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May 14, 2010

The Battle Lines

 

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The rain taps out a melancholy march.
The skies smooth out to a flattened gray.
The road of day now opens with lament,
Straining out its sad song upon the world,
Demanding an overdue destiny,
Compelling our souls to march along.
The road of the rain is a passive path,
We only need blink and the world is drowned……
 
The small points of light amid the sea of darkness, the lonely calls to resistance like in Greece, are the only light by which it’s possible to see any hope for humanity. The Greek bailout is a new evolution of the Bailout, as it must become ever more aggressive to propagate itself.
 
Here we see the exact same battle lines which are so clear in Bailout America replicated on the stage of the great globe itself. The battlefront in the hominid civil war is stark.
 
We have the kleptocracy – the big banks, all other corporate rackets, all Western governments, and the rootless globalization cabals like the IMF and the EU which never had any authority or legitimacy even in theory, all of these basing their strength upon the financialization of all economy and politics.
 
This financialization assault, nothing other than the modern form of criminal looting, is upon humanity itself, upon all peoples, all taxpayers, all workers, upon all real, productive economic activity, upon all human politics, all democracy, all true freedom.
 
The gangsters fight to: 1. loot; 2. prop up the exponential debt tower. Each stage in the Bailout serves only these two goals, while supplementary campaigns like the “war on terror”, the “war on drugs”, and the general assault on civil liberties, are intended to shore up government power as it has to eventually become overtly tyrannical and violent to keep the Bailout going.
 
Basically, the elites want to loot as much as they can on a personal basis for as long as they can keep the debt system zombified. They know the debt system is doomed to collapse, and probably sooner rather than later, which is the reason for the brazenness of the robbery (“bonuses” and such) which seems so politically stupid . They know they have no political future, so normal political calculations are a moot point. Soon only violence will suffice for them. They know they have no economic future, so it’s time to get while the getting’s good.
 
Since it’s becoming impossible for the kleptocracy to keep stealing while pretending to maintain any sort of semblance of human society, we’re now reaching the point of the more direct liquidation of the people. All public programs, pensions, health care, all social spending and public property, are targeted for conversion to bank property, and then through laundering and “bonus” looting, to the personal property of the banksters and their minions. That’s the purpose of “austerity” in the Baltics, in Iceland (so far rejected by the people), now in Greece, soon in Portugal, Spain, Ireland. Soon in the UK. And in Bailout America, as we see with the growing chorus in the MSM and among corporate academics and intellectuals, “entitlements”, Social Security and Medicare, are the main target for liquidation and conversion to private bankster property. This is Obama’s great goal, his great “I Have A Nightmare”, his great tribute to his ultimate hero Ronald Reagan.
 
As we see, the very existence of a “middle class” was nothing but a tactical concession on the part of monopoly finance corporatism. Just like with the Bolsheviks and their NEP (New Economic Policy) and the ephemeral middle class this allowed to arise, so the Western “capitalist” middle class was meant to be temporary and was despised every step of the way. It is now being liquidated, as was always the intended eventual goal.
 
Our very governments no longer exist, having been hijacked by finance. A “government” which sees its only allowed activities to be borrowing, privatizing public property, and police state repression, which will only ever tax in order to directly steal from the poor to give to the rich (as we see with the growing calls in Bailout America for tax increases on the non-rich only, like a VAT), is no longer a government in any legitimate sense. By definition kleptocracy has no legitimacy or authority, and its “power” is based only upon violence and the threat of violence. Meanwhile rootless globalist cabals like the IMF, the EU, the WTO, NAFTA and planned assaults in the Americas like the SPP and the FTAA, are not states or governments even by any theoretical measure, but rather unelected, purely unaccountable, authoritarian bureaucracies, ruling not through any legitimate political procedure but through bureaucratic decree. They have their closest analogue in a lawless administrative dead zone like the Nazis’ General Government of Poland (where all the crimes of a place like Auschwitz were not technically illegal at all).
 
