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Guest Post: America Is Plunging Into Kafka's Nightmare

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Submitted by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market blog,

There is a certain level of dishonesty in the common study of history. We look back at the tyrannies of the past, the monstrous governments, the devastating wars and the unimaginable crimes, and we wonder how it could have been possible. How could the people of that particular generation let such atrocities come to pass? Why didn’t they do something? Why didn’t they protest? Why didn’t they fight back?

We wonder all of this as we absorb the lists of dates, names and actions in books written by other men who memorized other lists of dates, names and actions. We are taught to study and wonder without ever actually applying the lessons of the past to the developments of today. We are conditioned to assert our own narrow spin on yesterday, instead of placing ourselves in the shoes of our ancestors or recognizing that their struggles remain our struggles. The modern method of viewing history detaches us from it, making it seem distant, alien or surreal.

Perhaps many societies fail to prepare or act in the face of tyranny because they had forgotten their own histories, making the demise of their culture appear so schizophrenic they would not believe what their eyes were telling them.

Often, the only way to grasp the more complete truth of the present is to examine it through the lens of the absurd. Sadly, our Nation, our culture and most of the world around us have become so backward, ugly, feeble and twisted that the only adequate comparison is to the nightmares of surrealists.

When I examine recent U.S. legislation, the exposure of classified documents, and the openly admitted criminality of political leadership, I am consistently reminded of Franz Kafka’s The Trial.

Kafka was a self-styled socialist back in the days when socialism was thought to be the next revolutionary movement for the downtrodden masses. It was, of course, controlled opposition created by global elitists attempting to exploit the natural rebellious tendencies of the general public within a false paradigm — using the masses to achieve greater power for a select few, while making the people think that they had won. It is ironic that Kafka would write The Trial, one of the greatest condemnations of totalitarian surveillance society, while at the same time supporting the socialist political vehicle that would eventually be used to implement unrelenting bureaucratic despotism.

The Trial is commonly labeled a “surrealist” piece of fiction, but I wonder now if it was actually far more literal than the academics of the past actually gave it credit for. The problem is that most of America, and much of the Western world, has forgotten what it is like to experience true danger and true suffering. We read about it now and watch movies about it like it’s entertainment, but few people have the slightest inkling how to deal with the real thing. We don’t even know how to recognize it. Because of this, Americans tend to pay more attention to fictional representations of tyranny rather than legitimate tyranny taking place right under their noses.

With that sad fact in mind, watch this clip from Orson Welles’ cinematic version of The Trial. See if you recognize your own world in this work of "fantasy":

The main character of The Trial, Josef K., finds his apartment invaded by police in the early hours of the morning. Josef responds with anger but also fear, attempting to defend his character without actually understanding the nature of the police visit. The police answer his questions with more accusatory questions, only later warning him that he is being watched and that he is under arrest. The police do not, however, take him immediately into custody; nor do they ever tell him what his crime was. It is implied, in fact, that Josef is not allowed to know what he is being charged with.

This episode in The Trial has been played out in the real world over and over again, from the Soviet Cheka, to Adolf Hitler’s SS and Brownshirts, to Benito Mussolini’s Organization for Vigilance and Repression of Anti-Fascism (OVRA), to the German Stasi, to Mao Zedong’s Central Security Bureau, etc. In the United States, the culture of surveillance and intrusion has (for now) taken a more subtle approach through the use of technology. We do not yet have agents physically rummaging through all our homes and asking for our papers (though we are not far away from this). Rather, we have the National Security Agency, which rummages through our electronic communications while using our own computer cameras and cellphones to watch us, listen to us and track us. All of this, mind you, is done on a massive scale without warrant.

We have the Authorization for Use of Military Force and the National Defense Authorization Act, which give the President the centralized authority to detain and even kill those Americans designated as “enemy combatants” without trial, without due process and without public oversight.

Our government now uses secret evidence to charge citizens with crimes they are not allowed to discuss with the public on the argument that to do so would “threaten national security.” That’s right; the government can arrest you or assassinate you based on evidence they never have to disclose to you, your family, your lawyer or the citizenry.

In the U.S. today, the kind of establishment terror Kafka imagined is indeed a reality. We are not on the verge of a total surveillance state, we are there. It exists. And if we do not accept that this is our social condition, there may be no historians tomorrow to look back on our era and wonder: “Why didn’t they do something? Why didn’t they fight back?”

The revelations brought by Edward Snowden on the NSA and its PRISM mass surveillance program are still only partially understood by the public. Even many self-proclaimed “cypherpunks” and “techno-warriors” don’t really grasp the pervasiveness of the all-seeing NSA eye. Recent documents leaked to German news source Der Spiegel by Snowden reveal an Internet almost completely dominated by the NSA, where even total encryption would be a mere temporary stopgap, according to tech researcher and journalist Jacob Appelbaum. The TAO group, sanctioned by the NSA, has been using technologies for years that startle even the most avid tech experts. To make matters worse, many of the intrusive mechanisms have been implemented — likely with the direct aid of American software and computer companies.

With NSA access to the backbone or core of the Internet, there is no digital privacy anywhere. The cypherpunks lost the war for the Web a long time ago, and they don’t seem to know it yet.

Beyond the undeniable prevalence of government surveillance, what would our American Kafkaesque experience be like without kangaroo courts designed to defend the criminal establishment instead of the victimized population? The latest Federal court decision on the NSA’s methods is that they are perfectly legal and “necessary” to protect Americans from national security threats. If you are a student of Constitutional law, this decision truly boggles the mind.

One of the most powerful incidents in The Trial is Josef’s speech to his court of accusers. In this moment, Josef argues with concrete logic and impassioned reason. His position is supported with beautifully crafted merit and truth. But what he does not realize is that the court he is trying to convince does not exist to discover the truth. The court is a sideshow, a piece of elaborate theater. The participants are there to make Josef, and the society at large, feel as though justice has been given a fair chance. Josef’s pleas are met with fake cheers, scripted jeers and even engineered distractions. Finally, he comes to understand that the system’s purpose is to destroy him. Everything else is an illusion.

The Web cannot be made free or private from within; our courts cannot be made fair and just from within; neither political party can be forced to represent the common man from within; and our government cannot be made honest or transparent from within. To play games of activism within establishment dominated systems is to play make-believe within a surrealist nightmare; a piece of “Alice in Wonderland” political quackery. Like the audience at Josef’s trial, the elites simply laugh at such activists, or feign applause, while continuing forever with the same corruption and the criminal status quo.

America has long presented itself as the ultimate alternative to the torturous mechanisms of oligarchs; and a long time ago, it was certainly a noble effort. However, our heritage of liberty — the faint memory of it — is all that’s left today.  There is a contingent of men and women in our country, millions of us, that steward over this memory and seek to make whole once again, but the road ahead is long, with struggles beyond all reckoning.

Some people may ask how this could have occurred. How did we become the monster we were supposed to fight against? What happened to the good side and the bad side? Have they become exactly the same?

Those of us who have looked beyond the standardized veil of history know that this is not by accident. Those of us who decipher the surreal know that there is a method to the madness and an ultimate goal. To explain further, I leave you with another piece of fiction, a clip from the British TV series “The Prisoner.” While not written by Kafka, it was definitely inspired by him. It carries a message I would have liked to have warned him about concerning the disturbing path of duality, the mask with multiple faces that tyranny uses to subvert and enslave...



