Doug Casey Warns "It's Going To Get Very Unpleasant In The US At Some Point Soon"

Authored by Doug Casey via InternationalMan.com,

You’re likely aware that I’m a libertarian. But I’m actually more than a libertarian. I don’t believe in the right of the State to exist. The reason is that anything that has a monopoly of force is extremely dangerous.

As Mao Tse-tung, lately one of the world’s leading experts on government, said: “The power of the state comes out of a barrel of a gun.”

There are two possible ways for people to relate to each other, either voluntarily or coercively. And the State is pure institutionalized coercion. It’s not just unnecessary, but antithetical, for a civilized society. And that’s increasingly true as technology advances. It was never moral, but at least it was possible, in oxcart days, for bureaucrats to order things around. Today it’s ridiculous.

Everything that needs doing can and will be done by the market, by entrepreneurs who fill the needs of other people for a profit. The State is a dead hand that imposes itself on society. That belief makes me, of course, an anarchist.

People have a misconception about anarchists. That they’re these violent people, running around in black capes with little round bombs. This is nonsense. Of course there are violent anarchists. There are violent dentists. There are violent Christians. Violence, however, has nothing to do with anarchism. Anarchism is simply a belief that a ruler isn’t necessary, that society organizes itself, that individuals own themselves, and the State is actually counterproductive.

It’s always been a battle between the individual and the collective. I’m on the side of the individual.

I simply don’t believe anyone has a right to initiate aggression against anyone else. Is that an unreasonable belief?

Let me put it this way. Since government is institutionalized coercion—a very dangerous thing—it should do nothing but protect people in its bailiwick from physical coercion.

What does that imply? It implies a police force to protect you from coercion within its boundaries, an army to protect you from coercion from outsiders, and a court system to allow you to adjudicate disputes without resorting to coercion.

I could live happily with a government that did just those things. Unfortunately the US Government is only marginally competent in providing services in those three areas. Instead, it tries to do everything else.

The argument can be made that the largest criminal entity today is not some Colombian cocaine gang, it’s the US Government. And they’re far more dangerous. They have a legal monopoly to do anything they want with you. Don’t conflate the government with America—it’s a separate entity, with its own interests, as distinct as General Motors or the Mafia. I’d rather deal with the Mafia than I would with any agency of the US Government.

Even under the worst circumstances, even if the Mafia controlled the United States, I can’t believe Tony Soprano or Al Capone would try to steal 40% of people’s income from them every year. They couldn’t get away with it. But—perhaps because we’re said to be a democracy—the US Government is able to masquerade as “We the People.” That’s an anachronism, at best. The US has mutated into a domestic multicultural empire. The average person has been propagandized into believing that it’s patriotic to do as he’s told. “We have to obey libraries of regulations, and I’m happy to pay my taxes. It’s the price we pay for civilization.” No, that’s just the opposite of the fact. Those things are a sign that civilization is degrading, that the society is becoming less individually responsible, and has to be held together by force.

It’s all about control. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. The type of people that gravitate to government like to control other people. Contrary to what we’re told to think, that’s why you get the worst people—not the best—who want to get into government.

What about voting? Can that change and improve things? Unlikely. I can give you five reasons why you should not vote in an election (see this article). See if you agree.

Hark back to the ’60s when they said, “Suppose they gave a war and nobody came?” But let’s take it further: Suppose they gave a tax and nobody paid? Suppose they gave an election and nobody voted? What that would do is delegitimize government. I applaud the fact that only half of Americans vote. If that number dropped to 25%, 10%, then 0%, perhaps everybody would look around and say, “Wait a minute, none of us believe in this evil charade. I don’t like Tweedledee from the left wing of the Demopublican Party any more than I like Tweedledum from its right wing…”

Remember you don’t get the best and the brightest going into government. There are two kinds of people. You’ve got people that like to control physical reality—things. And people that like to control other people. That second group, those who like to lord it over their fellows, are drawn to government and politics.

Some might ask: “Aren’t you loyal to America?” and “How can you say these terrible things?” My response is, “Of course I’m loyal to America, but America is an idea, it’s not a place. At least not any longer…”

America was once unique among the world’s countries. Unfortunately that’s no longer the case. The idea is still unique, but the country no longer is.

I’ll go further than that. It’s said that you’re supposed to be loyal to your fellow Americans. Well, here’s a revelation. I have less in common with my average fellow American than I do with friends of mine in the Congo, or Argentina, or China. The reason is that I share values with my friends; we look at the world the same way, have the same worldview. But what do I have in common with my fellow Americans who live in the trailer parks, barrios, and ghettos? Or even Hollywood, Washington, and Manhattan? Everyone has to be judged as an individual, but probably very little besides residing in the same political jurisdiction. Most of them—about 50% of the US—are welfare recipients, and therefore an active threat. So I have more personal loyalty to the guys in the Congo than I do to most of my fellow Americans. The fact we carry US passports is simply an accident of birth.

