Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tyranny's Last Stand: The Tipping Point is Here

Michael Edwards
Activist Post

In Malcolm Gladwell's provocative book The Tipping Point, he gives many examples of how seemingly small, insignificant decisions can radiate to cause an eventual wave of change that overtakes the prevailing modes of behavior.  He clearly extrapolates how the silent leaders of society -- not the ones on TV, or the ones we appoint -- set trends through their singular ability to recognize an underlying need, or change of direction.  It can be as simple as a clothing style, a type of cuisine, a new travel destination . . . or the need to change the world's political course.

I believe there are signs that The Tipping Point for free humanity has been reached; from here on out, there will be an open dialogue between the forces of tyranny and the forces of freedom.

The idea that in order to recognize tyranny, you must force it to act as such is very much the case right now.  Humanity is rebelling worldwide to the dictates of Elite overlords and petty bureaucrats alike.  The small, silent statements of resistance have reached a classic tipping point.  Whether it is tax rebellion, free speech, freedom of religion, the freedom to speak out against endless war, women's rights in oppressive regimes, or the freedom to grow one's own food in peace, the small defeats and victories have become a sustained chorus of resistance to ever-increasing forces of control.  This chorus has coalesced from the choirs of different nations, different genders, different political affiliations, different races, and different socioeconomic positions.  This is the ultimate sign of a true tipping point:  critical mass has been reached.

The modern pantheon of enemies has now been identified, along with their demiurges, by even the most common of men. The enemies are the banking consortium; the global Elite born and bred from mega-wealth; the academics and economists who disconnect ideas from reality; and the scientific and military minds who are so compartmentalized by design that they rarely know what sort of dictatorship to which they are making their contributions. These are the groups that every man, woman, and child recognizes instinctively, because they are the same personalities encountered in our childhood. Until this point, these dictators have had the smugness to assume that the ones they view as the weak would cower forever.


These tyrants have vastly underestimated the power of numbers and the exponential factors by which simple numbers can increase to create a tipping point that can cause an overnight sea change. The few who had the most courage, while enduring mass ridicule, have spoken out for decades against a coming full spectrum tyranny.  These natural leaders are now raising their voices even louder and more urgently.  Some of these pioneers have withdrawn from their previous missions in acknowledgment of The Tipping Point; many have decided to redouble their efforts.  Regardless, little by little their collective audience has grown; whether in stadiums, or on Web sites, or in home discussion groups.  The numbers have swelled, prompting a massive fear response from tyrants who know (with their instincts) when an uprising is taking place.

So now we see tyranny emerging in its most blatant form: citizen spies; government COINTELPRO operations against peaceful assembly; technological surveillance of every stripe; and the jackbooted common thug promoted to the top of the class in order to enforce an increasingly regimented society where thought is an actual liability.

The good news is that it is already too late for the forces of tyranny; they have had their reign for long enough -- The Tipping Point has been reached.  The previous fence-straddlers -- even from the mainstream media -- are now sounding the alarm.  And true patriots everywhere who have seen the writing on the wall for a long time coming are now sounding the charge.  Tyranny has been fatally weakened by its continual pursuit of the lowest common denominator.  All that remains is a hollow shell without the substance to counter a new Humanity tipping toward unbridled freedom.

Companion Article:
The Tipping Point Has Passed: Sweeping Change is at Hand

Other Articles From Michael Edwards:
Is Military Spending Saving Or Enslaving?
The Cybersecurity Directive Goes Viral
Activism in the Age of Tyranny and Terror
The Ultimate Betrayal: Police and Military Working Together to Oppress Americans
10 Reasons to Become Self-Sufficient and 10 Ways to Get There

Related Articles:
5 Key Principles That Unite Populist Progressives and Tea Party Libertarians



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58 comments:

akaGaGa said...

You are far more optimistic than I am. I think most people will rebel right up until they have a gun pointing at them. I also think that the next 9/11, in whatever form it comes, will be the death knell for even an appearance of freedom. It will be the crisis that brings it all out into the open, as targeted resistors are locked away, and the military takes over our streets.

Activist said...

You certainly make a great point, and in the end you may be right. But I am encouraged by the diversity of resistance. I am also encouraged by how many people seem to be connecting the dots from movements such as food freedom. It is not simply about combating a certain product or company; it is about combating the SYSTEM. And one can see this at all levels now: it is not just about a particular war -- it is about the concept of war, and the lies that lead us there. The final encouraging part of this awakening is the political realignment that is shrugging of the SYSTEM of politics. The left-right paradigm is being exposed for the game it is. So, yes, I am optimistic -- I hope not overly so.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and comment -- Michael Edwards

Ben Steinke said...