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Wed, 01/15/2014 - 22:57 | 4336552 FredFlintstone
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Damn, I was drawn in by what I thought was "We look back at the trannies of the past".

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:32 | 4336667 Trucker Glock
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J. Edgar Hoover?

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:54 | 4336733 Skateboarder
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Sauron's all-seeing eye does not rest. The orc is an extension of Sauron's will to eliminate all that lives. The question is - what is the ring, and where is mount doom!?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:58 | 4336906 Bunders
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Thu, 01/16/2014 - 01:50 | 4336985 Ranger_Will
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For all you Twilight Zone fans: Another good one would be one of my favorite episodes:

"The Obsolete Man"

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 02:35 | 4337019 G-R-U-N-T
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Indeed Mr. Will....Rod Sterling nails it: The State..."It has one Iron Rule, logic is an enemy and truth is a menace"! It could not be displayed more clearly and directly as it is in Washington! Indeed, it will and quite literally is "destroying human freedom"!!!

Also, Mr. Wordsworth declares to the State: "You cannot erase God with an edict"! Classic! The horror of Statists in Washington are working feverishly, night and day, to eliminate all of our basic freedoms, all of this to become their property! This is the insanity and the knot that those of us that love our individual freedom and liberties are feeling in our gut! We don't "fit their formuli"! Absolutely damn right!!!!

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 07:31 | 4337242 negative rates
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I wonder how many times they made that first original movie?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 13:50 | 4338303 Manthong
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We are all Joseph K. now.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 01:53 | 4340169 X_mloclaM
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Just a few corrections, as these DO matter, just as your writings do:

"cypherpunks” and “techno-warriors” don’t really grasp the pervasiveness of the all-seeing NSA eye.

Yes they do, it is their motivator

"Recent documents leaked to German news source Der Spiegel by Snowden reveal an Internet almost completely dominated by the NSA, where even total encryption would be a mere temporary stopgap"

Correct, it's a mere temporary stop-gap, and 'almost' is correct, and other products can easily obviate what is admitted as still-unbreakable math: such as encrypted talk over Wifi ala silent circle can be picked up with other exploits in concurrently running software to gain access, still allowing for a hot mic, and of course the good old fashioned local mic, for bad guys. Since that's the admitted case, then say for most, but not for the 'punks' with such exclusivity, such as:

"With NSA access to the backbone or core of the Internet, there is no digital privacy anywhere. The cypherpunks lost the war for the Web a long time ago, and they don’t seem to know it yet."

Why be a defeatist when you know you are wrong, it exists in limited space for the few. Either pay for it, or design your laptop or mobile device to start each time with new, one-off linux instances, where communication is done over the backbone encrypted. Turn off other radios (ie to the mobile carriers). Game over for websites that do not function over Tor for "digital privacy", at least phone calls can remain secure--as for losing the war, it's founded in P2P resource sharing, the idea--internet. Thus it isn't lost in that the network exists as an oligopoly who sold-out, with back and front doors, so why not use the same radi ofrequencies to talk with one another's devices, pass along 3rd party requests to the extent one volunteers, and re-create the very same hosted, served, content with a new means of routing and resolving addresses--mesh protocols. Then, no backbone to tap, to voice to meek, and transaction centralization of the bitcoin mongerers has a chance with freedom of communication and press selectiong protocols and, ultimately not only MONETARY SUPPLY, but the ideas of deflation. What better than to impose an arbitrary cap, call THAT free-market suppky of money, N see if the moronsll implant the fukrr


Fri, 01/17/2014 - 05:37 | 4340275 runningman18
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The techno-geeks don't have a clue.  They all think they are going to wage some kind of cypher-war on the elites and take them down.  It's delusional given the NSA dominance of the web which Snowden revealed.  If they really want to change things, they are going to have to pick up a rifle and stop playing with their computers.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 09:11 | 4337348 TeamDepends
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This is precisely the reason we never considered, not even for an instant, leaving the US.  If freedom is not worth fighting for, then step willingly into your shackles.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 01:54 | 4336989 G-R-U-N-T
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"instead of placing ourselves in the shoes of our ancestors or recognizing that their struggles remain our struggles."

This my friends, is the best and most accurate way to study history. Concordant methods, together with chronological event history is nice, however to get the real story is to understand the culture and the people of that time that made it (rolled around in it so to speak). Cultural anthropologists/historians for the most part bring light to anyone that studies both ancient and relatively recent history.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 02:50 | 4337052 mrs
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Critical mass of enlightenment will melt the evil. Sorry for sloppy analogy - forget the details.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 01:48 | 4336984 satoshi101
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The government doesn't trust the people, and the government is better armed.


The last civil-war was the same as today the south wanted to free themselves from the assholes,

Slavery was a ruse, Lincoln didn't give a fuck about slaves.

The south had wealth and cotton, and didn't want North to control and fuck them, so the south seceded, the North completely destroyed the south, and then carpet bagged them  when done.

The next reset 'civil war' will be the same, the FEMA camps are already in place the 'confederates' are already in the data-base,

Sadly the next civil-war will only make the WASH-DC assholes more powerful,


ERGO ... In summary the only salvation is to live in a FREE COUNTRY.


Thu, 01/16/2014 - 07:04 | 4337226 jballz
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learn some history dumbfuck

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 09:34 | 4337422 ratpack1968
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Try including some facts, or at least opinions, with your response before calling someone a dumbfuck. Otherwise you come across as a dumbfuck too.  The real truth of history dies with the times, we are left with only interpretations.  Though slavery, and the spread of slavery in the west, was a central issue of the Civil War the real crux of it was indeed states rights. Tariffs played a big role in it - the industrialized North supported tariffs and the South with the (immoral) advantage of free labor supported free trade.  Just follow the money. Northern industrialists and the politicans they owned regained control over Congress in 1860. Tariffs were immediately raised to give advantage to the northern factories. It is arged that the issue of slavery was used the catalyst (sideshow) to give moral purpose to the mission and break the back of the South.  The emancipation proclamation was an important turning point in our history, but instead of rightfully freeing a race of people they they laid the path to making us all slaves to a corrupt corporatocracy run by ruthless psychopaths.


Thu, 01/16/2014 - 09:39 | 4337433 satoshi101
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WOW most excellent dude, ... most excellent ...

That's why when somebody asks you when did the USA Go full RETARD ASSHOLE, it was not the FED in 1910, it was Lincoln in 1865, Lincoln was a fucking NAZI asshole that made all citizens slaves,

Post Lincoln the USA became "United Slavery Amalgamated", the black-man, became a debt slave and the white man too.

Fucking god-damn brilliant, emancipation proclamation my ass.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 09:51 | 4337475 ratpack1968
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With all due respect - your rhetoric comes across in a "redneck" sort of way. I think you're general thesis holds some water but, with this audience, the argument needs to be presented with a little more tact. Just saying... 


Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:00 | 4337496 fonestar
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Why do you use a handle like that and then advise people that dried rice is the superior currency?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:48 | 4337682 rubiconsolutions
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@satoshi - you are right on. Lincoln, worst president ever. Or at least tied with Wilson. He was a tyrant. And no statesman. A statesman would not have overseen the deaths of 800,000 of his own citizens. He was admired by Karl Marx (click here) for his efforts so that should tell you quite a lot.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 15:14 | 4338535 MSimon
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Jefferson Davis - worst President ever. Or at least tied with Wilson. He was a tyrant.  And no statesman. A statesman would not have overseen the deaths of 800,000 of his own citizens.


Civil Liberties in the Confederacy

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 07:33 | 4337245 negative rates
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Your interpretation skills are piss poor fellow.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 09:25 | 4337392 TeamDepends
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And this FREE COUNTRY is where?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 09:29 | 4337407 satoshi101
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Anywhere but the USA, or UK is a 'free country', ... shit I just said it, anywhere on the USA shit-list is 'free' that makes IRAN, N-KOREA, and Iraq free. Anywhere in the IRS black-list means its a free country. Any country not sucking Uncle Sam's NUT-SACK is a free country.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:04 | 4337507 RKDS
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You can say that Lincoln didn't care about slavery but you can't change the fact that an economy which relies on slavery is sick.  Flash forward 150 years and is there any question that our economy, totally dependent on Chinese and Mexican slavery, is sick?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 19:52 | 4339358 TheReplacement
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Who attacked Fort Sumter?

It seems to me that the South seceded and then started the war.  The south did this why? 

How can the south start the war and not be responsible for all the dead?

Why does it matter what Lincoln's motivations were when he freed the slaves?

Why did the south even keep slaves in the 1860s - humans treated like livestock for working, raping, and beating? 

What kind of good, free men sign on to create a nation of freemen and yet treat others as chattel? 

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 01:07 | 4340125 ScotlandTheBrave
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To the Victor goes the spoils...and the writing of history.

What you will not read in history books is that Lincoln supported the right to succession prior to winning the Presidency with significantly less than half of the popular vote. In fact he wasn't too concerned with it until the Northeastern patricians raised hell with him because all of a sudden southern ports declaired themselves to be be free trade ports. The northern patricians who were heavily invested in manufacturing and keeping protective tarriffs in place to keep their bottom lines padded had a hissy fit. After Lincoln was convinced of his "error," he dispatched Federal supply ships with troops to secure Federal forts in the main trading ports in the southern states. This was perceived by the southern states as a act of war, plain and simple because up to that time it was Constitutionally understood that any state could succeed if it so choose since the Federal government was created by the states. Indeed, prior to 1861 several Northern states had threatened to succeed themselves over the issue of the imposition of tarriffs - they wanted them higher. Always follow the money.  Guess which merchants imported all of those slaves into the south? Ship building was NOT a budding business in the south. Northern patricians owned the businesses that built the slave ships and imported the slaves and when that business dried up after importation of new slaves was outlawed, they sought to control the rising southern aristocracy by crushing it financially. Why not simply buy all of slaves held and set them free, it sure would have been a lot cheaper? If you want to crush someone financially, you certainly are not going to give them the cash to survive and possibly compete with you in another way!

Follow the money and always remember the victor writes the history books.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:32 | 4336671 Say What Again
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Of course Josef K was guilty.  We all know that he killed that girl in the shower with violent thrusting actions from a sharp knife, as directed by his deviant mother in the rocking chair. 

So these cops had every right to follow their hunch.  By barging in on Josef, they averted other horrible crimes.  An ounce of prevention is worth so much more than the 4th amendment, right?

It all makes sense to me.


Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:01 | 4336562 NoDebt
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"However, our heritage of liberty — the faint memory of it — is all that’s left today.  There is a contingent of men and women in our country, millions of us, that steward over this memory and seek to make whole once again, but the road ahead is long, with struggles beyond all reckoning."

Indeed.  I am one of those men.

Nobody said this was going to be easy or happen in a straight line.  The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.  We haven't been vigilant for quite some time.  Most have just begun to feel it's effects, though they can't quite put their finger on where the pain is coming from yet.  Authoritarianism is in it's ascendancy, not it's decline.  We are far FAR from bringing the idea of personal freedom and responsibility back into vogue as anything other than empty political rhetoric.

This will get much worse before it gets better.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:05 | 4336578 i_call_you_my_base
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"This will get much worse before it gets better."

Your optimism is showing.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:27 | 4336644 NoDebt
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Thank you for recognizing that IS optimism.  I dare say, it's REAL hope, not that weak gruel politicians peddle as such.

If I gave you the pessimistic version it would look like this:  End of the day, nobody is going to stand up for liberty and the pursuit of happiness because it's messy and, quite frankly, too much trouble (in short, it scares people).  All that I stand for, all that the founders of our country stood for will become nothing but a footnote in history.  A great but fleeting idea that was abandoned for the REAL human status quo of despotic kings and emperors ruling over billions as they see fit, in the name of efficiency and "the greater good of society" which is neither great nor good.

THAT is pessimism.  The day I believe that, I'll exit stage left, quietly and with little fanfare.  Somehow, I can't completely drive from myself the thought that real liberty deserves to be preserved and defended.  For sure, it's going "underground" for a while.  Maybe a long while.  But being completely eradicated from the face of the Earth?  No.  Sorry.  Not while I'm around.  Not while my children and (hopefully) their children are around.


Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:46 | 4336714 i_call_you_my_base
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I respect your opinion and writing. But I disagree with you on your point. The idea that fighting is only worth it if there is a chance you'll win is part of the problem and is why so many do nothing. When it comes to doing what's right, we all need to be prepared to lose. Because that in itself is a form of freedom. It's freedom of action from one's own flawed gauge. If all of our actions are weighed against efficacy, no one will do anything.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:05 | 4336775 NoDebt
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Not sure how you got that this fight is only worth it if there's a chance of victory from what I wrote.  Nobody knows what the chances of victory are here.  Stand for something or fall for anything.  No guarantees.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 07:19 | 4337233 Optimusprime
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We admire Galadriel, who "fought the long defeat" with courage and nobility.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 09:02 | 4337338 tarsubil
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Freedom and liberty don't need to be preserved. They are not the invention of man. Neither does anyone need to worry about preserving gravity when someone jumps or a rocket is launched into space.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 01:51 | 4340170 Kobe Beef
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You might need to clarify how two abstract nouns describing subjective evaluations of human activity are equivalent to an empirical observation of physical reality. As presented, your argument does not stand on its own merits.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:08 | 4336586 DaddyO
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Very well said!

I agree that things have slipped for possibly three generations. I call it Generational Amnesia. We are only 2 generations from the Great Depression and yet we are right back at the door step of the next great drpression except this time tryanny is barking loudly.

I pray that a great awakening will begin to occur and halt this preciptious decline we find ourselves lurching towards.


Thu, 01/16/2014 - 02:47 | 4337049 mrs
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Not quite - the Boomers and their prodgeny are a lost cause - but there is GenX - which still remembers and was not spoiled rotten. 