Those who find that thought offensive likely suffer from a psychological aberration called “nationalism”; in serious cases it may become “jingoism.” The authorities and the general public prefer to call it “patriotism.” It’s understandable, though. Everyone, including the North Koreans, tends to identify with the place they were born. But these things should be fairly low on any list of virtues. Nationalism is the belief that my country is the best country in the world just because I happen to have been born there. It’s most virulent during wars and elections. And it’s very scary. It’s like watching a bunch of chimpanzees hooting and panting at another tribe of chimpanzees across the watering hole. I have no interest in being a part of the charade—although that’s dangerous.

And getting more dangerous as the State grows more powerful. The growth of the State is actually destroying society. Over the last 100 years the State has grown at an exponential rate, and it’s the enemy of the individual. I see no reason why this trend, which has been in motion and accelerating for so long, is going to stop. And certainly no reason why it’s going to reverse.

It’s like a giant snowball that’s been rolling downhill from the top of the mountain. It could have been stopped early in its descent, but now the thing is a behemoth. If you stand in its way you’ll get crushed. It will stop only when it smashes the village at the bottom of the valley.

This makes me quite pessimistic about the future of freedom in the US. As I said, it’s been in a downtrend for many decades. But the events of September 11, 2001, turbocharged the acceleration of the loss of liberty in the US. At some point either foreign or domestic enemies will cause another 9/11, either real or imagined. It’s predictable; that’s what sociopaths, which I discussed earlier, do.

When there is another 9/11—and we will have another one—they’re going to lock down this country like one of their numerous new prisons. I was afraid that the shooting deaths and injuries of several hundred people in Las Vegas on October 1st might be it. But, strangely, the news cycle has driven on, leaving scores of serious unanswered questions in its wake. And about zero public concern.

It’s going to become very unpleasant in the US at some point soon. It seems to me the inevitable is becoming imminent.

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As Doug says, the State continues to grow more powerful. But behind it is a little-known group—one made up of unelected insiders. This group calls the real shots in Washington. And it poses the biggest threat to your freedom… and your finances. Luckily, you can protect yourself and your family from its destructive agenda. Learn how here.

Comments

Thoresen Thu, 04/12/2018 - 05:04 Permalink

You Americans need to sort out the idiots you vote for.

Brits the same.

Politicians just create the illusion of democracy, whilst the deep state and MSM run the show.

Adolph.H. Thoresen Thu, 04/12/2018 - 05:07 Permalink

It is actually by design. The satanic parasite that brought Russia to its knees after the slaying of the imperial family has moved out of the basement and is now busy organizing some cultural revolution in your lovely land of the free. 

Four more information, search for Yuri Bezmenov. 

Good luck. 

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It's okay not to be a Jew.

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hedgeless_horseman kralizec Thu, 04/12/2018 - 08:28 Permalink

 

 

Oh yeah! Lets get back to Feudalism. That was so much better...

Feudalism? Another strawman argument.

True anarchy is probably no more possible than true socialism.

I'd be thrilled to get rid of entitlements.  I did not agree to pay for the lifestyle of half the population, bank bailouts, or perpetual war against The Boogeyman.

Maximum freedom, minimum government, end the Fed, and no standing army.

This was one of Doug's best articles.

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Beam Me Up Scotty kralizec Thu, 04/12/2018 - 14:41 Permalink

" I can’t believe Tony Soprano or Al Capone would try to steal 40% of people’s income from them every year "

40%???  Try 70-80%!!  Income taxes (federal state and local), property taxes, sales taxes, gas taxes, social security taxes, medicare taxes, and the myriad of hidden taxes (on your cellphone bill, your electric bill, your cable tv bill), and you are easily, EASILY giving 7-8 days out of every 10 days you work.......TO SOMEONE ELSE!!!

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HopefulCynical Luc X. Ifer Thu, 04/12/2018 - 16:06 Permalink

True anarchy is probably no more possible than true socialism.

Interestingly, after proclaiming himself an anarchist, he goes on to exactly describe minarchy - which is soundly derided as "statism" by every ancap I see spewing forth online.

I would consider myself a minarchist, except that I would add sound money to the three mentioned, because otherwise you have - uhh, the usual suspects - engaging in coin clipping and such.

