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OXI! Ugo Bardi, Gail Tverberg, Steve Ludlum & RE discuss the Greek Referendum

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man-watching-tvIn the aftermath of the Greek Referendum results of a Vote of "OXI", or NO to the proposals made by the Troika and the Globalists, Ugo Bardi, Gail Tverberg, Steve Ludlum and myself got together for a Collapse Cafe to discuss the underlying causes of the Greek problems, and how this is being dealt with on the Political & Economic Level.

Production Notes:  Steve had connection issues early in the broadcast (around the 9 minute mark).  These were resolved later in the broadcast.

Entertainment Notes:  At around the 35 minute mark, you will be entertained by something quite novel in our Vidcasts.  A few Bloggers go BALLISTIC.  LOL.

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Change They Don’t Believe In

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Originally Published on Clusterfuck Nation April 13, 2015

The unfortunate consequence of not allowing the process of “creative destruction” to occur in banking and Big Business is that the historic forces behind it will seek expression elsewhere in the realm of politics and governance. The desperate antics of central banks to cover up financial failure can’t help but provoke political upheaval, including war.

It’s a worldwide phenomenon and one result will be the crackup of economic relations — thought by many to be permanent — that we call “globalism.” The USA has suffered mightily from globalism, by which a bonanza of cheap “consumer” products made by Asian factory slaves has masked the degeneration of local economic vitality, family life, behavioral norms, and social cohesion. That crackup is already underway in the currency wars aptly named by Jim Rickards, and you can bet that soon enough it will lead to the death of the 12,000-mile supply lines from China to WalMart — eventually to the death of WalMart itself (and everything like it). Another result will be the interruption of oil export supply lines.

The USA as currently engineered (no local economies, universal suburban sprawl, big box commerce, despotic agribiz) won’t survive these disruptions and one might also wonder whether our political institutions will survive. The crop of 2016 White House aspirants shows no comprehension for the play of these forces and the field is ripe for epic disruption. The prospect of another Clinton – Bush election contest is a perfect setup for the collapse of the two parties sponsoring them, ushering in a period of wild political turmoil. Just because you don’t see it this very moment, doesn’t mean it isn’t lurking on the margins.

This same moment (in history) the American thinking classes are lost in raptures of techno-wishfulness. They can imagine the glory of watching Fast and Furious 7 on a phone in a self-driving electric car, but they can’t imagine rebuilt local economies where citizens get to play both an economic and social role in their communities. They can trumpet the bionic engineering of artificial hamburger meat, but not careful, small-scale farming in which many hands can find work and meaning.

The true genius of Hillary is that she manages to epitomize every failure of our current political life: the obsessive micro-manipulation of image, the obscene moneygrubbing, the tired cronyism, the entitlement masquerading as sexual equality. Mostly, though, she has no idea where history is taking us, in case you’re wondering at the stupefying platitudes offered up as representative of her thinking. I’m not advocating for this gentleman, but it will at least be interesting to see Martin O’Malley jump into the race and call bullshit on her, which he will do, literally, because he has nothing to lose by doing it. The eunuchs on The New York Times Op Ed page certainly won’t do it.

What happens on the world financial scene will determine the flow of events up into the 2016 election. The built-up tensions and fragilities are begging for release. The defining instant might be Greece’s unwillingness to fork over another debt payment, or the death of the shale oil “miracle,” or some act by Saudi Arabia’s enemies, or some chain of exploding booby-traps in the shadow banking netherworld. The great surprise for America especially will be the recognition that our current living arrangements have no future. That’s the only thing that will prompt a new consensus to form around some alternate, more plausible future, and the emergence of a generation willing to fight for it, even if it requires some real creative destruction of the things that are killing us anyway.

 


James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

The School of Globalism

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Originally Published on Clusterfuck Nation April 6, 2015

“…we may be headed into a world where capital is abundant, deflationary pressures are substantial and demand could be in short supply for quite some time.”

Lawrence Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury

Professor Summers must be reading Ben Bernanke’s new blog. Or maybe he’s writing it for walking-around money. At $250,000 a pop for making a speech, Mr. Bernanke can certainly afford to pay high-toned hacks to polish his spin-o-nomics. Raillery aside, Mr. Summers’ utterance provokes some pretty fundamental questions: what exactly is this world we’re heading into, and what exactly does that capital consist of?

It is, first, a world of unraveling globalism. So many people who should know better — members of the supposed thinking class who have suspended their thinking — swallowed Tom Friedman’s dictum that globalism was here to stay, a permanent new feature of the human condition. File that idea in the dead letter office, along with Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History. With the help of competitive central bank racketeering, desperate nations have propelled themselves from financial disorder to geopolitical turmoil and history marches on — lately to the ululations of gleeful beheaders. Friedman’s flat world was predicated on a dominant and sound American polity, and we’ll have neither in that world Mr. Summers says we’re moving into.

In fact the first condition was predicated on the second: that America would continue to dominate the global economy because its polity was sound. We have clearly blown that by rigging together a corrupt troika of banks, market swindlers, and captive eunuch officials who expanded the financial sector of the economy from 5 percent to more than 40 percent, largely by pillaging the middle class and destroying the basis of their income. The USA set the tone for 21st century magical finance, in which “wealth” was “created” by digital accounting fraud. The effects at home are visible on our landscape of suburban hyperwaste and decrepitating older towns and cities.

One might say the main effect of the 50-year-long Friedman globalism orgy was the schooling of other nations in American-style financial fraud. Surely China has now surpassed the USA, considering the structural perversities of their banking and government relations. They really don’t have to account to anybody, including themselves, and the numbers they publish must be even more fantastical than the junk statistics produced by the US BLS. Europe has been a star pupil and only a few months ago announced a Quantitative Easing (fake capital creation) program as ambitious as America’s have been. Japan, of course, is just marking time until it quietly slips away and goes medieval.

Global disintegration has advanced furthest, not surprisingly, in the fragile band of regions most strung out on the primary commodity: oil. The Middle East / North Africa / Central Asia war zone is steadily combusting, and there is no sign of resolution across the whole of it, only the promise that conflict will get worse. Saudi Arabia was the cornerstone of that district, and the senile Saudi leadership finds itself in peril as its military pretends to support splintering Yemen. The other Arabian princes of other non-Saud clans must be watching the spectacle with wonder and nausea. When Arabia blows up, that will truly be the beginning of the end.

The foregoing leads to that other original question: what is that “capital” we’re counting on? I’d propose that it doesn’t exist. It is a figment engraved on the hard drives of the world, a ghost that haunts the people still in charge of that disintegrating global economy. There is still wealth in the world, but a lot less than people such as Larry Summers say there is.

 


James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

Why the future for a healthy human species is local not global

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Published on The Slog on January 22, 2015

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There are far too many of us.

I must’ve written the assertion here a hundred times over the last seven years, and every month the problems of that reality become more and more obvious.

To be clear about it, this is not some scientific equation point I’m trying to make. It’s not about land and air and population expansion: that’s a pointless debate that goes round in circles: I do think water is a vital resource and will become a key geopolitical factor in the future unless governments wake up, but this isn’t an eco-conservation wonk plea. It’s about pack-size and complexity – about the fundamentals of social anthropology.

The sheer size and population of contemporary western Sovereign States today means that individual choice and freedom are shrinking, literally, day by day. It leads to, among other things, a dilution of the sense of personal responsibility and worth, a one-size-fits-all attitude to medical diagnosis and treatment, education, welfare and manufacturing, and a self-serving élite following its own agendas rather than observing and then fulfilling citizen needs.

The ‘mass and class’ structure of the ‘modern’ State model in turn forces the need for mass communication – of news, products and services – and a profitability of the media set thus nurtured that leads to  inordinate power for the owners of those media. More recently, the explosion of the internet and expansion of “24/7 news” has led to less and less analysis of what’s going on, and a much more crowded information environment in which it is frighteningly easy to obfuscate, mislead, and lie about reality. A classic example of this is the myth of ‘choice’ – more channels on TV, more internet content, product segmentation, more political Parties, more ways to buy stuff online – where, on cool assessment, very clearly the real quality of what’s on offer has been reduced to almost zero: everything is formulaic and derivative, and even in hitech there’s no real leap…just more apps and constant updates.

