Self-Reliance And "Vive La Revolution"

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Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog,

It’s pretty ironic that I have two visitors right now in my home– one from Ukraine and the other from Thailand.

Both of their countries are in the midst of chaotic turmoil right now, characterized by riots and violent clashes between protestors and police.

It reminds me of the old quote from Louis XVI upon being informed in 1789 that the French people had stormed the Bastille. The King asked, “Is it a revolt?”

“No, sire,” the duke replied, “It is a revolution.”

People in both of these countries have reached their breaking points. In Ukraine especially, economic conditions have deteriorated in almost spectacular form.

History is packed with examples of how people rise up in the streets whenever economic conditions deteriorate.

The French Revolution in 1789 is one famous example; the French people finally reached their breaking points after nearly starving to death.

The 2011 Egyptian Revolution and entire Arab Spring movement is a similar example.

In fact, a 2011 study from the New England Complex Systems Institute showed a clear statistical correlation between social unrest and (specifically) food prices. The higher food prices get, the greater the chances of riots and revolution.

This is not a condition exclusive to the developing world; it is a fundamental human trait to provide for one’s family.

And while human beings will take a lot of crap from their governments– stupid regulations, higher taxes, erosion of freedom, and even inflation– the moment that a man is no longer able to put food on the table for his family, revolution foments.

Europe and the US are not immune to this. And with deteriorating wealth gaps, 50%+ youth unemployment, unchecked government power, and a system that disproportionately favors the elite, the conditions are ripe.

The main difference is that Westerners have been brainwashed into believing that the civilized people voice their grievances in a voting booth rather than doing battle in the streets.

It’s a false premise. Unfortunately, so is violent revolution.

As my dictionary so perfectly defines, “revolution” has two meanings.

First, it can denote an overthrow of a sitting government, whether violent or ‘bloodless’.

But in celestial terms, ‘revolution’ denotes a complete orbit around a fixed axis. In other words, after one revolution, you end up right back where you started.

So whether violent or non-violent, or whether in a voting booth or on the streets, revolutions put a country right back where it started.

In the French revolution, people traded an absolute monarch in Louis the XVI for a genocidal dictator in Robespierre for a military dictator in Napoleon.

In 1917, the Russians traded Tsarist autocracy for Communist autocracy.

In 2011, Egyptians traded Hosni Mubarak for Mohamad Hussein Tantawi (who subsequently suspended the Constitution), for Mohamed Morsi (who as President awarded himself unlimited powers), for yet another coup d’etat.

All of this is because of a knee-jerk reaction– ‘if our country is having major problems, we should throw the bums out and let the man on the white horse take over.’

This creates a never-ending cycle in which the fundamental problems perpetuate.

It’s not about any single person or group of people. It is the system itself that needs changing.

In our system we award a tiny elite with the power to kill, steal, wage war, educate our children, and conjure unlimited quantities of paper money out of thin air.

This is just plain silly. And antiquated. We’re not living in the Middle Ages anymore where we need kings to tell us what to do, knights to keep the peace, and serfs to do all the work (and enrich the nobles).

Yet this is not too far from the system we have today.

The real answer is within ourselves. As Ron Paul told our audience in Santiago last year, become less dependent on the government and more self-reliant:


This idea is beginning to resonate with more and more people who are increasingly disgusted with the system… and all parties.

With our modern technology, transportation, and access to information, we have all the tools available to do this.

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Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:20 | 4454540 fonestar
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Just buy Bitcoin and Litecoin.  The self-reliants will rely on you.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:25 | 4454561 DoChenRollingBearing
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Include gold and some CA$H!

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:26 | 4454565 fonestar
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Will include some cash so my virtual grandkids can see what sheeple used to use for money.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:31 | 4454584 DoChenRollingBearing
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"...virtual grandkids..."  Real grandkids will be even more impressed.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:37 | 4454611 macholatte
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50 Trillion Zimbabwe Dollars


Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:43 | 4454639 Arius
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The King asked, “Is it a revolt?”

“No, sire,” the duke replied, “It is a revolution.”


yeah right ... those revolutions ... are all the same, copy cat ... the best money can buy!

