Picturing The March Of Tyranny

Tyler Durden's picture

Well-known libertarian cartoonist Ben Garrison has previously summarized the state of the States perfectly in this image. As he describes it - the cartoon "shows how the banking and corporate masters (crony capitalist fascists) control both major parties behind the scenes. They keep us distracted with left vs. right while giving us the illusion that voting for one of the other parties will solve things. It won't." It appears his 'prophecy' has grown more and more the reality in the past years...



Source: Ben Garrison

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Oquities's picture

next time i won't vote at all

kliguy38's picture

YOU AINT in Du Club!!!!......heheheheheh

knukles's picture

"Vote to defeat the club with, by and for club members!"


"The people who vote decide nothing.  The people who count the votes decide everything"
                 - Joseph Stalin


CH1's picture

Fucking brilliant cartoon!

SoberOne's picture

"Unfortunately you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all of our problems. Some of these same voices do their best to gum up the works. They'll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self rule is somehow just a sham with which we can't be trusted." - Firecracker Popsicle

SuperRay's picture

we need a new category in the voting booth - NEITHER!

BobTheSlob's picture

So Left leg, Right leg, and Middle leg?

WeNeedaRealGovt's picture

I bet people in your immediate family have been sterilized.  You seem to be a good candidtate for sterilization yourself.

Tall Tom's picture

Awwww...You do not like the fact that the President's wife is another man? You must be jealous that you cannot parade your boyfriend around like Barry does.


Obama sucks...PENIS. Yes he wants to snuggle up to Michael every night.


WE do not need a real Government. We need to divest ourselves of this obamanation and have no Government at all. (My tax dollars are being used to support Obama's homosexual lifestyle. Fuck that noise!!!)

WeNeedaRealGovt's picture

Your a real moron. You spend way too much time using the word penis.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

lol "your" v "you're" 


Tall Tom's picture

You spend way too much time sucking on your own as you are a spineless autofellator.


We need no Government.

BigJim's picture

I couldn't give a flying fuck about Obama's sexuality... and no, I doubt Michelle is a man, though she is quite mannish.

McCain is heterosexual... would we have been any better under that fascist's rule? No.

Tall Tom's picture

Hell no. McCain promised to continue the war in Iraq and to stay the course.


Obama lied to get the antiwar vote.


The point is that the morals have declined to that level. Without morality there is no hope, Big Jim.

kchrisc's picture

They made that all but impossible after 2000.

I used to go to the polls and cast an empty ballot much to the non-amusement of the "poll judges" there. I figured that that made my vote really "count,” as I showed and “voted” for those I had trust and faith in. I would get my ballot, and walk over directly to the box and deposit it. They would almost always try to intercept me and then stand in bewilderment as I walked out.

After 2000 they put those machines in that allowed the "judges" to handle your now not anonymous ballot as they fed it into a "validation" machined on top of the box.

Well, in 2004 a chained-immigrant descendant that had never missed a meal accosted me for trying to feed my non-punched ballot into the “validation” machine. She was very hostile and grew more so when I explained that smearing my shit on the ballot would be more representative of what I thought.

She accused me of some kind of crime and when I stood my ground a more sensible white "judge" came over and showed the cow how to pass it thru the machine.

I haven't gone near a poll since. Don't even have a clue where my "polling place" is at this new place. Neighbor tried to tell me a while back, and the sheeple got an undesired education on the criminality of voting, participation, in a system that is criminal. LOL

Duffy Duck's picture

this sort of statist platitude would seem to hinge on "self rule" being what we have, does it not?


That’s interesting, because the people who actually began this “brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule” were kind of over-the-top anxious about protecting that experiment from tyranny lurking just around the corner. For example:

John Adams:

“Obsta principiis,” nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. When the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers, and destroyers press upon them so fast, that there is no resisting afterwards.

James Madison, on militarism leading to tyranny:

A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence [against] foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.

George Washington, on tyranny as the result of any erosion of the constitutional separation of powers:

The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism. A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position…If in the opinion of the People the distribution or modification of the Constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed. The precedent must always greatly overbalance in permanent evil any partial or transient benefit which the use can at any time yield.

Madison again, warning about executives who “can’t wait” for Congress to make laws:

The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.

Patrick Henry

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.

Patrick Henry again:

“I am not well versed in history, but I will submit to your recollection, whether liberty has been destroyed most often by the licentiousness of the people, or by the tyranny of rulers? I imagine, sir, you will find the balance on the side of tyranny.”

For good measure, how about a quote from Frederick Douglass, who knew from experience what happens when people turn a blind eye to tyranny like the kind that existed in the antebellum South:

"Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and those will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."

teslaberry's picture

you must kill the right people, and enough of them,  to take charge of counting the votes. 