I certainly hope you're right, Michael. I think our "Ceaucescu Moment" will arrive in the not-too-distant future with regards to the Government. I do fear, however, that the next Presidential "elections" will simply be another repeating of the "Re-Arranging The Deck Chairs on The Titanic" routine, and that the American Sheep Nation will go along with it because they're convinced it's all they have. As Midnight Oil once sang in "Blue Sky Mine", "I pray that sense and reason brings us in."

usurykills said...

The ordinary people I speak with understand that something is not right and they suspect the bankers. September 2008 and all that's happened since makes the enemy obvious.

What the don't understand is how the bankers have enslaved them (or even that they are enslaved.) They don't know how the system works, they just know they don't like it.

My fear is that when the smoke clears, they'll turn to the elite for answers once again. The answer is always the same: MORE!

I'd like to explain in three minutes or so, exactly how the bankers steal everything. Tyranny in a nutshell. I'm working on it.

Anonymous said...

"now we see tyranny emerging in its most blatant form: citizen spies; government COINTELPRO operations against peaceful assembly; technological surveillance of every stripe, and the jackbooted common thug promoted to the top of the class in order to enforce an increasingly regimented society where thought is an actual liability. "

"now"?....
You're kidding...right?

It would be a welcome sign of a step in the right direction to see you truther patriot types be a little less reliant on what appears to be a defective short term memory. [and long term too] I guess it wasn't tyranny when the native tribes were snuffed and hapless africans enslaved [etc etc] c'mon now...you can do better than this.

Yes; it is as you say, though I am not quite sure why you think a "tipping point" has been reached. ...not what I see going on around me at all and the silence in the room when I bring up the obvious is thunderous deafening silence and the dribbling glare of the nullmind.

Activist said...

Great comments from everyone. This article was my personal statement of semi-optimism. I think it is important to remember that people don't just wake up en masse, at the same point in time, overnight. Things normally don't happen that way. It is the same in reverse: each and every freedom did not disappear overnight; there has been an incremental erosion. Well, I happen to see a slow, but sure, erosion of the belief in all forms of authority. Whether that shows up as general disgust, outright protest, or apathetic denial -- it seems that a point is being reached. There is a change of consciousness and awareness, which often precedes action. This was my point about the increasing levels of blatant tyranny -- the system must respond this way, because it is losing the very foundation of support. Increasing non-cooperation in all of its forms can be a tipping point.

To "usurykills" -- please write that article!

To "Anonymous" -- we have all been in that silent room full of people thinking we are crazy for stating "the obvious." But I have seen people come around many years later to something that planted the seed of truth. The need for patience can indeed be frustrating. Regarding your points about history: you are right, that tyranny is nothing new. In fact, it is the norm in the world. But never before has the planet seen this level of scientific dictatorship that is trying to rule simultaneously through medicine, food, surveillance, and the law.

Anonymous said...

Great article. Like to see movie made that exposes the banking elite and the FED. Call it 1913, as that is when the private banking took hold of printing the money supply. Need someone like Mel Gibson to direct such, as most Americans don't read but the same Info. they can relate to in movies. Anyone not aware of said topic read 'The creature form Jekyll Island' or watch the Money Masters' video on google video. Can feel something in the air as per turn point or cataclysmic events go.

Anonymous said...

Opening day of deer season in Pennsylvania there are approx. ONE MILLION men and women armed with high powered rifles out and about.
That's one state, albeit a traditionally heavily armed one.
Just saying..

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your statement. I share your guarded optimism. We are bombarded, with the regularity of breathing, by propaganda designed to fester our differences and trivialize our commonalities — fingers forced apart are incapable of uniting in the strength of a fist. Remember when the next event is staged, that freedoms are stolen under the cover of chaos and that flags, at best, are blinders, but mostly they're blindfolds.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I don't see a tipping point or any semblance of an "awakening". There may be a few more people waking up to the "truth". But, that will be short lived and bloody! As the cyclical nature of humanity goes... tyranny just changes with advances in intellectual capabilities and technology. Each "tipping point" all through history has always ended up being the masses embrace the newest form of tyranny! Ans so it will continue... Until Almighty God intervenes for that last and final time.

Jx

Anonymous said...

I echo the above sentiment that the masses know something isn't right and they don't like it. But, I also think they will flock to whomever tells them, "It's OK. I can make this better"

As long as they cling to their Social Security and government goodies they will continue to be sheep waiting to be slaughtered (metaphorically, of course).

