Where Does It End?

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Jeff Thomas via InternationalMan.com,

It’s nothing new.

Whenever a major country is in decline and approaching collapse, a contingent arises that does everything it can to speed up the process toward collapse.

This is always done in the same way:

  • Vilify the established rulers as being the culprits for the nation’s woes.
  • Establish simplistic arguments to support that view. (The arguments need not be entirely logical or supportable, but they must have emotional public appeal.)
  • Create simplistic rhetoric that supports the destruction of the establishment and its icons.
  • Make the arguments and rhetoric as ubiquitous as possible (particularly through the media).

Then, like any recipe, turn up the heat and bake until done.

Generally, the destruction of the first icon (most often a statue) requires some sort of explanation, regardless of how flimsy the argument may be. After that has succeeded, praise is to be showered on those who took part, egging them, and others, on to do more. As each new icon falls, less justification is necessary and, in the end, only blind anger is required to keep the destruction going.

In the present era, we’re witnessing this age-old process taking place in quite a few countries, but notably in the US.

But, why the US—the one country in the world that began as possibly the most advanced, freest nation the world had ever seen? How did this come to pass in “the land of the free”?

Well, truth be told, no matter how inspired or sincere the founding fathers of any nation may be, those who would usurp them are always many in number and, in most cases, are prepared to do whatever it takes to slowly take power and return to tyrannical rule.

As Thomas Jefferson said,

Even under the best forms of Government, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

And, even in George Washington’s Cabinet, the rot set in early, with Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton continually seeking to subvert the objectives of Secretary of State Jefferson. Therefore, the degradation in the US system began quite early.

But why does it seem as though it’s speeding up dramatically now? Why is it suddenly pulling apart at the seams?

Well, for that answer, we can once again rely on Mister Jefferson:

Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%.

And the US has passed that significant tipping point. The majority now depend upon handouts from the government. Once that occurs, it becomes easy to sell them the idea that, since they’re “entitled” to the handouts, they have a perfect right to be outraged that they’re not receiving more. (Again, logic is not necessary; what’s required is an emotionally-charged sense of victimisation.)

Historically, once a nation has reached this point, it never goes back. It’s ripe for a collectivist revolution. Ironically, in every collectivist revolution, the leaders have no intention of “freeing the people.” Their goal is to dominate them far more greatly than they presently had been.

Essentially, what we’re observing in the US is a standard collectivist revolution, but in slo-mo. At the same time as relatively pampered Americans are purchasing the latest pricey smartphones and buying a Toasted Graham Latte at Starbucks for $5.25, the sense of victimisation is well under way and the destruction of icons has begun.

The tearing-down of Confederate flags occurred. Statues of Robert E. Lee were destroyed and, recently, a plaque in a Virginia church honouring the seat where George Washington regularly sat has been under attack for removal.

In each of the above cases, the arguments have been increasingly flimsy, but no matter. As stated above, the reasoning need not bear scrutiny. All that matters is that it has an emotional attraction. As the destruction continues, the emotion will morph from indignation to blind rage as necessary.

And, as any revolutionary leader could attest, if he can succeed in inducing blind rage, no King, no Czar, no President can stand up to that rage for long.

It’s important to note that, in every country where collectivist revolution has taken place, only a small minority of the population has been necessary to bring about the unseating of conventional leaders. In some cases, the leaders have been killed. In others, they’ve been forced to flee the country quickly. In still others, the leaders have agreed to step down in disgrace.

What’s significant is not the manner in which the leaders were supplanted, but the direction that the country takes following the leaders’ downfall.

In the US, this may be as mild a change as the resignation of the president, followed by the election of an avowed collectivist that will transform the country.

It will matter little whether the new leader describes himself as a collectivist, socialist, democrat, or other term. The outcome will be the same.

In the beginning, there will be euphoria on the part of the 51%, who will see themselves as the heroes of change. What they will be, in reality, will be the pawns of the new order.

Recently, an American associate of mine sent me the link for the article describing the intended removal of the Washington plaque and asked, “Where does it end?”

Well, unfortunately, it doesn’t “end.” It continues for decades. (Collectivism can sometimes be maintained for generations before it finally flames out, due to lack of productivity and the weight of a costly top-heavy government.)

The folly is in hoping, as my colleague sometimes does, that the stampede toward collectivism will somehow magically screech to a halt and reverse its direction. The sad truth is that, historically, this has never happened. At best, we observe a revolution in slow motion, as is taking place in the US.

The question for the individual who’s likely to be impacted by this is whether he should rely on “hope,” or whether he should recognize that hope is not a plan.

Plans often prove to be challenging, costly, and difficult, but, for those who may soon be losing a large measure of their freedom, they are essential, if the outcome is to be a positive one.

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Fortunately, you don’t have to draft your plan from scratch. We know practical steps you can take today to prepare for the fallout from America’s collectivist revolution. Get the details in our Guide to Surviving and Thriving During an Economic Collapse.

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serotonindumptruck's picture

Name that un-namable "contingent".

El Vaquero's picture

The folly is in hoping, as my colleague sometimes does, that the stampede toward collectivism will somehow magically screech to a halt and reverse its direction. The sad truth is that, historically, this has never happened.