Most significant of all is that the very complexity of the State model has led to the rise of neoliberal socio-economic policies, within which the need to address expensive complexity is removed but the fundamentals of State structure remain. This is the worst of all worlds: one where reduced welfare and wages lead to increased time starvation, community involvement falls, the time available for parenting declines, and government becomes increasingly inaccessible. All these combine to nurture a sense of bitter, alienated resentment among the populace. Communitarianism, ironically, is replaced by systemic tribalism. Debate deteriorates into slanging matches. Society lacks a coherent set of shared values.

And in a purely economic sense, the system based on permanent consumption implodes because not enough citizens can afford to consume.

With 24/7 news, hundreds of TV channels, millions of websites and portable access to information has come a further stage in personal isolation. Families no longer eat together, or even watch telly together: they stare at screens, tap keyboards, send texts, take calls, Skype distant contacts and emit often inane tweets.

Far from realising the dysfunctional nature of this construct, those whom governmental complexity has attracted (for it is a wonderful place to hide) bring engorged egos with them. These in turn develop multiple supermarketing, out-of-town shopping, lowest-price manufacturing, one Europe, one dominant petrodollar currency, one brand name of soft drink worldwide, and – by force majeur as much as anything else – one system of globalist mercantilism alongside interconnected banking “to which there is no alternative because it is the future”.

Those of us who are awake know what’s coming. Those in charge either don’t (a surprisingly large number don’t) or do – and are ensuring the door closes on their helicopter once they’re in it. (There is an entire echelon in China ready to leave at a moment’s notice once the corruption show-trials start.) Either way, more thinking, intelligent people need to step back and take an essentially apolitically cold look at what the Nation State and its supra-State ambitions have brought us to.

In summary, they have delivered an arts sector devoid of genuinely creative and challenging work. A lifestyle that a majority of people, for myriad reasons, find profoundly unfulfilling. A lack of investment in energy research that locks us all into the dangerous geopolitics of oil. The near-collapse of over twenty major economies. Astronomical debt. A perverted set of banking practices and ethics. A Europe that has returned to the unstable squabbling of the past. Widespread – and growing – limits to freedom of speech. And divisive cynicism about aims and motives.

At times, the loss of plot by ruling élites seems almost epidemiological. Dangerous confrontations in the Middle East and Ukraine. Anarchy and potential civil war in south eastern Europe. Education systems that turn out robotic acceptors rather than sceptical analysts. And – due to the insidious influence of privileged money on the political process – an Establishment that serves multinational tax-evaders, crooked bankers, shady oligarchs, tribal minority interests, media moguls and the grand designs of paranoid snoopers long before it gives any thought at all to those millions and millions of faceless individuals who are supposed to be represented through the democratic system.

And the more of us there are to ‘serve’, the easier it will be to govern – because the complexity and confusion I examine above leads to the resentment, fear, divisive politics and tribalism that remove effective opposition. But the security services deliberately offer the opposing view: that sixty million people are bound to harbour secret groups with secret plans to destabilise the State to which there is no alternative. So they must expand GCHQ, and spend £15bn every year to watch, listen to and read everything we say, write or broadcast. The internet ISPs already offering marketing the chance to sell by individual and aperture with hour by hour changes to the mix are keen to cooperate with Intelligence services. And risibly named ‘social networks’ fill in any gaps that are left.

The social networks and the blogosphere seem to me increasingly there to serve perhaps the most obvious symptom of a mentally ill culture: the desire to talk about oneself and, by one means or another, create a certain sort of fame – vicariously through others, or perhaps in a niche.

What has narcissistic celebrity obsession got to do with too large a pack size? Put simply, if you turn every citizen into a small frogspawn in a gigantic lake too cold for it to hatch, every frogspawn will want to be a frustrated not-frog. And if they can’t be a frog, they’ll fantasise about being the most famous frog in the lake. Only in the small, warm pond can he or she develop naturally to become a responsible adult with a balanced sense of scale.

A key word in that paragraph is naturally. So utterly have we been removed from a natural environment over the last fifty years – with an acceleration after 1980 – I sense that the only way some citizens can deal with it is by vigorous, almost autistic, assertion over and over again that unnatural is better than natural. From this desire to feel ‘normal’ in a culture of increasingly abnormal lives – crowded trains, long hours, endless traffic jams, casual affairs, binge drinking, lack of communal intercourse, incessant litigation – comes support for political correctness, swopped gender responsibilities, extreme feminism…and above all, denial.

It is denial that has given us an enormous and expanding Underclass, the desire to pillory opportunist men as rapists and paedophiles, 24/7 drink laws, huge imported cells of Islamist jihadism where no GCHQ at all is required to see them, ludicrous targeting in education and welfare, the belief that the private sector can be trusted when working for government, multiculturalism, endlessly repeated (but groundless) accusations of systemic racism and/or misogyny, reclassification of asking for a date as sexual harassment, and an island so overpopulated yet ideologically blinkered, the only solution on offer is to build even more domiciles to house them.

In a culture of ‘settled social science’, there are no new ideas. In an economic system that values only share prices and short term ROI, there are no risks that lead to innovation. After an education where only one question is asked by the student – “Is it on the syllabus?”, there is no search for The Better Way – and ultimately, no exercise for the voyager gene. A political environment in which the Left and Right duopoly continues to dominate merely reflects the culture it has helped create: but of course, the culture it helped create protects it in almost every way. Checkmate.

Pretty much every major European city now has ‘villages’….and in those villages live tribes: stockbrokers, gays, liberals, media executives, MPs – even activists. These reflect the natural human desire to be among those with whom we feel an affinity. The most enduring south east English trend of the last fifty years has been the desire to leave London’s mass-race to be King Rat, and spend more time among green things where the horizon is visible. Study after study shows:

* lower levels of crime in smaller communities

* stronger cultures in smaller companies

* the growth of mutualism as the preferred business start-up

* higher achievements in smaller class sizes

* improved educational diligence among stable families

* cynicism towards central government

* the rejection of Supra-State solutions

* growing gaps between rich and poor in large, neoliberally run societies.

But now comes the core problem: perhaps somewhere in the region of 3% of the population would reject all or most of the observations I’ve made in this piece….and wilfully ignore the research mentioned above.

Sadly, they run everything.

Yet the only alternative to the scaled-down, communitarian and more localised mutual entrepreneuralism we need is a mass cull. Because central government trying to employ, look after, listen to and police the sick, mass culture we’ve inherited is hugely expensive.

What the current top tier seem to conclude in that context is, “OK then, we won’t bother”. Which is a solution, I suppose. Under that solution, orders of water-cannon and portable crowd-control railings do well. But what England, ClubMed, 11 States in America and dozens of other overblown human units have discovered is that doing everything on the one hand or far too little on the other simply fails – in different ways, but the failure is equally cataclysmic: debt that enslaves the State, or social unrest that lets in the fascists.

There are far too many of us.

There are far too many of us to put into one unit and hope it will be homogenous: those days are long-gone. Even in Greece (where the population is under 1 million) hundreds of thousands of young people are leaving to find something better elsewhere.

But there are not far too many of us to the extent that we need a planetary cull. Not at all: what we need is massively scaled down central government from which all unelected, monied influence has been removed…and power devolved to interlinked communities where people can build self-esteem by having a say…or (if they want to do other stuff, as most do) being a name with responsibilities…not a number with an unquenchable thirst for license.

License in the end leads to a top-down system in which everyone needs a licence before they can do anything. Not for nothing are we now being told that, on top of the Birth and Death certificate, we must (six times repeated on the form) have a Life Certificate.

There is so much more to this issue than liberty and democracy. One can’t any longer sloganise the need for the duo, because the minorities taking them away don’t care if we do. It is every bit as much about self-esteem, neighbourly camaraderie, taking responsibility, gaining fulfillment from work and family, developing scepticism where there is now only cynicism…and earning the right to be left alone by those who have no business snooping into your business.

