Pitchfork Time? "Elites Have Lost Their Healthy Fear Of The Masses"

Tyler Durden's picture

The following reader comment, posted originally in the FT is a must read, both for the world's lower and endangered middle classes but especially the members of the 1% elite because what may be coming next could be very unpleasant for them.

Elites have lost their healthy fear of the masses


Sir, Martin Wolf (“The losers are in revolt against the elite”, Comment, January 27) and Andrew Cichocki (“Elites are listening to the wrong people”, Letters, January 29) skirt the key issue: global elites have lost a healthy sense of fear.


From the time of the French Revolution until the collapse of communism, what successive generations of elites had in common was a sense of fear of what the aggrieved masses might do. In the first half of the 19th century they worried about a new Jacobin Terror, then they worried about socialist revolution on the model of the Paris Commune of 1871. One reason for the first world war was a growing sense of complacency among European elites. Afterwards they had plenty to worry about in the form of international communism, which remained a bogey until the 1980s.


With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the spread of global capitalism, today’s elites have lost the sense of fear that inspired a healthy respect for the masses among their predecessors. Now they can despise them as losers, as the aristocracy of ancien régime France despised the peasants who would soon be burning their châteaux. Surely today’s elites are going to learn how to fear before we see any reversal of the recent concentration of wealth and power.

Is it time for pitchforks to restore the natural orders of fear yet?

h/t @WallStCynic

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Looney's picture

Is it time for pitchforks to restore the natural orders of fear yet?

Oh, honey, I thought you’d never ask…  ;-)


Goliath Slayer's picture
Goliath Slayer (not verified) Looney Feb 3, 2016 5:10 PM

How they turned us into Pavlov Dogs >> http://wp.me/p4OZ4v-1zD

Stuck on Zero's picture

It's hard to get rid of most of the elites because they have tenure. 

tarabel's picture



And most people wouldn't have the faintest idea of where to buy, or more probably rent, a pitchfork anyhow.

As for torches? What, are you crazy? Those things are dangerous and would void our insurance policy.

bamawatson's picture

will goldman sucks n shitty bank loan me money to purchase a pitchfork? http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/02/03/update-fec-informs-ted-cr...

rocker's picture

I'd like a Cattle Prod.  You got to believe Homeland is reading this one.

CapnJackDaniel's picture

Nice, but a little quick donchathink?

nmewn's picture

Time will be of the essence ;-)

Future Jim's picture

Elites are afraid of socialism and communism?!

The Elites are the ones who created and spread such collectivism because collectivism is how they control the masses, and they make the masses think they are afraid of it so that the masses will demand it. The masses demand to be enslaved by socialism and communism. They are being played.

Elites only fear the free-market. That is why we don't have one.

AldousHuxley's picture

It really doesn't matter what *ism society embraces. What matters more is is the power elite greedy enough to sell out their own kind?



Future Jim's picture

If you think that freedom is just another ism, then you have been played.

It is not about greed. It is about power and control. Money is just a means to that end.

Their own kind? You mean their own race ... their own nation ... their own religion ... ?

CapnJackDaniel's picture

Nice, but a little quick donchathink?

Cadavre's picture

And a roasting spit and rope to tie em by the ankle to the cherry trees lining the national mall, Musollini style. Urinals hanging from cherry trees. Only in America.

One does wonder how inbreds surrounded by expensive advisors so easily lost any shred of fight-o-flight survival skills. Guess the extra bling allows them to dream false dreams.

eforce's picture

The ones who think they are 'top dog' are about to find out the hard way, there is something much bigger at work...

"6. The people, under our guidance, have annihilated the aristocracy, who were their one and only defense and foster-mother for the sake of their own advantage which is inseparably bound up with the well-being of the people. Nowadays, with the destruction of the aristocracy, the people have fallen into the grips of merciless money-grinding scoundrels who have laid a pitiless and cruel yoke upon the necks of the workers.

