Empire collapses, leadership vacuums expand, and government and its media handmaidens transform from trusted servants to despised sociopaths. Americans are thinking about what their world will look like in the next few years.
The funny thing is, those who benefit from government power and its redistribution of trillions and trillions of dollars and dollar denominated low interest debt, and those who control the dominant narratives, have also been thinking, and acting.
This dynamic has led to preppers and homesteaders at two very different economic levels. One builds a cabin by hand on whatever land he or she can find and afford, and the others do this.
One of the most important concepts is what will happen to paper money and promises? Ideas range from the absurd modern monetary theory, to the politically dead-in-the-water idea of government living within its means, to secretly inflating away entitlement liabilities, to the old standby, raising taxes on the rich, which is to say everyone. The biblical idea of a debt jubilee has also become politically popular.
The death of money is, for those who live through it, a life-changing experience. The crush of central planning – as seen during the US depression and throughout World War II, with bureaucratic intervention into every aspect of the economy, ration cards, production limits and mandates, the mass elimination of foodstuffs by government fascisti, as was done here – has multigenerational impacts on a society’s attitudes, decisions, and behavior. We have all seen this in our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. Many of them subsequently spent their lives with a kind of caution and thrift that is alien to modern generations.
Modern generations pay very little for the massive amount of information at our fingertips, “free” communication with our friends and co-workers around the world, access to experts and collaborators, and nearly instant access to innumerable and cheap items that make our lives productive and enjoyable. As Klaus Schwab understands, we will own nothing, rent everything, and be happy. He’s no visionary! We do this today. In terms of real estate, we rent from the state via taxation, the bank if we pay a mortgage, and from the marketplace in terms of frequently replaced and upgraded goods, services or enhancements for our homes. We rent our cars, either via loans or leases, we for all practical purposes we rent our phones and certainly lease the internet and data access we need to allow them to function. All of these transactions could certainly be wholly supported by a free market and priced accordingly – but we cannot ignore the “invisible hand” of a central bank, and its devoted service to a ravenous state.
The US economy is structured around, and the financial sector dependent upon, this “throw away” model of property ownership. We produce consumerism, interest payments, and the state skims the excess of whatever we produce in the form of taxes and fees, permits and permissions.
Allow me to get to the point. If money dies, people in the affected territory do one very predictable thing. Having already hit rock bottom or fearing impact, they relocate. It makes for wonderful literature and moving photographs, as we know from the midwestern dust bowl and subsequent migration to California. Migrations occur frequently, short of a major economic collapse, from ethnic groups and communities, within the confines of the US, and globally.
But what if masses of people in a territory cannot migrate at will? How can governments and its benefactors (no longer the people at this point) herd those cats? We might ask North Korean officials, but we can figure it our for ourselves too. Controlling access to water is a good idea. Controlling human and animal transportation, as in networked electric cars and access to vehicle and logistics data in real time like OnStar or this.
Lockdowns and stay at home orders are very helpful in slowing the spread – of human beings, out of a territory that is collapsing economically and where tyranny is raging. Actual government propaganda and social media work non-stop to shape and nudge the herd.
Psychologically preparing whole communities of people for a centrally-monitored, government-controlled health system, via routinized and normalized injections of the population in drugstore, grocery stores, big box stores, gyms, as well as actual hospitals and clinics, also slow the spread, and offer a means to control the anger that would explode if and when food, water, and electricity run out, become unreliable or unaffordable. Fluoride in the water? Why not add a calming agent? Certainly the regulation of rainwater collection and reducing use of and access to private wells would assist here too.
Dividing people by race, gender and politics is especially valuable, because the last thing government-corporate center wants is a lot of angry people making do with less by living and working together, and finding common philosophical and practical ground, and deciding they might have a better solution together. This is the mother’s milk of secession, independence and revolution. Kill it!
Which brings us to the evidence of something we don’t want to think about. What if “we the people” – regardless of whether we are Rothbardians – are actually enemies of the state? We may imagine a kinder, gentler world, where we are only livestock, cows to be milked, and after a lifetime of productivity, slaughtered without pain by a government that is just looking out for all of us.
If a government wanted to thin the herd, all parts of the carcasses would be used. Certainly we should see corporate taxes raised. But we should also expect drastic new death and inheritance taxes to accompany the accelerated deaths among the elderly, where significant national wealth resides. Corporations with teams of lawyers can swiftly respond to changing tax laws and burdens; individual human being, interwoven with their families, communities, geography and tradition, less so.
Perhaps the fascisti wish to thin the herd, for reasons of carbon credit payouts, or easing the conflict that can ignite between starving overcrowded peasants and their G-6 flying rulers, smoking expensive cigars, and perhaps even eating cake.
In lieu of a debt jubilee, where governments and government-allied “first beneficiaries” of debt could see portfolios emptied overnight, why not halve the population and take their property first? If nothing else, it makes an inevitable financial reset – via bankruptcy, a jubilee, an utter death of money through hyperinflation, or just the devaluing of money through 120 years of calculated inflation through printing – less costly. What does Michael Burry think?
In an era of AI, robotics and automation, how many people are really needed to make consumables, produce, process, package and deliver food, monitor the unrest, and fight the boutique wars and take our opponent’s castles?
From the elite fascists and globalist perspective, not a whole lot. And they already have plans for your property!
Of course, what if it isn’t vaccines for colds and genetic experimentation en masse, but actually this that will be used to thin the herd? Those who prefer natural immunity, or simply won’t take rapidly deployed, mostly untested vaccines because the government says to, won’t do it under Trump or Biden or any other allowable “leader” – these are the problem children for the state. Not those who acquiesce.
The sudden death last week of my youngest aunt, at an otherwise healthy, active, sharp and vivacious 81, a few months after her Pfizer shots, makes me very sad. We will not find out what she died of, because it wasn’t COVID circa 2021, and knowing what happened at this time doesn’t serve the state. In a world of global authoritarian mist, with government fog machines at full bore, how we spend our time as thinking people and what we actually do with our time henceforth seems ever more important.