HUD Secretary Ben Carson Mused That "The Purge" Could Really Happen... And He's Not Wrong

Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog,

The Washington Post recently published an article about Dr. Ben Carson, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. It started off mockingly, describing Carson’s theory that the movie The Purge could easily become really given a specific set of circumstances.

If you aren’t familiar with it, The Purge franchise is a series of movies that take place in a dystopian not-so-distant future. In that future world, things are pretty similar to how they are right now – there aren’t any flying cars or AI robots serving breakfast – except for one night a year.

And on that night, people can commit any crime without worry of punishment. Anything they do that night is legal, there are no first responders to save the victims, and there won’t be any court cases later.

It was Christmastime in Washington, and Ben Carson couldn’t stop talking about the apocalypse.

“Did you know,” the secretary of housing and urban development asked his acting chief of staff, Deana Bass, at a Capitol Hill holiday party, “that if North Korea detonated a nuclear weapon into our exosphere, it could take out our entire electrical grid?”

Bass shook her head.

“What’s that movie where there’s complete lawlessness and anarchy for one night a year?” Carson said, calmly resting his right hand over his left. “ ‘The Purge’! It will be like ‘The Purge’ all the time…” (source)

And honestly, he’s not wrong. There are a lot of people out there who seem like they’d salivate at the chance to off their neighbors without any repercussions. One of the movies, The Purge: Election Year, seems particularly timely after the vitriol of the last presidential race.

Crimes are becoming more shocking and brutal

We have reached an era of extreme brutality and virulent hatred that I certainly haven’t seen in my lifetime. Recently, I wrote an article based on the essay of Sir John Grubb about the end of empires and discussed unfathomable crimes.

Crimes are becoming more horrific and mindboggling. A 17-year-old girl was trying to walk home through a “no-go zone” in the UK and was sexually assaulted 3 separate times in one hour. A man in Pennsylvania tried to strangle his girlfriend to death because she changed the passcode to the IPad. A Georgia woman murdered her two toddler sons by putting them in the oven and then video-chatted their father.

A Hollywood fixture has been accused of assaulting and harassing dozens of women, which led thousands of other women to share their horror stories with a #MeToo hashtag on Twitter. I have seen report after report recently of teachers having sex with their high school students.

And things have become even more horrifying since then.

Just in today’s headlines, I saw:

And those crimes are a drop in the bucket. There are awful tales of such severe animal cruelty that I can’t get the headlines out of my mind. Tales of child abuse so mindblowing that it seems like they can’t possibly be real pop up every single day.

Complete disrespect for the political beliefs of others is now not only the norm, but it’s praised. People can lose their jobs because they voted for the “wrong” candidate. Cars with certain political stickers get targeted for vandalism. People are actually killing one another over politics. This is no longer about discourse – it’s about shouting over the people with different views.

In light of this environment, if it was totally legal to do away with people who were vocal about their different political philosophies, how far of a stretch is it to think that Dr. Carson is right about the potential of a Purge? Good people love to say how they would not participate, but if someone came for you and your family, you’d have no choice but to commit acts every bit as brutal as your attackers in order to survive.

When will it end?

Certainly, no time soon if we keep lumping people together because of who they voted for and assuming that we know everything about them based on the sticker on their back bumpers. We’ve had deeply controversial elections before and we managed to get past it, but when we generalize, we take away the humanity of the people we criticize.

When all we do is group people into “evil Republicans” and “crybaby Democrats” we miss the finer qualities of these people. And there ARE good qualities in just about every person, no matter what their political beliefs are. Even if you think someone is delusional, it’s important to try to understand the position from which they developed that perspective.

One has to wonder what it will take to bring us together. Dr. Carson strikes again with a movie reference.

…“There’s never been a time in the history of the world where a society became divided like this and did well,” Carson said as a crowd — including an off-duty New York Times reporter, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, a slew of representatives from housing nonprofit organizations and old friends from his presidential campaign — circled him. “And we don’t really have a reason to be fighting each other. There was a movie some years ago, a Will Smith movie called ‘Independence Day’ . . .”

With his soothing, story-time cadences and heavy-lidded gaze, Carson proceeded to hold forth on how Earth’s near-annihilation laid bare the superficiality of all the world’s strife. If only, he argued, people realized that the fate of humanity hung in the balance, then Palestinians and Jews, or even the United States and Russia, could be “like best friends.” (source)

How can we help each other from a place of scorn and derision? How can we come together when we deliberately divide ourselves every single day?

