What Rough Beast...
by William Norman Grigg
by William Norman Grigg
The October Revolution of 2008 will prove to be at least as consequential as the one that occurred in Russia in 1917.
Beginning immediately after 9-11, George W. Bush and the cabal he represents began the controlled implosion of the hollowed-out shell of our once-sturdy republic. Last week the final phase of that demolition project got underway.
By using monetary inflation as a sapping device, the FED is knocking down the few federalist pillars that, at least in theory, separated the various layers of government. It is also preparing to nationalize key segments of the commercial economy. All of this is being done through the FED's New Deal era "emergency powers" to extend "credit" to any entity it chooses, whether governmental, commercial, or "public-private partnership."
The revolution of 1913—1933, which inflicted the Federal Reserve, income tax, and the New Deal apparatus upon the United States, left us with a system Mussolini described as a "corporate state," more commonly known as Fascism.
Admittedly, the American version was milder than most, at least domestically. The Revolution of 2008 is consolidating the elements of that system into a monolithic, unitary State of the sort Lenin and his heirs would applaud, were they not busy suffering for eternity in hell.
The creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913 was a partial enactment of the fifth plank of the Communist Manifesto, which called for creation of "a national bank with State capital"; last week, with the creation of a de facto economic dictatorship under the Secretary of the Treasury, Congress implemented the other key element of that plank, "centralization of credit in the hands of the state."
Approval of the new economic dictatorship was the irreducible purpose of the so-called Economic Stabilization Act, which — true to the measure's pedigree of grandly named government interventions — summarily failed to stabilize the economy.
The $700 billion disbursed by the bill was a trifle, in light of the magnitude of the debt flood to be "bailed out" and the ability of the FED to create what it's pleased to call "money" in any amount it chooses. But that relatively trivial amount was enough to create a constituency for the bill not only on Wall Street, but also in statehouses, city halls, and wherever else the Horseleach's Daughters convene.
With both the corporatist and political elements of the parasite class enlisted to support the revolution, all that remained was to neutralize the productive class — the common people, who found ourselves on the bad end of what the reliably perceptive Chris Floyd calls "one of the largest single redistributions of wealth since the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia in 1917."
Unanimity is, almost without exception, a bad thing in politics. The near-unanimity of the electorate in rejecting the Wall Street "bailout" measure is one of those incalculably precious exceptions. In the teeth of this near-unanimity, Congress — led by the Senate, supposedly the more deliberative chamber — took the rejected bill, an austere 3-page Enabling Act for the economic dictatorship, plumped it up with several hundred pages of bureaucratic boilerplate and undisguised pork, and passed it four days later.
Bribing a Congressman is generally about as challenging as seducing Catherine the Great. Getting the institution to surrender its institutional control over the public purse was a bit more difficult. Some Congressmen — well, at least one, perhaps two or three others — recalled their duty to their constituents, as well as their constitutional mandate to control the public purse, and held fast. Many others opposed the Enabling Act/Plutocrat Bailout because of simple terror over the prospect of immediate unemployment.
But in this case, bribery was coupled with undisguised official terrorism — the use or threatened use of violence to achieve a radical change in the political system.
As Brad Sherman, a Democratic Congressman from California, testified in a remarkable address on the House Floor — an address the likes of which will soon be punishable as sedition — that representatives of the Regime candidly informed recalcitrant congressmen that refusal to pass the Enabling Act would result in nothing less than "martial law in America."
Subsequently, many people, including Rep. Sherman himself, sought to minimize the significance of those threats, describing them as manipulative hyperbole rather than a credible threat. This would be something on the order of a frantic lobbyist exclaiming that failure of the bailout would lead to real "Wrath of God—type stuff" — the stock market collapsing; incurable constipation of the credit markets; widespread shortages; troops on the streets; human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria.
The jolly jokesters representing the White House and the Bankster Elite were just exaggerating for effect, you see.
The problem with that explanation, of course, is that the Bush Regime is actively preparing for martial law. So is the German government. So is the British government. Most likely, so are other governments throughout the Euro-Zone, and everywhere else central banks are still coupled to the rapidly disintegrating dollar.
There is no way we can honestly construe the comments reported by Rep. Sherman as anything other than a legitimate, credible threat to accomplish, through a coup de main, what Congress was being ordered to do: Surrender its power over the purse to an executive branch department that is an appendage of Wall Street.
This time, the mere threat of direct military action was sufficient. Next time, we may see putsch come to shove. But the real problem is this: The willingness of congressional majorities to be complicit in this betrayal most likely means there won't be a "next time" — another occasion in which public outrage, coupled with the threat of quick voter retaliation, prompts Congress to act in the public good.
Go ahead and vote this November, if you can find national candidates unsullied by this consummate betrayal. But a higher priority should be to anticipate, and prepare for, the severe dislocations that are about to occur in our everyday life as the collapse accelerates and deepens.
As credit lines grow more constricted, shortages of gasoline and grocery items become more likely. Fill your pantry with non-perishable foods that don't require much preparation. Secure an adequate supply of drinking water. Network with informed family and like-minded friends and, if possible, keep an inventory of emergency supplies. If you can build a small fellowship of that kind, it's a good idea to have a designated meeting place to gather and pool resources in the event of a severe emergency. Toward that end it's also a good idea to keep your gas tank topped off, or nearly so, if this is economically feasible.
Don't confide in the idea that you will always have access to cash via an ATM, even if your deposits (like mine) aren't within a parsec of the new $250,000 FDIC limit. Owners of 401(k) accounts are learning in the worst possible way about the evanescence of virtual "wealth" as some two trillion dollars of that hypothetical commodity disappear into the ether.
For that reason, it's wise to keep a supply of tangible money. Yes, of course, that means silver — particularly pre-1964 "junk" coins — and gold. It also means keeping a supply of ready cash on hand in the form of the depreciating but still useable FRNs.* In the event of a "bank holiday," you won't be permitted to withdraw cash, and it's likely that debit cards wouldn't work. So keeping sufficient cash on hand for a month's expenses is a wise precaution.
And now, more than ever before in living memory, it is a splendid idea to spend a lot of time on our knees. We should kneel and pray, and then stand prepared to fight — in whatever principled way may be required to protect those whom we love, and that which our talents and honest labor have provided.
It is my fondest hope that the advice offered in the foregoing paragraphs will prove to be the product of unwarranted alarmism.
I experienced exactly the same sentiment last March when I first suggested that "panic" of that variety was a perfectly rational course of action; I had the same desperate eagerness to be wrong last March 7, when — citing analyses offered by much better minds than my own — I predicted on Dr. Stan Montieth's radio program that the long-anticipated financial collapse would begin in late September or early October.
*"FRNs" refer to Federal Reserve Notes, the gaudily decorated and almost entirely worthless rectangles of rag paper the Regime insists that we refer to as "dollars."
October 14, 2008
Copyright © 2008 William Norman Grigg