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 20:10 | 4454937 manofthenorth
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“for those who would joyously march in rank and file, they have already earned my contempt, for they were given a large brain by accident when a spinal chord would have sufficed.”

Albert Einstein

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 20:14 | 4454950 Hacked Economy
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A few years ago, when the first batches of Zims were becoming available on eBay (and for super-cheap), I got one of each denominational coin and paper bill.  $1 to $25 coins, and $1, $10, $100, etc. bills...all the way up to the infamous $100 Trillion granddaddy.  Each was pristine, uncirculated, and in a nice plastic protector.

Now I have them available for viewing when I give an ocassional class or group lecture on hyperinflation.  :)

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 19:26 | 4454799 stant
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grand kids will be true success. with generational wealth and knowledge to use it

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:28 | 4454571 zorba THE GREEK
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The comeback of the guillotine is overdue.

In the meantime please pass the cake.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 19:15 | 4454760 Larry Dallas
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Not here. Not today. Perhaps the students who are unemployed and burdened in debt. Not the useless fattys on their mobile scooters now and oxygen masks. I think the gov't is looking for an excuse - any excuse - to cull that herd...


Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:34 | 4454595 Sheikhspeare
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"A fool thinks himself to be wise..." - William Shakespeare



Wed, 02/19/2014 - 20:40 | 4455043 Hacked Economy
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"Professing to be wise, they became fools..."

- Romans 1:22 (NKJV)

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:40 | 4454626 tip e. canoe
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give me a holler when i can buy spelt seed for bitchits.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:44 | 4454645 fonestar
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Sure fonestar will sell you some speed for Bitcoins right now.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:53 | 4454673 tip e. canoe
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sorry, don't do that synthetic shit.

only gmo-free for me, thanks tho.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:54 | 4454678 fonestar
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Oh sorry, spelt seed!  fonestar sees now, was trying to read too fast.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 19:26 | 4454800 tip e. canoe
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no worries, the clock is ticking, i know.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 19:12 | 4454749 JLee2027
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Westerners have been brainwashed into believing that the civilized people voice their grievances in a voting booth

??? First I've heard of this. Really?

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 20:21 | 4454979 dow jones 20000
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this is far and away the most idiotic thing you've ever written on this site.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:20 | 4454543 LawsofPhysics
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Fuck off Simon.  Remember when a reverse repo of more than 50 billion meant the sky was falling?  83 billion repo today, not a word...

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:32 | 4454585 LawsofPhysics
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Dollars coming home, Fed soaking them up as fast as they can, got popcorn?

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:51 | 4454657 LawsofPhysics
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I wonder what the capacity for soaking up these dollars really is?  Probably as infinite as the creation of them in the first place (they are only fiat after all).  Hyperinflation?

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 19:02 | 4454708 Rafferty
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Seems to be infinite.  I've been expecting this baby to blow for the last three years yet it's still going as strong as ever.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 19:06 | 4454724 Winston Churchill
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They have to give good collateral for those r/r',not
toxic RMBS.So it has to be UST's.
So no, this game is definitely finite not another
shell game.
Hoist on their own petard ,is apt I think if this
gets out of hand.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:44 | 4454641 fuu
Wed, 02/19/2014 - 19:10 | 4454739 kito
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History is packed with examples of how people rise up in the streets whenever economic conditions deteriorate.


and then there is simon, the little bitch who runs away from the bully, straight upstairs to the window of his parents house, talking shit to the bully in the street. 


simon black, you are a pussy. 

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 21:34 | 4455256 SoberOne
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Tell him how you REALLY feel!

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:20 | 4454544 scrappy
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If we build a “Common Law” Grand Jury, the people will come.


It is a non partisan group seeking to restore common law as a way to address our political crisis. Please consider joining us.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 19:03 | 4454674 john39
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maybe, maybe not...  in times of chaos, the truly sick hidden among us can run rampant...   common law jury could quickly descend into something like a maoist struggle session.  It all depends on the quality of the people involved.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 19:32 | 4454834 123dobryden
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, but he saved Exactly that is the point, ...talking about Ukraine, durring the previous civil war, there was Nestor Makhno, anarchist, charizmatic, peasant military strategist with extraordinary leadership skills, he was able to kept big part of ukraine under his influence just with his insurgent army and stolen weapons, as he sign pact with bolshewicks, he was doomed, ended up in paris as a factory worker in renault....


