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Submitted by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market blog,

The single most often broached argument that Liberty Movement writers, analysts, and strategists are confronted with by skeptics alongside well meaning but cynical newcomers is the assertion that while we happen to be very effective at pointing out the dangers of globalism and centralization, we rarely seem to take the initiative to offer “solutions” to the problem.  This same argument is also used by establishment shills as a way to distract the public’s attentions from the very real despotic enterprises of their elitist employers.  It is an often used disinformation tactic; demand that those who expose the truth of a criminal enterprise also offer an all encompassing solution to the complex dilemma.  When the truth-tellers cannot present a neatly packaged miracle on a gold plated platter, the shills claim that their exposures of wrongdoing are meaningless, because they can do nothing about it anyway.  And thus, the cycle continues…

In reality, the contention that the Liberty Movement offers no solutions is entirely false.  We have constructed many.  The problem is that these solutions are not the kind that the general American public wants to entertain.  The average person desires a “silver bullet” answer to every crisis.  They want quick, they want easy, and most of all, they want to sit back and relax while this silver bullet is set in motion by someone other than themselves. 

The best and most practical solutions are almost never easy.  They require time, overwhelming effort, and painful sacrifice.  It is a law of nature; the weight of an obstacle must be met with equal or greater energy to be removed.  The greater the enemy, the greater the cost.  There is no such thing as a “silver bullet” or an easy way out.  Yes, the Liberty Movement offers answers, but many people refuse to hear them.

When it comes to violent centralization and collectivism in the form of totalitarian rule, our options are indeed limited.  The masses often pursue politics first, because it is much easier to hand one’s responsibility and vigilance over to a leader instead of taking on the monster alone.  It is much easier to “hope” for “change”, rather than take matters into our own hands and struggle through the mire and pitch of our thoroughly corrupt system.  Of course, politics is a game, a game that can be controlled by the very same despicable men we wish to dethrone.

Next is civil disobedience, which is useful to a point, as long as the offending government deems it necessary to APPEAR fair and just.  When the oligarchy no longer needs to play good cop, simple protest and activism falls apart.  In the face of unrelenting malice and destructive subjugation, waving signs and chanting phrases is utterly senseless

In the year of 2012, America is on the very cusp of such tyranny.  The legal and political framework has been put into place through bills and presidential directives like the Patriot Act, the FISA domestic surveillance bill, Presidential Directive 51 (the martial law and continuity of government EO established by George W. Bush that not even members of Congress are allowed to read), the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, the National Defense Resource Preparedness EO, etc.  Simultaneously we have seen unprecedented special orders for ammunition by DHS and other government agencies (including the Social Security Administration) numbering in the realm of 1.4 billion rounds (such large orders that the DHS is now attempting to redact and hide these numbers from public record)!

The common debate theme from the establishment is “hey, these laws and directives exist, but they aren’t being implemented, so stop being paranoid”.  First of all, many of these laws ARE being implemented, just not on a large scale yet.  My response is; when has any government, especially one disposed to corruption, ever created a law it did not intend to use or assert a right of authority that it ever gave back?  The fact is, our government fully plans to exercise their newfound powers of oppression.  They only require a particular set of circumstances to give them the rationalization. 

Economic disaster is the most imminent and obvious catalyst.  When a population is hungry, desperate, and internally conflicted, almost any action on the part of leadership can be made “acceptable”.  And, if it is not accepted immediately, they can simply rewrite the history books later. 

With the announcement of the private Federal Reserve’s open ended (infinite) QE3 stimulus package, the European Central Banks print and buy bond scheme, along with Japan’s own QE initiative, what we are faced with is a spectacular global race to the bottom.  A battle of currency devaluation is about to ensue, and the first casualties will be everyday citizens whose cost of living is soon to skyrocket even further than it already has in the past four years. 

In the U.S. in particular, all that is required is for the dollar to lose its coveted world reserve status, which would destroy its credibility as a safe haven investment and annihilate its purchasing power in one fell swoop.  This would cause an inflationary environment that many in this country are completely unequipped to handle. 

The conditions today are ripe for disaster as well as dictatorship.

The bottom line is that there is little time left for top-down political fairytale dreams, and little utility left in standard street actions.  The real solutions require blood, sweat, and tears, starting with a method I have discussed for quite some time:  Decentralization.