 ---mao tse-tung. 

insanelysane's picture

There is some sanity to that because voting gives the 2 parties power.  They can say x number of people voted for us therefore we have a mandate.  Voting only mattered when red team or blue team differed.  Big Politics is just professional wrestling for policy wonks.  Not voting is the way to go.  On election day just vote on the questions and not for any politician.

Oquities's picture

voting only encourages them

Oldwood's picture

They can pretty much say anything they want, if we vote or not. They already have the power and voting is only to allow us a sense of a voice.

Everything is about manipulation and pacification now. Yes it will precipitate some radicalism, but as with past totalitarian takeovers, it is a necessary part of the assimilation process. Think of it like a nuclear centrifuge, spinning faster and faster, separating the "heaver" elements.

Same as its ever been.

Assimilate or separate and be eliminated.

nmewn's picture

"Voting only mattered when red team or blue team differed."


Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

if voting actually changed anything, they'd make it illegal

Mark twain

Raging Debate's picture

Greenskeeper - Twain reminds us things do run in cycles. With the advent of speedy railroads and the telegraph the wealthiest and politicians take advantage first and with rapid concentrated wealth comes power.

"The Era of Mean" was a good book I read about the railroad tycoon era.

Anusocracy's picture

How did it matter to one who wished to be free from either group's beliefs.

Would a Christian enjoy a choice between living under Islamic or Hindu beliefs? Or an atheist enjoy living under a choice of any theocratic belief systems?

Why do most people have to force everyone else live according TO WHAT THEY THEMSELVES BELIEVE even though the others may not share the same beliefs?

nmewn's picture

Why are you describing "democracy" to me instead of a republic? ;-)

Anusocracy's picture

I'm for freedom, not differently named forms of enslavement.

nmewn's picture

Well so am I.

So here we sit, with fully half the population dependent/enslaved to government for something, 80% of corporations dependent/enslaved to government for everything and us (the forty nine percent) saying WTF just happened.

Its about the right time isn't it?

gallistic's picture

I guess we couldn't keep it.

Republic, that is....

nmewn's picture

Ben was prescient, apparently not, not this time anyways ;-)

Radical Marijuana's picture

"Big Politics is just professional wrestling for policy wonks."


In professional wrestling, kayfabe is the portrayal of staged events within the industry as "real" or "true," specifically the portrayal of competition, rivalries, and relationships between participants as being genuine and not of a staged or pre-determined nature. Kayfabe has also evolved to become a code word of sorts for maintaining this "reality" within the realm of the general public. Kayfabe was long held as a closely guarded secret within the professional wrestling industry; however, with the advent of the Internet, it has evolved into an open secret in the industry that is generally only adhered to during shows.


Kayfabe By Eric R. Weinstein

... Evolutionary biologists ... emphasized that it is deception rather than information that often plays the decisive role in systems of selective pressures. ...

LibertarianMenace's picture

Old news- I've long ago held that pro wrestling is the only honest sport left in these disunited states. Moreover, Werner Heisenberg came across this years ago, and i'm paraphrasing: once you recognize it's fakery, you can consider that fakery half-removed.

Radical Marijuana's picture

Yes, that is old news.

The March of Tyranny began more as a crawl, before it became a walk, while then it became a sprint towards taking a flying leap.


Century of Enslavement:

The History of The Federal Reserve

That hour and a half documentary starts off with the deliberate lying by omission about "money." The most important social facts are not merely that the monetary system is based on enforced frauds, but also, for generation after generation, the vast majority of people have adapted to that by developing the attitude that they do not want to know! Therefore, in my view, that more that one learns about The March to Tyranny, the worst that gets, because there are no reasonable grounds whatsoever to doubt that runaway fascist plutocracy juggernaut building a fascist police state is going to slow down, much less stop, especially since the vast majority of people have been successfully conditioned to not want to think about the fundamental issues.

So far, while I have seen overwhelming evidence of things getting worse, faster, I have never yet seen anything which would indicate public responses to that which would not only make things continue to get worse, faster. The fake "democracy" is already practically dead. It is practically impossible to imagine any realistic circumstances under which there could be any genuine alternatives worth voting for. There are no feasible ways to imagine how there could be anything else than a fake democracy, in which the only choices were between bad versus worse.

None of the radical truths which would be necessary to begin to understand how and why The March to Tyranny has become completely dominate have any hope in hell of being presented to the general public, much less being voted for. None of the most important issues are on the public radar or public sonar. None of the established "choices" between Tweedledee vs Tweedledum ever talk about anything that matters, in any ways that put the actually important issues into proper perspective, because the established systems already have everything sufficient sewed up by the social facts that the overwhelming vast majority of people are already incompetent political idiots, that want to stay that way.