Augusto Pinochet would disagree.  Chile was facing a Communist revolution after electing a socialist for president.  The Commies were talking about purging a million or so Chileans in their glorious revolution.  Then Pinochet put a stop to that shit.  

NoDebt's picture

I can't think of single time I have agreed with you.... until now.  However, please note, Pinochet was no white knight who arose from the masses.  The CIA set him up (that part is not even in question) and kept him in power until losing an election in 1988, the regime falling from power in 1990.

Too many external forces to be an indicator of what would happen absent direct US intervention.

NOBODY is coming in to stop what's happening in the US.  NOBODY.  

El Vaquero's picture

Of course he was no angel.  He gave some folks free helicopter rides.  But on top of CIA involvement, he was also asked by the Chilean legeslature to step in.


And nobody is coming to stop what is happening in the US because nobody needs to.  We're already here;)

francis scott falseflag's picture

How many Chileans did Pinochet purge?

El Vaquero's picture

Several thousand with many thousand more "missing." 

any_mouse's picture

Hmmm, how many SJW and AntiFa are there?

Minding your own business will be the Law. Death penalty.

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock's picture

'Even under the best forms of Government, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.' T.J.


Tyranny goes by so many names.

And interestingly a number of the 'contingent' are 3 letter acronyms for tyrannical institutions or abbreviations of such.

You FED up yet? CIA what I mean?

Something about the three as one that was once revered and holy but the deception of 777 and 666 are now upon us.

I'm a gettin' Gideon just thinking about it.


J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

Rjh's picture

Jesus fuck, another horribly misguided doom and gloom article. I must be on ZeroHedge again...

any_mouse's picture

Addicted Masochist. You keep coming back.

Wait, are you getting off right now? Perv!

Rjh's picture

Addicted to your cunt.

Code Duello's picture

Hope is not a strategy.  It is the clutch-hold of the meek.

monk27's picture

It ends badly, and what a big fucking surprise it will be for some...

besnook's picture

the best plan is to move away from the coming drama. in every case the early movers went on to safe profitable lives compared to what those who stayed endured.

Billy the Poet's picture

I have no intention of going anywhere.

shamus001's picture

Many times, I thought the same.  Perceived that those who bugged out early in Germany were safe from death and destruction.  Same with many other countries in many wars.... But with America, this land has held certain freedoms that were never had before, and are NOT HELD ANYWHERE TODAY in any country that stands a chance to uphold good.  Yes, I know its been a while since America has been "good" and likely the author is right, that we degrade further into the abyss (Like Rome) - But I owe it to the children who follow to do be best to preserve the freedoms that I enjoyed and 200 years of Americans enjoyed before them.  Running and hiding has never been my thing.  It may be the wisest thing to do when our time comes, but there is no where in the world where the Government cannot just break in to your house without due process and tell you how to live, or murder you. (don't get all NSA CIA on me... I'm not big enough to register on some conspiracy murder) - BUT in Communist China, they can just kill you. In Germany now they can arrest you for not liking towel heads... hell for just typing what I just typed would get me tossed in the can!  So in a cowardly European world of people, who let their .gov take away everything!  I think it's best to hunker down and 'let the bodies hit the flo'.

BandGap's picture

People will be discussing things with their families over this Thanksgiving break.

If Trump's tax plan passes the focus will shift, and he will have a "victory" for the people.

By the end of the year. Shit is surfacing faster every day, accelerating.

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock's picture

People will be discussing things with their families over this Thanksgiving break.


Not me.

I'll be talking turkey, not stuffing, around.

Where's my goddamned gravy?!!


J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

Giant Meteor's picture

A safer bet. People will be discussing the spate of groping, and alleged sexual misdeeds of Charlie Rose, Bill Clinton (confirmed), Al Franken et al, presently dominating the conversation .. The nation is at war, with itself, and as far as I can tell it's lookin like a scorched earth policy...

These latest reveals are not coincidental, and no one will be spared ..

The nation is adrift, in a sea of madness and shit, and that is not a trend looking likely to be reversed ..

Scornd's picture

Last year at the table of around 20 people, I said Transgenders will be normalized, and pedophillia is next.


Kprime's picture

at least the pedophiles will be easy to avoid.  they will do all their shopping at Target where they will get their own bathrooms.

any_mouse's picture

Target started in Minnesota. Governor Dayton's family business.

Yen Cross's picture

 It used to be called evolution.  Now it's just a bunch of retards with overpaid hack lawyers cloging up the pipes of innovation.

  Bitchez >>> Van Halen Mean Street - YouTube

espirit's picture

Prolly one of the last few 'greats' of my lifetime.

Cabreado's picture

The funky thing about By The People is when the People fail, it all falls down.

Where's the confusion?

espirit's picture

"Where's the confusion?"

In the reality of the situation.

Sanity Bear's picture

This article is stupid and full of unsuportable bullshit.

Yen Cross's picture

 Please imbibe me with some of your "sanity".

