Revolution 2.0: If History Is Any Guide, It's Only Going To Get Worse

Tyler Durden's picture

Via Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog,

On a ski slope, there are two kinds of people.


The first group is people who seem to have been born on skis. The second group is the people who are humiliated by the first group.


Having grown up in Texas, I never saw snow until my first winter at West Point at the age of 17. So I am unfortunately in the latter group. But I do my best to fake it.


This weekend I had my first outing on the slopes for this season. It's winter time down in Chile, but you wouldn't really know it. The high yesterday was in the low 70s with a warm, sunny, blue sky.


If you're a skier (in either group), I highly recommend it. Andean powder is fantastic, and there are two top quality ski areas within a mere 45 minutes of Chile's bustling capital city.


What's more, even on a beautiful winter Sunday afternoon, there were hardly any people around. Compared to a lot of major ski areas up north where you have to wait 20 minutes for the chairlift, my friends and I practically had the entire mountainside to ourselves. It was incredible.


This is one of the major benefits about being in Chile. It's not the skiing, per se, but the lifestyle in general. You can get anything you want here, so there's very few (if any) sacrifices.

I'm telling you this as part of a much larger point. Look at what's been uncovered lately:

Morally and financially bankrupt western governments have resorted to direct confiscation of people's bank accounts. They have used their tax services to bully political opposition groups. They have used their intelligence services to surveil their own citizens and press.

They have completely destroyed any vestiges of the free market. They have insidiously pillaged people's savings through inflation. They have indebted future generations who will not be born for decades. They have manipulated the price of money, thus creating massive distortions and bubbles across ALL financial markets.

The list of egregious offenses by these governments reads like a modern day version of the Declaration of Independence, in which Thomas Jefferson so eloquently lists the British King's "long train of abuses", including:

  • He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
  • He has obstructed the Administration of Justice
  • He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny
  • For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments

Sound familiar?

We've been talking about solutions in our daily letters and premium publications for several years. And it makes a LOT of sense to consider holding precious metals overseas, establishing a bank account in a stable foreign country, shipping your retirement account abroad, etc.

But if you really want to declare your own independence and take back your personal sovereignty, sometimes this means getting out of dodge.

Because if history is any indicator, it's only going to get worse. This is just the beginning.

History shows that desperate, insolvent nations almost INVARIABLY resort to vain attempts at despotic control-- capital controls, wage and price controls, border controls, people controls.

And the worse things get, the more destructive the tactics become.

It really makes a lot of sense to have a place to go. Or at least, to KNOW where you and your family would go if you ever felt urgency need to leave town.

Candidly, this is much better approach than waiting around for Revolution 2.0 to begin. If you really want to help, you're going to be in a much better position to do so from overseas, with your family and savings in tact.

The world is a big place, and there are a lot of great options, including Chile. It would be prudent to start thinking about these options now... because the time to start researching isn't while you're packing your suitcase.

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Iocosus's picture

is Simon a trust fund baby that he is able to travel the world carelessly and naively urge us working slaves too also?

AlaricBalth's picture

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson

I think I'll stick around.

Iocosus's picture

The down arrow came from your NSA moderator. He doesn't think revolution is a good idea as it would interfere with his planned skiing trip to Chile later this month.

francis_sawyer's picture

Let's all move to Gstaad & start a new republic...

Iocosus's picture

easier to get in as a summer intern at Goldman Sachs, unless you suggest we assemble an army and invade.

markmotive's picture

Our imperial past is coming back to haunt our imperial present. We are slowly turning against everything we fought so hard for.

Learn from history...Gandhi (the 1982 movie) shows where imperial western nations can and have been. There are plenty of other examples if you look for them. Unfortunately, it seems like liberty is a sociological anomaly.

Oh regional Indian's picture





The 20th century had only Unsung heroes and nothing else.

Snowed-in ;-)



El Diablo Rojo's picture

Simon Black has never been to Chile, or at least outside a resort. Most of the plumbing in Chile consists of squat basins. When the resort plumbing fails because the local sewage plant doesn’t have electricity, he will be up shit creek, literally. He can take and print his posts from ZH and use them for what they truly should be used for, toilet paper. 

On the plus side, quinoa is a great source of protein and is grown quite well in the Chilean tundra.

otto skorzeny's picture

Lots of hot Russian/E European poon running around there on the last visit.

smlbizman's picture

i want simon to sign off from now on......."stay thirsty my friends"....cause i know he is the dos equis guy.....

Randall Cabot's picture

"For over 1,700 years, the Jews have been bewailing their sad fate in that they have been exiled from their homeland, as they call Palestine. But gentlemen, did the world give it to them in fee simple, they would at once find some reason for not returning. Why? Because they are vampires, and vampires do not live on vampires. They cannot live only among themselves. They must subsist on Christians and other people not of their race".