If there’s a vacuum where self-discipline used to be, untrammeled power will fill it very quickly. We can blame ‘Them’ until the cows come home. The answer lies in our hands.

And no, it’s not my job to tell you how to get there. It’s your job to think about it.

Thank you for persevering with this longer-than-usual piece.

Suicide by Deflation

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Published on The Slog on December 16, 2014

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CRASH2: Neoliberalism, murderer of inflation, commits suicide by deflation.

How devious geopolitics and dead-end globalism combined to eat the world economy

You have to hand it to the neoliberal fraternity – perhaps I should say patriarchy – there’s never been a belief system in history capable of breaking all its own rules one by one, and still trying to tell us it’s the best socio-economic development system on the planet.

The world’s Milt-milkers have variously demanded to be nationalised, expected to be saved, opposed any and all reform, used austerity as a form of stimulation, tried Zirp as a means of increasing spending power in a recession, produced endless monopolies of media, banking and energy, used the biggest Government market interventions of all time, and then produced the slump to end all global slumps.

I’ve read most of Friedman’s stuff, and leaving aside for a second its narrow academic inability to take real people into account, I really don’t remember any of the above features being present in his work. However, one thing he did like was the idea of conquering chronic inflation; so whatever else one wants to throw at the neolibs, this you have to grant them: they have indeed wiped out inflation.

Imagine my surprise, therefore, when around five years ago 0% inflation suddenly became a spawn of the Devil. Yes – believe it or not, and frankly it’s an unavoidable conclusion – those who used Milton Friedman as their guiding light for so many years have even decided that this tenet of the Messiah’s gospel is also a false witness. (Or to use the other excuse, “Milt would never have recommended doing this”).

What we have today – and the virus is spreading fast – is deflation. So today I’d like to ignore all the other drivel that MF spewed out over three decades of abject failure in the real world, and focus single-minded on that.

Why did inflation suddenly swap places with deflation as the Great Global Bogeyman?

The answer is threeofold: politicians spending beyond their means, greedy bankers trading with each other beyond human understanding, and bourse-demanded growth insisting on consumer credit.

Succinctly, exposure to dangerous level of debt.

In an inflationary world, debt gets smaller in real terms all the time. So banking and politics have one thing that binds them together above any other: to avoid a deflationary world where debt gets bigger in real terms.

The globalist world today runs, grows, produces, swaps, and demands debt. Whereas real, entrepreneurial capitalism takes calculated risk to produce positive growth, mercantilist monopolism requires unfeasible debt just to function.

So where there is debt, there must not be deflation. And that’s why, after 2008, deflation went, with one mighty bound, from Goal of the Good to Spawn of the Devil. That’s largely why we had QE to erode currency value, Zirp to make repair easier – and specifically now, gold suppression to make it cheaper for sovereign central banks to repair past insanity in their dealings with neoliberal politicians and bonus-obsessed merchant bankers.

But the mixture of geopolitical ego and systemically flawed economic theory is a heady brew, Cynthia. Mercantilism on a global scale replaces war as the new dimension of diplomacy, and fossil-energy monopolism creates an obsession with access to it. So before you know where you are, devious tactics and greedy strategies create a maelstrom in which the urgent overtakes the important.

The circle of contradiction this involves is getting tighter with every week.

The price of oil must fall, the euro must fall, borrowing costs must fall, the Ruble must fall, gold’s value must fall. Even wages and commodity prices must fall. The result of all this is the terrible trio – falling demand, falling costs, and falling prices – followed by the tragic twosome – rising welfare costs and rising taxes.

On and on it goes. For raised taxes reduce demand still further, rising welfare costs increase debt further, and so deficits get bigger and borrowing costs get higher. This is why Osborne is in a corner, and Abenomics veers all over the place while getting nowhere.

When the Ruble falls, however, only higher rates will prop it up. When neoliberal austerity and growing wealth inequality kill economic recovery, borrowing yields spike…and another dimension now sits alongside deflation to raise the real level of debt.

I’ve been saying for three years that you cannot have a world in which everyone wants Zirp all the time: not only does that too reduce the spending power of the wealthiest age demographic, in a world where nations have competing geopolitical, social and economic priorities, it is a preposterous idea built on the hubris of distorted Alpha minds.

The bottom line is this: everything energy monopolism forces sovereigns to do geopolitically negates everything that sovereign banks need to do fiscally and financially.

Reagan and Thatcher championed the neoliberal economics of the smaller State as the way to defeat inflation. Having murdered inflation, the monopolous greed that underlies such economics has created its own murderer – deflation.

There is no way out of the cul-de-sac now, nowhere else to turn, nothing else to try. We are heading unstoppably for the sort of confluential collapse that changes everything. And the ignorant, unthinking nature of this endgame is summed up by a tweet I page-captured this morning:

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SENSATIONAL FINDINGS ON BLACK FRIDAY: GLOBALISM WORKS

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Published on The Slog on November 28, 2014

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This morning’s world news offers clear evidence that mercantile globalism has finally come of age

https://hat4uk.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/addledstare.pngToday’s guest economics guru Addledstare Thief explains how increasingly strong global linkage is finally curing the world of social democratic siege economics.

You probably haven’t noticed this, given your collective euphoria at rising wages and maxed out credit cards just before Christmas, but on this – Black Friday – I see at last the Green Eyes of my little Levitt Idol weeping tears of vindicated joy. For Theo – who would have been 107 and one fifth today – is surely seeing his globally cooperative village coming to fruition.

Take, for example, Brazil’s JBS SA , the world’s largest beef exporter. Today it announces its $1.25 billion purchase of Australian processed foods producer Primo Smallgoods. Hailing the cash-for-furniture deal, Australian PM Tony Abric said it would “allow we Aussies to focus more on our core expadeeze of diggan staff oudathugrind”. This is good news all round, because now that China is cleverly regrouping for its next stage of meteoric growth, Abric can push the Minecos to diversify their mineral offering, and encourage this forward-looking industry to dig up the rest of Australia, which has hitherto seen a shameful acceptance of wasted resources in favour of one silly red rock and a few wandering Abos.

We further see the economic balance working in perfect harmony with shareholder returns in that China’s slowdown has resulted in 95% of investors in China returning their shares. But the slowing of China’s advance has in turn reduced demand for oil, thus cutting the price of petrol for hard working ordinary families – even in Japan, where the hard-pressed consumer needs some relief. That has equally brought benefits for the globally-based asset purchasing genius Okikoky Saionara, in that Japan’s annual core consumer inflation slowed for a third straight month in October despite Saionara san’s bold attempt to purchase all the shares returned by panicky investors in China.

Even troubled Russia – still paying the price of its ill-judged campaign of shooting down rare swans and burning Ukrainian babies – has pitched in with its own clever attempt to keep a sensible relationship between one commodity and another: it is now, East European sources inform me, trading its oil at knockdown prices in return for gold. This is expected to increase the gold price and thus foil the ISIS-engineered attempt to behead the price of oil cut gold off at the knees.

In the face of such quixotic barbarism, it is hard to maintain the right balance to economies and commodities without some form of coordination. Today for example we read that Goldman Sachs, BASF Germany and two other major dealers appear to have been fixing the price of high-value metals. Sadly, the last bastions of that dying breed the Kennedy Communist is suing all of them in what I can only describe as a most regrettable and destructive move by those who see their socialist ideas lying in tatters, disarray, ashes, ribbons and very pretty bows with little stars glittering with the light of fool’s gold.

And talking of Christmas Euphoria, the EU is today going to lay it on the line, telling France, Italy and Belgium that their 2015 budgets risk breaking EU rules. However, because their oil and gas costs may yet reduce the marginal €18Zillion deficit, Herr Manolo Claude van Winklepuy said he would be “holding fire until next March”.

It’s good to see the EU finally adopting the sound economics of Friedman in line with Germany’s successful ClubMed Cash-Cleansing policy, and in recognition of the leniency shown by Brussels (which oddly enough is in Belgium well I never), France is  planning to send an armoured military unit to Poland for exercises designed to strengthen the NATO alliance’s eastern flank, in order to demonstrate a stiffened spine in the face of pro-Russian badger-gassing and worm-beheading in Ukraine.