(Speaking of illegality, just like how in the US the TARP and the rest of the Bailout were technically illegal according to the PCA law, which requires the resolution of all insolvent banks including so-called TBTFs, so things like EU “facilities” to launder bailouts for Austrian and Swedish banks through EU “loans” to debt slaves like Hungary, Romania, and Latvia are illegal according to the no-bailout rules of the EU treaty.
 
So that should put in the proper perspective today’s calls in Bailout America for “resolution authority” or No-Bailout promises. These are always lies, and anyone who proposes either is always a liar.)
 
Democracy itself has been abstracted by sleight of hand. We should grab the con man, turn him upside down and SHAKE HIM until our freedom, and our national wealth, fall back out of his pocket.
 
We see how we’ve come either to the end of politics and freedom, or back to the beginning. The original beginning where the choice can be to submit to violence and tyranny, to lash out blindly with inchoate destruction in return, or to find anew the real political genius of humanity, our real political heritage, its basis in covenant and principle.
 
This is the end of the fossil fuel age. The real economy, always bound by the limits of nature, will never again be so profligate as it was during the fossil fuel blip, really an outlier on the chart of history. The normal course of economy and history shall resume.
 
This is the end of exponential debt and “growth”. The finance economy, in spite of its lies and delusions, was also completely dependent upon endlessly growing supplies of cheap energy. But even if we disregard Peak Oil, debt and growth weren’t sustainable on their own. This was proven in 2008, as the biggest, best bubble attempt the system could inflate blew up on its own, and since then they’ve been able to do nothing, and have literally no ideas, but to try to keep this terminal bubble as inflated as possible as long as possible. But as we see with Greece and from there the EU in general, this reflation attempt is doomed, and everybody knows it.
 
Normal history and economic production shall resume. But does this mean normal feudal political relations, serfdom and slavery, must again prevail as well? Or can the spirit of the American Revolution, so long despised, rejected, ignored, neglected, traduced, and hijacked, also resume?
 
As we return to history, we can, if we choose, if we muster the will, carry with us some piece of political progress. As we return to civilization’s normal economic level we can maintain political and economic rights. We don’t need feudal political organization.
 
But for that Peak Oil by itself, as a force of history, isn’t enough. While freedom activists cannot directly challenge the kleptocracy while it remains intact, we can indirectly subvert it through relocalizing our politics and economies as much as possible, through becoming as self-reliant (as individuals, families, and communities) as possible, and through preparing to seize the coming opportunity of exponential debt collapse. That will be the great moment of decision, where the fragments of elite power will seek to fully refeudalize. That’s when relocalization will have to become militant, if it wants to build new democracies, new vistas of freedom.
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14 Comments

  1. “Normal history and economic production shall resume. But does this mean normal feudal political relations, serfdom and slavery, must again prevail as well? Or can the spirit of the American Revolution, so long despised, rejected, ignored, neglected, traduced, and hijacked, also resume?”

    I don’t know, Russ. I honestly do not know. I hope so. Again, this almost reads like a manifesto for me. You’re getting good at that! 🙂

    Comment by Bloodgroove — May 14, 2010 @ 9:10 am

  2. Thanks, JD. I guess that’s part of the point of these pieces.

    As for the answer to that question, I don’t know either. It seems like there’s more and more people who want to answer Yes, although it’s hard to figure out what then to do.

    Comment by Russ — May 14, 2010 @ 9:26 am

  3. Exactly.

    Look, this is hard. I have such mixed and conflicted feelings. It seems to me to be just ridiculous to think a person can join an armed band and “take back the government.”

    How would any movement like that get off the ground? Its founders and leaders would be rounded up and jailed before any such movement ever truly got off to a start.

    I guess the biggest disappointment to me is that we even have to have such discussions. Truth, honor, a giving spirit, humility – each, if found in our leadership, would do much to assuage the desperate and helpless feelings so many of us have these days.

