The Path To Total Dictatorship: America's Shadow Government And Its Silent Coup

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Submitted by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

“Today the path to total dictatorship in the U.S. can be laid by strictly legal means, unseen and unheard by Congress, the President, or the people. Outwardly we have a Constitutional government. We have operating within our government and political system … a well-organized political-action group in this country, determined to destroy our Constitution and establish a one-party state.... The important point to remember about this group is not its ideology but its organization… It operates secretly, silently, continuously to transform our Government.... This group ... is answerable neither to the President, the Congress, nor the courts. It is practically irremovable.”— Senator William Jenner, 1954 speech

Unaffected by elections. Unaltered by populist movements. Beyond the reach of the law.

Say hello to America’s shadow government.

A corporatized, militarized, entrenched bureaucracy that is fully operational and staffed by unelected officials who are, in essence, running the country, this shadow government represents the hidden face of a government that has no respect for the freedom of its citizenry.

No matter which candidate wins the presidential election, this shadow government is here to stay. Indeed, as recent documents by the FBI reveal, this shadow government—also referred to as “The 7th Floor Group”—may well have played a part in who will win the White House this year.

To be precise, however, the future president will actually inherit not one but two shadow governments.

The first shadow government, referred to as COG or Continuity of Government, is made up of unelected individuals who have been appointed to run the government in the event of a “catastrophe.” COG is a phantom menace waiting for the right circumstances—a terrorist attack, a natural disaster, an economic meltdown—to bring it out of the shadows, where it operates even now. When and if COG takes over, the police state will transition to martial law.

Yet it is the second shadow government—also referred to as the Deep State—that poses the greater threat to freedom right now. Comprised of unelected government bureaucrats, corporations, contractors, paper-pushers, and button-pushers who are actually calling the shots behind the scenes, this government within a government is the real reason “we the people” have no real control over our government.

The Deep State, which “operates according to its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power,” makes a mockery of elections and the entire concept of a representative government.

So who or what is the Deep State?

It’s the militarized police, which have joined forces with state and federal law enforcement agencies in order to establish themselves as a standing army. It’s the fusion centers and spy agencies that have created a surveillance state and turned all of us into suspects. It’s the courthouses and prisons that have allowed corporate profits to take precedence over due process and justice. It’s the military empire with its private contractors and defense industry that is bankrupting the nation. It’s the private sector with its 854,000 contract personnel with top-secret clearances, “a number greater than that of top-secret-cleared civilian employees of the government.” It’s what former congressional staffer Mike Lofgren refers to as “a hybrid of national security and law enforcement agencies”: the Department of Defense, the State Department, Homeland Security, the CIA, the Justice Department, the Treasury, the Executive Office of the President via the National Security Council, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a handful of vital federal trial courts, and members of the defense and intelligence committees.

It’s every facet of a government that is no longer friendly to freedom and is working overtime to trample the Constitution underfoot and render the citizenry powerless in the face of the government’s power grabs, corruption and abusive tactics.

These are the key players that drive the shadow government.

This is the hidden face of the American police state that will continue long past Election Day.

Just consider some of the key programs and policies advanced by the shadow government that will continue no matter who occupies the Oval Office.

Domestic surveillance. No matter who wins the presidential popularity contest, the National Security Agency (NSA), with its $10.8 billion black ops annual budget, will continue to spy on every person in the United States who uses a computer or phone. Thus, on any given day, whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency, whether the NSA or some other entity, is listening in and tracking your behavior. Local police have been outfitted with a litany of surveillance gear, from license plate readers and cell phone tracking devices to biometric data recorders. Technology now makes it possible for the police to scan passersby in order to detect the contents of their pockets, purses, briefcases, etc. Full-body scanners, which perform virtual strip-searches of Americans traveling by plane, have gone mobile, with roving police vans that peer into vehicles and buildings alike—including homes. Coupled with the nation’s growing network of real-time surveillance cameras and facial recognition software, soon there really will be nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.

 

Global spying. The NSA’s massive surveillance network, what the Washington Post refers to as a $500 billion “espionage empire,” will continue to span the globe and target every single person on the planet who uses a phone or a computer. The NSA’s Echelon program intercepts and analyzes virtually every phone call, fax and email message sent anywhere in the world. In addition to carrying out domestic surveillance on peaceful political groups such as Amnesty International, Greenpeace and several religious groups, Echelon has also been a keystone in the government’s attempts at political and corporate espionage.

