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The State Of The Nation: A Dictatorship Without Tears

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The State Of The Nation: A Dictatorship Without Tears


Submitted by Tyler Durden on 01/11/2016 22:40 -0500


Submitted by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,



“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.” - Aldous Huxley

There’s a man who contacts me several times a week to disagree with my assessments of the American police state. According to this self-avowed Pollyanna who is tired of hearing “bad news,” the country is doing just fine, the government’s intentions are honorable, anyone in authority should be blindly obeyed, those individuals who are being arrested, shot and imprisoned must have done something to deserve such treatment, and if you have nothing to hide, you shouldn’t care whether the government is spying on you.

In other words, this man trusts the government with his life, his loved ones and his property, and anyone who doesn’t feel the same should move elsewhere.

It’s tempting to write this man off as dangerously deluded, treacherously naïve, and clueless to the point of civic incompetence. However, he is not alone in his goose-stepping, comfort-loving, TV-watching, insulated-from-reality devotion to the alternate universe constructed for us by the Corporate State with its government propaganda, pseudo-patriotism and contrived political divisions.

While only 1 in 5 Americans claim to trust the government to do what is right, the majority of the people are not quite ready to ditch the American experiment in liberty. Or at least they’re not quite ready to ditch the government with which they have been saddled.

As The Washington Post concludes, “Americans hate government, but they like what it does.” Indeed, kvetching aside, Americans want the government to keep providing institutionalized comforts such as Social Security, public schools, and unemployment benefits, fighting alleged terrorists and illegal immigrants, defending the nation from domestic and foreign threats, and maintaining the national infrastructure. And it doesn’t matter that the government has shown itself to be corrupt, abusive, hostile to citizens who disagree, wasteful and unconcerned about the plight of the average American.

For the moment, Americans are continuing to play by the government’s rules. Indeed, Americans may not approve the jobs being done by their elected leaders, and they may have little to no access to those same representatives, but they remain committed to the political process, so much so that they are working themselves into a frenzy over the upcoming presidential election, with contributions to the various candidates nearing $500 million.

Yet as Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House shows, no matter how much hope and change were promised, what we’ve ended up with is not only more of the same, but something worse: an invasive, authoritarian surveillance state armed and ready to eliminate any opposition.

The state of our nation under Obama has become more bureaucratic, more debt-ridden, more violent, more militarized, more fascist, more lawless, more invasive, more corrupt, more untrustworthy, more mired in war, and more unresponsive to the wishes and needs of the electorate. Most of all, the government, already diabolical and manipulative to the nth degree, has mastered the art of “do what I say and not what I do” hypocrisy.

For example, the government’s arsenal is growing. While the Obama administration is working to limit the public’s access to guns by pushing for greater gun control, it’s doing little to scale back on the federal government’s growing arsenal of firepower and militarized equipment.

In fact, it’s not just the Department of Defense that’s in the business of waging war. Government agencies focused largely on domestic matters continue to spend tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to purchase SWAT and military-style equipment such as body armor, riot helmets and shields, cannon launchers and police firearms and ammunition. The Department of Veterans Affairs spent nearly $2 million on riot helmets, defender shields, body armor, a “milo return fire cannon system,” armored mobile shields, Kevlar blankets, tactical gear and equipment for crowd control. The Food and Drug Administration purchased “ballistic vests and carriers.” The Environmental Protection Agency shelled out $200,000 for body armor. And the Smithsonian Institution procured $28,000 worth of body armor for its “zoo police and security officers.”

The national debt is growing. In fact, it’s almost doubled during Obama’s time in office to nearly $20 trillion. Much of this debt is owed to foreign countries such as China, which have come to exert an undue degree of influence on various aspects of the American economy.

Meanwhile, almost half of Americans are struggling to save for emergencies and retirement, 43% can’t afford to go more than one month without a paycheck, and 24% have less than $250 in their bank accounts preceding payday.

On any given night, over half a million people in the U.S. are homeless, and half of them are elderly. In fact, studies indicate that the homeless are aging faster than the general population in the U.S.

While the U.S. spends more on education than almost any other country, American schools rank 28th in the world, below much poorer countries such as the Czech Republic and Vietnam.

The American police state’s payroll is expanding. Despite the fact that violent crime is at a 40-year-low, there are more than 1.1 million persons employed on a full-time basis by state and local law enforcement in this country. That doesn’t include the more than 120,000 full-time officers on the federal payroll.

While crime is falling, the number of laws creating new crimes is growing at an alarming rate. Congress creates, on average, more than 50 new criminal laws each year. This adds up to more than 4,500 federal criminal laws and an even greater number of state laws.