As far as the "next 9/11" I think there is a reason we haven't SEEN OBL in a long time. He's become the bogeyman that they use to scare the sheep. All they need is the Judas Goat to keep everyone in line and all is good. I read this story the other day and it further reinforced my opinion, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/dotmil/arkin020199.htm

Activist said...

Well, until there is such an "intervention" Humanity had better stand up with some real spirit and resist. Thanks for taking the time to comment. M.E.

Anonymous said...

This is a GREAT blog. Have recently discovered it and am really liking it. One thing I don't hear being discussed anywhere is one particular aspect of the current financial stress: due to the "fill out this form" culture, regular people are not able to react to this crisis as was possible in the past. There's extensive regulation, paperwork, certifications, and other useless crap that you have to deal with to start even a simple business now. You can't just set up your street cart and start cooking Pad Thai like you can do in Thailand. So because of this, you have a dependency relationship. We HAVE to look to government to solve problems because they have made it impossible to solve it ourselves (I mean "ourselves" as a country, not me personally. I have no problem working in the shadow economy, but "law abiding" people don't do that). The end result is that the country is unable to react to stress.

I think that Obama IS doing what he can, but he is working within a system that is no longer functional or useful. His job function is to keep at least the illusion of Empire going, and make the decline manageable. An empire in decline is a danger to the citizenry. The bonds will grow tighter as they death-grip for power.

The ONLY real solution is Revolution. I don't mean "revolution"..I mean Revolution. The Holy US Constitution, was at the end, unable to defend itself, the American people were unwilling to protect it, and now we have what we have. It's gone and it ain't coming back.

And by the way, the survivalist subculture is going to be extremely disappointed when their compounds are seized. All a state government would have to do is raise property taxes to an absurd level and send the property into default. All "perfectly legal" of course in this land where there is no law anymore. Real estate value exists due to strong contract law. When that goes, the real assets (the land) are at risk.

-New Valorian Society

Activist said...

Thank you for the kind words about the blog. You make some very good points here. Would you consider submitting an article to us? Specifically with regards to the regulations, and how the system is eradicating the traditional forms of independence. And what are the options people have in your view? Please use the Contact Us tab at the top if you are interested. -- Michael Edwards

usurykills said...

@Activist-- Thanks for your encouragement. I hope to create a video (my first!) that condenses my thoughts into 3 1/2 minutes anyone can follow.

Anon is correct about forms, procedures and petty rules. I am in the middle of excruciating tax trouble due to a general hatred of forms (and their arbitrary deadlines.) We are being regulated to death in so many ways.

"Where are the receipts for this claim of miscellaneous expenses?" Had to drop them.

Tax collection has become such a huge business, it must employ hundreds of thousands of people! There's a job loss statistic I wouldn't mind seeing!

Rebecca Carley, MD said...

I agree that we have reached a tipping point; what I call critical mass. The problem is that so many people are filled with fear. Action is the antidote to fear.

There are so many techniques being used to mind control the masses; psych drugs, fluoride, silent sound frequencies broadcast thru tel-lie-vision, etc.

What will be interesting is when the percentage of awake citizens increases greatly after the herd is culled with the new flu vaccine (and all the other vaccines in the pipe). Vaccines are the true weapons of mass destruction; and as the Bill Gates Foundation donates over $4 billion dollars to vaccinate (and kill) children in 3rd world countries, he actually spoke in CA earlier this year that vaccines are a tool for population reduction. These people without conscience arrogantly put in our face what they are up to, beLIEving there is nothing that can be done to stop them...I know for sure that it will be funny how it all works out...

Rebecca Carley, MD
Court Qualified Expert in Vaccine Induced Diseases
www.drcarley.com

Activist said...

Dr. Carley,

Thanks for the great work that you are doing, and thank you for your response to this article. I agree wholeheartedly that many people are driven to apathy through fear. As I said in a response to another comment: one of the "dangers" in waking up is seeing the totality of what we are facing, then putting one's head in the sand to avoid action. Easy to just throw up your hands in futility. No one said that the fight for freedom would (or should) be easy; however, we should be encouraged by the small victories and know that they are building a relentless momentum. Be well -- Michael Edwards

Yogi Sinzapatos said...

Love is the answer

King of the Paupers said...

" And true patriots everywhere who have seen the writing on the wall for a long time coming are now sounding the charge."
Jct: Sure we know what you're against but what are you for? And don't give me motherhood and apple pie. Give Step 1; and not Goal 1 Action for something Step 1 would be nice. Action against something is reaction.

Activist said...