 

Roving TSA searches. The American taxpayer will continue to get ripped off by government agencies in the dubious name of national security. One of the greatest culprits when it comes to swindling taxpayers has been the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), with its questionable deployment of and complete mismanagement of millions of dollars’ worth of airport full-body X-ray scanners, punitive patdowns by TSA agents and thefts of travelers’ valuables. Considered essential to national security, TSA programs will continue in airports and at transportation hubs around the country.

 

USA Patriot Act, NDAA. America’s so-called war on terror, which it has relentlessly pursued since 9/11, will continue to chip away at our freedoms, unravel our Constitution and transform our nation into a battlefield, thanks in large part to such subversive legislation as the USA Patriot Act and National Defense Authorization Act. These laws completely circumvent the rule of law and the rights of American citizens. In so doing, they re-orient our legal landscape in such a way as to ensure that martial law, rather than the U.S. Constitution, is the map by which we navigate life in the United States. These laws will continue to be enforced no matter who gets elected.

 

Militarized police state. Thanks to federal grant programs allowing the Pentagon to transfer surplus military supplies and weapons to local law enforcement agencies without charge, police forces will continue to be transformed from peace officers into heavily armed extensions of the military, complete with jackboots, helmets, shields, batons, pepper-spray, stun guns, assault rifles, body armor, miniature tanks and weaponized drones. Having been given the green light to probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip and generally manhandle anyone they see fit in almost any circumstance, all with the general blessing of the courts, America’s law enforcement officials, no longer mere servants of the people entrusted with keeping the peace, will continue to keep the masses corralled, controlled, and treated like suspects and enemies rather than citizens.

 

SWAT team raids. With more than 80,000 SWAT team raids carried out every year on unsuspecting Americans by local police for relatively routine police matters and federal agencies laying claim to their own law enforcement divisions, the incidence of botched raids and related casualties will continue to rise. Nationwide, SWAT teams will continue to be employed to address an astonishingly trivial array of criminal activity or mere community nuisances including angry dogs, domestic disputes, improper paperwork filed by an orchid farmer, and misdemeanor marijuana possession.

 

Domestic drones. The domestic use of drones will continue unabated. As mandated by Congress, there will be 30,000 drones crisscrossing the skies of America by 2020, all part of an industry that could be worth as much as $30 billion per year. These machines, which will be equipped with weapons, will be able to record all activities, using video feeds, heat sensors and radar. An Inspector General report revealed that the Dept. of Justice has already spent nearly $4 million on drones domestically, largely for use by the FBI, with grants for another $1.26 million so police departments and nonprofits can acquire their own drones.

 

School-to-prison pipeline. The paradigm of abject compliance to the state will continue to be taught by example in the schools, through school lockdowns where police and drug-sniffing dogs enter the classroom, and zero tolerance policies that punish all offenses equally and result in young people being expelled for childish behavior. School districts will continue to team up with law enforcement to create a “schoolhouse to jailhouse track” by imposing a “double dose” of punishment: suspension or expulsion from school, accompanied by an arrest by the police and a trip to juvenile court.

 

Overcriminalization. The government bureaucracy will continue to churn out laws, statutes, codes and regulations that reinforce its powers and value systems and those of the police state and its corporate allies, rendering the rest of us petty criminals. The average American now unknowingly commits three felonies a day, thanks to this overabundance of vague laws that render otherwise innocent activity illegal. Consequently, small farmers who dare to make unpasteurized goat cheese and share it with members of their community will continue to have their farms raided.

 

Privatized Prisons. States will continue to outsource prisons to private corporations, resulting in a cash cow whereby mega-corporations imprison Americans in private prisons in order to make a profit. In exchange for corporations buying and managing public prisons across the country at a supposed savings to the states, the states have to agree to maintain a 90% occupancy rate in the privately run prisons for at least 20 years.

 

Endless wars. America’s expanding military empire will continue to bleed the country dry at a rate of more than $15 billion a month (or $20 million an hour). The Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety. Yet what most Americans fail to recognize is that these ongoing wars have little to do with keeping the country safe and everything to do with enriching the military industrial complex at taxpayer expense.

Are you getting the message yet?

The next president, much like the current president and his predecessors, will be little more than a figurehead, a puppet to entertain and distract the populace from what’s really going on.

