America's Black Friday Frenzy As Seen From Abroad

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Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man

You Definitely Want To Avoid This

Some friends and I spent most of the weekend touring the future site of our resilient community in central Chile, just a few hours’ drive south of Santiago on a very modern highway.

As I’ve mentioned before, the site sprawls across roughly 1,000 acres in a gorgeous setting; a healthy chunk of the property is already planted as a working (and profitable) farm, and it was exciting to see so much in bloom over a beautiful, sunny summer weekend.

We picked organic vegetables out of the ground and made a fresh meal with full knowledge of exactly where our food had come from and how it had been grown. This is real power. And freedom.

When I returned to my apartment in Santiago and got caught up on major news events from around the world, some friends sent along the usual batch of Black Friday shopping videos. They’re hilarious… and utterly pathetic.

Almost without exception, the situation gets worse every year. People get bruised and bloodied as crowds battle each other for deep discounts. Last year several people died… and in response, most of the major retailers adjusted their specials and staggered their stores’ opening times to reduce the crowd levels.

It didn’t help much, as this year’s barrage of Black Friday incidents underscores yet again how hopeless the mindless culture of consumerism has become. People still trample each other, fight each other, etc. Now they are pepper-spraying each other… or even waiting in the parking lots to mug each other as shoppers exit the stores.

(A friend even told me one unconfirmed story of a group of Wal Mart parking lot muggers who themselves got mugged by a rival group of Wal Mart parking lot muggers.)

Then there’s this video showing the utter chaos and calamity that ensued when shoppers were fighting over towels put on sale at $1.28 each. Towels.

If this is how people act when towels are on sale, it certainly makes one wonder how well society will function when there’s actual chaos– like supply disruptions for food, fuel, or electricity.

Have you ever seen those UN Aid videos where mobs of Africans start violently looting the trucks carrying humanitarian supplies? Or the more recent videos of Haitians battling each other in the streets over bags of rice? Western society is not much more advanced.

If you truly believe there is a 0% chance of social unrest occurring where you live, then I encourage you to do absolutely nothing. And this is what most people will do.

If, on the other hand, you see several issues on the horizon which may threaten the smooth, orderly flow of modern society, then I encourage you to watch those Black Friday videos and answer a simple question– “Do you want to be around those people when it happens?”

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lolmao500's picture

Goddamn I'm tired of your ``In Chile`` crap.

tmosley's picture

You mean you are tired of dissenting opinions.

lolmao500's picture

Nope. I think what you are doing in Chile is great... but stop bringing it up? Please?

john39's picture

as if the NWO won't get Chile, sooner or later...

Fukushima Sam's picture

Wow!  What will it look like when pitchforks, rope, and tar and feathers go on sale?

trav7777's picture

Nothing says "birth of Jesus" and the XMas Spirit like trampling other human beings for consumer merchandise.  I mean, WWJD?  He'd fucking drive his monster truck in there with a flamethrower and squash/torch/mangle anyone who got in between him and a cheap chinese "plasma," right?  'Nuff said.

equity_momo's picture

And then make the staff wash his feet.

dasein211's picture

Goddamnit I hate agreeing with a xenophobe racist..... But you're right on the money here.

ItsEvolutionBaby's picture

A racist is just someone who notes racial differences, what are you so lefty brainwashed tard?

peekcrackers's picture

and nothing says stay the fuck out of my home like a 12g with slug .


Pladizow's picture

-OR- you could stop reading his articles, trying to get first post and then we all wont have to read your comments?


MarketTruth's picture

Perhaps some of us are thinking to ourselves... wonder what the 'buy in' is to move to/near that property in Chile? Have personally checked out Chile (boots on the ground research) and find it very agreeable, far better than the police State of the USSA. The police also know their place in Chile, unlike the murdering Militarized police that protect and serve the State's interests in Amerika.

Jackfish's picture

The police also know their place in Chile, unlike the murdering Militarized police that protect and serve the State's interests in Amerika.

Really, if you're going to make a joke like that it's helpful to put a '/sarc' at the end so we know you're kidding.

kito's picture

the police only know their place as set for them by the ones ordering them. pinochet wasnt that long ago and i assure you the "place" that the police knew under pinochet was nowhere near any place you wouldve wanted to be. chile has plenty of its own problems. there are riots that occur there on a weekly basis. and quite frankly many of us are sick of his hypocritcal self serving articles. hes so busy posting pics/stories of upheavals around the world yet he hasnt ONCE referenced with the "classic simon black scare tactic" the social upheaval in chile that has been going on far longer than ows.

kito's picture



simon black, where are you?????

MarketTruth's picture

i see the lockdown video, so why are people walking normally on the sidewalks in Chile. They seem fine. In Amerika you get teargased, shot at with rubber bullets and stomped upon by the police within an inch of your life. Have you seen any of those OWS videos? How about the videos of police brutality at the G20 in Chicago?

kito's picture

yes its perfectly fine to have heavily armoured military vehicles patrolling city streets against its own citizens. happens all the time in manhattan. a clear indication that the govt knows "its place".....chile is a shangri-la, go for it. simon is giving away free chilean inflation protection bonds with the purchase of your new casita...thats a better deal than 1.29 towels!!!!!

Cathartes Aura's picture

ahh yes, now that the Chicago Boys have "cleaned up" Chile and made it an escape hatch for some Yankee settlers, of course there will never be any problems ever again.

Simon, one wonders how you tend your fabulous organic gardens when you're off gallivanting the worlds?

Landrew's picture

The Chicago Boy Shit went out the window there ha! No one wants to live in a country like that, not even in Mexico!

lotsoffun's picture

simon is a rich boy, with good intentions.  he has no life experience, that's obvious.  charles windsor for example - is apparently an expert in urban design/renewal.  wish you the best simon - hope you never need to get a job in the real world.


