...it will be when they start "drafting" their kids...to help spread peace

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:12 | 3504230 gunbunny
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Yup, too many distractions available for the average Joe.  Until he runs out of Busch and chips, and the NFL, MBA, etc don't come on the tube, he is quite content. 

 

The problem being, we've been inundated with so much false information that we don't know what's real anymore, and will take it out on our neighbors and ourselves instead of the real culprits.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:30 | 3504126 Kirk2NCC1701
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The modern Lone Hero is an American cultural myth, designed and promoted by Hollywood -- for mass consumption. 

The only "heroes" that ever exist are the individuals who work, look after their families, pay their bills and keep the system going.  W/o them, the whole charade ends, and the house of cards folds.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:36 | 3504139 akak
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No, the real "heroes" are fireman and the police. 

Oh, and of course every member of the US military "serving" overseas in our wars of aggression and occupation, er, I mean "spreading freedom and democracy".

That is what the corporate-controlled media constantly tells me, so it must be true.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:58 | 3504169 Kirk2NCC1701
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How does "paying your bills, looking after your family and keeping the system going" contradict being a "hero"?

The jobs you list are just that:  Jobs.  They go into it with eyes wide open. 

And given what we see in LEA's these days, I have little respect for our militarized Ninja-cops.  Respect is EARNED, and not bestowed by 'entitlement'.  When they start arresting the crooks and scumbags on Wall St., the House and the Senate, I might have some respect for them.  Until then, they are civil 'servants' with guns & "stinking badges" (to quote from a Clint Eastwood movie).

Oh, and the day cops start shooting pimps & drug dealers like scurvy dogs, I might have more respect and affection for them.  Affection & respect they otherwise abuse with some pretty petty & silly traffic 'violations' and parking tickets.  These tickets do little for safety but serve to collect a 'voluntary surtax' for the City/County and give them extra job security.

p.s. Sorry, it was only after reading your response a 2nd time, that I realized you were being ironic.  Silly me!

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:14 | 3504238 Antidisestablis...
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Er, "stinkin' badges" was from "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre", a 1948 film starring Humphrey Bogart.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsdZKCh6RsU

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:30 | 3504275 Angus McHugepenis
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Hmmm... you've made me think and drink at the same time akak.

I'm trying to recall the last time I needed a fireman, cop, or member of the military to help me. Sorry, drawing a blank here. Yet all 3 will intrude on your life at some point in time, whether you need them or not.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:50 | 3504527 GeezerGeek
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I'm constantly being contacted by the police. After asking how I am they invariably ask for donations to their benevolent association. I also get an opportunity, on occassion, to participate in one of their Mobile Profit Center activities. (Also known as a speed trap.)

The only thing I can thank the military for lately was sponsoring some teams in drag racing and NASCAR. Before that, the USAF did inadvertently get me started on a great career once I left it, but that certainly wasn't lately. 

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:56 | 3504345 The Second Rule
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W/o them, the whole charade ends, and the house of cards folds.

Good.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:33 | 3504127 HD
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"Anyone who has cared enough to study the US Constitution even a little knows this"

Obama was a civil rights attorney and senior lecturer of constitutional law. The same man is now building a police state and disregarding the constitution at every opportunity. 

I really do think it's time for me to buy that boat and sail off into the sunset.

 

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:49 | 3504182 rhinoblitzing
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Can we see the lectures - Please?

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:15 | 3504240 HD
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Set up a teleprompter and Obama will show up and read it to you personally.

 

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:51 | 3504184 Westcoastliberal
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Obama is much more dangerous than "W" ever was, even with Cheney running the show. 

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:47 | 3504516 Anusocracy
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More dangerous because of being more desperate.

If Obama had preceded Bush, Bush would be much more dangerous.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:28 | 3504276 Parrotile
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Living aboard a "Liveaboard" is definitely a good experience.

When we "holiday" we literally DO "Take the Kitchen (Galley) Sink!"

May not be everybody's cup of tea, but "He who fights and runs away - lives to fight another day!". Seeing as we all get but a single chance maybe not that bad a real survival straegy??

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:57 | 3504359 The Second Rule
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I love liveaboards. But you need a Captain(s) you trust with your life, cause you are.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:31 | 3504129 no life
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The dictatorship model of government is in place in virtually every country.

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 04:12 | 3505130 e-recep
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spot on, there's no place to run. something ugly is brewing all over the world.

in 1990s i'd never imagine it would come to this. i tought past is past and bright days were upon us. ah well, i guess i am not any luckier than my grandfathers.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:33 | 3504134 The Navigator
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Thomas Paine, in December 1776, wrote "The Crisis" - most everyone remembers the 1st line "These are the times that try men's souls"

The 1st paragraph continues as

THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but "to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER" and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.

http://www.ushistory.org/paine/crisis/c-01.htm

Those guys in 1776 had some big balls - and some were also great thinkers/writers.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:05 | 3504213 no life
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Laying out a case for noble stealing.. 