As Lofgren reveals, this state within a state, “concealed behind the one that is visible at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue,” is a “hybrid entity of public and private institutions ruling the country according to consistent patterns in season and out, connected to, but only intermittently controlled by, the visible state whose leaders we choose.”

The Deep State not only holds the nation’s capital in thrall, but it also controls Wall Street (“which supplies the cash that keeps the political machine quiescent and operating as a diversionary marionette theater”) and Silicon Valley.

This is fascism in its most covert form, hiding behind public agencies and private companies to carry out its dirty deeds.

It is a marriage between government bureaucrats and corporate fat cats.

As Lofgren concludes:

[T]he Deep State is so heavily entrenched, so well protected by surveillance, firepower, money and its ability to co-opt resistance that it is almost impervious to change… If there is anything the Deep State requires it is silent, uninterrupted cash flow and the confidence that things will go on as they have in the past. It is even willing to tolerate a degree of gridlock: Partisan mud wrestling over cultural issues may be a useful distraction from its agenda.

In other words, as I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, as long as government officials—elected and unelected alike—are allowed to operate beyond the reach of the Constitution, the courts and the citizenry, the threat to our freedoms remains undiminished.

So the next time you find yourselves despondent over the 2016 presidential candidates, remember that it’s just a puppet show intended to distract you from the silent coup being carried out by America's shadow government.

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tarabel's picture

 

 

One of the quickest ways of counteracting this infection would be to go back to the days of the spoils system, where the winning candidate for President fired all of the previous cronies and brought in his own people.

Permanent bureaucracies are, and always have been, a scourge.

Douglas D. Zaster's picture

Yeah, because no one is more honest than a crony. Just at how it worked for Jackson,  Grant and Regan!

fbazzrea's picture

i expect Trump appreciates the value in bringing his own people onto Team USA.

Tiwin's picture

seems Trump has already enlisted some dregs from the Bush administration, don't get your hopes up!

Hillary for Prison 2016 till death

Douglas D. Zaster's picture

And we all know (((who))) is behind it all, now don't we?!?

George Carlin on who owns America

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iK7FPSFdkEc

VWAndy's picture

 I doubt that very much. Sure there are lots of groups involved.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Douglas D. Zaster Oct 24, 2016 10:16 PM

Freemasonry is (((them))) too, at the very top levels.

MEFOBILLS's picture

Freemasonary became (((them))) when the Oriental lodges invaded the West.  Kabala decapitated the Western Scientific Lodges, and then inserted itself as a parasite. The French revolution iwas first full manifestation of their takeover.

I noticed author of this article did not mention AIPAC, or Wall Street Banker Finance.  Elephant in the room.

If one digs, one will find that most international corporations are tied to finance through their boards and/or outright ownership.

The picture of the Shadow Government is not complete unless money power is factored in. 

Here is a .pdf showing the network of global control:

https://arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/1107/1107.5728v2.pdf

Here are the top 50 and take notice how they are often finance.  Passage of 17'th ammendement and other progressive era reforms (such as FED) allowed U.S. Federalism (states rights) to be usurped by money power, hence creating a powerful central state shadow government.