In order for a Collectivist system to prevail, its controllers MUST convince the masses that people need the system to survive.  Elitists deliberately deny or forcefully remove options and choices from the public view, until we are led to believe that there is only one way to live.  Only one way to subsist.  Only one path to security.  Collectivists must condition the populace to believe that the machine is indispensible to their prosperity, even if that same machine is actually bringing about their downfall.

Decentralization is essentially any action which removes you from dependence on the establishment.  Meaning, Americans must fight back by first being able to provide for themselves the necessities of economy and of life.  Any counter-movement to tyranny that thinks it can combat the system while being completely dependent on the system is wholeheartedly fooling itself.  There will be no infiltration and conversion, as the Ron Paul Movement can now attest.

The concept of decentralization is often confused with so-called “isolationism” by those heavily conditioned with globalist rhetoric.  What they fail to grasp is that collectivist constructs are inherently flawed.  As we have seen in regions such as the European Union as well as most of the economic world overall, interdependency, especially engineered interdependency, destroys redundancy.  Globalization has made us WEAK, not strong.  It has tied nations together artificially, not to make them safer, but to make them unsustainable and easily toppled.  Centralization removes individual imperative.  It causes cultures to sacrifice their ability to self-heal.  It creates incontinent invalid alzheimers societies, incapable of standing on their own two feet.

People who promote globalism unknowingly (useful idiots) are often dumbstruck by the idea that anyone would actually want to walk away from the collective entirely.  They have so embraced their servitude to the con of the “greater good” that they are incapable of imagining any other alternatives.  They therefore see any person who separates from the hive in any way as an immediately outlandish threat; an “isolationist”, which is just another term for “selfish hoarder”. 

One can form or be a part of a community that does not require him to cast aside his individualism or sovereignty.  “Community” does NOT necessarily denote “communism” as long as it respects the pursuit of independence by its members.  There is such a thing as voluntary compassion, charity, mutual aid, and industry.  Societies have in the past functioned quite well without overt government administration and mandatory participation.  The suggestion that mankind cannot survive without being told how by some faceless bureaucracy is absurd, not to mention historically inaccurate.

Decentralization and voluntary community go hand in hand.  In order to defeat a collectivist system which seeks to dissolve individual liberties and focus social power, we must build communities outside of the mainstream that foster individual liberty and disperse social power.  This begins with personal sustainability, or what some of us call "prepping".  Each and every Liberty Movement proponent can and should distance himself from the globalist construct.  This takes time, and planning.  It requires us to learn useful skills, to produce many of our own goods, and to eventually form legitimate face-to-face networks which localize businesses and services. 

International corporate chains and banks siphon wealth away from communities in exchange for a limited number of low-wage service sector jobs.  This trade is highly uneven.  These entities will continue to hold sway over our towns and cities as long as we continue to give them all our business.  Our first goal, then, should be to remove them from the picture.  By forming our own markets, whether through barter or through alternative currencies (as long as those currencies are backed by something tangible), Americans can break the false paradigm of the consumerist cycle, and support themselves and each other while keeping wealth steadily flowing within a region. 

The method here is obvious; make the corrupt system obsolete by building a better one ourselves.  It is, however, not simple, or easy.  I do not deny that the government as it exists now would use force to ensure that the public conforms to centralization.  That is a given.  But, I will say that decentralization makes resistance possible.  The Founding Fathers of our nation took steps to decentralize economically from Great Britain long before they ever fired a shot against them.  The advantage of walking away from the chessboard should be clear; when the enemy pulls out his gun in order to make you play the game, he loses all semblance of the moral high ground.  Spectators who once sat on the fence finally discover the true nature of their rulers, and are forced by conscience to pick a side.  The activists then control the pace and the tone of the conflict, rather than the elites.  All honorable revolutions begin with decentralization.

Decentralization breeds redundancy and strength within local economies.  It makes citizens more independent and able to cope with disaster.  And, it forms real, meaningful community, an advantage that has been all but lost in this country for generations.  Its most fantastic advantage, though, is that it removes any excuse the government could use to convince the public and the military that martial law and executive dominance is needed.  If towns, counties, and states all over America are decentralized and self-sustaining, they will not need federal help regardless of the calamity.  The argument for government intervention becomes moot.

The urgency of this situation cannot be misunderstood.  Those who do not decentralize here in America right now will not survive.  The scale of fiscal disaster on the horizon is immense.  There is no question, no debate.  There is only life, and death.  Decentralization, or apathy and indecision.  Either we decentralize, or, we cease to be.