Thank you for your comment KOP. You can find what I am for all over this website. I, along with Eric Blair, created this website as a sounding board for ideas about how we want to move forward, away from division and hate, and toward a more peaceful coexistence where every person can express themselves in their own unique way. So, perhaps the better question is what are YOU for; what are YOUR ideas. I am seriously interested, and we are willing to post your articles on whatever topic you wish to address -- so long as it is well written and non-violent. I'll give you some broad examples of what I do as often as possible:

1. I do not obey illegal orders
2. I do not cooperate with illegal mandates
3. I will not support chain stores; I buy local
4. I limit my exposure to banks
4. I will not be intimidated by criminals masquerading as police
5. I will not stop speaking my version of the truth
6. Above all: I resist tyranny and promote fairness as best I can

That about sums it up.

What are you doing?
Michael Edwards

Anonymous said...

I spent a good part of my youth in the Viet Nam "war" but became a protestor only after the second invasion of Iraq, which was so obviously contrived aggression. Couple this immorality with the 50 year spending binge our government has been on and you have a psychopath nation. We murder thousands of innocent people in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Pakistan every year. The deficit spending means the bill is sent to our grandchildren. Like a George W Bush spokesman told a reporter regarding reality. Irrelevant! "We create our own reality". How many of us understood the financial gobbledegook of Alan Greespan? Or what Ben Bernanke means when he tells us the Fed "Doubled its balance sheet" or has a policy of "Quantative Easing"?
The bamboozeld masses just shrug, and look forward to their next day off or finding a job. Obama gives us an oxymoron book title "The Aucacity of Change". What we have gotten is a timid continuity of Wall Street bailouts and Middle East "war" atrocities and massive budget deficits. If this doesn't give us a "tipping point" nothing will.

Anonymous said...

I wish we were indeed at a tipping point for freedom, but the strangle-hold of the elite is clever. The people of the world live in the cities. Cities rarely make anything but edicts,paperwork and services. The elite have bought up the farmland. When the engineered crash comes, the people of the cities will beg for the crumbs at their master's tables. It is one thing to be discontent. Its another to be starving. God is good but we have rejected Him to sit at the table of the elite. Fools we have been.

Anonymous said...

An optimistic Blog but most likely the same Republicans that made it possible for Obama and his crowd to take over will probably be re-elected changing nothing. Only slowing down the take over. I hope I'm wrong.

Anonymous said...

Gave a donation of $100 to lewrockwell and just ordered 400 or 500 hundred $ worth of books from him 10 economics in one lesson just to give out.
Trying to get to the tipping point and supporting the ones that seem to be putting out the info.
Got on the freedom kick by reading rand and have never fallen off but I would agree that it is like hitting your head aginst the wall.
Everyone is pissed but most have their needs, be it roads, schools, police, military, boarders, anti trust laws or whatever. My simplistic explanation was always if you let even on person or group no matter how noble steal from everyone then you opened up your pocect to the rest of the group.
Almost no one would say that the fire department was a bad idea but the 10, or 50 people who built brick homes and installed alarms and sprinkler systems might resent the fact that they have to pay for your fire protection, so they get together and form a group and say we should have free education, and next the ones who don't have kids say we should have free or cheap golf courses and so on until you have the mess we have now.
It always starts off with a nobel idea until we get to where we are and to many people are skimming off the top.

Mike Freitas said...

Just remember that we're dealing with government employees. The war on drugs has been going on for 40+ years?, who's winning. The last war that they won?, WWII, maybe with a lot of Russian help. They have been educating the children for 50+years, have you noticed how the SATs continue to go down. 9/11. Every branch of the government failed that day. The only folks who did any good were the men who caused that plane to crash in the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania. Their incompetent, dumb and dumber, don't give them more credit than they deserve. Be, Toto, don't be fooled be the man behind the curtin. Be Toto,be a hero.

Anonymous said...

the true tipping point will only arise once the American people wake up to the lie of 9/11.

Then and only then, will we be able to question and reject all the "solutions" provided by the elite.

We know a crisis is coming, and the elite will cause it, in an effort to further their control/power.

In order for the masses to not follow we must wake them up to 9/11.

Every major lie the american public has been sold in the last 9 years is based on the myth of terrorism and that this is a "different war". Break that matrix, and the ultimate shadow government is revealed.

Activist said...

Yes, I think breaking through taboo subjects such as 9/11 is extremely important. The people that worry me most are the one who will not even look at the information. -- M.E.

Activist said...

To Anonymous who is supporting Lew Rockwell -- great job!

Anonymous said...