BARCLAYS PLC GB 6512 SCC 4.05 2 CAPITAL GROUP COMPANIES INC, THE US 6713 IN 6.66 3 FMR CORP US 6713 IN 8.94 4 AXA FR 6712 SCC 11.21 5 STATE STREET CORPORATION US 6713 SCC 13.02 6 JP MORGAN CHASE & CO. US 6512 SCC 14.55 7 LEGAL & GENERAL GROUP PLC GB 6603 SCC 16.02 8 VANGUARD GROUP, INC., THE US 7415 IN 17.25 9 UBS AG CH 6512 SCC 18.46 10 MERRILL LYNCH & CO., INC. US 6712 SCC 19.45 11 WELLINGTON MANAGEMENT CO. L.L.P. US 6713 IN 20.33 12 DEUTSCHE BANK AG DE 6512 SCC 21.17 13 FRANKLIN RESOURCES, INC. US 6512 SCC 21.99 14 CREDIT SUISSE GROUP CH 6512 SCC 22.81 15 WALTON ENTERPRISES LLC US 2923 T&T 23.56 16 BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON CORP. US 6512 IN 24.28 17 NATIXIS FR 6512 SCC 24.98 18 GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP, INC., THE US 6712 SCC 25.64 19 T. ROWE PRICE GROUP, INC. US 6713 SCC 26.29 20 LEGG MASON, INC. US 6712 SCC 26.92 21 MORGAN STANLEY US 6712 SCC 27.56 22 MITSUBISHI UFJ FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. JP 6512 SCC 28.16 23 NORTHERN TRUST CORPORATION US 6512 SCC 28.72 24 SOCIÉTÉ GÉNÉRALE FR 6512 SCC 29.26 25 BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION US 6512 SCC 29.79 26 LLOYDS TSB GROUP PLC GB 6512 SCC 30.30 27 INVESCO PLC GB 6523 SCC 30.82 28 ALLIANZ SE DE 7415 SCC 31.32 29 TIAA US 6601 IN 32.24 30 OLD MUTUAL PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY GB 6601 SCC 32.69 31 AVIVA PLC GB 6601 SCC 33.14 32 SCHRODERS PLC GB 6712 SCC 33.57 33 DODGE & COX US 7415 IN 34.00 34 LEHMAN BROTHERS HOLDINGS, INC. US 6712 SCC 34.43 35 SUN LIFE FINANCIAL, INC. CA 6601 SCC 34.82 36 STANDARD LIFE PLC GB 6601 SCC 35.2 37 CNCE FR 6512 SCC 35.57 38 NOMURA HOLDINGS, INC. JP 6512 SCC 35.92 39 THE DEPOSITORY TRUST COMPANY US 6512 IN 36.28 40 MASSACHUSETTS MUTUAL LIFE INSUR. US 6601 IN 36.63 41 ING GROEP N.V. NL 6603 SCC 36.96 42 BRANDES INVESTMENT PARTNERS, L.P. US 6713 IN 37.29 43 UNICREDITO ITALIANO SPA IT 6512 SCC 37.61 44 DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION OF JP JP 6511 IN 37.93 45 VERENIGING AEGON NL 6512 IN 38.25 46 BNP PARIBAS FR 6512 SCC 38.56 47 AFFILIATED MANAGERS GROUP, INC. US 6713 SCC 38.88 48 RESONA HOLDINGS, INC. JP 6512 SCC 39.18 49 CAPITAL GROUP INTERNATIONAL, INC. US 7414 IN 39.48 50 CHINA PETROCHEMICAL GROUP CO. CN 6511 T&T 39.78
SAE 73's picture

Yes Doug I agree with you. George Carlin had it pegged right down to getting screwed by the big red, white and blue Dick shoved up our asses on a daily basis. The American dream is just complete bullshit. A few will attain it because the big boys have to show that it can happen. It's rigged just like this whole fucking Country is. I've said enough. I think if people really look at our situation it's not good. Hard to beat a SYSTEM that has been around since this Country was founded.

Vatican_cameo's picture

 

We've past the "Point of No Return" on this one.  Nothing short of Putin dropping the Big One on D.C. will remedy this mess.  It's too far entrenched to get rid of it any other way.

Douglas D. Zaster's picture

Is there a fund I can contribute to?!?

Cloud9.5's picture

When the money dies the deep state dies.

VWAndy's picture

 They took over a long time ago. I dont know the exact date but it happened long before any of us were born.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

King James tweaked the Bible.  At least that far. 

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) ToSoft4Truth Oct 24, 2016 10:23 PM

(((Satan))) is the Prince of this world, even Jesus told you that.

Bobby Fisher the chess player hated (((them))) even though he, was sort of,  born one.

He said "i was looking at old paintings and the Devil looked just like a Jew!"

 

ToSoft4Truth's picture

The power of evangelism. 

 

The Era of Jesus created the West.

 

Krungle's picture

So all those greedy, blood-thirsty Christians that colonized the entire world were just fiction? And what is with the invoking of fictional characters? Yeah, your skygod created an entire planet, but everything outside of the Levant, and then outside of Christiandom were all non-player characters eh? The goyim victimhood is so pathetic. Even if we accept the "Jews control everything" story, we cannot ignore that every group of non-hunter gatherer humans throughout history has been eventually hijacked by sociopaths. This is not a trait unique to Jews, whatever you poor, dispossed Goyim may believe. Christianity has way too much blood on it's hands to go with this stupid victimology. Humans suck. All of them. You'd best learn this or else should the current regime crumble (and it will, as all before it have), if you replace it with another group, they too will become ruled by sociopaths. Until you create a society that is structured in a way that sociopathy is always a losing strategy, you'll get to the same place every time. It would also help if we stopped invoking fucking fictional skygods all the time. We're in 2016. Get with the times, don't you know you're in a goddamn computer simulation Neo?