France’s move here demonstrates once again its wisdom in taking the long view – that an evil alliance between Russia and China must inevitably lead to war. Let us not forget war’s unequalled track-record in reducing QE costs and stimulating production while culling those plebs whom Mr Murdoch’s employees quite rightly see as oxygen-abusers. We must bow to Newscorp’s expertise in this area, it having been the leading catalyst in fashioning obedient plebs from non-violent extremists in the first place.

It is a Golden Dawn, a new beginning, a fresh start and an erect Siegessäule. We are emerging from the Dark Night of parochial hoarding: today is Black Friday…we’re all in this together, so let’s get spending!

Addledstare Thief has a degree in Muppenomics from the University of Milton Keynes

Trans-Pacific Collapse Partnership

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Obama’s Secret Treaty Would Be The Most Important Step Toward A One World Economic System

Barack Obama behind Resolute Desk in the Oval Office - Public DomainBarack Obama is secretly negotiating the largest international trade agreement in history, and the mainstream media in the United States is almost completely ignoring it.  If this treaty is adopted, it will be the most important step toward a one world economic system that we have ever seen.  The name of this treaty is “the Trans-Pacific Partnership”, and the text of the treaty is so closely guarded that not even members of Congress know what is in it.  Right now, there are 12 countries that are part of the negotiations: the United States, Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.  These nations have a combined population of 792 million people and account for an astounding 40 percent of the global economy.  And it is hoped that the EU, China and India will eventually join as well.  This is potentially the most dangerous economic treaty of our lifetimes, and yet there is very little political debate about it in this country.

Even though Congress is not being allowed to see what is in the treaty, Barack Obama wants Congress to give him fast track negotiating authority.  What that means is that Congress would essentially trust Obama to negotiate a good treaty for us.  Congress could vote the treaty up or down, but would not be able to amend or filibuster it.

Of course now the Republicans control both houses of Congress.  If they are foolish enough to blindly give Barack Obama so much power, they should all immediately resign.

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…The latest Hubbub in Economic disasters waiting to happen is the Double Super Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement which Obama-sama is Front Man for, which from all indications appears to be something like NAFTA on Steroids. I say “from all indications” because nobody seems to know precisely what is in this agreement, not even the lower level of Puppets in Congress. The general idea is well known though, which is to establish yet another bigger and more comprehensive “Free Trade” Zone amongst a whole bevy of countries surrounding the Pacific Sewer, from Chile and Peru on the Left Coast of South America up around through the FSoA and back down the other side through Japan to SE Asia and on to Oz and Kiwiland. The “hope” here amongst the Globalist Pigmen who are drafting this thing up is that China too will buy in here to this NEW & IMPROVED agreement designed basically to make Corporate Oligarchs even richer than they already are while sucking the last of whatever resource wealth is still left anywhere around this ring out of the ground and driving down the rest of the population into even more desperate poverty than so far achieved here with NAFTA and the rest of the Globalization meme.

The Buzzword here is “FREE TRADE”, and who can be against something FREE, right? You the Konsumer are going to BENEFIT from still more FREE TRADE! The Low, Low Prices Every Day at Walmart will get even LOWER!

For the rest, LISTEN TO THE RANT!!!

Trans-Pacific Partnership: The Secret Treaty

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Published on The Economic Collapse on November 12, 2014

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Obama’s Secret Treaty Would Be The Most Important Step Toward A One World Economic System

Barack Obama behind Resolute Desk in the Oval Office - Public DomainBarack Obama is secretly negotiating the largest international trade agreement in history, and the mainstream media in the United States is almost completely ignoring it.  If this treaty is adopted, it will be the most important step toward a one world economic system that we have ever seen.  The name of this treaty is “the Trans-Pacific Partnership”, and the text of the treaty is so closely guarded that not even members of Congress know what is in it.  Right now, there are 12 countries that are part of the negotiations: the United States, Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.  These nations have a combined population of 792 million people and account for an astounding 40 percent of the global economy.  And it is hoped that the EU, China and India will eventually join as well.  This is potentially the most dangerous economic treaty of our lifetimes, and yet there is very little political debate about it in this country.

Even though Congress is not being allowed to see what is in the treaty, Barack Obama wants Congress to give him fast track negotiating authority.  What that means is that Congress would essentially trust Obama to negotiate a good treaty for us.  Congress could vote the treaty up or down, but would not be able to amend or filibuster it.

Of course now the Republicans control both houses of Congress.  If they are foolish enough to blindly give Barack Obama so much power, they should all immediately resign.

And it is critical that people understand that this is not just an economic treaty.  It is basically a gigantic end run around Congress.  Thanks to leaks, we have learned that so many of the things that Obama has deeply wanted for years are in this treaty.  If adopted, this treaty will fundamentally change our laws regarding Internet freedom, healthcare, copyright and patent protection, food safety, environmental standards, civil liberties and so much more.  This treaty includes many of the rules that alarmed Internet activists so much when SOPA was being debated, it would essentially ban all “Buy American” laws, it would give Wall Street banks much more freedom to trade risky derivatives and it would force even more domestic manufacturing offshore.

In other words, it is the treaty from hell.

In addition to imposing Obama’s vision for the world on 40 percent of the global population, it is also being described as a “Christmas wish-list for major corporations”.  Of the 29 chapters in the treaty, only five of them actually deal with economic issues.  The rest of the treaty deals with a whole host of other issues of great importance to the global elite.

The following list of issues addressed by this treaty is from a Malaysian news source

• domestic court decisions and international legal standards (e.g., overriding domestic laws on both trade and nontrade matters, foreign investors’ right to sue governments in international tribunals that would overrule the national sovereignty)

• environmental regulations (e.g., nuclear energy, pollution, sustainability)

• financial deregulation (e.g., more power and privileges to the bankers and financiers)

• food safety (e.g., lowering food self-sufficiency, prohibition of mandatory labeling of genetically modified products, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease)

• Government procurement (e.g., no more buy locally produced/grown)

• Internet freedom (e.g., monitoring and policing user activity)

• labour (e.g., welfare regulation, workplace safety, relocating domestic jobs abroad)

• patent protection, copyrights (e.g., decrease access to affordable medicine)

• public access to essential services may be restricted due to investment rules (e.g., water, electricity, and gas)

Why can’t we get this type of reporting in the United States?

And if this treaty is ultimately approved by Congress, we will essentially be stuck with it forever.

This treaty is written in such a way that the United States will be permanently bound by all of the provisions and will never be able to alter them unless all of the other countries agree.

Are you starting to understand why this treaty is so dangerous?

This treaty is the key to Obama’s “legacy”.  He wants to impose his will upon 40 percent of the global population in a way that will never be able to be overturned.

Of course Obama is touting this treaty as the path to economic recovery.  He promises that it will greatly increase global trade, decrease tariffs and create more jobs for American workers.

But instead, it would be a major step toward destroying what is left of the U.S. economy.

Over the past several decades, every time a major trade agreement has been signed we have seen even more good jobs leave the United States.

And it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why this is happening.  If corporations can move jobs to the other side of the planet to nations where it is legal to pay slave labor wages, they will make larger profits.

Just think about it.  If you were running a corporation and you had the choice of paying workers ten dollars an hour or one dollar an hour, which would you choose?

Plus there are so many other costs, taxes and paperwork hassles when you deal with American workers.  For example, big corporations will not have to provide Obamacare for their foreign workers.  That alone will represent a huge savings.

Any basic course in economics will teach you that labor flows from markets where labor costs are high to markets where labor costs are lower.  And at this point it costs less to make almost everything overseas.  As a result, we have already lost millions upon millions of good jobs, and countless small and mid-size U.S. companies have been forced to shut down because they cannot compete with foreign manufacturers.

Later this month, consumers will flock to retail stores for “Black Friday” deals.  But if you look carefully at those products, you will find that almost all of them are made overseas.  We buy far, far more from the rest of the world than they buy from us, and that is a recipe for national economic suicide.

We consume far more wealth that we produce, and anyone with half a brain can see that is not sustainable in the long run.  The only way that we have been able to maintain our high standard of living is by going into insane amounts of debt.  We are currently living in the largest debt bubble in the history of the planet, and at some point the party is going to end.