 


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Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:00 | Link to Comment Cult_of_Reason
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Bernanke sees a shrink (to address his delusional obsessive compulsive money printing psychotic mania with grandiose ideations).

http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2012/09/21/who-is-ben-bernankes-mystery-v...

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:07 | Link to Comment WALLST8MY8BALL
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MANBERNKRUG!

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:11 | Link to Comment BaBaBouy
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"" Obama Win Would be Good for Gold: Don Coxe - Kitco News ""

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 14:33 | Link to Comment SelfGov
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Does, "Bad for the Dollar" mean "Good for Gold"?

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:16 | Link to Comment SelfGov
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Is it strange that they announced QEternity seven days after the Chinese officially announced...

China said on that day, our banking system is ready, all of our communication systems are ready, all of the transfer systems are ready, and as of that day, Thursday, Sept. 6, any nation in the world that wishes from this point on, to buy, sell, or trade crude oil, can do using the Chinese currency, not the American dollar.

http://peakoil.com/business/dollar-no-longer-primary-oil-currency-as-china-begins-to-sell-oil-using-yuan/

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:23 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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Remind me, how does that printed fiat differ from the printed dollar again?

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:42 | Link to Comment SelfGov
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Well before the Chinese announcement we had the PetroDollar. Now the US Dollar is purely fiat as it isn't even backed by oil. 

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 14:04 | Link to Comment SelfGov
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Now that I think about it...

Both currencies are fiat currencies backed by some oil.

The Chinese have all of the factories too...

And the Gold...

Oh shit...

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:03 | Link to Comment RSloane
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I also found that correlation but then wondered if I was being too tin-foily. Now, I tend to agree with you.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:44 | Link to Comment SelfGov
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I too get a bit tin-foily too but sometimes you have to be crazy to see the crazy.

 

/too

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:46 | Link to Comment RSloane
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I hear ya.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 14:17 | Link to Comment BooMushroom
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A website can be slashdotted, or instalanched. Apparently it can also be "zeroh'd" (need a better name!) as well, as this link has blown up the server... Article also available here: http://www.examiner.com/article/dollar-no-longer-primary-oil-currency-as...

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 16:33 | Link to Comment Urban Redneck
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The article is a load of crap.  The title itself is a fallacy.

There is and has been a ton of shit going on behind the scenes laying the foundation for migrating various segments of the oil trade away form USD settlement, but this aticle does not shed any light on them.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:02 | Link to Comment Abraxas
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"Decentralize or Die!"

This option is no longer available.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:07 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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The "decentralizing" part is no longer a viable option, but the "dying" part is still very much available. - fixed.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:10 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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 007: "Do you expect me to talk?"

Auric Goldfinger: "No Mr. Bond, I expect you to DIE..."

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:17 | Link to Comment tlnzz
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"decentralizing" part is no longer a viable option".

Not viable by peaceful means.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:28 | Link to Comment hedgeless_horseman
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I am pretty well decentralized, still viable, and living a peaceful life.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:31 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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h_h is GRADE A decentralized...

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:44 | Link to Comment hedgeless_horseman
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I cannot figure out what is stopping everyone else, but I don't let it bother me too much.  Maybe some people just like the security of having owners?  To each his own.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:56 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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I am fairly decentralized and I'd rather not have hoards of SNAP recipients running out into the country side trying to do the same thing.  These "people" are not people, they are animals.  Let them stay in the city and be slaves.

You know the truth HH, there isn't enough arable land for them anyway.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:23 | Link to Comment hedgeless_horseman
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I'd rather not have hoards of SNAP recipients running out into the country side trying to do the same thing.

Running?  Do?  From what I see of most SNAP recipients, I am not too concerned.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 14:05 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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fine, he doesn't want them rolling to where he is

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 15:08 | Link to Comment RSloane
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Take heart, HH, with Obamacare on the horizon I'm sure all of those fatties with hypertension and type 2 diabetes will finally take responsibility for themselves and improve their own health, at our expense of course. So, in three or four years, maybe they can run...not for long distances though, short runs, like to the fried chicken store.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:27 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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francis_sawyer is not quite as decentralized as h_h... But a couple of strategically blown bridges might close the gap... You know ~ in a 'fictional' scenario & all that... (but I'm not sure how good 'zombies' are at swimming ~ in any case, anyone worth their bullshit ought to at least have a plan for each letter of the alphabet)...