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new game HopefulCynical Thu, 04/12/2018 - 18:58 Permalink

no standing army???? because no other humans would wish to rule over a country with no army-really- huh. ignorance of human nature is a death wish.

hey, i'm no follower of this empires desires, but like personnel protection any nation that is to survive has to have some form of defense. allies, friends both local and national are the best defense. it all got hyjacked by the few we can't get rid of for all the above  reasons -mentioned. there will always be a bad person ready to take what is not theirs earned by labor. death to them. rid society of horse thieves. harsh as it may sound, we are headed for that soon. wild western shit show...

doug has some good thoughts but is ignorant of human history. humans are violent. he is nomadic i guess. he will not be spared the impact...

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UmbilicalMosqu… Beam Me Up Scotty Thu, 04/12/2018 - 19:38 Permalink

"40%???  Try 70-80%!!  Income taxes (federal state and local), property taxes, sales taxes, gas taxes, social security taxes, medicare taxes, and the myriad of hidden taxes (on your cellphone bill, your electric bill, your cable tv bill), and you are easily, EASILY giving 7-8 days out of every 10 days you work.......TO SOMEONE ELSE!!!"

 

"It's a business." > Tony Soprano

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DisorderlyConduct hedgeless_horseman Thu, 04/12/2018 - 09:03 Permalink

While I used to bristle at the anarchist argument before, it is much more compelling now that we can clearly see the opposite coming right at us.

It used to be about bringing the fight to them, by voting, educating others, tax protest or what have you. But now the fights coming to us. By constitutional measures the US government has de legitimized itself. The corpse of a once great nation is just twitching about.

Even so, I think that the population is largely married to the system. Dependent. They wouldn't do as much as voice a concern as their freedoms are taken - as long as they get their gibs. That makes it harder for those of us who actually are human.

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TuPhat hedgeless_horseman Thu, 04/12/2018 - 10:12 Permalink

Doug's best is not good enough.  True anarchism would not work at all.  When is Doug going to shoulder the individual responsibility on his shoulders of getting rid of the psychopaths?  That can't be done.  It has to be done by a group of good people.  When you have enough good people in a nation you will have good government and it will be minimal government.  That won't happen by anarchists like Casey using the power of wishful thinking.  What he really wants of course is your investment money.

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BrownCoat TuPhat Thu, 04/12/2018 - 11:46 Permalink

"When you have enough good people in a nation you will have good government"
This cannot happen with multiculturalism.

"True anarchism would not work at all."
Very true, and yet, that is exactly what happens today!
- Expect justice from the courts? At an exorbitant cost in time and money and a criminal unable to pay restitution.
- Police protection? Mostly "self organized" as Casey points out. High crime areas are full of criminals. Low crime areas have fewer criminals. The police do very little (or not enough) crime fighting and are overwhelmed when the community's criminals increase. 

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Itdoesntmatter hedgeless_horseman Thu, 04/12/2018 - 10:22 Permalink

And there's the flaw in the libertarian view....you have been convinced that entitlements to the poor are the problem, when it's entitlements to the rich that steal from the middle class, the infrastructure, and the morality of the country...you people are simply selfish fucks who gladly step over the poor to sniff the asses of the rich....idiots...

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MrNoItAll anarchitect Thu, 04/12/2018 - 21:27 Permalink

Humans and their ancestors have hundreds of thousands of years experience living, functioning and thriving in small bands and close-knit communities. We have about 3000 years living in cities under kings and rulers of all flavors. I don't think we've got the "complex society" thing entirely worked out yet, and doubt that we ever will. It is only massive amounts of energy that keep the current "civilization" going. One day, that energy won't be there, and we'll head back to our roots -- living in small, close-knit tribes and communities. Getting there will be hell, however.

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Ace Ventura Itdoesntmatter Thu, 04/12/2018 - 11:22 Permalink

Not sure what 'libertarian view' you're describing. Libertarians are typically against ALL forms of forced welfare/redistribution schemes....whether they go down or UP the social ladder. And if it makes me a 'selfish fuck' to be against having my wealth forcibly extracted at gunpoint so that millions of illegal aliens and hordes of 'gibsmedat' dindus can have free cell-phones, food, drink, internet service, in-state tuition, healthcare, etc, etc, etc......then so be it.

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MoralsAreEssential hedgeless_horseman Thu, 04/12/2018 - 11:28 Permalink

It's the money system and its control by the less than 1% which keeps a small number of families and their bought off stooges in control of the world.  They use every evil to keep it that way.  That system is being challenged and many battles have been won.  As another obviously wealthy and knowledgeable Poster here has said, the plan of the Evil Ones is to chip everyone and many are already and do not even know it.  The Tech Giants, monopoly corporations and total reliance on Tech are the new faces of the Rulers and Controllers.  THIS is more sinister and evil than any former Dictator or Tyrant ever possible in the 3D world of Earth.  It will literally control our bodies and minds in the service of AI.  BTW, in Jade Helm all the information about the responses of humans were being fed to AI so it could LEARN.