Please share this article with as many people as you can.  We need to inform people about what Obama is trying to do.

If Obama is successful in ramming this secret treaty through, it is going to do incalculable damage to what is left of the once great U.S. economy.

Scottish Secession: Transition from Global to Local?

Off the keyboard of John Ward

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Published on The Slog on September 10, 2014

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OPINION: The World is going local – and the Scots are merely a symptom of that

The reversion to nationalism is a staging post on the way back to living communities

Ed Miliband tweeted two hours ago to say ‘On the #indyref campaign trail today with the simple message: stay with us.’ He being a Suprastateist Socialist, it is highly significant that the Labour leader made a plea completely devoid of the one thing Scottish waverers would most like to know about voting No: why?

The Big State social democratic Left has always used communication in this way: pleas bordering on commands, with an enormous act of faith required to give any credence to the message. It produced slogans like ‘Keep Calm & Carry On’, ‘You know it makes sense’, and ‘I’m backing Britain’…but they all beg the same question: why?

All the Cameron/Miliband/Clegg trio can see is the need for immediate-term damage limitation. Such is the reaction of those who never grasp the payback of a longer-term view. And yet – even more depressing – there isn’t a glimmer anywhere in the UK Überbau right now of any insight asking “I wonder what’s really going on here?”

In the last 97 years, we have seen the formation of two suprastates, the collapse of a former global colonial power, and then collapse and distress in thosee suprastates. I refer time-respectively to the Soviet Union, the British Empire, the Soviet Union again – and now, the European Union.

When the British Empire dissolved itself after the Second World War, initial member delight at being free morphed rapidly into a deconstruction of the unreal entities created by the colonial power: India, Nigeria, and so on.

When the USSR collapsed, initial delight at being free morphed rapidly into a deconstruction of the unreal vassals nurtured by the Communists: Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and so on.

Now that the artificially joined United Kingdom’s collapse has spread from 1916 Eire to 2014 Caledonia, initial Scottish delight at being free will – I do not doubt – morph into the emergence of Cornwallian and Welsh claims….if the Welsh can successfully withdraw from their dependence culture.

And when the ramifications of a fascist Brussels, a crooked Frankfurt, globalist fanaticism and an egomaniacal Berlin finally sit too heavily one day on the three-legged chair called the European Union, its members too will rediscover the divisions within: Belgium, Spain, and so on.

But the trouble with short-term historical events is that (a) they don’t happen in an ordered way to neatly mirror a  long-term change, and (b) the leaders living through them – almost without exception – simply do not grasp WTF is going on. In such a context of unenvisaged change, those In Power jerk at the knee in order to protect the power they had hitherto imagined to be unassailable.

None of this has been made any easier by the emergence of an aggressive but anxious China, the post-USSR mafia-anarchy of Putin’s energy-obsessive Russia, the newly declining American energy-fixated commercial Empire, an AIDS-riddled Africa, and the rise of two religious throwbacks: one travelling chaotically under the title of Islamic Jihadism, and the other trading insidiously under the utterly false flag of capitalist neoliberalism.

But like the ill-fated Martin Luther King (albeit on a comparatively minute and obscenely privileged scale) I do have a dream. A hope that, in the fullness of time, all these tributaries of history will give way to a raging river of reaction: that is, the return of Homo sapiens to manageable pack sizes – and the realisation that family and community are respectively the building blocks and mortar of tranquil fulfilment and material progress.

I think that what we’re seeing at the moment is the second stage of an anti-globalist reaction…ironically made possible by the arrival of that very internet most people see as the secret agent of a horrible New World Order. For the internet makes it possible for a community in Hungary to seek out and give mutual satisfaction to a community in Dorset, Ohio, Queensland, Ossetia or the Yucatan peninsular.

The Bigwigs in Whitehall wish to present the #indyref in Scotland as a potential Sword of Damocles. It certainly does have two incredibly sharp edges: but it is no more than the kitchen knife inadvertantly cutting a finger in the preparation of truly sustaining (and sustainable) meals.

We have been sold political, economic, social, cultural and constitutional garbage for some 50 years. Whatever the Scots do in the end, their desire to go it alone is a symptom of change…and very probably, a catalyst for more of it.

Agenda 21

Off the keyboard of Michael Snyder

Published on Economic Collapse on December 23, 2012

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Agenda 21 Is Being Rammed Down The Throats Of Local Communities All Over America

Have you ever heard of Agenda 21? If not, don’t feel bad, because most Americans haven’t. It is essentially a blueprint for a “sustainable world” that was introduced at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992. Since then, it has been adopted by more than 200 counties and it has been modified and updated at other UN environmental summits. The philosophy behind Agenda 21 is that our environmental problems are the number one problem that we are facing, and that those problems are being caused by human activity. Therefore, according to Agenda 21 human activity needs to be tightly monitored, regulated and controlled for the greater good. Individual liberties and freedoms must be sacrificed for the good of the planet. If you are thinking that this sounds like it is exactly the opposite of what our founding fathers intended when they established this nation, you would be on the right track. Those that promote the philosophy underlying Agenda 21 believe that human activity must be “managed” and that letting people make their own decisions is “destructive” and “dangerous”. Sadly, the principles behind Agenda 21 are being rammed down the throats of local communities all over America, and most of the people living in those communities don’t even realize it.

So how is this being done? Well, after Agenda 21 was adopted, an international organization known as the “International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives” (ICLEI) was established to help implement the goals of Agenda 21 in local communities. One thing that they learned very quickly was that the “Agenda 21” label was a red flag for a lot of people. It tended to create quite a bit of opposition on the local level.

As they try to implement their goals, they very rarely use the term “Agenda 21” anymore. Instead, they use much more harmless sounding labels such as “smart growth”, “comprehensive land use planning” and especially “sustainable development”.

So just because something does not carry the Agenda 21 label does not mean that it is not promoting the goals of Agenda 21.

The goals of Agenda 21 are not only being implemented in the United States. This is a massive worldwide effort that is being coordinated by the United Nations. An article that was posted on RedState.com discussed some of the history of Agenda 21…

In simplified terms, Agenda 21 is a master blueprint, or guidelines, for constructing “sustainable” communities. Agenda 21 was put forth by the UN’s Commission on Sustainable Development, and was adopted by over 200 countries (signed into “soft law” by George Bush Sr.) at the United Nations Rio Conference in 1992. In 1994 the President’s Council for Sustainable Development was created via Executive Order by Bill Clinton to begin coordinating efforts at the Federal level to make the US Agenda 21 compliant.

The same year that Bill Clinton established the President’s Council for Sustainable Development, the International Code Council was also created.

The International Code Council has developed a large number of “international codes” which are intended to replace existing building codes all over the United States. The following is a list of these codes from Wikipedia

  • International Building Code
  • International Residential Code
  • International Fire Code
  • International Plumbing Code
  • International Mechanical Code
  • International Fuel Gas Code
  • International Energy Conservation Code
  • ICC Performance Code
  • International Wildland Urban Interface Code
  • International Existing Building Code
  • International Property Maintenance Code
  • International Private Sewage Disposal Code
  • International Zoning Code
  • International Green Construction Code

These codes are very long and exceedingly boring, and those that write them know that hardly anyone will ever read them.

And for the most part, they contain a lot of things that are contained in existing building codes or that are common sense.

But a lot of poison has also been inserted into these codes. If you read them carefully, the influence of Agenda 21 is painfully obvious.

Unfortunately, even most of the local politicians that are adopting these codes don’t take the time to read them. Most of them just assume that they are “updating” their existing building codes.

So what often happens is that there will be fights in local communities between citizens that are concerned about the encroachment of Agenda 21 and local politicians who regard such talk as nonsense. The following is an example of what is happening all over the nation

Summit Hill Borough Council last night unanimously adopted the “2012 edition of the International Property Maintenance Code,” but not before some audience members expressed vehement opposition to it.

An overflow crowd of 34 people attended the meeting, with some there to specifically voice their displeasure.