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 14:23 | Link to Comment BooMushroom
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Interestingly, it is legal and possible to buy fruit and vegetable seeds or seedlings with SNAP. It can be tricky though; the best places to buy seeds and seedlings usually don't accept food stamps. But if you go to I high-end grocery store during the spring, you can buy enough seed to last for at least a year, for the price of a handful of cases of Pepsi.

Not that that happens much, but it is possible.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:16 | Link to Comment BliptoP3
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I think being dead qualifies you as being decentralized, though, if you wish, you are still allowed to vote in the current system.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:03 | Link to Comment Manthong
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We, who are about to die, salute you.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:11 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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Well, OK, I hear the author's laments, but who will sell us a quality bearing cheaper than Korea?  Hmm?  The Americans won't...

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:14 | Link to Comment Jack Burton
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I think "Disaster" and "Dictatorship" is a fair bet in the long run. We should be lucky to reach the end of the decade without a collapse of some sort and war. America is borrowing money now to do about 1/2 of it's budget spending. Anything more bad happening will push us past the point we can borrow more and deal with a crisis.

War? How do we pay for it?

Banking crisis? How do we afford to bail them all out again?

Economic crisis related to the productive sector? We are already in one and that is why we must borrow so much, wealth production is too low.

Weather and climate disasters? We all know the last five to six years have been extreme weather disaster after another. We must borrow to fund each new disaster assistance effort. If deniers prove wrong, and climate change makes extreme weather more common, how we gonna pay for it?

 

The elites know all about what I listed above, and more! So you bet, they are the ones who drove all the extra legal powers government now has, They plan to use everyone of them should things go south. Watch the movie "The HUnger Games". WHile made for kids and young adults, it still contains some grains of truth about a possible future.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:13 | Link to Comment Hayabusa
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This is a great article and hits the nail right on the head.  Form local cooperative, barter and "cut out the middlemen" i.e, the federal governement who works like a Mob collector does... they insist you pay them "protection money" and burn down your house and business if you refuse to pay... time to oust the extrotionists.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:16 | Link to Comment Jack Burton
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"Cut out the middle man" That is a path to prosperity for anyone who can accomplish it. In almost all enterpise it is the middle man who makes the money. They often serve important functions, but our global economy just means more of them than necessary and they now take more than ever.

Cut them out and producers and consumers both gain.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 14:44 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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Yep, the middle man wins... Result of 'american' societies in which the middle class is the King class.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 15:25 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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Due to AnAnonymousity, the middle of the road is far more sanitary than the roadsides... Result of Chinese citizenism societies in which the AnAnonymousitizen class is the dung class.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:34 | Link to Comment RSloane
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A lot of the people in my area already do this by bartering/buying food and meat from the Amish. You want free range eggs? You go to the back of their barns and pick up the eggs from the grass. Meat is always fresh and cut to your directions - they don't have cold storage so their produce is also always fresh. You take your own bags, you pick things yourself, and you can literally barter for your purchases. Our grocery bill was not only cut in half, the foodstuff is fresher, the meats are leaner, and the baked goods like bread and pies are out of this world. You don't pay for endless packaging that you immediately throw out when you get home, you don't pay for a 'paper or plastic' schtick when you shop, and the Amish are genuinely friendly. You want flowers? They have them. You want furniture? They have that too. Plus, all of your shopping is outdoors with no canned music and no lines. The only unspoken request is that you behave respectfully. That's not a lot to ask.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:43 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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"The only unspoken request is that you behave respectfully. That's not a lot to ask."

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Certain not for you or I, but what about the average SNAP recipient?

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:49 | Link to Comment RSloane
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They only take cash or an in-kind trade. Problem solved. They are also adept at looking away when someone who is loud and demanding expects to be waited on. Some people can't take it when they're told that if they want eggs, they have to bring their own carton or bag and go pick up the eggs themselves. Sometimes it gets pretty funny.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:59 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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wake up dude, lots of cash in the ghetto.  The point is that if the cities started emptying, the Amish will easily be overrun.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:12 | Link to Comment RSloane
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I don't think the cities will start emptying. There is wholesale slaughter right now of city dwellers by other city dwellers. Little kids are being shot and killed while they play in their front gardens. Kids can't play on their school playgrounds because of drug dealers and drive by shootings. Hospitals are closing because they can't support the number of people who use emergency rooms as a doctor's office visit. I would expect a stampede right now but there is none. As long as checks and drugs keep rolling in, they're staying put. If the checks stop, then there would be trouble. But you already know that the middle class will be raped repeatedly over a barrel before that happens.