If he would succeedand comunists which he fought would get beaten russian revolution could really become a great liberating force and everything could be different...


but he saved comunist ass and to say thank you comunist stabbed him in the back

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:22 | 4454552 Smegley Wanxalot
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Can't these fuckers just let us eat cake?

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:27 | 4454563 Overfed
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While Simon's article may be crap, I will say this: Paul/Farage 2016!     Wishful thinking......I would pay good $ to hear/see Farage berating Shitlery, Kohn, McStain, Swinestein, et. al., to their faces. Gawd, that would be beautiful.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:35 | 4454600 Overfed
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I guess we have a Swinestein or McStain voter in the crowd.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 19:04 | 4454717 Rafferty
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What?? Where?  Get him quick!

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:28 | 4454572 Spastica Rex
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Count De Monet: Sire - it is said that the peasants are revolting!

King: You said it; they stink on ice!

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 22:19 | 4455441 janus
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that was flat-out funny.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:34 | 4454592 GooseShtepping Moron
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The French Revolution in 1789 is one famous example; the French people finally reached their breaking points after nearly starving to death.

I understand the point being made, but this the same old WASPish line of crap. The condition of the French peasantry in 1789 was superior to that of anywhere else in Europe. The Godless revolt against Throne and Altar of 1789 was fomented by the disaffected sons of the bourgeoisie.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:36 | 4454606 johny2
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funny how after french revolution came to be central bank of france. what a coincidence!

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 19:05 | 4454722 Rafferty
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And the leaders were all Freemasons.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 19:21 | 4454777 johny2
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Viva la Revolution! 

And Napoleon did like Russia too. 

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:48 | 4454658 Spastica Rex
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Wow - you were able to distill all the complexities of the French Revolution into a three sentence paragraph. You should be a public school teacher.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 19:04 | 4454715 GooseShtepping Moron
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Spending three sentences to refute a one-sentence canard is not quite a dereliction of intellectual rigor. I don't have time to write an essay in every combox. The distinguished readership of Zero Hedge can certainly be counted on to fill in some of the details for themselves, can they not?

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 19:09 | 4454738 Spastica Rex
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Oh, sure. It was a silly little revolution, anyway.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 22:49 | 4455595 janus
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crazy thing, i had it briefly in mind that Hugo (no wasp) had written a 'tale of two cities'...and was about to reply to that effect; and then i suddenly remembered, nope, twas Dickens (the WASP of all waspish writers) who'd penned that weepy (though splendidly written) bit of sentimentality.  and thinking back on the arc of thought what bent the minds of the gallic upper-middle class, i reckon you may have a point.  i believe voltaire was very much en vogue...and other, more provocative, pens were also scratching away.

all that being said, the revolution did seem to have wide-spread public support; and there must be a root to this other than a bunch of foppish enlightenment-era neer-do-wells rebel-rousing in beer halls...there had to be material privation of some meaningful sort.  otherwise, the devout french peasant would never have tolerated the viscous purging of their royals.

as with all things, i imagine it's a blending of both privation and propaganda.

seeds are sown and they sit silent awaiting the perfect conditions.

it was very similar with the russian revolution; not that there's any relevant connection...just sayin.



Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:34 | 4454593 Westcoastliberal
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Can we puleaze stop using the word "elite" to describe those beyond rich motherfuckers who've stolen our money and run our once great country into the fucking ground?  They're not "elite", call them by their real name "maggots"!

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:51 | 4454669 NOTaREALmerican
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Re:  They're not "elite"

Well,  they are pretty elite at screwing people.   The survival of the fittest are generally the elite of society.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:55 | 4454685 logicalman
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I hope all those maggots you just insulted don't crawl up your pants legs!

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 19:20 | 4454772 JLee2027
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How dare you refer to the Honorable John Corzine as a maggot. That is an insult to maggots everywhere, they are God's ultimate picker uppers.


Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:34 | 4454597 Stinko da Munk
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"Ukraine and Thailand are in the midst of chaotic turmoil right now..."

I didn't know they were fighting each other. When did that start? Does John Kerry know about this?

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