Let’s hope it doesn’t take an alien invasion or epic disaster to make us mend fences. The time is coming when we’re going to need our neighbors and they’re going to need us. Hatred breeds nothing but more hatred and it’s only a matter of time before Dr. Carson is right about that whole Purge business.


Luc X. Ifer Joe Trader Fri, 02/09/2018 - 00:12 Permalink

You can be assured about it. It is unavoidable, any other scenarios are utopia. Once we realized that we are just same kind of walking decaying organic matter as anything else roaming the planet, we also realized that is completly useless to maintain the number of human cattle so high. The purge and the culling are already designed and planned, the current technical advancements made human farming obsolute.

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Cash Is King Squid-puppets … Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:40 Permalink

Don’t know about this and have done absolutely zero research (not like I’d find the real answer anyway) but supposedly the NK’s have 2 satellites equipped with EMP’s that fly over the Northern Hemisphere and the US in particular..... every day. I know of no defense when it comes to dropping something on us from high earth orbit. To my knowledge, we’ve never attempted or stopped a meteor either mostly due to speed and a lot of the time we just didn’t detect it coming in hot! It’s an interesting theory to chew on, no?

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JRobby CultiVader Fri, 02/09/2018 - 05:15 Permalink

Assume this judge did something illegal that damaged you and a lot of others that came through his court. This would be taking bribes for outcomes for example. NOT ruling within the parameters of the law but you don't particularly like the ruling.

When you start talking about killing judges, you are talking anarchy.

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new game BlindMonkey Fri, 02/09/2018 - 02:54 Permalink

working on 2.1 update. "club" tracking. actually it is a small minority of people that are screwing the majority. as far as horiffic crime goes, expedient elimination. in reality most people are decent. that is what i experience daily. 10 percent are assholes but fit in as misfit fuks. but it is the 1 percent that need to be purged one way or another. even if dc was "house cleaned" they exist to come back another day...

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Gusher Ms. Erable Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:06 Permalink

It's BS. Google it.  If the fat moron from NK did manage to lob a big bomb over the U.S. and was able to detonate it in the sweet spot, it might take out the grid in an area the size of one city and it's metro area, maybe a bit larger.  Truth be told, it is an unknown.  Could be worse. Could be not so bad at all. Then we nuke him and that is definitely lights out for NK. Oh never mind, it is already lights out in 99% of NK.

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Luc X. Ifer T-NUTZ Fri, 02/09/2018 - 00:24 Permalink

I'm the machette and bow guy. I like silence. I like to enjoy the sound of blood gurgling and the sounds and the look on the faces of the ones living their last seconds looking into my face. You know, we all have weird ways to define fun and entertainment, no pun indeed, usually a beer, a scotch and a pussy is enough, no need to go dramatical.

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EddieLomax El Vaquero Fri, 02/09/2018 - 05:09 Permalink

But take away immigrants and those examples of brutality thin out quickly.

Take away peoples mobility and we'd see very little crime, while I enjoy my freedom to drive around as I please the flip side has been less "community".  People would rarely burgle their own community but are happy to steal from strangers a distance away.

Personally I'd like to cut off the mass immigration and send back the aliens who want to live like 7th century arabs, after that things would be decent.

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Scanderbeg Lost in translation Thu, 02/08/2018 - 23:41 Permalink

Lol, Shitazzz latest incarnation edited that Leech bit out of his comment.

Very telling how Commies attack Carson in particular. Here is a brilliant, decent man and a great role model for the black community.

And instead of people like Sleepy Doc the left make crack dealing rappers out to be the heroes.

Fucking vermin who got rich poisoning their own people and ought to be slowfed into a woodchipper.

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Cloud9.5 Lost in translation Fri, 02/09/2018 - 08:07 Permalink

God forbid that this happens but we have a one chance in eight that it does happen without the Norks doing anything.  This would not be a one night affair; it would be a protracted event with its effects being felt decades after the event.  I have a list too but I am not going to do those assholes a favor by taking them out early.  Let them shit themselves.  I’m going to be too busy trying to stay alive and keep my family alive.

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