You're right though that if the checks stop, and if the drugs stop, then the cities will empty. From my perspective, the good people of Baltimore would not exert themselves so greatly as to walk several miles to the nearest Amish farm to get food for their kids. They would storm city hall instead and demand their rights, even if city hall was now empty.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 16:07 | Link to Comment Panafrican Funk...
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I tend to agree. Generally, if you live in a small town at least an hour from a city center, particularly if that town has a lot of farms nearby, you're probably good.  Particularly if you have any kind of practical skill, or are in good enough shape to put in several days in a row of physical labor.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:15 | Link to Comment PMakoi
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10th Amendment!  Make it work in your State, for your State. 

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:24 | Link to Comment Whiner
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Damn right! South"s gonna rise again. Articles of Confederation with gold backed currency. we told you this in 1860, but you come down here and burned our crops. When it comes unglued, dont be piling down here for protection. Go to Canada.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:42 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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Right, because the decendents of the former slaves always act so rationally, good luck with that.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:14 | Link to Comment RSloane
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Times headline: "We are all Atlanta now".

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 14:43 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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They act like their fellow 'americans' cause they are 'americans'...

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:26 | Link to Comment falak pema
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this whole debate on American societal function is biased by one geostrategic reality: US society is at the heart of the global empire; whose main protagonists are US corporates and its iconic trend setters.

This power structure knows only one logic : control of world environment; as its so huge and globally intergrated it cannot survive on home base. This home base is a launching point of its expansionist mantra. 

For the home population to now find the price of their collective sacrifice is exorbitant, to achieve this Oligarchy aim, is neither here nor there. Its now a power confrontation between a Goliath and a David who has no sling. 

If David wants his sling back, his country back, he has to prepare to bring down Goliath by all means available to him. Right now David is so isolated and head in the sand he can't tell right from wrong; he is toast for Goliath served on a plate.

Wake up call to today's reality seems to be the first ingredient to tomorrow's revolt. We are not there.

One major impediment to this is that the CULTURE Of USA is to have confidence in its economic ruling class; the icons of their society. Bringing down these icons, who have no desire to give up their powers like a newly installed arsitocracy, on the contrary, is a cultural change that will be similar in mindset change to the French Revolution : not easy! 

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:45 | Link to Comment RSloane
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Your post simultaneously gives me hope and despair. The US is very much a 'bread and circuses' society now. They are well fed and well-entertained. There are more people on the streets who could recite volumes about the Kardashians than there are people who have even heard of Bernanke, let alone being able to discuss what he does. The entire Western MSM, not only in the US but in all Western societies, is designed to filter through and present gov't propaganda and a lot of people unquestioningly accept it as truth. I'm not implying that its different in the East, but the Western societies often proudly proclaim how independent their news services are, which is complete and utter bullshit. The hope comes into it with the belief that David is going to want his sling back. He is going to want to excercise his power because bread and circuses are not preventing him from realizing he is hungry, empty, and without possessions anymore.

Good post, Falak.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 14:42 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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whose main protagonists are US corporates and its iconic trend setters.

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... are the 'american' middle class. The two others are servants to the middle class and only exist due to the good will of the middle class.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 15:25 | Link to Comment Vlad Tepid
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Dare you call it US citizenism?

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:16 | Link to Comment kevinearick
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Apple tries to close the consumption for more credit deal...and faills. the problem, not bernanke, is the solution, depending upon how you choose to employ the pieces. whether those are knives or manna raining down depends upon perspective.

Did you hear that cbs clip: why are you standing in line, why do you want a 5? "I don't know..."

What's that gals name, maxine waters, going back to lead finance com after getting outed for seeking a bailout for her husband's bank, meanwhile obamny keeps throwing its own under the bus.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:54 | Link to Comment koaj
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Decentralization of what we have today or mutuality? A model somewhat like a credit union model I expect, called a mutual society or bank in the UK. John Ward is exploring this concept here

http://hat4uk.wordpress.com/mutuality/

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:06 | Link to Comment s2man
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Tyler, could you please denote who the guests are in guest posts?  Perhaps in the key-word links, if not in the title...