The ruling classes have been so successful, for so long, in controlling civilization through systems of legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, that only a trivial percentage of the population is aware of the real nature of the problems, while an even smaller percentage of that small percentage has any reasonably coherent ways of even theoretically coping with those situations, rather then merely spouting the same old-fashioned impossible ideals, despite that those have never worked before, but rather tend to actually make the opposite happen in the real world, because the only significant opposition is controlled opposition. The established systems have carefully and craftily been set up so that there is nothing but the illusion of choices. However, learning about that does not give one any better choices, since not participating only continue to provide tacit support to the March to Tyranny.

According to all my political experiments, and court cases related to those political activities, that I have engaged in for thirty years, the March to Tyranny is more like a runaway train wreck, or a runaway steamroller, which is going to continue to get way worse, while there are no feasible ways to do anything else than wait and watch that happen, because there is no doubt that the vast majority of people have become such totally incompetent political idiots, that there is practically no way to do anything to stop the March to Tyranny from continuing to fleece those Zombie Sheeple to exhaustion, and then slaughter them.

My conclusion, after spending several decades learning as much as I could about the roles of money in the political processes, is that doing that was almost totally a waste of time, because the bottom line continues to actually be that about 99% of the people act like Zombie Sheeple, in such a way that there are absolutely no good reasons to doubt that the March to Tyranny will automatically continue to get more and more criminally insane than it already is! The only thing that Picturing The March to Tyranny does is demonstrate more clearly that there is nothing which could actually be done now that was not too little, too late, and too trivial to matter much.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

im still going to vote, just so i can vote against all the fucking sales tax increases they are always putting on the ballot "for the children" where i live, but i do believe im done voting for these clowns. That just implies consent. Ron paul isnt running again, the rest of them can kiss my ass

LetThemEatRand's picture

Funny how there's never a high frequency trading tax on the ballot. 

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

Ha no there isn't, but there is always setting on there about increasing some tax that's going to 'help the children' which means give teachers unions more money. We spend more than we've ever spent on schools, and they keep on getting worse and worse, and we are supposed to believe they are underfunded. Don't really know what a tax on HFTs would do. In general, I'm against anything that gives the govt more money. It might make me feel good to see these fuckers pay up, but the govt will undoubtably use the money for something I don't agree with either so it would kinda be counterproductive. Welfare handouts( corporate and the FSA) or some new war we will probably be embarking on somewhere in the near future. I'll pass on giving them more money.

Duffy Duck's picture

or increasing capital gains to equivalent income tax rates, or a tax on financial transactions over a certain size generally... or saving hundreds of billions by the simple act of restoring the issuing power to the federl government so that it can, at very least, issue fiat which is debt-free at issuance...and not have to go through megabank middlemen to acquire new debt-fiat...

But you have to bear in mind, most of this country will happily vote for the presumptively awful GOP candidate, while even more will vote for the presumptively worse Hillary for no compelling reason at all.

So really, who are we trying to save?

LibertarianMenace's picture

Taxes are a legislative function, too important for riff-raff like us to decide, so outright omission is the preferred technique. Burying an important issue in a primary of an off year election is another. Nobody can say the prop was never floated to the public. Anther successful example of .guv hiding something in plain sight.

Offthebeach's picture

1790's we were free and there was near no Feral Government to speak of. Each Congressional Representative represented 50,000 people.
Today countless administratve agencies make their own laws, arrest you with masked, secret SWAT Gestapo.
Laws, regulations, taxes, codes, rules are countless.
We have not more representation, but ten times by population less. By Feral Government power growth we have even less. Something like 10,000 times less representation. Maybe factors less then that.

We are not free and are not effectivly represented.

Anusocracy's picture

"We are not free" was all you needed.

laomei's picture

The only meaningful vote is the one made from the rooftops.

dumby's picture

"Vote for GOOD COP!"

"BAD COP is .... bad"

balolalo's picture

The only way we will ever beat them is by refusing to participate, and create our own system.   


tarsubil's picture

Conversation I had a week ago:

Girl: "You don't vote?! You have to vote. People died so you could vote and it is so important."

Me: "Some people died for my God given rights that are in the Bill of Rights, yes. But since then the government has systematically violated those rights and in the last 100 years all of the original God given rights stated as sacrosanct in the Bill of Rights have been violated. So the government is violating something that it itself admits is untouchable so it is illegitimate. When you vote, you say it is legitimate. So really you should not vote and that way tell them they are no longer legitimate." 

Girl and entire table of people: *crickets*

booboo's picture

El Duce and a half coming to a town near you.

maskone909's picture

Interesting there is alot of impeachment and anti israel chatter throughout the msm lately. Im sure its just cynicism ;-p