MEFOBILLS's picture

Any sort of religion that sanctions psychopathy should be indicted.

One can find all kinds of KILL KILL KILL and misogny in Talmud, and Koran.  The Torah and Old testament have plenty also.

BUUUUT.  New Testament supercedes the old.  Supecession completes the old testament.

Ergo, any Christian doing psychopathic deeds tends to emphasize old testament, which is against supercession.

Guess which (((tribe))) is constantly messing with the Christian bible, especially to emphasize the old testament.

Scofield bible was funded maneuvered into existence by our zionist (((tribal))) friends, thus creating Zionist Christians.  Calvanism was funded by stock capital out of Amsterdamn and if I had a better memory, I could tell you the exact (((people))) who did it.  They also printed bibles to give to British in an attempt to paint their (((tribe))) in a good light, to then re-enter England.  This finally culminated in BOE in 1694, then shortly after the incursion into America via finance means.  The full takeover in 1913 was helped along with Woodrow Wilson.

And, oh yeah - Woodrow was bribed and coereced by our (((friends))).  Let's see, Woodrow also had his handlers (((Colonel House))) and of course the election was split with Bull Moose funded by (((Guess who?))).

Yeah, lets blame Christianity, when at least it TRIES to do the right thing.

Christianity has nothing like Kol Niedre, which sanctions cheating, lying, and murder.  Islam has its analogs like Taqiyya, so it is little better than Talmudism.  Both of these middle eastern semite constructs are psychopathic wetware, and they make civilization malfunction.

 

roadhazard's picture

They don't like common sense talk on ZH.

johnwburns's picture

Eisenhower warned of it so assume after Eisenhower. 

Ms No's picture

It had to have been well underway in the states by then or he wouldn't have had anything to warn us about.  They spread out and infiltrate.  Once they had the big bank they still had to infiltrate and dismantle everything else.  You can see this mechanism to this day.  That's why they are always changing their names and occasionally religious affiliation.  They obviously aren't doing this for fear of their lives, as they are very well protected and have next to no opposition, but because they have clandestine motives. 

I saw recently that Maduro's (I'm not a fan) main opposition was from the usual stock.  This individual was charged for the coup against Chavez but then got out of it.  The NY times printed an article about a Venezuala state paper saying that "Zionism is the problem".  They will be in charge when Venezuela falls, if they are not already, just watch.  Look to the Ukraine and it's the same thing.  It's a constant repeating pattern.  Soros, Rothschild and others have been right out in the open lately.  There are psychopaths in any race but they perfected it and were better organized.  These are tight knit family group no doubt and likely the Rothschilds are the head of the beast..

"Capriles Radonski is of Sephardi Jewish and Ashkenazi Jewish descent; his grandparents immigrated from Russia and Poland during World War II...Capriles’s father was a successful businessman.  In the 1950s, he helped launch Kraft Foods' entry into Venezuela by inviting the vice-president of its Nabisco subsidiary and persuading him to invest in the country. His maternal grandparents, Andrés Radonski and Lili Bochenek, migrated to Venezuela in 1947. Andrés was an engineer active in the cinema business in Poland; he opened his first cinema several years later in the eastern city of Puerto La Cruz. The company operated under the name Circuito Radonski. It was merged in 1998 alongside Venefilms and Grupo Blanco to create the country's largest cinema chain, Cinex....

Chávez returned to the presidency on 13 April 2002. Capriles then faced charges as a result of the attacks at the embassy. In March 2004, Danilo Anderson publicly declared that Capriles would be arrested; the warrant was annulled in early April.... 

The Wall Street Journal said that Capriles "was exposed in a campaign in Venezuela's state-run media, which insinuated he was, among other things, a homosexual and a Zionist". A 13 February 2012 opinion article published on the web site of the state-owned Radio Nacional de Venezuela, titled "The Enemy is Zionism" mentioned Capriles' Jewish ancestry and a meeting he had held with local Jewish leaders, saying, "This is our enemy, the Zionism that Capriles today represents ..."