7. We appear on the scene as alleged saviours of the worker from this oppression when we propose to him to enter the ranks of our fighting forces - socialists, anarchists, communists - to whom we always give support in accordance with an alleged brotherly rule (of the solidarity of all humanity) of our social masonry. The aristocracy, which enjoyed by law the labor of the workers, was interested in seeing that the workers were well fed, healthy, and strong. We are interested in just the opposite - in the diminution, the killing out of the goyim. Our power is in the chronic shortness of food and physical weakness of the worker because by all that this implies he is made the slave of our will, and he will not find in his own authorities either strength or energy to set against our will. Hunger creates the right of capital to rule the worker more surely than it was given to the aristocracy by the legal authority of kings.

8. By want and the envy and hatred which it engenders we shall move the mobs and with their hands we shall wipe out all those who hinder us on our way."

--The Protocols

Mr. Universe's picture

The thing is that there are going to be a LOT of folks who thought they were elites. Instead they will be thrown under the bus of the approaching hoards to slow them down while the real elites make sure no one escapes that shouldn't be.

They no longer fear the masses as they control the cops and the narrative. What will really work and is almost unstoppable is the ghost in the machine. Seemingly random acts of sabatoge, just think if the internet went down for even 2 or 3 days. Who would it hurt most, average folk or ? I have a dream...

css1971's picture

Sternly worded letters will be flying thick and fast.

indygo55's picture

A torch might mess up my nails


tarabel's picture



And you'll need new shoes cause those definitely don't match.

Serfs Up's picture

My time.  It is coming.

Sages wife's picture

I remember getting on ZeroHedge one day and the lead story was on Sage Kelly's low-brow adventures, and I said to myself, "It ain't pretty, but today is going to be MY day".

chunga's picture

I don't know what to think about it anymore. It doesn't take an autopsy to find out if Lavoy was shot in the pockets. The family knows already if that's what happened.

Lorca's Novena's picture

Lol those guys are so blackwater.... It is illegal to have a standing "army" on 'murrican soil. Private for hire jagoffs arent. And no, it wasnt the national guard.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) chunga Feb 3, 2016 9:44 PM

60% of the people who live in Burns work for the BLM.

Looney's picture

Oops!  ;-)


alexcojones's picture

I think Pitchforks are way too tame.

If this patriot lived today he would be decalared a TERRORIST

The First Hero of the American Revolution
Mark Mywords's picture
Mark Mywords (not verified) Feb 3, 2016 5:06 PM

"Surely today’s elites are going to learn how to fear before we see any reversal of the recent concentration of wealth and power."

Surely, you jest. The proles won't attack the elites. They won't be able to find them, or get to where they live.

Tyler(s), you need to stop posting such meaningless tripe. When the serfs rise up, they will attack what is around them. As always.

bbq on whitehouse lawn's picture

The internet doesnt forget or forgive transgressions. Sins of the father shall be paid for by their sons.
"Where are you going to run, where are you going to hide; no where because there is no where left to run to." - Body snatchers

tarabel's picture



I think you are correct so far as you take your argument. Yes, they will START on their own neighborhoods.

The depth of the fall can be graphed against how far they will go afterwards. 

SDShack's picture

You are more correct then you know. It's not how far they go afterwards, but WHO becomes the mob afterwards. Someone on ZH a few weeks back said something that went like this... When black people riot, they destroy their neighborhood. When brown people riot, they destroy their city. When yellow people riot, they destroy their country. But when white people riot, they destroy entire continents. Real change seldom happens unless the mob expands well beyond just the poorest minority base. 

El Vaquero's picture

Then we just cut their supply lines. 

knotjammin2's picture

It is our son's and daughter's who protect the elitist assholes.  We know where they built their bugouts and landing strips.  We built them.  We know where the air vents are for their underground bunkers.  We built them.  We know where the diesel tanks are to power their generators and you can't hide solar panels.  No, we know where there going and how to get to them.  Soon!!