Landrew's picture

Sorry, real estate is not cheap in Chile. Now they are building way, way to much. The mining has bought tons of cash to the real estate market. There will be a nasty down turn in real estate there. The same was true when I lived in France and I told friends, way, way to many cranes for the price and number of buyers. Boom! They wrote and asked how did I know it would happen? I said we do that in the U.S. every thirty years because THIS TIME IS DIFFERENT HA!

jcaz's picture

I give you three months, tops, before you put up Walmart in your Utopia....

eureka's picture

Never the less - the facts at hand do bring to light the common unifying factor in the US: raw materialism.

Nothing more, nothing less.

US population segments and states are "united", not by culture, not by tradition, not by language, not by belief systems except the belief in consumer goods and status symbols.

What a pity.

SilverIsKing's picture

I have an idea to one-up them take this shopping warfare to a whole new level.

As you know, today is Cyber Monday.  What better time to run outside, pepper spray some people, then run back inside and go online to do some internet shopping?'s picture

What, you don't have virtual pepper spray for your online shopping forays? There's an app for that.

trav7777's picture

so ur saying we've been ghettofied

Imminent Crucible's picture

I'm just wondering what all those people need towels for in the first place.

Aren't they mostly for after you take a bath?

mkkby's picture

You're right.  They look like a pack of hyenas surrounding a piece of meat.  What do animals need towels for?  When they stink too much, they just lick themselves clean.'s picture

We have met the towelheads and they are us.

ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

“I'm just wondering what all those people need towels for in the first place.”

You could make a hat, a brooche, a pterodactyl, or for water boarding.

StychoKiller's picture

Towels are the single, most mind bogglingly useful items in the known Universe...

I KNOW where my towel is, do you?

InconvenientCounterParty's picture

That's amusing. I was thinking the opposite. In other words, publish some specifics about the project. For instance "the charter" or whatever you call it.

For those that love to bitch uniformly about every human activity under the sun --pay attention, you might learn something.

Imminent Crucible's picture

I'm thinking maybe Simon has forgotten how Chileans reacted to the chaos that followed the Feb 2010 Chile earthquake. Mobs roamed the street, looting and mugging people and rifling houses.

I remember one man weeping because he'd had to shoot two guys who broke into his house and tried to rape his wife and daughter.

And of course, you can ask Fernando Aguirre how nobly the Argentine people bore up under the 2001-2002 financial collapse.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

In Ecuador they fear the volcanos erupting, not for earthquakes and lava flows but for the military forcing evacuations of entire towns and then looting them. 

kito's picture

yes, they would sooner get crisped by the flows of tungurahua then have their flock pilfered during an unwarranted evacuation..........'s picture

"An oppressive government is much worse than a man-eating tiger." -- Kong Fu-Dzuh ("Confucious")

Nostradumbass's picture

Methinks it best to remain in a place where you know the language, culture, land and system of law and can maintain some circle of family/friends for support and strength when TSHTF.

If the whole world of humans is collapsing/changing and perhaps even the living Earth herself is undergoing change due to periodic cyclic events with or without the impact of human activity being a catalyst, then why would you want to take on the added stress of being away from what you have known all of your life?

Granted, AmeriKa seems hell-bound with all of the systemic corruption flowing through it and the almost unbelievable level of ignorance of the population at large. Even so, I know this place and can act/react/respond accordingly much better prepared than I might half a world away.

And we can still own guns here.'s picture

And we have family and friends here who will not be able to escape themselves.

Landrew's picture

Know the world. First leave that bullshit thinking behind or you will be left behind. The world speaks English and you speak more Spanish than you know. Immersion and you speak enough to get around in the most remote mountain areas. The great thing is you DON'T NEED a GUN! Being in a country with a 1/3 of the worlds metals resource sounds good to me! Ever see a Chilean GOLD MINE! I flew into La Serena usually never looking out the window, TWO new GOLD MINES! As we close our mines here, they are set for life if they realize it. We are just lucky they and the Middle East have no idea th power they really have.

Nostradumbass's picture

Wifey is fluent en Espanol. Yo comprendo/hablo un poquito. And we have considered and are yet considering relocating to Central or South America. But things will have to be getting REAL bad here first in order for us to jettison our lives here.. Otherwise, a location with abundant water and still decent growing season and reasonable distance to our north bordering country - Canada is our current favorite choice.

If I were a single man without family... well....

defencev's picture

Did you check out "liberty alert service"? A new "service" offered by "Simon": just 9 US per month (retail price 19.95 per month) with subscription to

"Sovereign Man:Confidential" (345 US per year). It makes me wonder are there paranoidal degenerates who pay real money for this crap...

Landrew's picture

Well you will be tired of this too. I live in Chile for a month at a time every other month. Life is so easy there with little or no police and that's for a good reason. The police have wire mesh on their cars, TO PROTECT THEMSELVES! The food is amazing, you can get sick eating real food! When I am the only gringo in 1/4 mile, there is no notice. People mind their OWN business! There is so much to offer business there. It seems to be the perfect balance of private/public. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, Chile and it's people! Happy to answer any questions you might have.

arizona11912's picture

Guys, I went to the Soveriegn man conference earlier this year. The guy is a fucking tool. Do not beleive everything this guy says. He wants your money, thats it. Chile will fall in line just like the rest of the Americas. Check this out this meeting held in CHILE: Just saying...

camoes's picture

mob rule bitchez!

fonestar's picture

I wonder how many of these towel vigilates know that they were only born due to a bubble in USTs?

ParkAveFlasher's picture

You can't eat towels BUT you CAN wipe your ass with them.  Maybe the towel rioter are on to something.