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 07:54 | 4337267 GetZeeGold
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Here's your trophy....cause you're just so special.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 09:06 | 4337342 RabbitChow
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No, boomers are old.  But remember there are plenty of them that went through Vietnam.  Gen X is the lost cause -- a generation that wants eerything handed to them, won't work hard because it's too stressful, and start every new job by taking a few weeks of leave.  At least the Millenials have some of it right -- workd hard, pull together, benefits for not just themselves.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:12 | 4337968 fedupwhiteguy
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genxers are the progeny of the boomers. and the genxers are referred to as the "slacker" generation. what have you been reading?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 02:06 | 4337005 mrs
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What sort of freak or banker gave this a thumbs down? A slave - since the condemned do not do their own dirty work.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 03:38 | 4337095 Spanky
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A boomer that's spoken out and acted on the very things you decry for more years than he cares to remember. I've watched the astroturf green in every field of honest endeavor for many long years...

All you're doing is creating generational antagonism. Are many boomers propagandized? Yes. Were you? Then wake them up!

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:14 | 4336598 Yenbot
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Right behind the Bench is a torture chamber with refrigeration, stress position benches and shackles. Underneath is a dungeon, again conveniently refrigerated. Beyond lies a gulag archipelago, the largest on Earth. Yes, this is America today. You can serve on a Jury and never notice it. And your odds of enjoying a stay in the Gulag? Better than winning the Lottery.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 03:31 | 4337091 Spanky
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Believe it or not, this was the America of yesteryear as well -- only slightly better concealed. Esp. where our intelligence company supported our industrial companies. The bankers and corporatists grew fat over many years, not just the last few. Considering that everything we've visited upon foreign shores for the past one hundred years is blowing back, it seems a fitting, even poetic justice...

Who says god does not have a sense of humor?

We built upon their backs, enslaving countless brown-skinned peoples in the process, the world's greatest military power and police state. And it's masters now turn it on us. Surprise, surprise.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:16 | 4336619 DeliciousSteak
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The problem is that most of America, and much of the Western world, has forgotten what it is like to experience true danger and true suffering. We read about it now and watch movies about it like it’s entertainment, but few people have the slightest inkling how to deal with the real thing.


I wouldn't call it a problem when things are so good that danger and suffering are absent. Life is good, life is beautiful. 99% of people reading this guest post have not experienced "true danger and true suffering", and never will. They will go through their lives with their stomach full, a roof over their heads and a car on the driveway. And, as was written in the OP, they entertain themselves with horror stories about fall of society, about the endless possibilities of danger and suffering, without ever having to deal with it.

While the national socialist party were running rampant, dealing with enemies internal and external, life was good for the average German. Until their infrastructure was firebombed by an external enemy and starvation killed millions, that is.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:43 | 4336705 runningman18
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You sound like one of the people the author is talking about - totally ignorant of the reality all around you.

Things are not good.  The nation is falling apart, economically, socially, and politically.  People entertain themselves with horror stories of the past so they don't have to acknowledge the terrors of the present.  That is the surrealism of America today.  And I'm sure the average Jewish German or gypsy or political dissident was not so fond of the national socialist party.  

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:50 | 4336723 IridiumRebel
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His post foments the analogous similarities of Nazi Germany and modern day America. The Nazi advance was stopped by multiple nations. What will happen to us?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:14 | 4336802 Yes_Questions
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a complete FAIL on the part of TPTB in goading us again to their war


one could hope

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:45 | 4336876 Spungo
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"His post foments the analogous similarities of Nazi Germany and modern day America. The Nazi advance was stopped by multiple nations. What will happen to us?"

The same as usual - Russia. Napoleon's army was destroyed in Russia. Hitler's army was destroyed in Russia. America's army will be destroyed in Russia. 
"The German army in fighting Russia is like an elephant attacking a host of ants. The elephant will kill thousands, perhaps even millions, of ants, but in the end their numbers will overcome him, and he will be eaten to the bone."

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 02:37 | 4337037 Dr. Acula
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Here's a different explanation for Germany's defeat:

"a country like Germany was badly mistaken in the assumption that it could conquer with synthetic gasoline, synthetic rubber, Ersatz textiles and Ersatz fats. In both World Wars Germany was in the position of the tailor fighting against the man who supplies him with bread. With all their brutality the Nazis could not alter this fact." - Ludwig von Mises, Human Action p. 830

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 02:12 | 4337013 satoshi101
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The USA is a island, and post coming civil-war, the USA will return to its former glory as the world prison colony, most likely over-seen by the NWO, ... remember everything of value has already been removed from the USA.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 04:04 | 4337117 bunnyswanson
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Good luck

Behind every blade of grass.   When Americans realize the truth, the gangs and the militias, LE and the military will join together as one.  The common enemy will ensure the well nourished Americans who know the reason one should prepare to defend himself against swindlers and thieves who justify their agenda with words like sustainability.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:17 | 4336622 Gromit
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"The Trial" is  about personal insecurity, anxiety, so don't let's get silly here.

I hope I never hear "Kafkaesque" again but I'm sure I will.

Franz Kafka is to writing as Frida Kahlo is to painting - raw emotional, personal feelings exposed to the cruel world.


Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:42 | 4336698 Gromit
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Yes brilliantly illustrated!

His book on Kafka's life and personal tribulations is very fine.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:56 | 4336737 runningman18
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Not even close.  The Trial is about the ambiguity of law, and the erasure of the individual by the state, not personal insecurity.  The short story at the beginning about the man waiting at the door of the law until he is old and dying says it all.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:07 | 4336769 Gromit
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Waiting at a door until you grow's not meant to be taken literally, surely you realize this?

"The Trial" is the expression of  a nightmare of anxiety and insecurity.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:25 | 4336832 runningman18
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No, not waiting at a "door", waiting for access to the law.  This has nothing to do with personal insecurity, and everything to do with the ambiguity of law.  Not sure where you are getting your interpretation from but it is far too simplistic given the nature of the story...

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:43 | 4336871 Gromit
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You enjoyed the story so good luck and god bless....I appreciate everything he wrote, it all seems so fresh and contemporary, just sorry he didn't write more.

He enjoyed (in my opinion) his career at the Workers Compensation Board, taking satisfaction from improving working conditions.

Writing was for him a release, of his complex emotions, tough life really, died early of TB.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:46 | 4337873 rickv404
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I'm sure Kafka would be all for America's present malaise, as long as it meant the socialist ideal was being pursued, as it most certainly is and is causing that malaise.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:20 | 4336630 JustObserving
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America plunged into its kafkaesque nightmare years ago as the security agencies started garnering more power and gradually converted America into a fascist, police state with a compliant, corrupt press and bought millionaire lawmakers and a cowed, controlled judiciary.

JFK promised to shatter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it to the wind.  Instead his brains were shattered into a thousand pieces as Jackie valiantly to collect the pieces from the trunk of the presidential limousine clearly demonstrating that the shot came from the front.

The truth has never been welcome since November 22, 1963 in the United States as democracy and freedom started to die.

The false-flag event of 9/11 brought in the Patriot Act and illegal wars which cost $6 trillion.  Then the economy had to be falsified to pay for these expensive wars (Vietnam war only cost $738 billion in 2011 dollars).  The security state grows even more powerful as NDAA is approved - now the government can jail you for ever without charge.  And the president can drone you.

The press clears every story with the Pentagon, even the so called liberal New York Times which distinguished by printing the lies of Judith Miller that led to the war in Iraq.  No newspaper would cover Seymour Hersh's story that Obama lied about sarin to start a war with Syria.  That story had to be published in the London Review of Books.