Mr. Universe's picture

Now you know why the hawaiian's, when they sent a worker down the side of a cliff to bury the chiefs bones in that space reserved for the Ali'i, they "accidently" let go of the rope while he was climbing back up...oopppps, sorry bout 'dat brah.

indygo55's picture

"The proles won't attack the elites. They won't be able to find them, or get to where they live."

Oh you mean like the French Revolution or the Chinese Revolution? Like that?

LooseLee's picture

See my comment and 'Mark My Words' Sterling....

HardAssets's picture

No, the proles do little of substance. But, the time is reached when even their paid off guard dogs will be tired of the insanity that destroys their own extended families. (The psychopaths can't help but push it to the extremes. That is their egotistical nature. Theyve been indulged since they were infants.) When that day of reckoning comes, the criminals will be very afraid.

The EU 'leadership' bringing in massive outside foreign populations to destroy the existing culture and nation-state is a potential match for the fuse of anger. We see police carrying out orders, but what do they really think ? How bad will they let it get ? Even the Red Army troops refused to go along with it all when the grandmas scolded them for taking part in rolling the tanks toward their own people. And those troops said "Nyet, no more of this." And the USSR was no more.

conraddobler's picture

Maybe they haven't played a lot of sims?

I used to love the old sims of feudal japan where you could set your tax rate at whatever you wanted but the higher you set it the more likely you would get a peasant revolt.

What's going on is precisely this:.....   

They have learned how to set the tax rate at whatever percentage won't cause utter chaos and then absolve themselves from said taxes through loopholes AND THEN add on top stealth taxes in the form of currency debasement AND THEN on top of all this they've built a ponzi scheme debt based fiasco that is entirely unsustainable.

I gotta hand it to them they have managed so far to avoid the ire of the peasant class, however methinks that once this shit show rolls into town and starts playing nightly as in reality comes a callin then these same folks are going to need to hide off planet.

Seriously I'd advise them to look into space travel.

WOAR's picture

One of the mechanics of Rome: Total War was that, if you set the tax rate to high, the population growth slowed to almost nothing.

Sound familiar?

Dg4884's picture

A waste of space this article.  I hate hypotheticals...

DipshitMiddleClassWhiteKid's picture

The elites today were related to the elites of yesterdays revolutions 

They have learned and are keeping track of everything and with the advent of big data and lots of computing power, they know how much time they have before SHTF. 


They have quants assessing risk daily, and not just market risk..geopolitical and other stuff. 


They dont fear us because they know they can keep ramping up poisoning of our food and other stupid social media gimmicks.


If all else fails, the jackboots will come out in full force.


They've been testing and training these detention methods for close to 100 years. From the gulags of Russia to the West Bank / Gaza strip today of Israel.....its being tried and trued.


And we're next!





carlnpa's picture

The past nine months have set record monthly background checks.

I believe we as a "group" know and feel our existence is in danger, and are responding accordingly.  

DipshitMiddleClassWhiteKid's picture

the scary thing is..with all of the new dragnet spying tech they have, there will be no mass round up. 


they can pick off those who mouth off too much on the internet and no one would know they'd be gone. 


the sad part is, most people give away all their info on social media so they dont even need court orders. 


alexcojones's picture

Certainly a patriot CANNOT do it through the ballot box,

Iowa: Days before the Iowa caucuses in 2012, Ron Paul held a commanding lead in the polls and all the momentum, with every other candidate having peaked from favorable media coverage and then collapsed under the ensuing scrutiny. Establishment Republicans, like Iowa’s Representative Steve King (R), attempted to sabotage Paul’s campaign by spreading rumors he would lose to Obama if nominated. . .  Iowa Governor Terry Barnstad told Politico , “[If Paul wins] people are going to look at who comes in second and who comes in third. If Romney comes in a strong second, it definitely helps him going into New Hampshire”. The message from the Iowa Governor to voters of his state was: a vote for Ron Paul was a wasted vote.

How the Republican Party Stole the Nomination from Ron