Some I could pass on, and others I wouldn't miss.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 15:03 | Link to Comment koaj
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Submitted by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market blog,

 

look an inch down on your monitor

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:20 | Link to Comment Eric L. Prentis
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Citizen demonstrations against another country’s actions (e.g., the Diaoyu or Senkaku Islands dispute between China and Japan) and workplace sabotage (e.g., Chinese factory workers installing malware on new computers sold in the US) are the vulnerable downsides to efficient globalization.

Supply-chain-management disruption of the just-in-time inventory system will be the world economy’s undoing. Result, a systemic global depression is coming.

 

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:27 | Link to Comment girlsunshine
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Yes this is it!  Leave huge unmanageable schools for home school co-ops. Leave factory food for  local sustainable farms.  Leave dollars for barter and coins.  Leave corporate attempts to patent our Godgiven food for backyard gardens and seedsaving. Leave corporate bigwigs - who suck out the money while playing golf and pushing down wages , forcing mandatory 12 hour shifts or putting out crap work product or blatant fraud because "nobodycares anyway" - for small business.  i want out!  just sayin...  my first zerohedge post. i feel better now.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 16:12 | Link to Comment Panafrican Funk...
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Glad to see the shared sentiment and open eyes.  Please keep posting!

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:35 | Link to Comment JR
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In order for a Collectivist system to prevail, its controllers MUST convince the masses that people need the system to survive. --  Brandon Smith

Reality builds on the fact that Americans do not recognize the Collectivist system as the form of government they want to support. Americans who will fight against tyranny still see America as the land of freedom and opportunity that now begins to darken under the force of central control. In my opinion, Americans will not embrace that future; their resistance to it now will become revolutionary if these abuses become stronger.

The so-called 47 percent who allegedly will vote socialism includes many who will fight for freedom; non taxpayer does not equate to enemies of the patriots who will fight to save this country. I am speaking of such people as veterans who are elderly and don’t have enough income to pay taxes.

Americans are unique in that they have tasted freedom and will respond differently from people in socialist countries. A recent study on how teachers could best be encouraged to motivate their students evaluated three groups: 1) a group to receive a bonus at the end of the term if their students increased their performance, 2) a group that would receive no bonus, and 3), a group that would receive the bonus up front with the reminder that the bonus would be taken away if their students did not improve by the end of the term.

The students in the latter group performed significantly better than in the other two groups with the researchers’ conclusion being:  having experienced a reward but knowing it could be lost was the prime motivator.

Having experienced freedom, Americans know for what they are fighting and will fight not to lose it.

 

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:50 | Link to Comment RSloane
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I hope you're right, JR.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 14:34 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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That's complete nonsense.  Knowledge of freedom is not remotely collective...  many americans have known nothing but our police state and socialist tendencies...  we know nothing of "freedom"...  I'm not sure there has been freedom, in any sense of the word, for...  at least a century.  [and probably never, but I digress]

Look at it like this...  in only a couple decades following the civil rights movement, we have ganster rap...  you have white trust fund babbies throwing up gang signs and utilizing an entirely new vocabulary...  fast forward another decade and kids literally have no stigma about dating people of another race. This happens because the prejudices of generations past have been forgotten...  however, this process can work for the worst as well, in that we may forget the freedoms of past generations...  never learning that we're smack dab in the middle of a totalitarian state.

This is why things tend to work in cycles...  and we repeat the mistakes of generations past...  the innate human desire to learn from our own mistakes rather than to learn from others'...  you might call this the opposite of wisdom.  Only certain generations live in "interesting" times and, thus, only certain generations get burned badly enough by the bullshit that they never forget...  the rest of us lounge around none the wiser.

When do things change?  Not until action becomes so restricted as to crush the sensibilities of the sub 40 crowd.  Why?  Because we've never known freedom...  it's as foreign as heirloom vegetables.  When is the breaking point?  Not for a long time.  What will happen?  We'll blink and repeat the mistakes of the past we willfully ignore.  Good luck.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 16:29 | Link to Comment JR
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Thanks for your good wishes.

But let me tell you something. I was born free, I know what freedom is and I know the sound of the chains coming to rein us into submission.

In recent decades millions of people have been enslaved, tortured and slaughtered by tyrants. I did not live under one of those regimes but I can read. I can learn what occurred and I am not so foolish to believe that this cannot happen here or to realize that it is not beginning to happen here. To equate America even up to the present day as a country without freedom is to border dangerously on acquiescencing to slavery.