"And by the way, the survivalist subculture is going to be extremely disappointed when their compounds are seized"

This statement is false. The subculture you describe does not stock pile guns and ammo, and build a compound so they can hand it over to the tax collector. In fact most who build compounds would be disappointed when .gov does not attempt to seize them.

Anonymous said...

Activist said...
Yes, I think breaking through taboo subjects such as 9/11 is extremely important. The people that worry me most are the one who will not even look at the information. -- M.E.

so most people in this country worry you most?...me too. Until we find a way to change this, the masses will buy anything the elites want to sell them.

Anonymous said...

The Bible says that even the Elect spoke in whispers for fear of the Jews, today everything evil is controlled by the Zionists. Whether it's Hollywood, The Federal Reserve, pornography, Communism, The New World Order, ACLU, ect., it is a creation of the Zionists. We all see the tools of the enemy but until we recognize who the enemy really is, Satan and his pawn, the Zionists, we will never be free.

Anonymous said...

I agree that a paradigm shift is in the works. While I hope for the best, I'm concerned of a change for the worse.
As people awaken, they still aren't seeing the whole picture. They are missing the evil within themselves. They cling to their instinct to follow. I submit that this is an animal instinct. Many people aren't even aware of the concepts of objectivity/subjectivity, so how can they analyze, or even question, their assumptions of leadership, heirarchy, especially authority by force?

Carl

Activist said...

Regarding the comment about Zionists. I think it is misguided to place this one one particular enemy or group. Tyrannical behavior exists in a much wider spectrum, in my view. Thanks for your comments. -- M.E.

Activist said...

To Anonymous regarding a paradigm shift for the worse. Might appear that way, but the first step is for people to acknowledge that something is wrong. I'm going on personal experience here, but nearly everyone I speak to, from a wide range of political, social, and economic levels knows that the current path is a dangerous one. It is impossible to expect that the majority will become active, though. However, as Gerald Celente has pointed out, there is a critical 20% threshold that, when reached, can drive society in a new direction. I believe we are very close to that threshold. Once rebellion becomes a viable option, the rest of those who have an idea that something is wrong will be swept along by this new course. No guarantees, but it is something worth striving for. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. -- Michael Edwards

Bluce said...

Talking to friends, and the average person on the street, all I see is complacency and apathy. Those of us who are involved, and read about it every day, of course have a much different viewpoint. If you are around like-minded people online or in real life, you might easily think that America as a whole is waking up. But the average person, who pays little attention to anything outside of their daily life, is clueless.

And the few who think they do know what's going on (the Muslims want to take over America! War! More war!)are so brainwashed and shallow that no amount of reasoning will budge them.

The average person thinks Washington-run health care is going to be great, even free. They don't see the noose of tyranny tightening. And what little bit they are aware of, "it's the price we have to pay to stop terrorism."

IMO, we're going down the toilet, and nothing will reverse it. How long will it take? -- I have no idea.

mississippiguesser said...

I think a possible tipping point (well a more specific tipping point) will be when Republicans take back control of our government and nothing changes.

Most of the young conservative people I talk to were fed up with George W, and are even more fed up with Obama. The young liberals I talk to absolutely abhorred George W, and are expressing increasingly potent discontent with Obama. I think the younger generation is growing increasingly skeptical of government in general.

I try to spread the word about Mises.org, LewRockwell, etc. One of my friends, a Republican from birth, recently asked me when we're gonna plan a trip to Auburn to visit the Mises Institute.

Conversing with people in a civilized way about liberty and opening the dialogue with others who haven't heard about people like Mises, Rothbard, Hoppe, and Hazlitt, is the first step.

Activist said...

I'll grant you that, Bluce, but we can't expect that the average person is going to become active, they just need to be aware. And this is happening more than you are giving credit for. The climate hoax is out; ObamaCare is being resisted, now that people are getting a true taste for what it is. This is Tyranny manifesting itself, and becoming obvious to even the previously complacent. Why do you think the system is trying to simultaneously ram through everything now -- Internet control, health control, food control, free speech control? Because they know a crossroads is here, and they are giving it one last ditch effort before they are found to be irrelevant. Now, I do worry about what would happen at this critical juncture if there is another terror attack.

Thanks for your comments -- M.E.

Activist said...

Mississippi, you very well could be right. I do think that the momentum is building for the very reason you cite: people from the right and left are dissatisfied with (and more aware of) how this game is played. There is a great article on this site about that if you haven't seen it: http://www.activistpost.com/2010/10/5-key-principles-that-unite-populist.html

Thanks for participating. M.E.

Anonymous said...