Jimmy Carter said that the US has no functioning democracy but no US media would report it.

We are a fascist, police state now that makes 1984 look tame.  Snowden says things are a million times worse now than that depicted in 1984.  Many children born today will have no concept of privacy or freedom.

Thank you, security agencies for having created a dystopia that exceeds even the imagination of our best writers.  Only an extraordinary event or calamity can break the government stranglehold on our freedom, privacy and economic liberty.  Snowden struck a massive blow for freedom.  We need many more.


Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:20 | 4336637 Gromit
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I hope I never hear "Kafkaesque" again but I'm sure I will

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:28 | 4336837 lead salad
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Oooo....can you say that again?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 02:25 | 4337028 prains
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Gromit you live it,breath it, shit it, fuck it, puke it YOU are it......


get usedesque to it

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 01:39 | 4336949 Radical Marijuana
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Kafkaesque is an understatement, as it appears you are already aware, JustObserving.

The deeper problems are the reasons how and why human conflicts were resolved in the short-term in ways whereby those who were the best at being dishonest, and backing that up with violence, prevailed. There are profound reasons WHY energy systems end up being controlled by their most labile components, and WHY energy systems travel through their line of least action. It is NOT an "accident" that history has demonstrated that success in warfare was based on deceits, while spies were the most important soldiers in that context. Human civilization manifests the human equivalent of the path of least resistance in the form of the path of least morality. After we perceive and define human beings as separate from their environment, then they always necessarily act as robbers in their environment. Civilizations are always organized systems of lies, operating organized robberies.

Warfare was organized crime on larger and larger scales. The War Kings created the sovereign states, with the power to tax (robbery, backed by violence, justified under the rule of law.) Those sovereign states were covertly taken over by the best organized gang of criminals, the international bankers, gradually being able to corrupt the government, to legalize lies, and back those legalized lies up with legalized violence. That IS what Big Government, Big Banks, and Big Bureaucrats ARE: the biggest form of organized crime, controlled by the best organized gang of criminals. However, the deeper problems are that we are collectively quite incapable of organizing better systems of lies and robbery, because we are collectively too brainwashed to believe in bullshit about those basic human realities. Instead of being able to organize better systems of resistance, the vast majority of people are being steamrollered, and turned into road kill, by the runaway fascist plutocracy juggernaut of Big Government, in an ouroboros of incorporated robbery with Big Banks.

The overwhelming vast majority of people have been too successfully conditioned to not understand, and to not want to understand, how the world really works, because they are taught to think in terms of false fundamental dichotomies, and related impossible ideals, which always backfire and cause the opposite to happen in the real world. While it is obvious that the Big Government/Big Bank systems of legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, HAVE a "stranglehold on our freedom, privacy and economic liberty," the ways that those concepts get presented and understood are usually based upon false fundamental dichotomies, and their related impossible ideals. That is, the controlled opposition to the BIG promotes the same bullshit frame of reference, whose impossible ideals always actually makes the opposite happen in the real world. Thus, the masses of Zombie Sheeple are misled by the Black Sheeple.

Democracy can not work unless it was to be operated by competent citizens who took effective responsibility for democratizing the death controls. Instead, the la, la, "leaders" attempt to inspire people to believe in impossible ideals, that IF everyone were to act like better sheeple, then that would resolve our problems. Realistic democracy would actually have to be based upon enough citizens understanding that they were actually, and necessarily, members of an organized crime gang. However, obviously, on the contrary, people are brainwashed to believe in such bullshit that enables the best organized gang of criminals to highjack the powers of the state, and to effectively privatize those powers.

So far, I have never seen any significant form of opposition that is serious about providing real solutions which are consistent with the actual historical analysis of civilization being an energy system, which therefore has manifested inself according to the principles and methods of organized crime. Instead, the biggest and best organized gangs of criminals are having a cake walk over the vast majority of people, who have been brainwashed to not want to understand that they too are members of an organized crime gang. Indeed, generally speaking, I dislike the controlled opposition groups just as much as I dislike the established powers. I find that none of them will address the issue of how we are supposed to reconcile the concepts of freedom or liberty, with the concept of the conservation of energy, since to do so would necessarily take them outside of their current world view, based upon concepts which they take for granted, and do not critically examine, in order to revolutionize their paradigms.

In order to do that in a more practical way, then we have to accept how and why governments are a form of organized crime, controlled by the best organized criminals. When I see some significant opposition telling the people that they need to become better wolves, rather than become better sheep, then I may consider that there is some real progress towards better death controls, enabling democracy to actually survive. However, at the present time, there is so little of that kind of political realism that it appears to me that democracy is already dead, while there appears to be no way to save it. My view is that we need an intellectual scientific revolution, which applies to politics, and especially to militarism, because what we need more than anything else are better murder systems, based on real radical revolution in the way we understand energy systems. That is particularly the case when it is obvious to a student of history that assassination of politicians has been the most important way by which the real political processes were controlled. The methods of organized crime were to bribe and intimidate, while to assassinate those who could not be bribed or intimidated. There is no magical way to make those social facts disappear. To mention those facts, without actually accepting the magnitude of the problem they present, is automatically to go towards sterile, impossible "solutions."

However, I am not aware of any significant opposition group that is not based on promoting impossible ideals, rather than unitary mechanisms, with respect to the reality that governments ARE organized crime, controlled by the best organized gangs of criminals, and they MUST necessarily be. To be Kafkaesque is merely based on the notions that the social situation is incomprehensibly absurd. That is relatively too superficial a notion. What is actually happening is the spiral of dishonesty, backed by coercion, successfully controlling society. There are reasons basic to the way human beings are energy systems, and groups of human beings are also energy systems, for how and why civilization operates according to the principles and methods of organized crime.

Given those basic scientific realities, and thus, the way that political economy operates inside of human ecology, the apparent superficially bizarre absurdities make sense as the result of how deceits, backed by destruction, are what actually controls what people really do. There IS, and there MUST BE, some murder system, which backs up the money system. We have ended up with the biggest and best professional liars and immaculate hypocrites, operating through Big Government and Big Banks, controlling what society actually does, while their controlled opposition promotes the same impossible bullshit "solutions," within the same old-fashioned frames of reference.

The deeper problems are how can civilization survive science and technologies becoming trillions of times more powerful and capable, when everything is channeled through social pyramid systems which are based on lies and violence by a few controlling the vast majority who are thereby kept ignorant and afraid? The deeper levels of that deeper problem are that organizing better resistance actually means operating alternative systems of lies and robbery, not stopping all such systems from existing. Therefore, so far, I find the alleged "Liberty Movements" to be the same kind of old-fashioned false fundamental dichotomies, and impossible ideals, which have always backfired, and therefore, enabled the opposite to continue to happen in the real world.

What theoretically should happen is that enough people should understand enough that human beings are necessarily going to be perceived as operating as robbers in their environment, and that groups of humans are always going to be perceived as gangs of robbers. In that context, the theory of democracy and the rule of law still makes sense, BUT, if and only if enough citizens were to understand that they were members of an organized crime gang, which would enable them to organize better resistance against the best organized crime gangs, that are currently dominating the government, and effectively privatizing its powers to serve the interests of the biggest banks, and the big corporations that have grown up around those banks.

