Martin Armstrong Exclaims "The Entire Social Contract Is Collapsing"

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Martin Armstrong via Armstrong Economics,

The German high court has ruled that children MUST take care of their parents even if they have not spoken to them in 27 years.

The entire social contract is collapsing.

The historical norm of children taking care of their parents was displaced with the New Deal where government stepped in to provide the safety-net.

Now the high court has ruled that it is the child’s responsibility. So what are all these taxes for?

German politicians earn more than 4 times the average politician. Government costs money – it is not an entitlement to extract taxes from the people.

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kaiserhoff's picture

No consent of the governed.  No free press.

What would you expect.

Pee Wee's picture

Record bonuses/rewarding failure is the only expectation.  Ask anyone in finance.

Skateboarder's picture

It had always been that children take care of their parents in old age. Only in the last hundred and fifty years did that start to change.

Another rung on the loony ladder - being indirectly forced back into the family unit. Hopefully the kids can pick up a thing or two from grandpa and grandma being around more often.

Occident Mortal's picture

Where I come from, people take care of themselves.

zaphod's picture

I actually agree that children should take care of their parents. I keep telling mine to come more often than they do. Multi-generational families work well, grandparents help their children raise the young ones while parents can focus on work. It's still done in a lot of places in the world and keeps people close. 

Now the state legistlating with a gun that you have to, even if your parents were horrible to you, is a completely different matter, and represents how the EU is an abomination.

lakecity55's picture


What assholio would not take care of mom or pop?

Whalley World's picture

then you change their dirty diapers mate.

lakecity55's picture

It is sure not easy. Dad had Alzheimer's and took a pistol once after Mom. We also had to change his clothes until we got him into assisted care, but then you have to still help out, but assisted care gives you some breathing room.

It's called "life."

Supernova Born's picture

"We are spending our childrens' inheritance! (while they are taxed for our healthcare)"

fightthepower's picture

If you were abused by your parents you don't owe it to them to care for them in their old age. You actually owe it to them to neglect them, let them sit in their own shit and starve...

ImReady's picture

+100 I left home at 17 and never looked back. Broke the chain of alcohol, abuse, and gambling. My children are better off not knowing any of the deadbeats. 

Wahooo's picture

Kudos. You've got to know yourself.

derek_vineyard's picture

i thought O and Michelle were going to take care of me

flacon's picture

"Our parents" were irresponsible as a generation because everything was FREE and easy back then (M*A*S*H* & "I DREAM OF JEANNIE" Scooby Doo), so now their "children" (who are now probably raising young adults) need to tend to the irresponsible generation. I get it. FUCK YOU AND FUCK OFF. Go fucking die in a grave dug by yourself you selfish pigs! 

johnQpublic's picture

i would care for my inlaws, but i'd go to jail before i took care of MY parents

GetZeeGold's picture




As usual....send the bill to John Boehner.

ImReady's picture

Stronger, wiser, and self reliant because of it. A gift of sorts I guess.

401K of Dooom's picture

Good for you!  That is the way to break the cycle of abuse in families.  That or an AR-15!

Duude's picture

Far too often the next generation raises their children in the same way as they were raised, even if they hated their parents. Good for you and yours for breaking that cycle. All of society need more people brave enough to break this type of cycle of abuse and raise an honest, decent generation.

Second Class Citizen5's picture

That's fine.  But Why should I (the taxpayer) take care of them? 

Duude's picture

Yes, and they largely voted for it.

Duude's picture

Tough choices. I've been blessed thus far, not having to deal with this. Both my parents are into their early eighties and aside of increasing forgetfulness, they're still on top of their lives.

salman's picture

I am doing it and will happily do that till I can, then my kids will do then their kids.....

onewayticket2's picture

missing the point.  you could easily say, "what assholio doesnt want people to have healthcare" or "what assholio is against giving the destitute a meal"?

government mandated actions are the issue.



Woody Allen

(anxiously awaiting the spongebath from my daughter)

lakecity55's picture

Well, I think it is primarily the families' responsibility to take care of the older members, not the .gov.

I saw great-grandparents down to my parents taken care of by the family.

toady's picture

While I'm not against caring for elderly parents, the whole concept is foriegn to me. I knew my great grandparents and grandparents and none of them, not even the down-and-out ones, would let anyone 'take care' of them.

One of my grandfathers lived in a shitty trailer that leaked all winter for the last ten years of his life . My parents kept trying to help him, but the most he would take from anyone was an occasional bottle of whiskey.

My grandmother wouldn't talk to half the family after they tried to put her in a nursing home, and simply started telling anyone who brouched the subject that she had a gun and knew how to use it.

Every one of them lived in their own home & paid their own bills until they died.

I just don't get this 'take care of' thing, unless it's like putting down a dog type of 'take care of'.

TheReplacement's picture

That sounds like about the right balance.  The kids wanted to help (however misguided) and the parents/grandparents didn't want or need help.  Everyone did their parts almost.  Somehow the kids did not understand their elders.  Who's to say where the fault really lies there.

