Bits and Pieces – 20170314, Tuesday

Commentary: Last post I presented the idea that the left actively seeks a totalitarian state. Here’s an article that suggests that we may already be there: Welcome to Totalitarian America, President Trump! This idea might marry the narrative of the Deep State with a number of other narratives: the militarization of police forces; the large scale military exercises conducted in American cities in the last few years; the complete control over personal communications by the various branches of the intelligence community (NSA, CIA); the subjugation of the economic interests of the American people to those of Wall Street; and so on.

I had concluded years ago that democracy by its nature, is a phase in a cycle: democracy -> socialism -> totalitarianism ->  revolution -> democracy. The reason is that democracy allows politicians to promise and provide socialist entitlements in return for being elected and retaining self-rewarding (corruption in the extreme) power. As socialist programs pile up creating a socialist democracy, the cost of the socialist programs eventually reaches the point (we are there now – Ontario’s medical system; massive deficits and debt) where they must collapse with widespread civil unrest. This leads to repressive control of the population and suspension of constitutional and civil rights, and the democratic process. At this point the state has become totalitarian leading to the eventual emergence of resistance which for survival becomes increasingly militant and violent. Eventually revolution results. At this point democracy may seem the best option for the future  (we’ll do it right this time).

As a final note, I have an extensive commentary on money that emerged as I wrote this. It would be worth your while to rea and understand some of the issues around an asset that you think you have control over but don’t.

Civil Unrest: Extending the theme of civil war introduced in the last post, read: The Uncivil War and What You Can Do About It.

The Deep State: Here’s an interesting idea: Is Pence the Deep State’s Insurance Policy? The author suggest two paths forward, both involving reestablishing the cold war. Here’s a late note supporting the soft coup and Mike Pence takeover theme: Wikileaks’ Assange Claims Hillary, Intel Officials “Quietly Pushing A Pence Takeover”.

WWIII: Things are heating up globally. Here’s a brief update: Global Leaders Rattle Their Sabers As The World Marches Toward War.

Climate: Judith Curry has done a wonderful job of deconstructing the fake news reports generated by the MSM (the New Yorker, CNBC, Washington Post [of course], and the Guardian among others) from Scott Pruitt’s recent comments which she reproduces: Scott Pruitt’s statement on climate change. This is a wonderful opportunity for you, dear reader, to see how the MSM turns statements from the Trump camp into false claims. This has been going on from day one. One might conclude that the reporters are sufficiently cognitively impaired as to be institutionalized or else they are part of a general conspiracy of fake news and propaganda to further the interests of the elite, including their publishers.

Bits and Pieces: How to create a conspiracy theory in one easy lesson: State Department Urges Coroner To Keep Russian UN Ambassador’s Cause-Of-Death Secret.

Maybe it’s fracking waste water that is contaminated the water supply in California to produce such a contradictory position as: Pelosi: The People Deserve To Know What’s In Healthcare Bill Before We Pass It.

In the 19th century, the technology that was rapidly and widely implemented was the railroad. Eventually, the closure of unprofitable routes and consolidation lead to a few titans producing family fortunes that exist today. The next era where this repeated was that of the automobile. The current era of digital technology has followed a similar trajectory summarized in this article: Mossberg: Tech’s ruling class casts a big shadow. In real (inflation-adjusted) terms it would be interesting to compare the fortunes of Gates, Bezos [WaPo], Zuckerberg (Gates, Bezos and Zuckerberg top Forbes richest in tech list) and others to the industrial barons or oligarchs of the past.

The dispute between Turkey and the EU and the Netherlands in particular threatens to widena historic gulf: Is Turkey Lost To The West?. Is Erdogan trying to reestablish the Ottoman Empire? Also: Turkey Says “Migrant Deal Has Ended”, May Unleash Millions Of Refugees.

At least the verbal sparring and sabre-rattling with North Korea is heating up. Carrier group positioning is a standard aspect of this: North Korea Threatens US With “Merciless Strikes” As US Carrier Arrives. But the US may have a deeeper strategy: US Delta Force, SEAL Team 6 Prepare To Take Out Kim Jong-Un, Practice Tactical North Korea “Infiltration”.

Although I follow the precious metals closely, I seldom write about them or money. I developed an understanding of money years ago. It was a fascinating exercise (here’s a link to part 5 of the series that in turn links to the rest of the series: Understanding Money: Part 5 – It’s All Money). Martin Armstrong uses the study of money and currencies throughout the ages as the benchmark to measure political and social unrest and decay against. Here he gives a short status of money and the political systems in the world: Money or Government – Which is the Problem?. Note that he says “crash and burn” is inevitable. I would add: coming soon to a country near you. Since I’m on the topic, view this interview between Dr. Ron Paul and Jim Rickards:

Note that he pegs 2018 as the time when currency crises emerge. Martin Armstrong has 2018 tagged also as the time for economic chaos: Real Estate & the Financial Crisis.

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