This guy will be in control of Venezuela and their oil.  It's the same pattern over and over and over again.  And none of it is a coincidence.  What's weird is that they are exposing themselves rather than using agents like Rockefeller as they have in the past and can easily do now.  If it wasn't for this they likely would never have been exposed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henrique_Capriles_Radonski

TahoeBilly2012's picture

We need some bigger caliber shit man, they got us outgunned.

HRH of Aquitaine's picture
HRH of Aquitaine (not verified) TahoeBilly2012 Oct 24, 2016 10:03 PM

Nah. It is all about sitting back and watching and waiting. Get out the popcorn. Enjoy the show.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

As terrible as it seems today, I think it will be much worse. The plan appears to be to cause as much social unrest as possible. Then when things go too far, the people will beg for martial law to restore order. Just as people will beg for single payer when Obamacare face plants. People are fearful and impulsive today, making manipulation rather simple.

And I thought horses were strange for running back into a burning barn because they associate it with safety.

Miffed

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Detroit is expanding its Surveillance Zone dubbed "Project Green light".

 

People love it.  Warm and fuzzy. 

 

 

mkkby's picture

Yep, there is nothing to do but get the popcorn and wait.

There is no way to resist an occupying army that controls every facet of life.

Eventually math will win, and there will be a reset.  Don't be in cities or suburbs when EBT goes dark, because we know what Obama's sons will do.

CCanuck's picture

"People are fearful and impulsive today, making manipulation rather simple.
And I thought horses were strange for running back into a burning barn because they associate it with safety."

+100000
Great analogy Miffed

wisehiney's picture

Only a fool would want to rule over the fucking mess that this place will soon be.

Maybe a while after the inevitable crash.

Not before or during.

Far to risky for even an evil tyrant.

 

HRH of Aquitaine's picture
HRH of Aquitaine (not verified) Oct 24, 2016 10:01 PM

Buck up lads and lassies. It's gonna be a bumpy ride.

gregga777's picture

The unfolding thermodynamic collapse of civilization is a good thing. That's because all of that fancy spy equipment including the computer networks will be useless without continuous and abundant supplies of high-quality electricity. Every cloud has a silver lining.

The Thermodynamic Collapse of Civilization

The situation is much worse and there is no solution.

The Economystics cultists think energy just magically appears on command. They never developed an economic theory even remotely incorporating energy. For several decades they have been operating on the belief that they can just print energy and global trade. The historical petroleum consumption curve is an exponential function in a finite world. Every decade consumes more petroleum than ALL of preceding history. But the Earth and its dwindling reserves of cheap and easy to extract petroleum are refusing to cooperate.

None of the Economystics address the real issue. Fiat currency may be regarded as a proxy for crude oil. Obviously, if there was no crude oil at all, then physical paper fiat would merely be mostly unsatisfactory toilet paper and digital fiat would be totally worthless.

The year 2012 marked the point where on average 1/2 of every barrel of oil was required for the production, refining & processing, transportation, etc., of each barrel of crude oil. By the early-to-mid 2020's any crude oil production will be a net energy sink. That is, it won't provide a net energy gain to the economy. At that point remaining oil in the ground will be irrelevant because it will require more energy to extract than it yields.

An overview of the above are at:

http://www.thehillsgroup.org

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-22/thermodynamic-oil-collapse-why-...

We are now in the "Seneca's Cliff" phase of thermodynamic collapse—the rapid descent phase. The real economy has in reality been shrinking since at least ca. 2012 (in fact, the plateau began in the early 1970's when the US became a net petroleum importer and President Nixon reneged on the Bretton Woods agreement re: convertibility of the dollar to gold). That shrinkage has been partially masked by the incredible explosion in debt. It's becoming increasingly apparent that there is no real economic growth anywhere.

We've been in an ongoing, slow grudging contraction for years that will eventually become a steep plummet. Digital fiat will then become completely worthless. Physical fiat may function as a medium of exchange if governments don't go all Zimbabwe or Venezuela with the printing presses.

In short, it's all over. And I do mean everything by all.

HRH of Aquitaine's picture
HRH of Aquitaine (not verified) gregga777 Oct 24, 2016 10:06 PM

Not quite. We are still chatting away here on ZH. Phones work. TV works. lights work. I am enjoying it. While it lasts.

Got a wake up call last week. 12 hours with both the landline and cell out.

Buckle up!

mkkby's picture

Doom porn. I agree these are the best of times.  Life will be harder, more expensive -- but still with modern conveniences.

Your grand kids may live to see the end of oil, 50-100 years from now.  Your great great great great grand kids may see coal run out.