(Passage of Benjamin Franklin's speech in a "CHIT CHAT AROUND THE TABLE DURING INTERMISSION," at the Philadelphia Constitutio-nal Convention of 1787. This statement was recorded in the diary of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, a delegate from South Carolina.)

NoDebt's picture

My favorite line from the article:

"Andean powder is fantastic"

I'll bet.

wisehiney's picture

Do they have night lights on the Chilean slopes?

BandGap's picture

Amen. I'm not going anywhere and I'll stick with those of like mind.

lakecity55's picture

I have a good fire going.

Pass the Hoppe's #9, please.

PiratePawpaw's picture

Unfortunately, that would make about one.......

Most (about 95%) of americans are far too domesticated to revolt......

In 1776, about 1/3 supported revolution. Today I doubt you could get 1/3 to actively support putting themselves out if they were on fire....

"If you drop a frog in boiling water, he will jump out. If you drop him in warm water and turn up the heat; he will sit there and boil".........we have been sitting in 'american soup' for over a generation.

My ancestors are rolling in their graves......I weep....

nmewn's picture

There's still embers down in there Pawpaw...I'm not giving in to these pricks...ever.

AlaricBalth's picture

Neither will I, nmewn. And I have your six as well.

My ancestors sailed into Philadelphia in 1737 aboard the Virtuous Grace, captained by John Bull. Settled in York, Pa. And over time scattered from Virginia to Tennessee, into Missouri, down to Texas and as far west as California. There is an old Civil War fort in Missouri named after my family. My ancestors fought in every war this country has seen, including the Revolutionary War.

I will be damned if I am going to leave this land where my ancestral blood was spilled.

And concerning Simon Black, as a fellow West Pointer, I am ashamed his motto is "cut and run". He seems to have forgotten the USMA motto, "Duty, Honor, Country". As plebes we took oaths to defend this country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I take that oath as a solemn vow.

DaveyJones's picture

Well said. they overestimate the things they shouldn't and underestimate everything else

Uber Vandal's picture

"Where are your lands?" A trader taunted Crazy Horse

"My land is where my dead lie buried" He replied.


Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Very commendable - seriously. But let me ask you and your courageous & patriotic comrades-in-arms:

Did you serve Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld? Did you vote for them? If so, do you still stand by them, or did you have your own 'epiphany' and turning point? And if you 'turned' against TPTB, how is your decision to stay and keep feeding The Machine more noble than someone else's, who decides to stop feeding it and decides to leave? Do you commend a person or family when they leave an oppressive regime and come to the Land Of The Free, but begrudge them when it's the other way around? Do you begrudge his courage to vote with his feet, his lifestyle or his shameless 'bragging'? You DO know that in Texas, "It ain't bragging if you can do it"?

These are fair questions. I hope to get some fair and robust answers, not just Junks for asking what may be uncomfortable questions.

malikai's picture

The reality of the situation is that the United States is now in the same role as Europe in the 1700s.

Our ancestors left Europe for a reason. Smart people are leaving the US today - for a reason.

kralizec's picture

My ancestors came over in 1640 on the Winthrop fleet, I'll die with my boots on and all barrels red hot, I'll not be pushed around by these pricks!

AlaricBalth's picture

Kirk - You ask some very stirring questions which deserve an equally sagacious and sober response. 

Let me begin by asking you what you define as "patriotic comrades-in-arms"? If you are referring to mindless flag waving cheerleaders who scream "USA" at a sporting event, or one who emphatically states "America. Love it or leave it" without a full understanding of what America was, is, and could be, I would not qualify under that particular category. My oath was to my country, not the government. A patriot is one who supports good and limited governance. One who not only questions the government when injustice arises, but tries to affect change when repression, encroachment, incompetence and systemic criminality infringes upon the liberties which once made this nation a hopeful place.  

Liberty is the freedom to make choices.  I do not begrudge a man who has reached his saturation point and decides to leave. It is stessful to relocate a family to a place in which one is relatively unfamiliar.  However, I do have issues with a man who took an oath to defend, and then takes pot-shots from the comfort and temporal safety of the ski-slopes of the Andes.

Concerning Bush, Cheney, Obama et al, I neither voted for them nor support them. My political leanings do not adhere to the prevalent left/right paradigm. I have been very fortunate because I have experienced the best and worst of what this country has to offer. My "epiphany" or turning point, as you say, is a personal one which occured a very long time ago. This country has clearly lost its way. Too many individuals and entities believe entitlement is their birthright.  Too many have their hand out and not enough are willing to lend a hand. Sacrifice has become an archaic act and narcissism has become its replacement. 