Karl Marxist's picture

I thought the exact same thing. Saccharine beyond measure. The Jews and Saudis were given this country at our expense and in the utter dead of night. We, the People, never had a chance. You ask why institutions and establishments are vilified? I've just given you your answer. They made unwilling slaves of us, What has that turned into? Mediia fueled Antifa Leftist violent goons soon to get really threatening and dangerous because even the establishment isn't strong enough to put up any real fight. Just ask Trump and Sessions.

HoyeruNew's picture

How can USA be the "freest" nation when it was using slaves? Another BS article on ZH

espirit's picture

I didn't own slaves, and the only people I know that pick cotton are wealthty beyond my means.

Take your argument to Liberia.

Sky flyer's picture

I still say the storm is coming. The thunder is getting louder now.

Dragon HAwk's picture

I'm not Sure how it will go Down.. But i know Financials will be a Big part of it.

helping people understand true value and real money, will be a Big help in the reset,  a Currency for the little people will be a big help, can't pay your tqaxes but you can buy  bread or trade services kind of thing.  Sit on your Butt and let the rich starve. but yes there will be a LOT of PAIN

Elentari's picture

Go to learn all possible about Bitcoin etc.     Find the fascinating videos on Youtube by   Andreas Antonopolous.


Manipuflation's picture

If that kid is in that I was talking about is in the can I will be pissed.  I will be quiet and think about it. 

White Devil's picture

I knew this chick who liked to go to the graveyard at night and have sex on the funerary statues when she was on her period. The statues looked like they had been splattered with red paint afterwards.

I am Groot's picture

Countries are falling like dominoes. The Globalists are driving the chaos. Once the US falls, that will be pretty much the death of freedom. Every day our own government cranks the wheel towards more tyranny a little bit. The government takes a few rights away a sliver at a time. The Globalist pay off the cannon fodder to stir the pot and create strife. And this is how freedome and democracy ends. Death by a thousand slow cuts.

Azannoth's picture

Some men just want to see the world burn - let it burn is say!

Atalanta's picture

Chaos is the foundation for life the way we know it. Paradise is a orderly death end.

ZIRPY's picture

We're 20 Tril in debt and counting. How many years of Free Shit will a Collectivist actually be able to deliver?

My guess is not many. 

Ir didnt take long for a Collectivist named Chavez to run his nation into the ground and for his former supporters to take to the ballot box to try and reverse their earlier votes for more Collectivism. And when that didnt work they had to rely on throwing rocks b.c they had been disarmed in the early 2000's. Here in America even if they outlaw guns the starvation will set in long before the .gov can corral the 300 million or so guns in America. 

Imagine a country where the armed citizens outnumber the armed military. Our efforts at Collectivism will blow the budget apart and the military wont be able to contain the outcome in a country with 300 million guns.

StarGate's picture

The “National Debt” is a Fiction.

If the USA only prints money that is not backed by anything, where did the “debt” come from? A dollar bill only costs a few cents to print. And digit money costs nothing to make.

See how many times Obama created billion$ to give to the private banks (QE quantitative easing). It did not cost him anything to do that.

So how is there a “national debt”???
Once you figure that out - alot if things get clear.

Elentari's picture

Exactly!         It is phantom "money", made out of thin air - so thin air is what needs to be returned.

But, then the banksters must all be arrested, tried and convicted to life with hard labout.     Everything they have in their possession must be taken from them since it is ALL STOLEN.

They should be held to do whtir hard labour behind thick glass sothat people can go along to watch them carryign rocks back and forth or doing some other senseless but heavy thing - then at week-ends they should be put in stocks in public places so that the People could go along to pelt them with rotten eggs and such things - until Suday evening when they are returned to their jail and hard labout for the next week.

They are criminals of the most disgusting kind who have caused the death and misery of cuntless millions - since the days of Babylon.

It is insane t alow this pretence of a "debt" to continue.     Besides, as Catherine Austin Fitts says - where is all the money which is missing - another 21 trillion is  nowhere to be found!

These banksters really ARE disgusting peeople.     They are criminalsof the worst kind without a shed of concernh or compassion, or even a sense of fairness and morality.      They are CRIMINALS.    When are we going to get that into our heads?

When are we going to DEAL WITH THESE DESPICABLE subhumans???

iLLivaniLLi19's picture

You can't just wave a magic wand and un-debase the dollar. Reputation is everything, especially in a world with fake money. Dollars may be imaginary but the things you want with them are not. So when we wipe all the debt away as "money we just owed to ourselves" we are saying our economy is fraudulent and our institutions cannot be trusted. But yeah sure, we wouldn't have any debt but nor would we have access to credit at any reasonable rate. And with no savings generally Americans would be impoverished. Untold magnitudes of derivatives markets would also immediately implode ruining financial instruments like pensions.

Paying off the debt with lump-sum printed dollars and financing the new debt at much longer terms could work in addition to running a balanced budget. I'd drop my entire 401(k) into a Trumpian Pay-off-the-national-debt-bond at 10% interest.

ItsAllBollocks's picture

Politicians - Putting the "n" in "cuts".

myopinion's picture

Secession is solution.  The US is too big to effectively govern.