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:34 | 3504138 AL_SWEARENGEN
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Decent article.  However his theological twist at the end to promote a work based salvation plan is only half true.  Yes Christians are supposed to actively do God's work, but most Christians would agree that salvation comes through faith in Christ alone.  Acts of kindness, self sacrifice, and good deeds are evidence of your salvation, the free gift of God, offered to all humanity, regardless of past transgressions, if you accept.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:41 | 3504487 The Second Rule
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I think people misconstrue the Calvinist argument. I don't think Calvin was saying it is only "works" which achieve or confer salvation. I am sure he understood the concept of faith as pre-eminent, but this is lost on most Calvinists.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 21:01 | 3504537 GeezerGeek
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Curious. I don't know any Calvinists who think 'works' achieves anything in regard to salvation. Hence TULIP.

I also think that the author has seriously misinterpreted scripture. That's easy to do when one cherry-picks a few verses and ignores the larger theme/context.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:42 | 3504151 Winston Smith 2009
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"If you want things to get better, then YOU will have to make them better. YOU will have to stand up and take the arrows, yourself."

And join the tiny minority of people who have already done so and have been hopelessly crushed by the system to no positive effect unless they're unbelievably lucky?  Mosquitoes on an elephant's ass.  No thanks.

Only when there's a total collapse of the system and the games and circuses end for the politically and economically ignorant Joe and Jane Sixpack and for their ignorant, spoiled kids will any change in the status quo be possible.  Until then, you'll just be that "crazy guy" (says the government and the corporate media) who actually thinks there's some kind of major problem when "gosh, there isn't one or at least not one that can't be fixed by Bernanke or the Dems or the Reps."  Of course, being as absolutely clueless as they are, in a collapse they'll probably go for some charismatic public speaker, maybe even one with a funny mustache, who provides them with a bunch of easy, but incorrect, solutions to their problems.

And to think otherwise is nothing more than that stupidity of "hope" you point out.  Many people have either no idea that there's anything wrong or, if they sense that there is, they have no idea about what is actually the cause, the same clueless majority who can't point to Iraq on a world map.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:05 | 3504387 newworldorder
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Only when there's a total collapse of the system

The just in time way of life will see to it very quickly. Many dominoes have to fall however, before it shuts down.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:52 | 3504535 The Second Rule
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As Toynbee said, it takes decades, even centuries, for a civilization to collapse. It takes far longer than one might think. Rome never really collapsed. Even at the height of the Goth invasion and sacking, Rome still had a mayor, and public waterworks. It took a beating, but never really collapsed.

Sat, 04/27/2013 - 13:15 | 3505655 BidnessMan
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Hmmmm.... Population of Rome was 1 Million in 200 AD but declined to 35,000 by the early Middle Ages. A 96% population drop qualifies as a collapse. 

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 22:15 | 3504760 newengland
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Dear Winston,

May we never meet under the spreading chestnut tree.

Julia

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:41 | 3504159 Gunga
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Starve the beast and take its gold.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 20:26 | 3504450 Jim in MN
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'Replace the economy, ignore the government'

--old anarchist slogan

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:47 | 3504170 Sathington Willougby
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Ron Paul saved us.  He demonstrated the truth and no one can stop what's between your ribs and your ears.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:27 | 3504267 gunbunny
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When I was a kid, I read a lot of Dale Brown's novels.  The fictional stories had a president that I can now say was supposed to be Ron Paul.  He was the principle governmental antagonist to the story's radical technological military heros trying to save the world (in each novel).  I eventually grew out of this foolishness and read other things excluding fiction. 

To this day, I've had a heck of a time trying to convince those around me why Ron Paul would have made a great president.  I keep running into the same sentiment that Dale Brown used when writing his books- "He'll close all the military bases down and China/Russia/Ethiopia will overrun us!"

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:39 | 3504295 knukles
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One of my neo-con doctor buds said the other day that: "If we cut the military budget the Taliban will be running our health care system."

I missed the putt laughing so hard.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 19:46 | 3504325 nmewn
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Maybe he was thinking its like a jizyah imposed by the imams of the AMA, leaving everyone defenseless ;-)

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:49 | 3504175 Smuckers
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I'm going after the good guys instead. They are known as Captain Gold and Seargent Silver.  

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:50 | 3504177 Gromit
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"....Everybody knows the boat is leaking,

Everybody knows the captain lied......."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJlsCcaJzyQ

 

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