I choose to stay, because I believe standing and fighting for an ideal can be contagious and it will leave a legacy for my children to follow.




Urban Redneck's picture

As I was reading the article- I thought about making a smart-ass comment about a Chicago boy, a West Point grad, and an Ivy League spook as they pertain to the notion of the viability of maintaining freedom on his favorite ski slope irrespective of events in the US...

If TSHTF, the game for the United States won't just play out in the United States, packing up and rlocating to another country is level of preparation that few have risen to, the more strategic question is why- is his ambition retreat or engaging from higher ground?  The Chile shtick is a bit daft, btu onc's gots to eats, but that's not necessarily all there is to it.  

10PastMidnight's picture

they'll bite, when they get hungry enough...


people just aren't down and out enough to fight, they still have hand out's, they still have shelter and they still have food, well enough of the population does. when the number of citizens having these things decreases to a certain level, you won't be able to stop the flow of people willing to do "ANYTHING" to stay alive.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

For his sake I hope he has a bullet-proof vest, as he looks a fair bit like Edward Snowden.  Not to be a jerk or use too-dark humor, but I'd get a T-Shirt that says:

"Don't shoot.  I'm not Ed Snowden"

alphamentalist's picture

and when all western nations are going through the same despotic spasms at the same moment how are things going to go in chile (when copper trades at $0.80 again)? or for that matter any other corner of a planet that depends on selling their cheap labor crap to the US/EU? good luck finding safe harbor in that storm. america is where to make your stand.

NoDebt's picture

Yeah, I imagine "friendly to Americans" evaporates pretty quick in most places when they realize nobody's coming to defend  those Americans in the event there are "problems."


malikai's picture

Long before copper trades at 80c, demand will spike when the wars break out.

wisehiney's picture

How can you see my t-shirt from there?

fuckitall's picture

Yea, well, that tree died long ago, and don't bother planting another one, it would die too.

ultimate warrior's picture

Patriots don't run like cowards. They fight like men.

-ultimate warrior

fuckitall's picture

But they WILL put it off forever :)

"Patriot" motto:  It's not time yet.

(and never will be)

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Yours is too simplistic a model, as there a various forms of "bravery":


   1. Physical bravery:  Boxers, fighters, stuntmen, explorers, extreme athletes, warriors...

   2. Performance bravery:  Public speaking, acting, singing, politicians

   3. Economic bravery:  Entrepreneurs & businessmen

Rarely will people have plenty of each form of bravery.  More likely, they will have a lot more of one form than any other.  Were it not so, all those fighting soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq would become very successful in groups 2 and 3, rather than being unemployed and hoping to get a job with some 'coward' who lacked the courage to fight in a war but had the courage to build a business.

10PastMidnight's picture

politicians aren't performance brave, they are ruthless theives is all. they just keep telling themselves it's ok, the citizens are just comodities, not human beings. that's not bravery, that's just bull shit lies my friend.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Who can criticize a person totally bonded to their soil and heritage. It's only human.

Simon does not seem to have figured out to tweak his SovereignMan message (aimed at more affluent and 'mobile' ppl) to the profile of ZH bloggers ('traditional'?).

Likewise, the same and agitated critics do not seem to have figured out that they are not his target audience. It's not unlike the beer & pick-up crowd getting worked up over TV ads for Audi or Porsche on their favorite show.

Generally, when faced with an annoying commercial, most (rational) people respond by ignoring or avoiding it.

stant's picture

this 4th of july i will be going vicksburg on thier ass. i will celebrate my divorce of this charade. at the range

Lmo Mutton's picture

""The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson

I think I'll stick around."


AlaricBalth 2013


AlaricBalth, FUCK YEA!!

Midasking's picture

when can we just admit we are bk.. and start over.  I am so tired of this I feel like a little kid at the mall.

XitSam's picture

Simon isn't worth the time. He's a broken record, with no new actionable information. "Chile. Gold. In banks around the world." Whatever.

Room 101's picture

Another article from Simon, International Asshole of Mystery.

otto skorzeny's picture

Simon kicks ass- but there is no way I store valuable  shit further away than arm's length.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Simon Black has me this time.  Of course he probably entered a CIA wormhole just to pop his head in over TJ's shoulder as he put quill to vellum.

A Lunatic's picture

Thank you for your insights James Bond...........

nmewn's picture

Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges.

jon dough's picture

Who the fuck would down vote something so self-evident?

Jesús marimba, this town needs an enema...

nmewn's picture

One who hates anything I say...which points to their intelligence ;-)