Sandy Dellicker, a borough resident, said she was against using an “international” maintenance code, arguing that it falls under the plan of Agenda 21 of the United Nations; an agenda for the 21st Century.

She said, “UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development is the action plan to inventory and control all land, all water, all minerals, all plants, all animals, all construction, all means of production, all information, all energy, and all human beings in the world.”

“This is not a conspiracy theory,” she told the council. “This is for real.”

She said the International Property Maintenance Code had been adopted in Montgomery County, but the county “has already gotten rid of it” because of its dictatorial direction.

“This is not what Summit Hill and the United States is about,” she said.

Council members pooh-poohed her assessment. “In my opinion, the International Property Maintenance Code is to protect citizens,” said Council President Michael Kokinda.

It would be great if these codes were just about public safety. But that is simply not the case. Sadly, these codes are often used to fine or even imprison homeowners that haven’t done anything wrong. Sometimes “code violations” are even used as justification to legally steal property from law-abiding homeowners. A post on the Freedom Reigns Radio blog detailed some of the things that are often done in the name of “code enforcement”…

1) The ‘Code Official’ – anybody the jurisdiction calls – a ‘Code Official’ – is the sole interpreter – no due process – Gestapo!

2) Every day an offense occurs is a separate mandatory misdemeanor – $555/day and/or a month in jail in Charleston, W.Va. They can fine you out of your home and jail you at their whim!

3) Anything the ‘Code Official’ says is not in good working condition – sticky window, dented or plugged gutter, torn window screen – whatever he says is not in good working order – hundreds of dollars of fines per day and/or jail time – usually a month – for every day the offense occurs.

4) Any unsanitary condition – whatever the ‘Code Official’ says is an ‘unsanitary condition’ – empty pop cans – puddles – dog droppings on your property – same deal – same fines and/or jail time – every day.

5) Any plant that the ‘Code Official’ says is a ‘noxious weed’ – same deal – same fines and/or jail time – every day. He can steal raw land.

6) He can fine you out of your home and jail you with no due process. Any court proceedings are window dressing as there is no remedy associated with this ‘code.’

7) It can be ‘adopted’ – just by an ‘administrative decree.’
WITHOUT COURT ACTION OR NOTICE THE CODE OFFICIAL CAN:
1) Enter your house whenever he – the sole interpreter – deems reasonable.
2) Prevent you from entering your house.
3) Tear your house down with your stuff in it.
4) Bill you for the demolition.
5) Place a lien on it for fines and/or demolition charges – steal it.
6) And ‘best’ of all, no insurance I know of will cover your losses.

You’re left w/a house and your ‘stuff’ in a landfill – and any remaining unpaid mortgage, any remaining fines, any remaining taxes, and any remaining demolition charges after they steal your property

These codes restrict what homeowners can do with their own properties in thousands of different ways. If you rebel against one of the codes, the penalties can be extremely harsh.

And there is often “selective enforcement” of these codes. That means that they will leave most people alone but they will come down really hard on people that they do not like. You could even end up with a SWAT team on your doorstep.

Just ask some of the people who have been through this kind of thing.

Even if you have your mortgage completely paid off, that doesn’t mean that you really “own” your property. If you don’t pay your taxes and obey the “codes”, you could lose your property very rapidly.

The philosophy behind all of this is the same philosophy behind Agenda 21. The elite believe that you cannot be trusted to do the “right thing” with your own property and that your activity must be “managed” for the greater good. They believe that by controlling you and restricting your liberties that they are “saving the planet”.

Unfortunately, you can probably expect this to get a whole lot worse in the years ahead. Our society is shifting from one that cherishes individual liberties and freedoms to one that is fully embracing collectivism. So our politicians will likely be making even more of our decisions for us as the years move forward.

Do any of you out there have any “code violation horror stories” to share? If so, please share them with us by posting a comment below…

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Syria And Iran Dominos Lead To World War

Off the Keyboard of Brandon Smith

Published originally on Alt-Market on August 22, 2012

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Almost three years ago I wrote an analytical piece on the concept of deliberately engineered wars, big and small, by elitists to distract the masses away from particular global developments that work to the benefit of the establishment power structure.  That article was entitled ‘Will The Globalists Trigger Yet Another World War?’:

http://www.alt-market.com/neithercorp/press/2010/01/will-globalists-trigger-yet-another-world-war/

