This Is How Tyranny Rises And Freedom Falls: The Experiment In Freedom Is Failing

Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

It is easy to be distracted right now by the circus politics that have dominated the news headlines for the past year, but don’t be distracted.

Don’t be fooled, not even a little.

We’re being subjected to the oldest con game in the books, the magician’s sleight of hand that keeps you focused on the shell game in front of you while your wallet is being picked clean by ruffians in your midst.

This is how tyranny rises and freedom falls.

What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater. And what political theater it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing.

We are being ruled by a government of scoundrels, spies, thugs, thieves, gangsters, ruffians, rapists, extortionists, bounty hunters, battle-ready warriors and cold-blooded killers who communicate using a language of force and oppression.

The U.S. government now poses the greatest threat to our freedoms.

More than terrorism, more than domestic extremism, more than gun violence and organized crime, even more than the perceived threat posed by any single politician, the U.S. government remains a greater menace to the life, liberty and property of its citizens than any of the so-called dangers from which the government claims to protect us.

This has been true of virtually every occupant of the White House in recent years.

Unfortunately, nothing has changed for the better since Donald Trump ascended to the Oval Office.

Indeed, Trump may be the smartest move yet by the powers-that-be to keep the citizenry divided and at each other’s throats, because as long as we’re busy fighting each other, we’ll never manage to present a unified front against tyranny in any form.

The facts speak for themselves.

We’re being robbed blind by a government of thieves. Americans no longer have any real protection against government agents empowered to seize private property at will. For instance, police agencies under the guise of asset forfeiture laws are taking Americans’ personal property based on little more than a suspicion of criminal activity and keeping it for their own profit and gain.

We’re being taken advantage of by a government of scoundrels, idiots and cowards. When you’ve got government representatives who spend a large chunk of their work hours fundraising, being feted by lobbyists, shuffling through a lucrative revolving door between public service and lobbying, and making themselves available to anyone with enough money to secure access to a congressional office, you’re in the clutches of a corrupt oligarchy.

We’re being locked up by a government of greedy jailers. We have become a carceral state, spending three times more on our prisons than on our schools and imprisoning close to a quarter of the world’s prisoners, despite the fact that crime is at an all-time low and the U.S. makes up only 5% of the world’s population. The rise of overcriminalization and profit-driven private prisons provides even greater incentives for locking up American citizens for such non-violent “crimes” as having an overgrown lawn

We’re being spied on by a government of Peeping Toms. The government is watching everything you do, reading everything you write, listening to everything you say, and monitoring everything you spend. Omnipresent surveillance is paving the way for government programs that profile citizens, document their behavior and attempt to predict what they might do in the future, whether it’s what they might buy, what politician they might support, or what kinds of crimes they might commit.

We’re being ravaged by a government of ruffians, rapists and killers. It’s not just the police shootings of unarmed citizens that are worrisome. It’s the SWAT team raids gone wrongmore than 80,000 annually—that are leaving innocent citizens wounded, children terrorized and family pets killed. It’s the roadside strip searches—in some cases, cavity searches of men and women alike carried out in full view of the public—in pursuit of drugs that are never found. It’s the potentially lethal—and unwarranted—use of so-called “nonlethal” weapons such as tasers on children for engaging in little more than childish behavior.

We’re being forced to surrender our freedoms—and those of our children—to a government of extortionists, money launderers and professional pirates. Under the guise of fighting its wars on terror, drugs and now domestic extremism, the government has spent billions in taxpayer dollars on endless wars that have not ended terrorism but merely sown the seeds of blowback, surveillance programs that have caught few terrorists while subjecting all Americans to a surveillance society, and militarized police that have done little to decrease crime while turning communities into warzones.

We’re being held at gunpoint by a government of soldiers: a standing army. As if it weren’t enough that the American military empire stretches around the globe (and continues to leech much-needed resources from the American economy), the U.S. government is creating its own standing army of militarized police and teams of weaponized bureaucrats. These civilian employees are being armed to the hilt with guns, ammunition and military-style equipment; trained in military tactics; and authorized to lock the nation down under martial law.