Braverdave's picture


"Take care of" sounds like putting down Old Yeller to me too.

I like whiskey as well.

salman's picture

That is what East makes East and West makes West.

Confused's picture

Fuck the deadbeat parent. And fuck the state. On the flip side, if the state couldn't force him to pay child support/care during your formative years, how could their force you to take care of him? 



onewayticket2's picture

it's merely another wealth redistribution scheme....afterall, who could be against caring for "family"....


but then it'll be means tested and the "wealthy" will have to pay their own freight......and....that of the bottom 70%.  guaranteed votes for another generation.


Kayman's picture

"another wealth redistribution scheme...." Nail on the head my friend, nail on the head.  Judges get a government check-money extorted, not freely given to them. 

Now that the government parasites have squandered the money purportedly taken to support the aged, they are telling you that you must pay again. WTF !

I guess that IOU chit Congress put into the cash box when they stripped the Social Security trust fund might not be worth so much after all...

Acet's picture

+1 This

I've seen exactly how my maternal grandmother withered and died in a couple of years, after her daughters took her away from her home in the countryside - were she was an independent woman and had all her friends - to stay with them in the city - were she didn't fit and was entirelly dependent on her daughters - so that they could take care of her.

It was really all about getting the old lady's pension money and in uprooting her and taking away her dignity, they effectivelly killed her.

Had I been older back then I would've stopped the whole thing.

Prisoners_dilemna's picture

Many people are pieces of shit. This includes parents.

This decision, like most, should be decided by the individual and the free market.


Steaming_Wookie_Doo's picture

Sadly, you're right. Can you imagine being forced to take care of some abusive bastard? Go long on legal parent/child divorces, emancipations, etc.

Even if they're good people, some are in such bad shape, they need to go to care homes. Even not-critical care for someone long term is a big mental and physical drain, let alone the financial challenges of drugs, beds, etc. You'll end up with scenarios of "overdose" when either the parent or the caregiver can't take it anymore. This is almost as stupid as the French town that created a law that UFOs can't land there. "That'll fix it!"

Race Car Driver's picture

I agree - but having done it, I can tell you it's harder than most anything one will ever do in their lives. I took care of my g-mother (I had to step in for a parent who couldn't manage their own life) who had dementia/Alzheimer's - and it was grueling. And, one has no idea when it's gonna be over. Not that anyone wishes for that - but taking care of old folks will suck the life right out of you.

I have no kids, so I often wonder who's gonna help me when I need it?

Even if I had kids, I wouldn't rely on them - not in this day and age.

lakecity55's picture

Mom took care of Pop, then after he went to his reward, my sister and I took care of Mom until she joined Pop in the next atomic structure arrangement of a different frequency (heaven).

I am lucky I have a wifey with big tits and two daughters, plus now 3 young lakettes from #1 daughter.

nightshiftsucks's picture

Lucky ? You know how fucked up this world is,why would you want to bring in another life ? Maybe you're selfish.

Ness.'s picture

I 'd bet you're pretty happy that your grandparents didn't think like you.

in4mayshun's picture

The world wasn't this messed up when our grandparents were screwing. If I had a choice, I would not want to be born into the current state of affairs. A child's chances at this point are rather bleak.

ncdirtdigger's picture

You can buy a nail gun and fix that having been born thing. Just saying, either shit, or get off the pot their partner. Either way, we don't want to hear you complain about a life you are not forced to live.

BLOTTO's picture

I sorta thought the same thing...but you know what Nightshift - the world needs good people. If anything, having a child is the least selfish thing you can give your heart and life for them.


'They' dont want us to have families and kids -thats part of the agenda, therefore, we should have more...

TheReplacement's picture

7 Billion.  Isn't that enough?  Isn't traffic bad enough?  Isn't it enough to already have morons everywhere? Isn't it enough that nature has disappeared over so much of the planet?  'They' are right.  There are enough of us.  More than enough. 

Advoc8tr's picture

Unfortunately fractional reserve, forced inflation, 'growth' economic structures require an ever increasing base of peasants to keep taking on new debt. Without that system in place there never would have been 7 billion and when it fails there won't be for much longer.

N2OJoe's picture

So your solution to too many morons is for the intelligent, responsible people to stop breeding?

IMO, the only way to change all of this is to do what you can to fight for what's right and raise children with the same values to carry on the fight long after you're gone.

Lore's picture

Re: "There are enough of us.  More than enough."

It's important to cut through Agenda 21 myths if we're to have productive discussion. It will come as a rude awakening to the composers of technocratic bullshit that even THEY are considered part of the herd, expendable useful idiots, hardly a product of special wombs such as those that purportedly distinguish the Top.

Kayman's picture

"""Re: "There are enough of us.  More than enough."""

Naturally none of the proponents want to volunter to start the trend.  Yeah, I thought not.

Ness.'s picture

I call bullshit.  I won't pretend to know your age but I can tell you that every generation will have their crosses to bare.  Your generation will be no different.  When I visited my grandparents I pissed in an outhouse and we didn't have a TV until I was 10.   

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