    I honestly do not understand how we have arrived at our current condition. Oh, I get it – I know what happened (basically) – but I just can’t for the life of me figure out why so much of our leadership (both in and out of government) figured that anything less than truth, honesty, honor, lack of greed, humility was the long-term correct way to behave. I just do not understand. Why the fuck would they risk what is the inevitable finale of such “leadership”?

    Comment by Bloodgroove — May 14, 2010 @ 5:18 pm

    • Because each of them thinks he’ll personally get away with it. The banksters have this slogan “IBGYBG”: “I’ll be gone, you’ll be gone.” Meaning gone by the time the piper has to be paid. The politicians think that way too, and the media, everyone in the power structure.

      As for the future of even their own families, I think at that level of sociopathy even the concept of one’s own family is abstract rather than truly felt.

      As for resisting the kleptocracy, it seems like there’s no good way to directly do it as long as it’s intact (meaning, as long as most of the military and police still obey it).

      Maybe Gandhiesque nonviolent resistance could work for some things.

      (A big part of the problem is that even among people who broadly hate the way things are going, most are such sheep that they’d never exert themselves to do much to fight back, even at the simple level of consuming less and getting and staying out of debt.)

      But the indirect methods of relocalization, seeking sustainability in our personal and local community lives, offer rich prospects for indirect resistance. Everything from getting our money out of the big banks, to becoming more locally self-reliant for our food and other necessities, trying to become as off-grid as possible, literally and figuratively, and like I said consuming less, period. (That’s the real key to the position.)

      Comment by Russ — May 15, 2010 @ 2:02 am

  4. I can sign on for that, Russ. What a great summation out of you! Thanks. Those are all things I’m into.

    This is something we all need to figure a way to put into action, “But the indirect methods of relocalization, seeking sustainability in our personal and local community lives, offer rich prospects for indirect resistance. Everything from getting our money out of the big banks, to becoming more locally self-reliant for our food and other necessities, trying to become as off-grid as possible, literally and figuratively, and like I said consuming less, period. (That’s the real key to the position.)”

    Sadly, I really believe it will take a total meltdown to get folks on board with such sound thinking. I guess that’s just the way the majority is put together, or maybe I should say “brainwashed.” Because they are, Russ. Yesterday I had a conversation with a guy that is an old friend. I told him how Secretary Gates had recently said the following, “Should we really be up in arms over a temporary projected shortfall of about 100 Navy and Marine strike fighters relative to the number of carrier wings, when America’s military possesses more than 3,200 tactical combat aircraft of all kinds? Does the number of warships we have and are building really put America at risk when the U.S. battle fleet is larger than the next 13 navies combined, 11 of which belong to allies and partners? Is it a dire threat that by 2020 the United States will have only 20 times more advanced stealth fighters than China?”

    Secretary Gates, where have you been lo these many years? It’s about freaking time someone asked those questions. The answer, obviously, is “No, we don’t need to be up in arms over those things.”

    But, my friend, he couldn’t deal with it. He babbled on and on about learning to speak Chinese and how we’d get our asses kicked by some nebulous force of evil, about how this is all part of the Obama communist plot to gut the military, blah, blah, blah. I just sort of smirked and chuckled and walked away. If you want to read that as me giving up, fine. I did. I’ve been round and round with him before. It’s just useless with some people. That’s the battle we’re fighting, Russ. This so-called friend of mine is a talk-radio fan, and they are constantly told “Peace through strength!” To them, that means an ever increasing military. To me, it just means being able to whip some ass if we’re invaded or the Bill of Rights is threatened.

    Comment by Bloodgroove — May 15, 2010 @ 2:12 pm

    • I agree, it’s not giving up. It’s triage. One’s gotta pick one’s battles when there’s so many of them, and so many are so stupid.