The prison population is growing at an alarming rate. Owing largely to overcriminalization, the nation’s prison population has quadrupled since 1980 to 2.4 million, which breaks down to more than one out of every 100 American adults behind bars. According to The Washington Post, it costs $21,000 a year to keep someone in a minimum-security federal prison and $33,000 a year for a maximum-security federal prison. Those costs are expected to increase 30 percent by 2020. Translation: while the American taxpayer will be forced to shell out more money for its growing prison population, the private prison industry will be making a hefty profit.

The nation’s infrastructure—railroads, water pipelines, ports, dams, bridges, airports and roads—is rapidly deteriorating. An estimated $1.7 trillion will be needed by 2020 to improve surface transportation, but with vital funds being siphoned off by the military industrial complex, there’s little relief in sight.

The expense of those endless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will cost taxpayers $4 trillion to $6 trillion. That does not include the cost of military occupations and exercises elsewhere around the globe. Unfortunately, that’s money that is not being invested in America, nor is it being used to improve the lives of Americans.

Government incompetence, corruption and lack of accountability continue to result in the loss of vast amounts of money and weapons. A Reuters investigation revealed $8.5 trillion in “taxpayer money doled out by Congress to the Pentagon since 1996 that has never been accounted for.” Then there was the $500 million in Pentagon weapons, aircraft and equipment (small arms, ammunition, night-vision goggles, patrol boats, vehicles and other supplies) that the U.S. military somehow lost track of.

Rounding out the bad news, many Americans know little to nothing about their rights and the government. Only 31% can name all three branches of the U.S. government, while one in three says that the Bill of Rights guarantees the right to own your own home, while one in four thinks that it guarantees “equal pay for equal work.” One in 10 Americans (12%) says the Bill of Rights includes the right to own a pet.

If this brief catalogue of our national woes proves anything at all, it is that the American experiment in liberty has failed, and as political economist Lawrence Hunter warns, it is only a matter of time before people realize it. Writing for Forbes, Hunter notes:



The greatest fear of America’s Founding Fathers has been realized: The U.S. Constitution has been unable to thwart the corrosive dynamics of majority-rule democracy, which in turn has mangled the Constitution beyond recognition. The real conclusion of the American Experiment is that democracy ultimately undermines liberty and leads to tyranny and oppression by elected leaders and judges, their cronies and unelected bureaucrats. All of this is done in the name of “the people” and the “general welfare,” of course. But in fact, democracy oppresses the very demos in whose name it operates, benefiting string-pullers within the Establishment and rewarding the political constituencies they manage by paying off special interests with everyone else’s money forcibly extracted through taxation. The Founding Fathers (especially Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, Madison, and James Monroe), as well as outside observers of the American Experiment such as Alexis de Tocqueville all feared democracy and dreaded this outcome. But, they let hope and faith in their ingenious constitutional engineering overcome their fear of the democratic state, only to discover they had replaced one tyranny with another.

So are there any real, workable solutions to the emerging American police state?

A second American Revolution will not work. In the first revolution, the colonists were able to dispatch the military occupation and take over the running of the country. However, the Orwellian state is here and it is so pervasive that government agents are watching, curtailing and putting down any resistance before it can get started.

A violent overthrow of the government will not work. Government agents are armed to the teeth and will easily blow away any insurgency when and if necessary.

Politics will not help things along. As history has made clear, the new boss is invariably the same as or worse than the old boss—all controlled by a monied, oligarchic elite.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, there is only one feasible solution left to us short of fleeing the country for parts unknown: grassroots activism that strives to reform the government locally and trickles up.

Unfortunately, such a solution requires activism, engagement, vigilance, sacrifice, individualism, community-building, nullification and a communal willingness to reject the federal government’s handouts and, when needed, respond with what Martin Luther King Jr. referred to as “militant nonviolent resistance.”

That means forgoing Monday night football in order to actively voice your concerns at city council meetings, turning off the television and spending an hour reading your local newspaper (if you still have one that reports local news) from front to back, showing your displeasure by picketing in front of government offices, risking your reputation by speaking up and disagreeing with the majority when necessary, refusing to meekly accept whatever the government dictates, reminding government officials—including law enforcement—that they work for you, and working together with your neighbors to present a united front against an overreaching government.

Unfortunately, we now live in a ubiquitous Orwellian society with all the trappings of Huxley’s A Brave New World. We have become a society of watchers rather than activists who are distracted by even the clumsiest government attempts at sleight-of-hand.

There are too many Americans who are reasonably content with the status quo and too few Americans willing to tolerate the discomfort of a smaller, more manageable government and a way of life that is less convenient, less entertaining, and less comfortable.

