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Martin Armstrong Warns This Is The Age Of Civil Unrest

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Submitted by Martin Armstrong via ArmstrongEconomics,

All governments had better open their eyes for we are on the brink of a major convergence between both the Cycle of Civil Unrest, Civil War & Revolution and International War. Both of these models converge and as I pointed out at the Cycles of War Conference, this is the first time we have seen this convergence since the 1700s.

This is no plain modern event with civil unrest erupting because of an interconnected world. These are grassroots uprisings cross-fertilized perhaps from a world contagion yet they often have similarities – corrupt governments. Turkey, Ukraine, Thailand, Venezuela and Bosnia-Herzegovina are all middle-income democracies with elected leaders besieged by people angry at misgovernment, corruption and economic sclerosis. These days it is no longer just dictators who have something to fear from the crowd. This is the promise of Marxism that centralized planning and false promises are coming home and governments are too corrupt and incompetent to deliver what they have claimed for decades.


Communism is dead. The socialistic agendas that have lined the pockets of government and filled the coffers of banks is over. The national debts are on average composed of 70% interest payments not programs to help the poor as marketed. The debts that keep growing with no intent upon paying anyone back are draining the national productivity and turning the people into economic slaves. The standard of living has declined and it now takes two incomes to survive where one use to be just fine. Women won the right to work and lost the right to stay home.



The promises that you save for the future have collapsed into dust as interest rates have been driven lower making savings utterly worthless. There is no such thing as saving and living off your fixed income. The elderly are being driven back into the work force and the whole ideas that a generation believed in are vanishing before their eyes.

So it is no longer communists and dictators that are the targets. All governments are now the targets and when the economy turns down after 2015.75, the threat of civilization will be pulled apart by the self-interest of politicians clinging to power to the detriment of the people.

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Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:42 | 4610509 fonestar
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Satoshi can save us!

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:54 | 4610556 MillionDollarBonus_
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The people want government to stop supporting wall street and start supporting the people. It's an absolute disgrace that rich people continue to reap obsene profits when government workers are losing their jobs and pensions, and the poor are at risk of losing their benefits. I stand with the poor against the rich, with the meek against the powerful. Let's re-capture our government from the rich and reignite the peoples' trust in our leaders. 

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:57 | 4610572 disabledvet
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Next up on the target list: "the United States Postal Service."

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:05 | 4610593 TruthInSunshine
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We'll rise to an economic juggernaut of rapid GDP growth, rising real incomes & low unemployment again by the good fortune of King's Candy Crush Saga, come hell or high water.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:06 | 4610603 Oh regional Indian
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No it is not the same for everyone.

The entire world is having a different experience of what is going on, even country-wise, county-wise.

We each can change and only that way have our environment change complimentarily...

to repeat...

The number of levers, locally and globally that are controlled by a single, small group of people makes this the MOST RIGGED game ever.

Yet, similarly, fractally, at every level, there is a trap door out.

Personally, finaicially, socially....

We choose to ignore the big X on the trap door because the un-controllable slide of letting go that follows scares the heck out of us.

Anyone else done one of those super high water slides? Vertically down?



Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:19 | 4610656 Skin666
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Moral of the story: don't play in a rigged game


Gold, silver, bitcoin bitchez

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:44 | 4610762 dontgoforit
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Thought this was "...the dawning of the Age of Aquarius." 

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:29 | 4610903 Wahooo
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Just selling platters, my friend. Sorry to disappoint you.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 21:02 | 4612527 clymer
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mdb - collecting downvotes as usual

(and you were on the upswing for a while with the sarcasm-literate crowd for a spell a while back..)

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:49 | 4611220 CH1
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don't play in a rigged game... Gold, silver, bitcoin bitchez


+ as many clicks as my finger can handle!

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:59 | 4611269 johny2
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These are grassroots uprisings cross-fertilized perhaps from a world contagion yet they often have similarities – corrupt governments. Turkey, Ukraine, Thailand, Venezuela and Bosnia-Herzegovina are all middle-income democracies


stopped right there, it takes lots of faith to look upon these countries as middle class democracies and grassroots uprisings.