Yes, I was born free and I will give my life to keep as much of that freedom as possible.

 

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 15:31 | Link to Comment Vlad Tepid
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Maybe you missed the memo:  We Americans HAVE lost our freedoms, and most people are too busy sucking on the teat of cable TV to care or notice.  Lest you think I over-react, my Barometer Lost Freedoms is gauged in number of Eastern European and Cambodian immigrants I talk to who say with a tinge of fear in their eye "I think I've been here before."  Submitted for your consideration.  Enjoy the shadows on the cave wall. They represent "The American Way."

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 16:43 | Link to Comment JR
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It’s a fatal mistake to confuse increasing restrictions on our freedoms as a fait accompli in the loss of freedom.

The reason is simple. Freedom is such a treasured, essential part of life that it is worth every ounce of effort to fight for it. And the freedoms that we have left are essential to increasing our liberty. For example, while free speech is more and more restricted all the time, the open criticisms of the government to the extent that people see the constructive steps ahead for reform are a precious opportunity we still have, particularly with the advent of the internet.

And, with the internet, a world of new information is providing a backdrop for Americans to oppose tyranny while using history, current events and encouraging counsel from all over the world.

In contrast to totalitarian governments within the past century, Americans still have measures of freedom of movement, freedom of association, some protections of privacy and at least a limited opportunity for judicial redress.  And, perhaps more important than all the others, a measure of the right to keep and bear arms. No one is disputing that all of these freedoms are less than the Founders intended, but let’s not give them up completely by shrugging our shoulders and falsely decrying that freedom is gone.

To say “We Americans HAVE lost our freedoms,” is to surrender.

BTW, no one I know, no one, watches television.

 

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:39 | Link to Comment backhandtopspin...
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So let the central planners die, what's the big deal?

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 14:52 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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The Founding Fathers of our nation took steps to decentralize economically from Great Britain long before they ever fired a shot against them.
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As usual, with 'americans', the litmus test to determine membership to the gang.

The FF centralized the economy.

'Americanism' was a big upgrade on centralization, not decentralization.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 16:55 | Link to Comment Jstanley011
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It's when an overcentralized system looks the strongest, that's when it's clay feet are actually being revealed. The metal detectors and the surveillance cameras and the draconian laws are signs of weakness, not strength. Yeah, and so is the economic unraveling of the Nanny State.

In readiness for the great devolution of power that's underway, IMHCO Americans need to reacquaint themselves with geniune (not photo op) town hall democracy. In view of which, in addition to stockpiling gold and ammo, a Roberts Rules of Order on the bookshelf would be apt. Then if and when the bottom drops out, we'll be ready to call a meeting to organize neighborhood governance along democratic lines. You know, instead of gangland or warlord lines.

We're Americans. We don't need permission. We just do it.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 20:19 | Link to Comment Tedster
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One of THE most useful concepts that I learned in recent years is that basically we (collectively) have been conned into believing that public input or participating in government is desired.

It's an illusion. One of the ways they have done this is a grand kind of psychological warfare. Robert's Rules of Order had to go. Groups who are
not amenable to the horseshit being foisted on them have to be controlled.
While there are variations, an extremely important method for effecting said horseshit is sometimes called "The Delphi Technique". It is used extensively in local government, business, academia, &c. I's almost certain you have been subject to it many times without realizing it. It's just the tip of the iceberg on mind control techniques and has been refined for many decades now, certainly since the first World War. What did you think all those "think tanks" were doing?

Ultimately, this is why an intelligent, informed populace is NOT desired by people you might not otherwise suspect. The beauty of an education (genuine, classical, rote memorization, facts, logical fallacies and so on) coupled with a working knowledge of the propaganda and psy-ops being utilized against America means they _won't work_ anymore.

Otherwise, forget it. Your communities will continue to be destructed. It may already be too late, but there is some comfort in understanding the scam, and how it works, methods, techniques.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 22:01 | Link to Comment tony bonn
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god bless the liberty movement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 23:36 | Link to Comment Radical Marijuana
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I thought the most important statement in that article was this:

I do not deny that the government as it exists now would use force to ensure that the public conforms to centralization.  That is a given.

After that, the rest is just scambling around coping with the overwhelming craziness, and attempting to do the best one can inside of that insanity.