It well may be that Huxley was right, and that the final revolution is behind us. Certainly, most Americans seem to have learned to love their prison walls and take comfort in a dictatorship without tears.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-01-11/state-nation-dictatorship-without-tears
 

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That means forgoing Monday night football
There is the BIGGEST PROBLEM !!!
It baffles my mind, how people can support a bunch of over paid, under worked, drug infested cry babies, that hold themselves above the law.
If the stadiums of these lemmings (that spend a weeks income for a family to attend this show) & their comrades at home (sucking up beer & chips) staring into the tube, would get off their collective, lazy, fat, asses & get involved in something productive, we would stand a chance at getting our Republic back.
 

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There is the BIGGEST PROBLEM !!!
It baffles my mind, how people can support a bunch of over paid, under worked, drug infested cry babies, that hold themselves above the law.
If the stadiums of these lemmings (that spend a weeks income for a family to attend this show) & their comrades at home (sucking up beer & chips) staring into the tube, would get off their collective, lazy, fat, asses & get involved in something productive, we would stand a chance at getting our Republic back.
Not going to happen. That's why empires rise, then fall. Complacency! People are more interested in the Kardashians, gender neutrality and racial diversity than they are in saving the Republic
 

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Not going to happen. That's why empires rise, then fall. Complacency! People are more interested in the Kardashians, gender neutrality and racial diversity than they are in saving the Republic
A lot are but you also have people who are simply trying to keep their heads above water. They really don't have too much time to get involved in politics and probably don't really care about local / world events. They are just trying to keep a roof over their heads, clothes on their backs, food on the table and have a decent car to drive. Kinda sad when you realize what we once were and what our "elected ones" did to us. Unfortunately I believe we've gone too far down the tubes to ever make a come back.
 

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^ exactly why the economy is in the doldrums. Just another ploy by the corporation to keep you so busy trying to eat, or worse bombarded with hate for ....x... whatever current distraction they come up with... or fear for another distraction...
 

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The State of the Union in my humble opinion

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A lot are but you also have people who are simply trying to keep their heads above water. They really don't have too much time to get involved in politics and probably don't really care about local / world events. They are just trying to keep a roof over their heads, clothes on their backs, food on the table and have a decent car to drive. Kinda sad when you realize what we once were and what our "elected ones" did to us. Unfortunately I believe we've gone too far down the tubes to ever make a come back.
Don't worry, they'll be out of work and watching what's left of their families getting raped and murdered by muzzies before too long.

Over reach of these morons will save us. There's no master plan, only a bunch of idiots who didn't think things through because they are not capable. If they were, they'd be good.

Evil is weak by design. It's called evil because it doesn't work.

Muslims and people like Obama, FBI agents, etc are dumb hipster shitheads who can't fight their way out of a wet paper bag. They've only won so far because nobody showed up to give them a proper ass kicking.

People keep droning out the same shit about how nobody cares about politics but Donald Trump and the events in Europe prove it ain't true.

Give people a real cause and they'll fight for it. Politics is over, this is war.
 
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Do you even know their names?
You can start here.

From the founder of the Rothschild family to the ones in our present day, all claim to be of Jewish ancestry — a claim that has been instrumental in their elevation as the most powerful family in the world.

However, they have simply adapted to the changing social dynamics in order to benefit themselves.

Before claiming to be Jewish, the ancestors of Rothschild were Khazars, hailing from the Kingdom of Khazaria, the most powerful polity during the 7th century.

Also, just to name a few:
Chase
J. P. Morgan
Paul Warburg
Rockefellers
Amadeo P. Giannini

If you want a real good education concerning these world families, here it is.
Bill Still does a great job.

 

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The odds are overwhelming in favor of the slow "pharmaceutical and social payments" road to servitude. Just like the article said. That is, if logic and history are any guide. Matter of fact, the odds are about 1000 to one.

Despite the misguided belief that you can defeat TPTB, it would be nice to see a little "proper ass kicking" as you call it. We've been waiting since 1963 or even before. But just as the article said, more people believe that the Bill of Rights states the right to own a dog or a cat, than there are people that would be willing to drop their food stamps and create a grass roots local gov't that works it way to the top.

Do you think you can defeat TPTB? Do you even know their names? Oh, that's right, they are all the Muslims and all the Jews, or wait, add in all Blacks and anyone with some tint to their skin.

Yeah, great, while you go around looking for some ass to kick, the rest of the world will be looking for a job to feed themselves and get back on their meds - let me tell you what job they'll be taking - just like the article alludes to - a gov't job, most likely a mercenary one.
Aw little yid is paid to tell the goys it's all futile. lol

Kinda obvious by now where your sympathies are.

Let me guess, Trump is terrible and we're all asleep but if we're not we're terrible racists and we can never do anything about our pending doom from minorities because we suck and raped the poor dumb little indians and negros even though we're weak so we all deserve it because some white guys had slaves 200 yrs ago.

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