Whatever else it may be—a danger, a menace, a threat—the U.S. government is certainly no friend to freedom.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, you cannot have a republican form of government - nor a democratic one, for that matter - when the government views itself as superior to the citizenry, when it no longer operates for the benefit of the people, when the people are no longer able to peacefully reform their government, when government officials cease to act like public servants, when elected officials no longer represent the will of the people, when the government routinely violates the rights of the people and perpetrates more violence against the citizenry than the criminal class, when government spending is unaccountable and unaccounted for, when the judiciary act as courts of order rather than justice, and when the government is no longer bound by the laws of the Constitution.

We won’t be able to sustain this fiction much longer.

“Things fall apart,” wrote W.B. Yeats in his dark, forbidding poem “The Second Coming.”

 

“The centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world… Surely some revelation is at hand.”

Wake up, America, and break free of your chains.

Something wicked this way comes.

Comments

GunnerySgtHartman Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:09 Permalink

The U.S. government now poses the greatest threat to our freedoms.The US government has always posed the greatest threat to our freedoms - that's why we have a Constitution which (supposedly) limits the power of the US government.  All one has to do is study history and they'll quickly find it out!

MilwaukeeMark Tiwin Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:24 Permalink

Unless you were being sarcastic, that very comment merely plays into the hands of the elite who have set up the Hegalian conflict such as to encourage the sheep to kill each other off, while they continue to loot and then use the violence they have sown as a means to further legitimze more of the same. 

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FreddieX MilwaukeeMark Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:54 Permalink

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/10/17/lec1-o17.htmlThe substance of Lenin’s The State and Revolution.The basic teachings of Marx and Engels on the state and the tasks of the proletarian revolution in relation to the state can be summed up as follows:* The role of all states as instruments of a ruling class for the suppression of exploited classes;* The need for the working class to overthrow and smash up the capitalist state machine and establish in place of the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie the dictatorship of the proletariat (i.e., a workers’ democracy);* The requirement for the working class to use force to carry out this task;...First: The state has not existed from eternity. There were primitive societies that knew nothing of a state power existing above the people. The state came into being when society became divided into irreconcilably antagonistic social classes. A special public power became necessary because, in Engels’ words, “a self-acting armed organization of the population has become impossible since the split into classes.” In order to prevent class conflict from devouring society, “it became necessary to have a power, seemingly standing above society, which would alleviate the conflict and keep it within the bounds of ‘order.’”...Second: As a machine for the suppression of the exploited class by the ruling class, every state establishes what Engels calls a “public power,” which consists essentially “not merely of armed men but also of material adjuncts, prisons, and institutions of coercion of all kinds, of which gentile [clan] society knew nothing.” A standing army and police are the chief instruments of state power.This is no less the case under capitalism, including in a bourgeois democratic republic with a parliament, a “free press,” etc., than in all previous stages of class society. Lenin explains, “Not only the ancient and feudal states were organs of exploitation of the slaves and serfs, but [quoting Engels] ‘the modern representative state is the instrument of the exploitation of wage-labour by capital…’”Indeed, Lenin writes: “A democratic republic is the best possible political shell of capitalism...

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historian40 GunnerySgtHartman Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:17 Permalink

The Constitution hasn't been the Law of the Land for 151 years.  It was abolished when the radicals and Lincoln set it aside and instituted military rule.  The Republic was overthrown and replaced with a Federal Union.  They have been making it up as they go along ever since.But hey, the education they oversee, since 1867(a conquered people must be re-educated), tells you a fable about living in a Republic and act as if the overthrow never happened, but rather it was just a war over slavery.

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Paul Kersey GunnerySgtHartman Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:37 Permalink

In the U.S. Constitution, it is written that the power of our elected officials is kept in check by a system of checks and balances; between the Congress, the Executive Branch and the Supreme Court. This, of course is total bullshit. The Federal Reserve, over a relatively short period of time, bailed out a cartel of international banks to the tune of over $29 trillion (created out of thin air). Was that money authorized by Congress, the Executive Branch, or approved by the Supreme Court? Hell no. The Fed is an agent of the TBTF banks, and it answers to them and to them only. There are no real checks and balances.