The real world is mostly being controlled by huge lies, backed up with violence. Even after you figure out that the lies are LIES, they are still backed by VIOLENCE, and so, your real options are extremely limited. It is good not to believe the bullies' bullshit, but they are still bullies!

They are bullies on an astronomically amplified scale, which makes any other plans become very dubious. My opinion is that the events on 9/11/2001 were designed to be symbolic of deliberate financial collapse, and to deliberately drive a world war, with its associated martial law. Since the people who actually did 9/11 got away with that, and were able to advance their agenda, and those pyramidion people are still behind the scenes, controlling what happens, there are no sane plans for the future which do not include the high probability of the total insanity of deliberate financial collapse, and genocidal wars, and democidal martial law.

While there is no doubt that there are plenty of creative alternatives, those will have to attempt to survive through the astronomically amplified absurdity of the psychotic breakdown of the established systems becoming more and more mad, and self-destructive!

There is no way to imagine just how totally insane and absurd the collapse of a system based on huge lies, backed by violence, will eventually become, since we are discussing things which were astronomically amplified in size, by science and technologies that have nothing in history to compare them to!

The future will be BOTH the most creative, and the most destructive, events that there have ever been, exceeding all of the past human history by orders of magnitude! The destructive aspects we can barely imagine, while the creative aspects are even more incomprehensible.

Therefore, I agreed with the gist of this article, BUT I would repeat unintelligible syllables that inarticulately point at the awesome astronomical amplification of both the collapse into chaos, and the opportunities for creativity.

Mostly I look around for ethical parables found in the grander history of the evolution of life, much more so than anything in human history.  Evolution has favoured punctuated equilibria: relatively stable steady states, then relatively sudden changes, which prepare the way for some new equilibria to stabilize. We are on the edge of social storms, which will dramatically change things more than we can imagine! It will be as different as when we used to sit on the beach on a sunny day, versus that beach in the middle of a hurricane!

It is a classic cliche that Darwin wrote:

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.

Over and over again, nature has selected for some kind of specialization, and then almost totally wiped that out!

What has been happening in human society is the selection for monopolization, to take almost complete control of our civilization, through central banks, and the corporations that grew up around those banks. However, that is the opposite of the diversity which enables adaptation. The monopolies, that more and more characterize the established systems, were enabled to grow, by deliberately wiping out all competing diversity, as much as they could. However, that means we are way more vulnerable now. People were deliberately driven to have to live within systems that made them dependent upon those systems. It was always extremely difficult to attempt to live outside of the dominant frauds, backed by the violence of governments, that drove the triumphs of monopolization, privatization of profits, and socialization of losses, in a death spiral, heading in the opposite direct to what would be better for longer term survival.

Long term survival depends upon diversity, in order to have adaptability. However, nature always allows for runaway specialization to happen, whenever and wherever that is possible. Therefore, the plutocracy that now controls America has destroyed pretty well all of the other isms.  There is only fake liberalism, or fake conservatism, etc., left within the overwhelming power of plutocracy, backed by governmental power to rob and to kill any who did not agree to operate within that runaway plutocracy.

However, everything being thereby accomplished is creating rigid and brittle systems: social madness, enabled by runaway systems of huge lies, backed by lots of violence. Those are everywhere, but easiest to understand in the most basic aspects, such as agriculture, where insane runaway evil monopolization, personified by corporations like Monsanto, are empowered and enabled to do everything they can to destroy diversity, and prevent adaptation, in order to benefit their monopolies. Despite that that is INSANE, and guaranteed to backfire very, very badly, that is nevertheless what IS HAPPENING.  Therefore, as that system goes more and more in the opposite direction of diversity, and therefore, adaptability, it more and more guarantees that there must eventually come some points where its rigid, brittle, monopolizations have to collapse into chaos!

So, I agreed with this article, about recommending decentralization, and therefore, the possible adaptive ability to survive ... BUT, I repeat that we are on a rocket powered roller coaster ride into the unknown, due to the unprecedented science and technological powers that we were riding UP ... before we start going DOWN, then up and down, and up and down ...

Thus, the future will surely be more creativity, and more destruction, than we can imagine, and the other side of that is more unimaginable now than it has ever been before!!!

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 02:18 | Link to Comment Adahy
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Great post. Well said. I hope more people listen.

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 10:35 | Link to Comment NewWorldOrange
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Superb article.

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