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presk_eel_pundit hedgeless_horseman Thu, 04/12/2018 - 11:32 Permalink

Talk about "another strawman argument". You, Casey, Romney, and Paul Ryan perpetuate the myth that 50% of Americans are on welfare, when it's actually 30%. The other 20% are on Social Security and Medicare, which are government run insurance programs, that people like you like to call "entitlement programs". It's the same as a wife collecting on a life insurance policy after her husband dies, or someone that pays into an annuity for 35 years collecting on the policy when they retire. The only difference is that one is government run, while the other is run by a for-profit corporation. Is it a Ponzi scheme? Sure, in the same way that all private insurance policies (life, home, auto, annuity, etc.) are also Ponzi schemes.

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Indo_Expat Gatto Thu, 04/12/2018 - 16:30 Permalink

As far as Social Security retirement goes babbling moron, you must have worked the minimum requirement to be eligible. The same with SSDI, which can take YEARS to qualify for after having met the same work requirement. If you have not worked the minimum to qualify, you receive no benefits, PERIOD.

This is after having paid into it throughout a working lifetime through mandatory payroll deductions unlike an insurance policy which is obtained at the sole discretion of the purchaser, and those that have paid into SS our entire working lives WANT OUR FUCKING MONEY BACK.

Social Security would have been completely viable and sustainable had it NOT BEEN LOOTED BY POLITICIANS OVER DECADES.

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snblitz presk_eel_pundit Thu, 04/12/2018 - 14:46 Permalink

I am not sure that paying for 50% or 30% of the welfare recipients makes a real difference.

Annuities are not ponzi schemes.  They are math.

Annuities cannot function in a system of fake money. (unsound money)

Annuities generally assume there is some value to be had in loaning out money.

Say that value represents a 5% return per year.

How much you must save up in your annuity for a known return in the future is easily calculated.

However, if the Fed exists and manipulates rates and the value of money, your annuity calculations are worthless.

Social Security and medicare were unsound the day they were created and were easily shown to be unsound at the time and can be now.

However, private annuities have been and can be quite sound in a stable money economy.

What you need to understand is that Fed exists to steal.  It has done so quite effectively since it was created stealing 98.5% of all wealth, or at least redirecting it.

When the store of wealth of the US citizens was exhausted the Fed and the US government started stealing from the future.  $21 trillion so far.

 

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joego1 snblitz Thu, 04/12/2018 - 19:36 Permalink

We have outgrown representative government in it's current form which was created out of necessity because we had no better way to communicate in the time. Ride to the capital and represent your people on a horse. We now can communicate to anyone on the planet, we need a new gig less dependent on overbearing ass-hole personalities.

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hxc Bay of Pigs Thu, 04/12/2018 - 19:12 Permalink

Unless you go for the socialist lies and garbage, the only logically consistent position is to oppose the statw; i.e. market anarchism (aka anarcho-capitalism).

Otherwise you are just lazily playing doctor, tinkering around the edges of the problem: "We removed most of the malignant tumor! Problem solved."

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BrownCoat kralizec Thu, 04/12/2018 - 11:54 Permalink

"I am always amused by people who think there is real freedom and liberty to be had in its full measure somewhere else on the planet than the nations they castigate...there is no such place, there is no escape for anybody for what is coming"

Your argument is not that the nations don't deserve castigation, but that there is no physical geography (safe space) for freedom loving people. Good point.

The author does say: 'America is an idea, it’s not a place. At least not any longer'
 

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Indo_Expat BrownCoat Thu, 04/12/2018 - 16:12 Permalink

In fact there are, it's simply that you don't have what it takes to reach them or even the intelligence or wherewithal to find them.

Have fun cooking in your self-made simmering stewpot of inequity, moral corruption, fear and self-loathing. It's quite entertaining for those of us living in freedom in the real world who had the common sense to get out while we had the chance.

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HardAssets UmbilicalMosqu… Thu, 04/12/2018 - 21:42 Permalink

Well it seems that trashing the idea and ideal of America once & for all is of crucial importance to the globalist NWO crowd. We still have a faint memory of freedom in our collective consciousness. (It’s extremely faint, and brainwashed out of each successive generation by the ‘education ‘/media propaganda machine.) The 2A may be the final barrier to global neo-feudalism.

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DisorderlyConduct Mister Ponzi Thu, 04/12/2018 - 10:16 Permalink

Well, and apart from power there must be a willingness - a desire - to subjugate and rob. In some countries that willingness is near nonexistent. In Vietnam, a lot of people live freer than in the US, and they're communist. But the government largely does not jack with regular people. Nowhere near like the US does.

Although, the US is probably a role model for them - so who knows in the future...

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