In the final 50 years thorium reactors will make electricity and liquid fuels for another 1000 years.  Long before then population will fall to more sustainable levels.

BabaLooey's picture

In time, I will relate a TRUE story of how the "justice system" churned up and ruined a good man....

..and when he went to prison, he found out they went "light" on him.....compared to many, many others....

This man has been persecuted for over a decade now.....

The U.S. Government chews up and spits out good men daily.....

It's what they "do".

Bananamerican's picture

In time, I will relate a TRUE story of how the "justice system" churned up and ruined a good man....

What are you waiting for?
New World Chaos's picture

Destruction of the honorable man is one of the key goals of the NWO.  How can sociopaths hope to rule people of conscience?  Lies only work in the early stages of the agenda.  At some point they need their minions to become like them- sociopaths who don't give a shit, and therefore are willing to do anything.  In the final stages they need the entire populace to be dumbed down entitled pieces of shit backstabbing each other over scraps (hmmm, sounds like the people the NWO invites into the West).  The puppetmasters set up the entire legal system, and indeed the entire culture, to reward sociopaths and punish the honest.  Look at what it takes to compete in Corporate America.  Look at how good veterans develop PTSD and are thrown away, but those who actually like war will become cops or mercenaries.  Listen to the absolute tripe that passes for music these days and compare it to classical music.  Look at the divorce-industrial complex.  There are a lot of women who are more attracted to scumbags than honest men, so the system allows them to enslave the honest men and/or wreck their lives over nothing.  Or they can marry the government but hook up with a parade of scumbags, while making honest taxpayers pay for their hellspawn.

Cabreado's picture

"Are you getting the message yet?"

Yes.

The friction offered by the punditry is increasingly part of the problem.
It impedes that wrench in the spokes...
It is ignorance and entitlement, all wrapped up in fear and neglect of the principles and rule of law.

It is here, too. Go figure.

 

SheepDog-One's picture

'Silent coup'? You have to be deaf dumb and blind to have missed it.

pitz's picture

Its the same deal in Canada.  Hoardes of unelected civil servants, more often than not, completely incompetent, get into power.  A new government gets elected, but because of employment contracts and hefty severance agreements, the new governments can't let many of them go without going broke on the severance payments.  So they stay, and basically run the show.  Its absolutely pathetic, we have Deputy Ministers that easily and significantly out-earn even the elected and fully accountable politicians.   These 'servants' basically rig the system so its impossible to implement any meaningful reform to either their employment terms, or even the system more generally. 

Atomizer's picture

We'll be fine. Too many guns and patriotic Americans. 

ClintonTreason From Within - YouTube

Polymarkos's picture

Kill them and this problem goes away, at least for a while.

konadog's picture

Kennedy was gently trying to reign-in the deep state. The CIA scumbags (in cooperation with the secret service) killed him for it sending a loud message to all successors about who is in charge. I hope Trump isn't murdered but I fear that he will be.

Boondocker's picture

Murdered him, covered it up, and when congress grew some balls, scared the hell out of them and nothing came if it....don't doubt the power of the Deep State

Dickweed Wang's picture

Take out the word "gently" and your comment is right on  the money.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) konadog Oct 25, 2016 6:19 AM

Yesterday someone in here on ZH asked me about the total solar eclipse in August 2017 visible across the USA, 3 minutes of darkness.

It belongs to Saros 145 which began in 1639, it is called "The Great American Eclipse" and one of the dates that jumps out to me in these series is

July 1963, which was also visible in the USA. https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/32/16/eb/3216eb0380ff239962280...

4 months later we had Black Jack.

http://media4.s-nbcnews.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photos/040609/040609_ride...

I could look at Trumps wife and kids chart to confirm, but I don't wanna.

I Write Code's picture

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!

Dragon HAwk's picture

There are one hell of a lot of McManshions tied to that Shadow Government,  ever drive around and look at all the  Big houses and wonder, what the  hell do all those people do to afford a place like that..

  Shit ever hits the fan for real a lot of those people will be trying to heat their house with a fondu Kit..  never be the richest starving unskilled  person in Town..

monad's picture

They didn't do it themselves.
A conservative list of dead witnesses
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoE73WNoCXo

Dickweed Wang's picture

I think it was a Marine Corp General who said something during the Korean war that is applicable here: "Kill them all and let God sort 'em out".