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 19:45 | 4619212 Pickleton
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for what we're all facing - and I completely agree with the author,I usually hear the ...lesser intelligent, utter stupid platitudes like 'You cant eat gold and silver'.

I like to respond in my head along the lines - No shit Dick Tracy.  That's why you buy food and other commodities.  The gold and the silver are for rebuilding AFTER The Gods of the copybook headings, with terror and slaughter return...


Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:33 | 4610726 TahoeBilly2012
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Peak socialism meet Peak croneyiam, and then you find some of those are the same people...

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 19:41 | 4612348 Firepower
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When the rich are killed, just make sure to kill them all.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 14:17 | 4611343 Abitdodgie
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The United States Postal service is owned by JP Morgan is it wont be going anywhere for a while.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:05 | 4610595 CCanuck
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Hey MDB, your opening statement is great, all down hill after that. The Bloated gov. workers deserve to lose their jobs, along with the leaders in gov.  You can never re-capture any gov. it is always out of control and abusive to the people it "serves".

Fuck your leaders,

Fuck the Gov.

Fuck all they represent, including yourself.


Mon, 03/31/2014 - 16:55 | 4611835 HardAssets
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Those who financed the Communists also financed the Nazis.

Problem - Reaction - Solution

Cause chaos and pose as the 'savior' when your actions cause things to implode.

Its a very old game that the psychopath control freaks play in order to live as parasites off the population.

Here's a good, short analysis of Machiavelli (you can skip the intro and read down to the analysis of The Prince) :





Mon, 03/31/2014 - 21:00 | 4612523 clymer
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umm, Canuck.. You new around here?

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:20 | 4610662 bagehot99
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You stand with the poor AGAINST the rich? 

What an idiot. Without the rich, there would only be poor. You're clearly an economic illiterate, only able to parrot slogans, not think critically about what you're saying.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:57 | 4611257 RaceToTheBottom
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Long live trickle down.....



Mon, 03/31/2014 - 18:18 | 4612106 HardAssets
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There's 'rich'

and there's RICH


Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:47 | 4610777 kellycriterion
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"the rich"? Are we talking about successful people who provide real goods and services or the people who take what they want and their criminal assoc?

Of course defining "criminal assoc" is increasingly difficult. People and organizations that are net tax payers are dependent on rebates in the new normal.

If "my" corp can get a greater ROI lobbying the government than from capex, then I want it to hire lobbyists. If it can extract money being pumped by the Fed with debt buy backs, dividends, then that's what I expect it to do.

Of course ZeroHero corps buy guns and ammo and shoot it out with the alphabet of government thugocracies. Because of
course they have an Insurrection Clause

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:56 | 4610806 kellycriterion
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Does anyone on these pages ever ask why people are "fooled:" by bogus class warfare? It's because they aren;t fooled at all. It's the low hanging fruit. Go after the people that aren't organized and heavily aremed.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:05 | 4610835 jughead
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What leaders? 

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:13 | 4610854 Notsobadwlad
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I am not a fan of governments creating laws, taxes and regulations so that they can live parasitically off of a minority of productive people.

Similarly, I a not a fan of banks living parasitically, through financialization, off of the minority of productive people.

IMO, collectively (and I am not a progressive/communist ... because that is a false ideology), we should all be working to advance the state of humanity through value adding productive work and MINIMIZING the parasitic activities of banking and government.

Does this mean that I favor the poor over the rich or the rich over the poor? No. There are parasites everywhere at all societal levels and in all walks of life.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:25 | 4611116 samsara
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It's Back

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 14:10 | 4611313 Shizzmoney
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I stand with the poor against the rich, with the meek against the powerful

So did Judas; that is, of course, until the Romans offered him silver to sell out Jesus.  

Now?  All it takes are worthless green pieces of paper!