In the documentary entitled Collapse featuring Micheal Ruppert, tells the story of the 100th Monkey. After WWII America used an Island in the pacific to test Nuclear weapons. After a few years they introduced monkeys into the island to see how they would survive. As it turns out the monkeys were dying due to radiation. They ended up teaching the monkeys to wash the coconuts before consuming them so the story goes. However, only some monkeys practiced cleaning the coconut. As it turns out the "tipping point" when all of the monkeys began to clean the coconut was 100. Hence, the 100th monkey.

We are not even close to the tipping point.

akaGaGa hit it right on the head.

"..... I think most people will rebel right up until they have a gun pointing at them."

RescueGreyhound said...

I'm not as optimistic as you are about the tipping point being reached. I am still amazed at how many people think anarchy and violent disorder are synonymous. As long as they believe that, they will not look to replace the existing order. As long as there is no widespread disorder, people will not act. Humans, and especially Americans, will put up with a lot of crap as long as they have bread and circuses. It is only when gov't is unable to provide these two things that you will see enough people acting to throw off the horrible system we now have.

Anonymous said...

The only way a government, such as our federal government, can restrain itself to the bounds of a constitution is when it run by people with high ethics and morals. As long as we have self serving fools who's moral compass points the direction of the nearest lobbyist, nothing will change.

As Frodo of the Fellowship of the Ring so eloquently said, "Would you destroy it?"

Paul said...

"..... I think most people will rebel right up until they have a gun pointing at them."

It's we who will be pointing the gun. Some may have missed it, but enough guns were sold in the first 3 months of 2009 in the U.S. to arm the two largest armies in the world (India's and China's).

Another data point: two years ago on various forums, there would be the usual discussion about cop brutality, with most people agreeing that the cops are basically good, with a few "bad apples". That has completely turned around. Now almost everyone piles on the cops, calls them a bunch of thugs. A tipping point really is approaching, and I am pretty optimistic. Sure there are still a lot of clueless people out there, but more and more are waking up. You don't give hundreds of billions of tax dollars to banksters, while vast numbers of people have lost their jobs, and see no result from it. People are focusing on the enemy, which is government.

Activist said...

Paul, good point about the change in tone. That is one sign for sure, as well as the fact that people in the movement are raising their rhetoric as well. All of this is a sign of momentum that might not seem significant day to day, but you are right in remembering how things have changed over the last couple of years. I think if people take a longer view, they will be more optimistic. Thanks for posting -- M.E.

Bluce said...

M.E. responded: "I'll grant you that, Bluce, but we can't expect that the average person is going to become active, they just need to be aware. And this is happening more than you are giving credit for."

Although 9/11 has accelerated everything, long before that date I believed the sun was setting on Western civilization. Rot is visible on every facet, at least as I view things.

I well remember the "Red Scare" days in school when we routinely had air-raid drills, then a few decades later I watched in amazement as the Soviet Union fell apart before my eyes. At that point the old saying really hit home: "Nothing is forever."

I'm no historian, but from what little I do know about past civilizations (and empires) I don't think any have survived much beyond the point where we are. We have massive debt that will never be repaid, yet the global wars and social spending continue unabated.

Public discourse is driven by emotions; facts and critical thinking are pushed aside and ridiculed when not convenient. The "tipping point," as I see it, was 9/11. At that point in history we possibly could have saved ourselves IF we had dismantled the empire and abandoned all foreign meddling. But the masses, as they have throughout history, eagerly traded their liberty for safety. Too shallow and emotional to actually examine and debate the motivations behind Muslim terrorists, we happily followed Washington into the Graveyard of Empires. "Kill 'em all, let God sort 'em out!" Right.

No American has any idea what it is like to be occupied by a foreign power, so we cheer for "the troops," yawn and turn on a comedy show, snug and secure. Our lives, materially, are probably the best in history. We are fat, lazy, helpless, spoiled, and arrogantly think America will always be on top.

I just don't see it that way, but time will tell.

Anonymous said...

I am forced to agree with akaGaGa. The writer here is far too optimistic. There is no cohesive coordinated activity whatsoever to support the articles' premise. [Scattered demonstrations do not a revolution make.] I must agree, however, that the advance of tyranny in the USA will soon reach critical mass. No one, including the experts, has any idea what will happen then.

Bluce said...

Anon said: "I must agree, however, that the advance of tyranny in the USA will soon reach critical mass. No one, including the experts, has any idea what will happen then."

And that's the scary part. I read years ago that the American Revolution was more or less unique in human history. After violent revolutions, the norm is for the rise of dictatorships and LESS freedom, but America reversed that. The odds of that happening again are remote at best, not to mention the vast differences between then and now. The entrenched powers will not go quietly in the night.