The basic insights that I recommend are to accept that money is always measurement backed by murder, because that is the best description that fits the actual social facts regarding what already exists, and why it exists. That means we stop regarding the best organized gangs of criminals that control the government, as the biggest form of organized crime, as somehow not living up to impossible ideals. Instead, we work towards changing the path of least resistance by organizing resistance to change the organized systems of lies and robbery that we are actually engaged in.

Of course, after thousands of years of various state religions, with our monetary system as the currently dominate state religion, being able to brainwash people to believe in bullshit, and condition them to not want to understand their own reality, I suppose it is quite silly of me to recommend that we face the real social facts. After all, there are good reasons why we have ended up with a civilization which operates itself through almost infinite tunnels of deceits and frauds. But nevertheless, we are being driven by the paradoxical ways that there has been progress in all sciences, except in human sciences, because we have refused to face the fact that the oldest and best developed social science was warfare. Since successful warfare was based on deceits, human sciences are profoundly paradoxical, and such self-reference and self-awareness has, so far, not been allowed to manifest within the political world, which has been almost totally dominated hitherto by the biggest bullies' bullshit social stories, not only amongst the established systems, but also amongst their controlled opposition. When I become aware of some significant "Liberty Movement" that comprehends how to reconcile the concept of "freedom" with the principles of the conservation of energy, then maybe there will be a sign of change through effective unitary mechanisms. ... However, so far, there is nothing like that on the horizon of history that I am aware of ... Rather there continues to be runaway fascist plutocracy, opposed by the same old-fashioned impossible ideals that have continued to fail to do anything but make the opposite happen in the real world for thousands and thousands of years ...

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 01:40 | 4336976 satoshi101
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"Money is always backed by murder"



"All power comes from a Gun" - MAO

"Money is the blood of politics" ...

Ergo political blood comes from the Gun, by force by MURDER

This why I have no respect for BIT-COIN, how many people has BTC murdered to date? A few I'm sure but on  one hand you could count, ... only when there are 10's of millions of dead body's can BTC get RESPECT.



On solutions, the problem is any political group is suspect, never give POWER to the man who wants power,... this is a essential problem with man.


The only solution is self-preservation and that is SIMPLE, get the fuck far away from the USA, cuz its going down in fuckin flames, ... cannibalism, and self-immolation, ... essentially because it needs RESET, and 200 million people need to be exterminated to cleanse the nation of parasites.


Thu, 01/16/2014 - 06:38 | 4337199 new game
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and this why you need to take your money and go to a quite place and avoid this violence that repeats endlessly.  not an island, but a far away place in a nation that is of no interest to the agressors. A nation that can be as fucked up as merica but is devoid of oil but fertile to sustain life.  a country that is not in the news, the culture is non-agressive internationaly, a nation that you and I can blend into and mind our own business til death. there is no perfect place, but one where even if conflict breaks out the government has no resources to track its citizenry. shall I sugest mexico some where along the pacific?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 09:34 | 4337423 satoshi101
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I prefer remote Asia, I see a civil war coming to ameriKKKa, and there will be blow-back in all latin country's WRT to the gringo refugee crisis.

Thus I tell all my friends, don't even think about the ameriKKK'as, north, central, or south.


The place you describe is like where I live, fuck the cops can't even afford to buy guns let alone a motorcycles, an auto, or a spy CAM ( tracking ), ...

The fucking problem with UNCLE NAZI SAM is that he has too much easy FIAT.

Yes, the world is full of places where people love the good things in life, ... simple fresh food, pussy, children, and alcohol, and homegrown :)

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:33 | 4338032 fedupwhiteguy
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I liked everything you said until you suggested mexico. WTF!!!! where have you been for the last drug cartel killin nine years?




just one webpage of many, many more that show much worse treatment at the hands of drug gangs.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 13:05 | 4338126 gallistic
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JustObserving, that was clear eyed, cogent, and absolutely correct; massive kudos to you. It is heartening to see that one is not atomized in today's dysfunctional society. There is a clear historical challenge before us.

What we do about it will define us.


Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:38 | 4336682 starfcker
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you can see it fading with the willing punks who attack on this blog sometimes, too young and stupid to realize that the b-school bs they so zealously regurgitate is the crusher of the hopes of their generation. clinton signed NAFTA in '92, this years college class was born in '92. all they know is straight white married christian male hardworking polite chauvanistic is bad, homo black hookup muslim welfare rude effeminate is good. it's been drilled into them every day of their lives. by the time they figure it out, a lot of life will have passed them by, and 225 years of refining the best civilization the world has ever known will be dozing away in nursing homes, utterly wasted.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:52 | 4336730 NoDebt
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NAFTA was done by December 1992, under Geroge HW Bush.  Clinton signed it (in 1993, because he wasn't in office yet in 1992) after it was passed by the Senate.  It took effect in 1994.

Splitting hairs, I know, but the point is BOTH parties were behind it as it made it's way through the process.

Still a giant pile of steaming crap for the US.  Perot, the crackpot du-jour of that era, said it represented a "giant sucking sound," and he was right, but nobody listened then just as nobody's listening now to Ron Paul (the current crackpot du jour, who's also right).

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:02 | 4336759 DaddyO
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And TPP is all the old treaties rolled into one and injected with anti-sovereign steroids.

Even the trade unions are taking the TPP supporters to task.

Most support for TPP is in the red side of the congress, especially the progressive, globalist factions of both parties.

If it gets ratified, America as a Constitutional Republic will breath her last gasp.

Her assault is nearly complete and the collapse of the dollar is not far off.


Thu, 01/16/2014 - 05:05 | 4337166 lakecity55
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So, neither was a "crackpot."

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 06:31 | 4337210 new game
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both fascist corporate party backers, upheld by the supreme court, fixed it for ya.

agreed(greed/power), the root of this troubling transformation to the state of afairs today.

And backed by violence, financed by a mob controlling money. all is simple when observed in ten year increments. ten years from now? all so predictable...

not to late to find a quit place for now til death...

tick, tick...

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 02:44 | 4337043 Dr. Acula
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>homo black hookup.. effeminate

Is something wrong with that?

If you are not a "punk", let's hear your logical argumentation.


Thu, 01/16/2014 - 06:29 | 4337058 starfcker
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no man. let your freak flag fly. i believe there should be room in our society for everybody, including the weak. just be smart and don't get in the way of the people carrying the load.            edit: and doc, i gave you the green for standing on your hind legs. i don't know who dings this kind of stuff.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:36 | 4336683 monoloco
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It's necessary for us to give up our freedoms so that the government can protect us from the terrorists who hate us for our freedoms. Makes perfect sense. 

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:40 | 4336699 derek_vineyard
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we give up our freedoms so the ruling class can have a tighter fist


Thu, 01/16/2014 - 05:03 | 4337164 lakecity55
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along with bigger homes, fast sportz carz, blow and chix.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:39 | 4336697 IridiumRebel
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We are all dung beetles now.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:02 | 4336760 Gromit
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Just a bad dream...a salesman's burnout.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:04 | 4336766 DaddyO
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I have a great picture I took of two little dung beetles rolling cow pies near my range.

Industrious little bastards, like the ant...we should all aspire to be little dung beetles!


Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:36 | 4337848 Loose Caboose
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Well, there's certainly no shortage of shit to work with.....

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:42 | 4336704 Moe Hamhead
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The Prisoner was a good series.  It has been stuck in my memory all these years.  It should be shown again, for this generation.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:45 | 4336710 Gromit
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I hope it's still around, British television back then had a nasty habit of re-using film - erasing some treasures.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:01 | 4336756 robertocarlos
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It's pretty sad when you survive a plane crash and then the fire dept runs over your head when they know you are lying there on the ground. Some heros.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:48 | 4338068 fedupwhiteguy
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yeah. i heard about that yesterday. so freakin sad. she survived that fiasco of a landing and then is crushed by incompetence.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:14 | 4336801 Chuck Walla
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And people still wonder how the Nazis came to power.


Thu, 01/16/2014 - 01:00 | 4336914 Gromit
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If you want to know how read "They thought they were free" by Milton Mayer.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 05:50 | 4337187 Final Authority
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That is a very good book. Helped me wake up when I read it in the 90's. Wish I had come across it sooner but maybe it would not have had the same impact. I read it first right after Clinton started bombing the Serbs.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:42 | 4336867 The_Prisoner
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The Prisoner is highly recommended. If you do not want to watch all of it, just watch the first two, and the last episode.

And it also offers a practical solution for resisting and freeing yourself from the prison: All you need is love.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 05:01 | 4337162 lakecity55
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McGoohan was perfect for the part. That show woke me up as a young steer that something was amiss.

If you don't behave as a moral people, you will get immoral gubbermint.

Solution: everyone increase their responsibility.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:59 | 4336910 q99x2
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Wotan's rings have lifted and are moving into place.

Really liked this article.

My personal belief is that about 35% of the population knows very much who the real enemies are this time around. I don't think that in prior wars as many knew. And, it is such a small number of criminal deviates that the upcoming social unrest and wars should be quite brief and targeted for those individuals, families and groups that are implementating tyranny. Military personal would rather see the oligarchs taken out than their own families suffer the consequences of a fabricated war.

Arrest them and redistribute their stolen wealth.

Open source software is a solution

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 05:26 | 4337177 Tall Tom
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Who is the enemy? Who is Number One? They are one and the same...PUN INTENDED.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 01:23 | 4336950 kchrisc
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I feel bad for the American people, as they are going to get jolted and yanked into a reality of hell practically overnight. Most societies see it coming to some degree, but Americans do not see it coming--they have no inkling of the train that is going to run them over.

They will wake up at the end of one long week from hell and find that they are slaves and destitute. They will have no friends in the world, as many around the world will feel "owed" something from the US carcass and many more will be rightfully angry about the killing and murder done by the US in the name of the American people.

They will also find that while they are now destitute, their masters, the US government and their bankster masters will still be looking to extract all that they have left. They will realize the joke that is "land of the free, home of the brave," but will only feel shame instead of laughter.

I will fight back though.

I am an American citizen and not a US subject.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 01:55 | 4336990 Seize Mars
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I love Kafka's "Stan Laurel" hat. Adorable!

Anyways, "Talk Soup" is on, so I've got to run.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 02:23 | 4337025 DeusHedge
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I'm not paranoid, all the government needs is google. Oh, and Soros, Putin, and every other foul creature from the depths of darkness.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 02:42 | 4337042 PeaBird
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"Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy." - Franz Kafka

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 02:56 | 4337063 FreedomGuy
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This article poses a question that I find fascinating over the last few years. When countries are overthrown from without, e.g., Genghis Khan or the Roman empire everyone understands the source of power and even why. I will add that when they are overtly overthrown from within like Stalin and Mao, again it is pretty clear. They were authoritarian from the beginning and something like the KGB is not really a surprise.

What is more interesting and applicable are the fascists of 20th Century Europe. They came to power with minimal blood and through pluralistic societies, at least at first. They were not backwards nations, either. What would be interesting to me is to interview all the people that helped that happen and enabled the autocracy.

My theory is that America (and other Western nations) will move to autocracy enabled by a million bureaucrats of various types who will say "I was just doing my job." or "What could I do? I am just one little guy." They are people who will consider their GS grade, pension, home, two cars and a kid in college and will not give it up for any hair-brained crazy utopian ideas of liberty. They will call themselves "realists". I am sure a million people in fascist Germany had the same considerations.

To a lesser extent, the population at large in the USA has a lot to lose with any overt resistance. We have property and reasonably successful lives. The people that count, i.e., the tax paying productive class are not going to march on Washington and burn anything down because of Snowden's revelations, or IRS persecution of conservatives, or a hundred other small revelations of government abuse of power.

Like most kids, I learned the story of George Washington supressing the Whiskey Rebellion and I cheered for the good guy, Washington. While I still admire him, I actually admire the rebels more, now. What if every new law, tax increase and infringement of property and liberty were met with bullets from the public? I would guess that legislators would legistlate a whole lot less and the Constitution would actually make sense and have teeth. If egregious legislation like Obamacare came with tar and feathers for individuals, how much more thought would be given to law? Would anyone actually read the 1800 page bill, then?

I partially agree with an earlier poster who said people take the path of least resistance, lowest energy. It is easier for the average Mexican to sneak across the border than to be the "vigilantes" we see taking back their towns, now. They used to be called militia by the way and are essential to freedom. Who do we admire more, the illegal immigrant or the Mexican militia? It is the militia who actually give a glimmer of hope for the future, not the illegal emmigrant.

There are many other aspects to this but I believe th bureaucratic, all-intrusive, you-must-document-your life, you-might-be-a-terrorist State is laying the foundation for an overt autocracy. This combines with our general complacency and unwillingness to suffer loss. What gets me about Snowden (and a few others) is not so much their revelations, but that there are so very few who will come forward. There should have been a hundred people at the IRS who said "This is not right." and refused or exposed their fellow bureau-rats. They did not. Same for all the other police agencies and even seemingly benign agencies like the FDA. None of them stand for any freedom nor try to limit their own. They will all go along and collect their paychecks and probably give the same answers the Germans and Italians did prior and during WWII, "What could I do?" and go on to hopefully collect their statist pensions.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 03:24 | 4337082 novictim
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Rampant greed and unbridled capitalism are timeless roads to eventual ruin.

The Roman Republic ended when the pan-Mediterranean expanse of Rome lead to Super Wealthy oligarchs consolidating power and forcing the Citizen-Soldier-Farmer off his inherited fields.   Slaves imported from the defeated peoples took over working the farms and the Roman citizens were ultimately ground into poverty and reliance on the good graces of the oligarchs. 

Does any of this appear to be repeating itself in our American Republic? 

Yes, all of it.


Today we can see the parallels with multinational corporations outsourcing jobs to grind down the US worker by pitting him against the work of slaves. 

Imported slaves = cheap immigrant labor/H1bVisa professionals and the effects are equivalent.  Wages falling toward subsistence levels.


The libertarian-fantasy theme park here on ZH won’t go unchallenged if I can help it.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:25 | 4337575 RKDS
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Very insightful.  Let's hope more people wake up before it's too late.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 07:44 | 4337255 barroter
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"I was just doing my job." or "What could I do? I am just one little guy." They are people who will consider their GS grade, pension, home, two cars and a kid in college and will not give it up for any hair-brained crazy utopian ideas of liberty. They will call themselves "realists". I am sure a million people in fascist Germany had the same considerations."