In that analysis, I concluded that since at least 2008, the power’s that be (whether posing as Republicans or Democrats) had set in a motion a series of events that revolved around Iran, and most disturbingly, Syria, which could be used to trigger a vast global war scenario.  Today, unfortunately, it seems my concerns were more than valid, and circumstances evolving in that particular region are dire indeed.
Now, some may argue that circumstances in the Middle East have always been “dire” and that it does not take much to predict a renewal of chaos.  Admittedly, for the past six years alone the American public has been treated to one propaganda campaign after the other testing the social waters to see if a sizable majority of the citizenry could be convinced to support strikes against Iran.  The U.S. and Israeli governments have come very close on several occasions in rhetoric and in the build up of arms, to just such an event.  However, I would submit that the previous threats of war that came and went are absolutely nothing in comparison to the danger today.
Syria’s civil war has developed into something quite frightening, well beyond the blind insurrections of the so-called “Arab Spring”.  So many outside interests (especially U.S. interests) are involved in the conflict it is impossible to tell whether there are actually any real revolutionaries in Syria anymore.  This unsettling of the country’s foundation has taken a turn which I warned about recently, namely, the removal of UN monitors from the area, which was announced only days ago: http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/08/16/syria-crisis-idINL6E8JGDXH20120816
The removal of UN monitors is a sign that some kind of strike is near the horizon.
Accusations of potential “chemical weapons stores” in Syria are being floated by the Department of Defense as a clear cut rationale for invasion, and Israel has essentially admitted that an attack on Iran is not only on the table but beyond planning stages into near implementation.  Even Israeli citizens are openly worried that their government is “serious” this time in its calls for preemptive attack, stockpiling gas masks and even protesting against the policy:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-14/israel-plans-for-iran-strike-as-citizens-say-government-serious.html
The tension of the atmosphere surrounding this crisis is unlike anything the Middle East has seen in decades, and that includes the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.
But before we can understand the true gravity of this situation, we must first confront some misconceptions…
Firstly, I realize that there are many people out there who have natural and conditioned inclinations towards the hatred of Muslim nations.  There are also just as many people out there who are inclined to distrust the intentions of the government of Israel.  Both sides make good points on occasion, and both sides also have a tendency to get lazy, painting with a ridiculously broad brush and blaming all the woes of the world on one side or the other so that they don’t have to think through the complexities of globalism and the one world technocratic club, or accept that “Al-Qaeda” is not the biggest threat to peace and stability.  It’s much easier to convict an entire race, or an entire religion, than it is to comprehend the mechanizations of an elite minority that plays both sides off each other.
Whatever side you may favor, simply know that in the end the sides are irrelevant.  We could argue for months about who is just, who is right, who was there first, etc.  Again, it’s irrelevant.  What does matter, though, are the potential consequences of an exponential conflict in the region, which no one can afford.
Sadly, there are still plenty of Americans out there that believe the U.S. is the “richest nation on the globe” and has finances beyond reckoning with which to wage endless wars.
Here are the facts.  Here is exactly what will happen if the U.S., NATO, or Israel, enter into a hot war with either Iran or Syria, and the results are not optimistic:
1)  Syria And Iran Will Join Forces
In 2006, Iran and Syria signed a mutual defense treaty in response to the growing possibility of conflict with the West.  Both countries are highly inclined to fulfill this treaty, and it would seem that Iran is already doing so, at least financially, as Syria spirals into civil war.  In fact, the U.S. supported insurgency in Syria was likely developed in order to strain or test the mutual aid treaty.  Given that the CFR is now applauding Al-Qaeda for its efforts in destabilizing the country, I hardly find it outlandish to suggest that the entire rebellion is being at least loosely organized by NATO interests to either draw Iran into open military support of Assad and a weakening proxy war, or to remove Syria from the equation in preparation for a strike on Iran itself (take notice that whenever the mainstream media shows images of Syrian rebels, they are always smiling or looking valiant with guns held high; a typical subliminal tactic used to paint them as “the good guys”):
http://www.cfr.org/syria/al-qaedas-specter-syria/p28782
2)  Iran Will Shut Down The Strait Of Hormuz
With all the grandstanding at the Department of Defense, you would think that the Hormuz is a non-issue.  This is a mistake.  The strait is around 21 miles wide at its narrowest point which lays right off the coast of Iran, however, of that 21 miles only two safe shipping lanes are available, each measuring a miniscule 2 miles across.  Hormuz is one of two of the most vital oil transit checkpoints in the world, and approximately 20% of all oil produced passes through it.  The logistics for blocking the two working shipping lanes on the strait are simple given the existence of the new Ghader Missile System, which Iran tested successfully this year.  The weapon is specifically designed as a “ship-killer” with the ability to travel at Mach 3, and evade most known radar methods:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2012-01-01/iran-missile-test/52318422/1
In the tightly boxed in waterways of the Hormuz, a large scale and difficult to track missile attack would be devastating to any Navy present, and would turn the sea lanes into a junk yard impossible to navigate for oil tankers.  Result?  A catastrophic inflationary event in oil around the world, making gasoline unaffordable for most people and most uses.  The EU’s recent move to stockpile oil in preparation for an Iran strike reveals the seriousness of the situation: http://www.euractiv.com/energy/europe-starts-piling-oil-iran-wa-news-514340  3)  Israeli Action Will Draw In The U.S.
Forget what the U.S. Joint Chief of Staff General Martin Dempsey says; the U.S. will absolutely involve itself militarily in Iran or Syria following an Israeli strike.  To begin with, there is no way around a supporting or primary role, especially when Iran closes the Strait of Hormuz.  With 20% of the world’s oil supply on hiatus, at least half of the American populace will be crying out for U.S. military involvement.  Guaranteed.  Dempsey’s claim that Israel may not get American support is simply a charade meant to infer that the subversion of Syria and Iran is not necessarily a joint venture, which it absolutely is.  There is zero chance that an Israeli strike will not be met with frantic calls by the Pentagon and the White House to open the floodgates of U.S. military might and protect one of our few “democratic allies” in the Middle East.
4)  Syria Will Receive Support From Russia And China
The Russian government has clearly stated on numerous occasions that they will not step back during a strike against Syria, and has even begun positioning naval ships and extra troops at is permanent base off the coast of Tartus, a development which I have been warning about for years:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/03/us-syria-russia-navy-idUSBRE8720AO20120803
Tartus is Russia’s only naval base outside the periphery of its borders, and is strategically imperative to the nation.  Action by the U.S. or Israel against Syria would invariably elicit, at the very least, economic retaliation, and at the most, Russian military involvement and possible widespread war.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/21/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8610SH20120821
China, on the other hand, will likely respond with full scale financial retaliation, up to and including a dump of U.S. Treasury Bonds (a move which they have been preparing for since 2005 anyway).  With oil prices skyrocketing due to increased Middle Eastern distress, multiple countries including the BRIC trading bloc nations and most of the ASEAN trading bloc will have the perfect excuse to dump the dollar, allowing for the introduction of the IMF’s newly revamped SDR (Special Drawing Rights) global currency mechanism to take hold.
Syria is the key to what I believe will be an attempt on the part of globalists within our government to actually coax a volatile conflict into being, a conflict that will create ample cover for the final push towards global currency, and eventually, global governance.
5)  Economic Implosion Will Become “Secondary”…To The Banksters’ Benefit
In the minds of the general public, the economic distress that we will soon face regardless of whether or not there is ever a war with Iran and Syria will be an afterthought, at least for a time, if the threat of global combat becomes reality.  The fog of war is a fantastic cover for all kind of crime, most especially the economic kind.  Sizable wars naturally inhibit markets and cause erratic flux in capital flows.  Anything, and I mean anything, can be blamed on a war, even the destruction of the U.S. economy and the dollar.  Of course, the real culprits (international and central banks) which have been corrupting and dismantling the American fiscal structure for decades will benefit most from the distraction.
Syria and Iran are, in a way, the first dominos in a long chain of terrible events.  This chain, as chaotic as it seems, leads to only one end result:  Third world status for almost every country on the planet, including the U.S., leaving the financial institutions, like monetary grim reapers, to swoop in and gather up the pieces that remain to be fashioned into a kind of Frankenstein economy.  A fiscal golem.  A global monstrosity that removes all sovereignty whether real or imagined and centralizes the decision making processes of humanity into the hands of a morally bankrupt few.
For those on the side of Israel, the U.S., and NATO, and for those on the side of the Middle East, Russia China, etc., the bottom line is, there will be no winners.  There is no “best case scenario”.  There will be no victory parade, for anyone.  There will be no great reformation or peace in the cradle of civilization.  The only people celebrating at the end of the calamitous hostilities will be the hyper-moneyed power addicted .01%, who will celebrate their global coup in private, laughing as the rest of the world burns itself out, and comes begging them for help.

How to Defeat Tyranny

Off the Keyboard of Brandon Smith

Published originally on Alt-Market on August 16, 2012

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It is inevitable. There comes a point in the development of every crisis, every catastrophe, every impending disaster, every act of methodical dictatorship, in which the generations selected by fate or destiny to endure the trial must attempt to look beyond the intellectual and the psychological, to deeply consider the greater philosophical or spiritual questions of their epoch. Certain moments in history demand that truly free individuals relinquish their cynicism, and embrace that inherent world of form and conscience that exists in each of us but remains largely unexplained. Without this act of “faith”, or intuitive knowing, good cannot exist, inspire, or prevail.

To understand what we face in our age of encroaching technocracy draped like glistening silicon across the face of a third world American cesspool, we must accept certain realities; the first and foremost being the existence of “evil”. Not the evil of ignorance, that is easy to recognize. Not the evil of apathy and moral relativism, though the stench of both sharply permeates the sour underside of our culture. No, I am talking about pure, unbiased, unflinching, perfectly conscious and fully absorbed evil. The kind that they tell stories about. The kind that history books speak of almost in awe, as if it is miraculous in nature. A dark tide. A prehistoric leviathan. An unbelievable and seemingly inhuman myth made manifest by astonishingly vile despots.

This evil is so overwhelming that many people today scarcely imagine it possible. It is our society’s greatest weakness; the denial of ultimate malice.

Our current governmental system has adopted a policy of open theater, in which the two sides of the false paradigm now barely hide their farcical opposition to each other. Their rhetoric no longer obscures their acts of political collusion in the destruction of our founding principles and Constitutional protections. In the past several years they have acted in the best interests of corporate minorities and moneyed elites without hiding their intentions towards globalism and the destruction of sovereignty, fearlessly spitting on the redresses of the public. All of this while they arm themselves to the teeth with billion-plus round stockpiles of ammunition and Orwellian surveillance technologies. Yet, foolish subsections of our populace still argue that the government is a “product of elections”, and is “made up of Americans for Americans”. Even if we do not see them as an enemy, they certainly see us as such.

Our financial system is a stampeding procession of nightmare fueled blood-drenched circus freaks dancing in an ether driven haze of pungent absurdity. It is as if our economy has become a morbid parody of itself, like a queasy piece of horror/comedy cinema. We are so far along in the collapse of our markets that the banksters no longer see the need to hide the fraud. With the advent of the Libor Scandal, governments, central banks, corporate financiers, all flaunt their criminality with pride. Yet, some Americans still clasp their naïve hopes to a chance of fiscal recovery.

To fight against an evil of this magnitude takes more than anger, or physical preparation, or organization. It takes personal exploration, a steeling of one’s heart, and a conquering of one’s shortcomings.

Tyranny, true tyranny, thrives on our selective awareness, and our ability to bend our minds and our vision to avoid seeing that which is really there. In the end, victory over tyranny is less about guns, bombs, mass dissent, and civil fury; it instead requires an acceptance of the dark side of the world, and the unwavering will of honorable men ready to face it. That is to say, the defeat of tyranny begins and ends in the mind.