As Patrick Henry said: "Can the annals of mankind exhibit one single example where rulers overcharged with power willingly let go the oppressed, though solicited and requested most earnestly? . . . Sometimes, the oppressed have got loose by one of those bloody struggles that desolate a country; but a willing relinquishment of power is one of those things which human nature never was, nor ever will be, capable of."

Anonymous said...

I would like to share the optimism evident in your commentary, unfortunately, I do not see this mass awakening to the realities and dangers we now face.

Surely, there are elements who are beginning to see the walls of tyranny being erected around us, but still way too many participating in their construction.

There is a growing sense of unease amongst the shadowy elite as was recently alluded to by Zbigniew Brzezinski in his address to the CFR regarding a "Global Political Awakening"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDBlABD01U0&feature=player_embedded

At the same time however, I see the escalated roll out of the police state control grid, along with the purposeful destruction of the economy as a clear sign that these elitists aren't going to simply retreat from their war against the rest of us.

Yes, their "global warming" fraud has collapsed like a house of cards; and their New World Order-One World Government agenda is now openly discussed rather than it's existence denied ... but there are still too many sheep willing to be herded, as is exemplified in our nation's airports daily ... lining up ... stripping off shoes ... emptying pockets and submitting to naked body scanners ... with barely a whimper of protest.

And those that consider themselves "awake" seem to be expecting a major shift in direction come November with a Republican takeover, when no such calvary exists to come to our rescue,

Such delusions of a "political solution" coming from the mainstream ignores the reality that both parties are just paid actors creating the illusion of choice.

King of the Paupers said...

Activist: Thank you for your comment KOP. You can find what I am for all over this website. I, along with Eric Blair, created this website as a sounding board for ideas about how we want to move forward, away from division and hate, and toward a more peaceful coexistence where every person can express themselves in their own unique way. So, perhaps the better question is what are YOU for; what are YOUR ideas. I am seriously interested, and we are willing to post your articles on whatever topic you wish to address -- so long as it is well written and non-violent. I'll give you some broad examples of what I do as often as possible:
1. I do not obey illegal orders.
Jct: Me too.
2. I do not cooperate with illegal mandates
Jct: Me too.
3. I will not support chain stores; I buy local
Jct: Me too if I could afford it. But I promote local currencies to give local an edge.
4. I limit my exposure to banks
Jct: And the best way to do that is to start LETS timebank community currency life-boat for when the ship of state's currency sinks.
4. I will not be intimidated by criminals masquerading as police
Jct: It's not the oppressor's steel-toe of the police I oppose but the soft-brain of the legislators who made the bad law they are forced to enforce, whether nicely or not.
5. I will not stop speaking my version of the truth
Jct: I'm the loudest most persistent doer of that.
6. Above all: I resist tyranny and promote fairness as best I can
Jct: And you resist tyranny by no longer paying tribute in usury and doing the banking ourselves.
That about sums it up. What are you doing? Michael Edwards
Jct: Leading the project to Abolish Interest Rates with the UNILETS Millennium Declaration C6 for a time-based currency so we can do banking on Earth as it is in Heaven.

attilashrugs said...

http://attilashrugs.wordpress.com/2010/10/11/middle-class-the-exceptional-flash-in-the-pan/

I take umbrage at the writer who insists on hanging the results of the Indian Wars on the necks of Libertarians. Liberty is freedom from tribal domination. Whether the Tribe is a tribe, or a nation or a state or an empire, there is Liberty OR there is The Tribe.

Activist said...

KOTP -- Sounds like we are in basic agreement. And thanks for the additional info. Keep it up! -- Michael Edwards

anthony innes said...

While the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) goes aabout it's business/policy unreported by the WWW/MSM any talk of tipping point is academic.
Decisions by so called sovereign nations are in concert with central bank ideology.
People may be stirred up but the budget for crowd control and the tools for draconian measures if necessary are firmly in place.
Populations will be starved into submission and corporate food control has full sway right now.
Agribusiness is predicated on credit and farmers are sitting ducks for looting tax bandits.
Black swan events aside the status quo is precisely where international financial institutions want it.
Civil unrest just plays to increased budgets for the world wide police state.
Sites like this serve little purpose other than chest beating bravado when there is no mention of BIS level institutions and suspect of shill/ gold bug right wing front groups for those institutions they fail to report.

Ben Steinke said...