The Fed protects and enriches the TBTF bankers and bond holders, by giving them unlimited funds that ultimately, through created debt, are extracted from over 300 million Americans. The Constitution does not protect these Americans from this massive wealth extracting operation. The Constitution is a joke in this country's winner-take-all form of capitalism, where a small number of financial overlords have their feet firmly planted on the back of the necks of hundreds of millions of their debt-serfs. After all, the purpose of human livestock is to be fleeced and then discarded, just as it was in feudal times.

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GunnerySgtHartman Blue Steel 309 Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:08 Permalink

Is it the Constitution that's a failure, or is it the elected representatives, and by extension the people, who are the failure?  The 10th Amendment states that any powers not specifically reserved to the federal government are reserved to the states and the people; the Constitution does not allow for a central bank, yet the elected representatives implemented one anyway.

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MisterMousePotato GunnerySgtHartman Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:19 Permalink

I think the Founders were a little naive. I think they gave their descendants too much credit. I think they should have taken a little more time with the Constitution to more clearly express their intentions.I'm not saying that the second amendment, for example, should have been written like the ACA, but had they put me in charge, in just about half a dozen sentences (and probably fewer), NO ONE would harbor any doubts or questions about whether one had the Constitutional right to mount a 50 calibre belt fed automatic weapon on the roof of their car, if they desired.Instead, they wrote a document suitable for the governance of a "moral and religious people only."Of course, I have similar complaints about The Bible, too.

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Ace Ventura Blue Steel 309 Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:41 Permalink

This was one of the main arguments against the constitution put forth by the anti-federalists. Essentially, that without more specificity, government would quickly interpret all "grey areas" in whatever way maximized its power over the people. The counter argument by the aristocratic-leaning federalists was that specificity wasn't needed, because if it wasn't specifically mentioned/authorized in the constitution, it was automatically PROHIBITED.Clearly, the aristocrats carried the day for the most part. At least Jefferson was astute enough to insist the Bill of Rights be included, otherwise the complete decimation of the country would have occurred much earlier. 

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WTFUD HRClinton Wed, 10/18/2017 - 04:07 Permalink

There are people who talk/teach and people who DO. Too many of the former are reluctant to engage physically for fear of a bit of blunt force trauma. In the fight for Independence from British Colonial Rule, Mahatma Gandhi is remembered for his Non-Violent Peaceful Protest but the Truth was he needed an army of militants to Engage Physically with the East-India Company and their brutal garrison of military zealots, armed & ready to subdue/quash any uprising.

You'll get nowhere just talking with these Dictators & their Public (haha) Enforcers. Blood Sacrifice is absolutely necessary; the ONLY LANGUAGE they understand.

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nmewn Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:11 Permalink

"Unfortunately, nothing has changed for the better since Donald Trump ascended to the Oval Office.Indeed,..."Ya know, I'm just gonna state for the record I despise anyone who starts a sentence off with "indeed" no matter who the fuck they are.

moorewasthebestbond Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:17 Permalink

A wise man on ZH once said Europe would be engulfed in flames before "America even farted". Well, the first half of his prediction has pretty much come true. Fuck you Europe and all defeatist nations around the globe!

Yen Cross Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:22 Permalink

 Civilization, and Freedom are two entirely different representations of "Humanity". I think the " Libtards" might be exploring the faults of their "FAKE" agendas?

johnnycanuck Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:23 Permalink

Again and agiain, the same meme. But what matters is will the Walmartians rise and waddle up Capitol Hill to take back their birth right?Or as Clint put it so succintly in the Outlaw Josey Wales, 'Are you gonna pull them pistols or whistle Dixie'?Everyone  knows, you have plenty pistols. 

johnnycanuck historian40 Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:53 Permalink

In my country it's illegal to form a Militia now. I find that somewhat troublesome considering Canada's long standing defense policy incorporated Militias as an intergral part of National Defense.Canadian policy was geared toward Militias as opposed to expensive standing Armies but now Citizens forming a Militia is seen as a threat to the authority of the State.

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King of Ruperts Land johnnycanuck Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:53 Permalink

In the US every fighting age man is legal considered part of the Militia.