You see it everyday working for corporates as well.  People learn not to upset the apple cart as they want/need that paycheck and benefits.  So, they'll put up with an incredible amount of bullying and coercion in their work life just to hang on to the life they have.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 14:03 | 4338346 gallistic
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Freedomguy, no disrespect, but the initial point you make about the millions of bureaucrats enabling autocracy was better made by the master in 1532. Here are the first two paragraphs in chapter 19 of The Prince.

"Now, concerning the characteristics of which mention is made above, I have spoken of the more important ones, the others I wish to discuss briefly under this generality, that the prince must consider, as has been in part said before, how to avoid those things which will make him hated or contemptible; and as often as he shall have succeeded he will have fulfilled his part, and he need not fear any danger in other reproaches.

It makes him hated above all things, as I have said, to be rapacious, and to be a violator of the property and women of his subjects, from both of which he must abstain. And when neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content, and he has only to contend with the ambition of a few, whom he can curb with ease in many ways."


Cheer up man, there is no shame in losing to Niccolo...

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 04:04 | 4337118 vnguru
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that is just a bad dream. This has nothing to do with personal insecurity, and everything to do with the ambiguity of law.  Not sure where you are getting your interpretation from but it is far too simplistic given the nature of the story...

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 04:32 | 4337145 Not_Sure
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The reason why nobody does anything during these times is they are all worried about their F'ing jobs and feeding themselves and their families. It's hard to protest when you have to go to work.


People are really very pragmatic.....until the SHTF. Then they are ground up in the turmoil.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 14:07 | 4338352 gallistic
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---redundancy edited---

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 07:00 | 4337224 Bearwagon
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I just dropped in, to post a link to "The Trial". in case anyone is interested in reading the story.

Enjoy.  :-)

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 07:20 | 4337234 Czar of Defenes...
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A Czech writer of hope, humor and freedom to counterbalance the fine works of Franz Kafka, is
Jaroslav Hasek. His work "The Good Soldier Svejk" (sometimes spelled Schweik in English versions) is worth a read.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 07:35 | 4337250 Bearwagon
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Absolutely! Regarding the problem of coping with a bureaucracy gone berserk, it even is a must read. It is quite amusing, too.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 07:30 | 4337241 notadouche
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People will only act when they feel they have nothing else to live for or lose.  Right now the people that haven't lost everything are totally consumed with trying to hold on to what they have left and not lose more.  

It is true that people are exponentially more motivated to avoid pain than they are to gain pleasure.   No matter what is written or said, until an individual finally realizes they truly have nothing left to lose they will not likely act, which is the real beauty behind social programs.  It's a built in first line of defense for the goverment, not some benevolent act of concern for the person, but self preservation of a govenrment.    

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 07:46 | 4337257 barroter
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"which is the real beauty behind social programs.  It's a built in first line of defense for the goverment, not some benevolent act of concern for the person, but self preservation of a govenrment."

Otto von Bismark knew that.  "You want social programs? Here you go!"  And the mob in the streets quietly went home.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 07:36 | 4337251 smacker
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"How could the people of that particular generation let such atrocities come to pass? Why didn’t they do something? Why didn’t they protest? Why didn’t they fight back?"


When government goes out of control and becomes tyrannical, people look for ways of ignoring the truth, hiding from it and finding ways to protect themselves from what's happening. The challenge becomes one of self-preservation leading to a dog eat dog society of "grab as much as you can of what's left" and run.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 08:13 | 4337291 luckylongshot
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There is a certain level of dishonesty in the common study of history. We look back at the tyrannies of the past, the monstrous governments, the devastating wars and the unimaginable crimes, and we wonder how it could have been possible.

The answer is very simple. An evil group of Rothschild and Rockefeller linked private bankers are responsible for almost all of it.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 08:58 | 4337335 highwaytoserfdom
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but but they attack us fro our freedom serfdom.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 09:31 | 4337412 Keloid
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In the war of unprovoked northern aggression, slavery was a propaganda tool. Why else allow 25% of all former slaves to starve to death within a year of the end of the war?

Too busy with lofty ideals to understand the reality of the food supply chain, I suppose.

Cause and effect are apparently too much for some folk to understand.  Thus, they will perish, and in a not very humane fashion.


Thu, 01/16/2014 - 09:54 | 4337480 RabbitChow
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It's also possible to recall some interesting stats from census surveys.  The census of 1860 showed that only 3% of southern households owned slaves.  The other thing that most people don't know is that if you read through some of the papers of the day, you'll find that was the first time the phrase "police action" was used.  The northern troops were being used to police the south, which was one of the reasons that the laws of posse comitatus was so quick to pass under Andrew Johnson.  So until DHS feels otherwise, US military will not be used to quell, corral, kill, or arrest american citizens on US soil.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 15:18 | 4338551 gallistic
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You are clearly using the incorrect "3% slaveowner" number as a bright red herring. You deliberately throw this misleading logical fallacy out there to minimize and obfuscate.

Let me throw some real numbers back at you.

The accurate number of slaveowners based on the 1860 census was 4.8%.

Put another way, the real number is 38.75% higher than what you claim.

The 1860 census states that 8 million whites and 4 million blacks lived in the slave owning states of the South. 

Put another way, fully one-third of the human beings in the south were enslaved.

Put even another way, the number of blacks was 50% of the total white population.

Red Herring indeed!

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 06:21 | 4340287 kurt
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These numbers remind me of the proportions of ownership in effect today, ie. the disproportionate distribution of wealth and assets. In those days and in the south the slave WAS the machine, the tool of production much like stock ownership distribution. Come to think of it they considered their blacks "stock".

Another point: we can assume that most of the southern soldiers, slaughtered and maimed, were NON slave owners. Again, like today, the rich invent wars for uninterested parties to die in. These empowered don't participate.

Sadly, the ones who deserve it don't die, or become enslaved.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 09:44 | 4337449 Deer Hunter
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Stop dying you cowards

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:06 | 4337517 rustymason
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Kafka knew well the psychotic mind of the Tribe.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:09 | 4337757 proLiberty
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The economist Franz Oppenheimer said there were only two ways of gaining wealth. The first he called the "economic means", by which he meant free and voluntary exchange where both parties walk away with improved circumstances. The second he called the "political means", by which he meant cronyism, lobbying, subsidy, special favor, regulatory capture, intimidation and threat.

Government is a political animal. Business, in a free economy, is an economic animal. Government makes political decisions for political reasons. Its metrics are political. Where it gets involved in an economic activity it is only to improve metrics that are political in nature. The larger that government gets, the more it must intrude and displace private decisions. The more a government gets involved in the economy, the more economic decisions will have a political motivation or metric that must be addressed.

More important, the more that business considerations have a political component, the more energy that people will allocate to addressing political means of making a profit rather than economic means of making a profit. This is exactly where we are headed. Where political metrics gain more and more control over our lives and where the rule of law is less and less helpful to economic metrics. Indeed, the rule of law becomes subject to the political means itself.

This trend is bad for liberty, and ultimately for prosperity.

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