      I love the way it’s usually the same persons who are always yelling the loudest about smaller government and spending who turn around and want massively big, aggressive government (and government spending) in a case like this.

      Still, little by little I do see more people who really do want smaller government, period. So far nowhere near enough, though.

      Comment by Russ — May 15, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

      • Russ, I want to thank you for giving me an on-line home where I feel I finally belong.

        I don’t care about partisan BS. I only care about the truth. I feel that I have found people that think the same way here.

        Comment by Bloodgroove — May 15, 2010 @ 6:18 pm

      • Thanks, JD. I’d love for this place to be part of building such a community online, and eventually in real life too.

        Comment by Russ — May 16, 2010 @ 6:03 am

  5. “This was proven in 2008, as the biggest, best bubble attempt the system could inflate blew up on its own, and since then they’ve been able to do nothing, and have literally no ideas, but to try to keep this terminal bubble as inflated as possible as long as possible. But as we see with Greece and from there the EU in general, this reflation attempt is doomed, and everybody knows it.”

    Just a minor quibble. You may be implying it in the quote above, and I’m too thick to draw it out, but just in case, I wanted to bring up the bubble being blown now. The “Government Debt Bubble.”

    I have to agree with Celente and Schiff on this. This government debt bubble is the largest bubble ever, and it is the final bubble of the debt-money system. When this one blows, it will be catastrophic and incredibly destructive.

    Comment by Bloodgroove — May 16, 2010 @ 11:46 am

    • Yes, government debt is being run up for the sake of the Bailout and every other form of corporate welfare. So in that sense it feeds the bubble.

      And of course the fiat dollar itself is a joke. It’s propped up only by its temporary status as the reserve currency, and in the end by the government’s physical might.

      So yes, government debt is implicit in my argument. I just usually focus on the rackets for whose benefit the debt is being run up.

      Comment by Russ — May 17, 2010 @ 5:41 am

  6. Oh me oh my.

    You’re going to love Krugman’s latest if you haven’t read it already.

    Comment by jimmy james — May 16, 2010 @ 8:02 pm

    • You mean his “we’re not Greece” theme? Yes, I’m starting to see the point of his flip-flopping on the Eurozone. He’s one of the first to see that if that line of propaganda (that the euro is now a law of nature and “you can’t roll back the clock”, which is what he was saying until a month or so ago) is no longer defensible, he needs to fall back to the new line, “maybe Greece must default after all, and maybe the euro is doomed after all, but none of that has any portent for us in America.”

      Comment by Russ — May 17, 2010 @ 6:39 am

      • I was thinking of this one:

        http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/16/an-upward-trend/

        …where Krugman is ready to call Nancy Pelosi that best Speaker of the House ever (seriously!!!) and the first two years of the Obama term an “epic success.”

        The roast beef is especially delicious today, and we live in the best of all possible democratic congresses.

        Comment by jimmy james — May 17, 2010 @ 10:38 am

      • Yeah, if the question is, “which pernicious Krugman piece am I thinking of?”, there’s often quite a selection. I thought that blog post was silly as well. But then, the lying flackery that the Dems are working on real improvements is the only hope they have for November, and that’s the business Krugman’s in.

        I also liked today’s column on “right wing extremism”, which was true as far as it went, but the Big Lie implicit in the argument is that the whole kleptocracy, including his establishment Democrats, isn’t economically “right wing” and indeed extremely so.

        His lie is that it’s not a kleptocracy.

        Of course he’s right that the phenomena he describes are dangerous, but his lie is that the answer isn’t to smash the kleptocracy and restore power to the people, but to continue entrenching it.

        There, a system flack like Krugman only gives aid and comfort to the incipient fascism he claims to decry, and indeed if he had to choose between overt fascism or the destruction of the kleptocracy, he’d choose fascism, as would any corporate liberal.

        The historical record on that is clear, for example Germany in 1919.

        Comment by Russ — May 17, 2010 @ 11:05 am


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