I think Canada has that concept also. For instance in Canada you are required to assist the RCMP if they ask you. Including shooting someone. And her Majesty can conscript you into the armed forces if need be. See. You are already in the reserve militia. You just haven't been called up and trained yet.

Canada has the "Rangers" that is a militia. You could join that. You could also join the Canadian Armed forces, for free Military training. The Cadets or Air Cadets if you are young.

It is illegal to drill without permission of her Majesty. You could ask her, but I am sure you would just get referred to the stuffy shirts and turbine head in Ottawa.

Don't Drill.
Form a "Hunting party".
Go "Hunting" together to practice your "hunting" skills.
Practice maneuvers and survival skills.
Practice killing a living thing.
Learn to use a knife to cut up a large mammal.
Get free meat.

Dig lines of fox holes spaced 200 yards apart and shoot at targets right in front of each others foxholes. That is a good live fire exercise.

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King of Ruperts Land historian40 Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:31 Permalink

Sounds like you speak of Boston and "pressure cooker" "terrorists" which seemed like a staged training exercise.

1. Don't engage a superior force. Comply. The police state does do shit like that.

2. Pick the battles to engage in. Examine the intelligence you have gathered and plan to fight. If a tyrannical regime begins door to door gun confiscation, they may be successful for the first day or so. By then the situation will be analyzed and an organized resistance will be mounted.

If the enemy is marching on your main armory then there will be an immediate resistance as in the road to Concord.

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King of Ruperts Land historian40 Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:17 Permalink

Just because many have a naive view of warfare, does not mean everyone does. The good old boys may not all be four star general material, but they will join in the fight and fight hard. Review your history on gun confiscation such as: "The Road to Concord". The people have drones and the people have armor piercing ordnance. These are the "brass cannon" of today. I would not want to be one of those "mercenaries" you speak of.

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cynicalskeptic Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:30 Permalink

The Republic has been dead for some time.  The Empire is collapsing.The past century - or a little more - has seen transformative changes in this nation from centralbanking to a large standing army and large permanent armaments industries to a complete revication of the bill of rights and an all powerful surveillance state.

Dr. Engali Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:45 Permalink

Meh, pass the domestic piss water beer and monosodium glutamate cheetos. Foolsball is on teevee, and I don’t have time for this crap. Son, get me the remote, I can’t get my fat ass out of the BarcaLounger to grab it.

TheEndIsNear Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:50 Permalink

Great article. Seldom do we read the truth, except occasionally here on ZeroHedge. If the *insouciant* general population weren't so brainwashed and indoctrinated by the so called "public school" system and TeeVee, we would have already had a revolution.

jack stephan Tue, 10/17/2017 - 23:14 Permalink

I like my life, my family envied it.  It's tough to maintain a million spinning plates.  I go to ranges when I have an intermission to pick up spent brass.  As a hobby or a stupid idiot hobby if you do it, you will get shot at, just because.  The shitty layout of the range will insure this.I have some toys, women who visit on a separation for dick, my hair went white so I at least think I'm doing ok. It wasn't always like this, I robbed all your supermarkets like animal house when I was hard up, not to mention other things.I'm doing ok,  it's not a bunny ranch everyday, but mildly pleased...yesBesides all that, dangerous liberty is the want a d need to go out and get shot at  for shiny brass because you choose to.I choose this, I like it.  So America will never completely crumble because bullets, are like meh.  You're greeting cards suck holmes.  You shoot like Stevie wonder fucks, c'mon kill me  

Reaper Tue, 10/17/2017 - 23:14 Permalink

The Exceptional sheeple are just as foolish as any other sheeple.  They crave to remain in a stupor of never-ending childhood.  Government and its Ministry of Truth, aka MSM, are their neo-parents.

CC Lemon Tue, 10/17/2017 - 23:24 Permalink

Freedom wasn't an experiment. It was always a desire, but an accident of time/geography/technology.Those in charge have always wanted to control those who aren't in charge.Those in charge have always wanted to maintain and increase their power.This isn't an end of an experiment, this is a reversion to a long historical mean.