You know, I have been listening to The WRH Radio Program, and since my last post, I have become more ENCOURAGED than ever! On yesterday's show (Jan. 28th), Mike and Claire talked about how the Egyptian Revolution (not to mention the revolutions happening in country after country after country) will inevitable come HERE, and that a revolution here is pretty much inevitable. Mike quoted someone who said that the American people is a sleeping giant slow to awake, but unstoppable once awoken. I could not agree more, and I no longer think we should assume that it can't happen here. It is happening all over the world, and I think that in and of itself is proof that it CAN and WILL HAPPEN. Now, it may not happen overnight, or in a week, or in a month or 6 months, but it WILL HAPPEN. Of this, I don't think I have ever been more convinced. Obama and Washington are VERY frightened, and are doint everything they can to prevent the inevitable. I no longer think it's a matter of IF, but a matter of WHEN. I can't wait to see it, and I am overjoyed that I will be alive to experience it!!!!!

Activist said...

Hello Ben,

Obviously I feel the same. Despite the attempted orchestration and continued co-opting, there is a largely peaceful revolution taking place. Regardless of who they put into power next, people are empowered by their own demonstrations of resistance. That idea, happening as it is all over the world (Albania and Saudi Arabia now as well), is an idea that cannot be eliminated. It is a difficult concept for some people to imagine that the worse things get, the more encouraging it ultimately is. It is tyranny revealing itself, or, rather, being forced to reveal itself. Tyranny is much more difficult to overcome when it is hidden, which is why it has a history of secrecy and clandestine dealings, and why it takes so long to defeat. The moment that tyranny comes out into the light for all to see, then the battle already has been won. Seems like small comfort for the people who are brutalized in the process -- hopefully America will see the writing on the wall, so that violent clashes can be averted. We can win our freedom peaceably. Thanks very much for your comments. M.E.

Anonymous said...

A majority is not necessary for a successful uprising. The American colonists who rose up against the Crown in 1776 were nowhere near a majority. Yet they succeeded in having their way. Colonial America back then was a libertarian paradise compared to the authoritarian society in which live today. Today's average American has far more reason to hate the government than had his ancestor of yore.

There are more people today nursing all kinds of grievances, both big and small, against authority than ever before. We are inundated with oppressive laws, crippled by growing tax burdens and mercilessly harassed and fined by officialdom. America has the world's biggest incarceration rate because America has criminalized more peaceful behavior than has anyone else, especially with regards to what we are permitted to put in our bodies.

Property rights are under relentless assault here, and permission is needed from bureaucrats to do almost anything with our property. Try doing anything, anywhere in America with your land without wasting valuable time getting and then paying for zoning and building department permission. Who hasn't been stopped by the police for some utterly inconsequential traffic law violation or has hasn't received a red light camera fine in the mail for having been one hundredth of a second too slow in getting through an intersection?

These are the kinds of intrusions and insults experienced by ordinary people in their daily lives. They are tired of the costly burden of governments at all levels whose every failure is an excuse to ask for more tyrannical power and ever greater funding. They see that their public "servants" are retiring early on fat pensions from a job of bossing them around while they, the tax payers, must work until they drop dead.

I think that ordinary people are finally waking up. They may not be aware of all the linkages in the big geopolitical to their growing misery, but they can certainly see through their daily contact with government that government is not only not their friend, but that it is mightily contributing to their ongoing hurt.

No real change is possible until government is first delegitimized in people's minds. One can see this process already unfolding in mainstream media's online comments section.

Activist said...

Finally getting around to engaging reader comments again. Anon, you really have articulated the situation perfectly. And I agree that the government is being "delegitimized" -- we see this in poll numbers, as well as the comment sections on mainstream sites. This is where the tipping point is first reached after all -- in people's minds. Lastly, you are absolutely correct that we are not talking about a majority in terms of numbers, but rather a critical mass. Thank you very much for taking the time to comment at length. -- M.E.

Bob Marshall said...

We need a president who will change the way the Federal Reserve operates graually replacing this cancer. He ha sto be willing to remove as many lobbyist as possible. His cabinet can not have members from The Bilderberg Group, The Trilateral Commision,The Council on Foreign relations. All of these organizations are a deterate to our constitution and way of life. The first to go would be Timothy Geither folowed by Ben Bernake. He would have to appoint a committee to reopen the investigation of 9/11. No government personel would be involved. The Patroit Act would have to be repealed.Our troops if not absoluately needed would be brought home and they would be give assistance, not just talk. The CIA would be limited to gathering intelligence. Not training terrorist and assassinations.

Bob Marshall said...

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberites than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency..., their children will wake up homeless on the contient their fathers conquered. Thomas Jefferson Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both. Benjamin Franklin

Anonymous said...

Mel Gibson, he's a tool,

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