In America today, many minds are not ready to handle the trials ahead. Maybe it’s the ease of several generations of uninterrupted prosperity. Maybe it’s the Babyboomers. Maybe it’s Generation X. Maybe it’s the public education system. Maybe it’s the water. Maybe it’s all of the above and more. At this point, we have little time to debate symptomatic culprits. It is time to go to the root of the problem, and cut it out.

What we need is a foundation, a set of “personal rules for combat” when engaging a tyrannical establishment. This “code” should above all else provide a way of mentally and spiritually confronting one’s own weaknesses and presumptions. Dictators and oligarchs are not our primary concern. Our inner state is.

Rule #1: Stop Waiting For Others To Fight The Battle For You

If you want to put an end to totalitarianism, you can’t sit around waiting for other people to solve the problem for you. The greatest downfall of any political campaign (even when led by a liberty minded candidate) is the centralization of popular focus on a single man. There is no knight in shining armor coming to lead the Liberty Movement to the promised land. These unrealistic expectations will only end in disappointment and nihilism. The solution starts not with others, but with YOU. Where do you contribute to freedom? What actions have you taken? Who have you inspired? What ideas have you offered? What project have you organized, struggled for, sweat for? Take the reigns of your own destiny and finally join the fight instead of perusing the internet longing for a guru to hand you a mission.

Rule #2: Believe In Something Greater Than Yourself – Abandon Childish Cynicism

This is where we get all “spiritualized”, which for the typical cynic is a rather gooey and uncomfortable affair. If accepting a higher purpose to the universe and your own existence is too much for you, then at least consider deeply the future of humanity in general. Think not of what mankind is today, but what mankind could be tomorrow if you make it so. Know that there is an indelible good within us, though it may be difficult to see at times. Cradle that spark, and champion its return. It is not enough to oppose tyranny. One must know exactly what he is fighting for in order to triumph.

Cynics do not make history, or change a country for the better. They are the forgotten dust wafting about in the wayward attics of time.

Rule #3: Deal With Your Fear, Or It Will Be Used Against You

A subjugating government’s size, military might, technological superiority, and overall gravitas are irrelevant. The fight will come whether we want it or not. Accept the fact that the fight is coming to YOU; your fear of it does not change the eventuality of it. Wars, especially those waged for freedom, are won by the will, not by arms or technology. Not by laser guided missiles and predator drones. Tyrants always have the advantage. They always have the upper hand. They win when they are able to convince the masses that this advantage makes them invincible and that resistance is a futile exercise. They lose when the people could care less about the size of the guns pointed at them.

All men are afraid to take risks, especially mortal risks. However, great men understand the necessity of risk in the pursuit of that which is right. Fear should play no part in your life, ever.

Rule #4: Understand The Nature Of Tyrants

Overcoming fear is one thing. Being overconfident is another. Understand that the evil you face is capable of absolutely any depravity in its lust for absolute control. Understand that the crimes you will one day witness in your battle to dethrone the autocrats are designed to rattle your will and eradicate your resolve. Know that to attain a free country you must struggle through social, economic, and physical carnage you never thought possible before. Be ready, psychologically and emotionally, for anything…

Rule #5: Dump Nihilists And Obstructionists By The Wayside

You can’t save everybody, and you certainly can’t impart a sense of greater purpose on cowards, weaklings, and nihilists. These people are inherently self centered, and seek only to prolong the ease and length of their own existences regardless of the cost to others. Nihilists in particular are so inwardly and subconsciously ashamed of their own weaknesses that they go out of their way, often obsessively, to project those weaknesses on the whole of the movement. They have to believe that if they are not capable of fighting back, no one else can be either, and they will shriek to the rafters about the impending doom of us all.

Nihilists and Obstructionists are dead weight on any dissenting activist movement, even though they pretend to support the cause, and should be tossed to the curb immediately. A revolution for liberty requires foresight, and courage. If a person does not meet both these criteria, they will eventually bring you down with them.

Rule #6: Find A Love For Humanity Once Again

I know as well as anyone how hard it is today to care about most people given the amount of utter stupidity so many display on a daily basis and the costs this behavior has accrued in our society over time. Get over it. Recognize that when you fight for freedom, you fight for EVERBODY, even people who have not earned your efforts. If you fight only for yourself, or your immediate circle, you will lose. Look at the bigger picture, and know the real breadth and consequence of this undertaking. Fight for all, or you might as well crawl into a shallow hole and pull the dirt over your head now.

Rule #7: Remain Adaptable To The Circumstances Of The Environment

Absorb what works, and cast off what doesn’t. Be stubborn in your principles and your resolve, but not in your strategies. Vulnerability comes with predictability. Blaze trails the tyrants don’t expect. Show them something they’ve never seen before. Be bold, or go home.

Rule #8: Retain Your Principles Or You Will Fail

The philosophical doctrine being peddled by elites in our military today states that “in order to defeat a monster you must be willing to act like a monster”. This is insanity. Forgoing one’s principles and adopting dishonorable and vicious methods is not the way of a warrior; it is the way of the tyrant. Remember what you are fighting for. This is not just about our personal survival, but the survival of a worthy ideal. Abandoning that ideal may give us the illusion of short term success, but in the long run, the cost will bankrupt our movement, demolish our moral high ground, and make hollow any victories we do achieve.

The Real Fight Is Within

Some may have stumbled upon this essay with the expectation that it would outline a kind of step-by-step instructional guide to crippling the globalists. Sorry to dissatisfy if that was the case, but it is better that we all comprehend now that there will never be such guide. As much as globalists and collectivists with aspirations of world dominance and total financial centralization are a threat to our way of life, the real fight, the fight that matters most, is not without, but within. We will overcome them only when we overcome our own failings.

I imagine many wish, as I surely wish, that simple days and comfortable times could continue on forever. The difficult truth is that history tests man, and sets the extraordinary apart from the mundane. Sometimes these tests are so epic in their scale that one wonders if anyone will step forward to weather the storm. Someone always does, and we owe those brave souls a debt of gratitude which can only be paid with our own stand in our own era. At the end of all things, we will either open the door to a better world, or we will cut our own throats. Tyranny is nothing but an opportunity for the best in all of us to rise.

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Recent post from Diner Mark N at the Economics Table inside the Diner, synopsizing the failing Plans of the Elite running the New World Order.

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I don’t know if these guys are truly Brain Dead and Stupid or if they are really Smart and just so locked into a paradigm they can’t grasp the truth here. Or if it is as El G suggests, they are Wickedly Brilliant and this is part of the Master plan. I will pick Door Number 2 on this one Monte.

I will take door number one. The elite are brilliant at theft and domination, but they have blind spots. How do you think any of the Rothschild’s would fair if dropped off in the Alaskan wilderness to survive for three weeks with no supplies. I do not believe in there is any satanic tricks or secret powers these guys have and I am sure they would starve like any other soft suburbanite.

I know that the Illuminati had a grand plan, a New World Order if you will. I am quite sure that the whole of the earth was to come under complete corporate domination, selling us EVERY SINGLE good or service we would ever use from the cradle to the grave. With super computers monitoring every single communication sent or received, thought crime immediately punished. We can see they are quite close to Global Governance and currency now.

The world however does not always cooperate as any fallen Emperor could attest. The Illuminati converted their empire to run on fossil fuels with the advent of the Industrial Revolution. The magical energy gains from oil in particular made the New World Order the crowning achievement of all previous empires. As the men of science worked on zero point energy, fusion or whatever new energy was to follow fossil fuels, something went terribly wrong. Human ingenuity failed to conquer the laws of thermodynamics and the laws of nature.

Starting in the late 1960’s technological advancements other than computer science for the most part started to slow. More alarmingly for the Illuminated ones glorious plans, DECAY and ROT started appear in the countries that were under their complete control. It now appears that the engine of the NWO, the global banking system, is FAILING. The very ability to have an industrial civilization will be lost. The ability to feed the global population will be lost. When all these systems fail it will be as if a mighty dam has broken. Unless the Illuminati have magical powers or alien allies they will be scattered by the raging torrents. Just like every single other empire that has fallen so shall this empire fall. The structural support of this empire has been rotting away since peak oil per capita hit in 1979. The foundation is rotten and we will see it fall.

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