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 18:53 | 4612215 oncefired
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When the system crashes, the poor will be the first to be taken out because they will be rioting because their EBT cards don't work. Most of the Elite who overlooked gold will lose their security because they have no way to pay them, hence they will be hunted down and taken out rather quickly. The rest will put up a fight or hide. I don't have a lot of hope for you "million", but I can give you some advice: Guns and Ammo, Lock 'N Load

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 20:24 | 4612449 spinone
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I stand for the rule of law, and that no one is above the law.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 20:36 | 4612470 StychoKiller
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So, which side of yer mouth are you speaking out of now?

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 22:23 | 4612723 cpzimmon
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MDB, you have proven that you have no depth to your thought.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:58 | 4610567 Kirk2NCC1701
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Not quite.  Rather, it is the COMBINATION of PM + Crypto_Currencies that can save us from Fiat.  One acts as a Store of Value, the other as a Medium of Exchange.

Because the combination of these allow for a PARALLEL economy.  A FREE economy.

/ But do not think believe logic and reason, until Tyler or the MSM tells you so. / sarc

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:05 | 4610599 Buckaroo Banzai
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In fact, you could even say that the dollar could still play a role acting as the unit of account.

Given that money has three defining characteristics (store of value, medium of exchange, unit of account) it isn't absurd to imagine that many different things could be used together to fulfill the role of money.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:06 | 4610602 Herd Redirectio...
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Well then someone should get busy and combine them.

The intermediary step of having to convert from crypto to dollars to 'store of value' is hurting crypto's chances of being adopted as a medium of exchange, IMO.


Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:31 | 4610716 Magnix
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We have downsized by moving to the smallest house from a $350K house to increase our cash flow and save  up to purchase a land remotely and buy more gold/silver.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:43 | 4610760 caShOnlY
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Satoshi can save us!

will you please stop with your digital madness.   No real currency can derive from a virtual world.  One flip of the internet kill switch and you and satoshi become shitzki.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:45 | 4610962 fonestar
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Cash is digital moron.  It's only been that way for... oh, I dunno.. the past 40 years?

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 14:26 | 4611384 caShOnlY
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Cash is digital moron. It's only been that way for... oh, I dunno.. the past 40 years?

No shit, asswiper, thats when we came off gold.  So why do I want another DIGITAL CURRENCY?

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:03 | 4610827 jughead
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Hai, Dozo!

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:08 | 4610846 IridiumRebel
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Kono hen ni BTCga ariimasuka?

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:53 | 4611237 beaglebog
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Hey, you'll like this, Fonestar.


A British city is adopting its own digital currency. V. interesting.


Am keeping an eye on this ... the city is about 15 miles from me.



Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:07 | 4613945 Constitution First
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Croney Capitalism is the worst of all worlds.

Unfortunately both parties are equally guilty.

Which is why we need a third.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:42 | 4610510 DaddyO
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Another breath of fresh air?!?


Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:43 | 4610512 smithcreek
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So, what did this author have 5 mintues with nothing to do?

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:56 | 4610568 bobnoxy
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Is he saying the American government isn't corrupt because we're capitalists, that only ''Marxist'' economies labor under corrupt leaders?

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:59 | 4610579 disabledvet
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"That commie capitalists suck" I think.

And yes...I agree with that.
"Now say hello to Mother Russia."
This time with FEELING phuckers.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:18 | 4610876 bonin006
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From the chart of US interest payments as % of debt, I would say he is saying the US is right in there with all corrupt governments.

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:48 | 4610514 G-R-U-N-T
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Yep, promises that Politicians never intended to keep! Soon the public sector will be carrying clubs and pitchforks demanding restitution, once Pensions collapse, for the problems that they caused! Keep up the good work Martin, thank you!

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:43 | 4610516 NotApplicable
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And why do these cycles occur? Because they are inevitable due to the fallacy of the external government being a "force for good."

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:10 | 4610604 Quus Ant
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This feels more like the age of discontent.  The age of civil unrest is waiting somewhere in the wings. After all, here we are.

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