Quote of the day—charles hugh smith

Everything centralized, from the Federal Reserve to the Too Big To Fail Banks to Medicare to the National Security State depends on the Federal government being a Savior State that must ceaselessly expand its share of the national income and its raw power lest it implode. All Savior States have one, and only one trajectory– they must ceaselessly expand and concentrate wealth and power or they will fail.

They are like the shark, which dies once it stops moving forward: the Savior State must push forward on its trajectory of expansion or it expires.

Stasis is not possible, nor is contraction; the promises made to the citizenry cannot be withdrawn without political instability, but the promises cannot be kept without fatally disrupting the neofeudal financialized debtocracy.

charles hugh smith
July 4, 2013
The Next American Revolution (Emphasis in the original)
[His main point is that the next revolution will be much different than any in the past. It will be one where the existing bureaucracy is bypassed and ignored rather than being forcibly removed from power. It will be, he claims, a place where, “wages are no longer an adequate model for distributing the surplus generated by the economy.

I agree with his characterization that the government is on a path where it must constantly expand or implode. I can believe his is right that the next revolution will be different than any ever seen before. But I am far from convinced that he has it right on the nature of the next revolution.

It seems to me that the nature of the majority of people is that they want/desire/require a central leader or authority. Either they either want to be ruled or they want to be a ruler. The concept of just leaving people alone to freely associate with others is inconceivable to most people. Even in a relatively free state they think in terms of freedom being forced upon them by some authority.

It is my expectation that from the ashes of our current government there will rise some new form of claimed authority to rule over the people and the vast majority of people will have not learned the lessons of history and will welcome it.—Joe]

5 thoughts on “Quote of the day—charles hugh smith

  1. There isn’t going to be a revolution. The rule of law is dead, the current process will continue and corruption and graft will be the new normal. And if you don’t like it, the NSA will turn your records over to Homeland Security for prosecution.

    • I too think that there will not be a revolution. The state is just too all knowing all powerful. Our only hope is for our global civilization to collapse and even then it is likely that the bad guys will have done a better job of prepping and still come out on top. After all they certainly have the most resources.

  2. I can’t find the quot right now, but I remember reading it a while back. An old guy, well-known at the time, was saying (paraphrasing) “Rome was eternal, and he couldn’t imagine it ever falling from power and greatness.” Nothing unusual there, except it was said something like a hundred yeasts AFTER what is now the accepted date for the fall of Rome (usually put at 476).
    I think we’ll likely stagger along, papering over the problems, a lot longer than smart people think we can, simply because so many stupid and evil people (two groups, with some overlap) have such a vested interest in maintaining the illusion of the status quo, and the dark frightens them. They’ll go on, living the lie, not worrying about eating the seed corn, because the modern technocrats don’t know what seed corn IS.

  3. I’m not so sure about Alan’s “there isn’t going to be a revolution” statement, and I do agree with Joe’s assessment that the next revolution will be different. I also agree with our government (or, perhaps, governments in general) having to constantly increase size, reach and power or die. From several metrics our government has already reached that point, and it will continue on that path a while longer. There’s a reason huge insects are found only in science fiction movies: they oxygenate by absorbing oxygen through their “skin.” There are limits to how much tissue can be oxygenated by that method and an increase in size beyond that point produces operational inefficiency – the amount of work (flying, eating, fighting, reproducing, etc.) the insect can do is limited by its ability to oxygenate the tissue performing that work. The result is “size stasis” and a certain amount of operational stasis. Since insects have predators (usually birds) a big, juicy, very slow insect enters the food chain instead of reproducing.

    I think that’s where government is headed. Government, in some form will always exist because, as Joe pointed out, people believe, correctly, that they need to be governed. If they are not internally governed by their consciences, beliefs and compassion, then that government will be external. A “good people” can exist quite well with a very minimalist external government. Other people, not so much.

    There will come a point, and I think it’s been reached in a number of areas, where government getting larger will be nothing more than an appearance-based fur coating on a body which has reached its maximum oxygenation point. The fur serves no operational purpose, it just makes the structure look larger.

    The key will be money; money is the mother’s milk of government, whether it gets real money through taxation or false money by creating it. Bitcoin is an attempt to create a monetary system outside the traditional money system that government knows how to operate. It will eventually fail, but someone will learn from it and some future attempt will not fail. Barring a cataclysm and return to feudal levels of barter, economic developments outside the normal channels will probably be the key.

    About 30 years ago a measure was introduced in the Colorado legislature threatening the retention of all federal gas tax monies. CO was collecting and sending dollars to DC and getting pennies back. It didn’t pass, and certainly wouldn’t be introduced there today, but keep a weather eye for similar discussions in other states. When you begin seeing some, encourage them because it will mark a turning point.

  4. Money is easy: the gold standard. The problem is that it was abolished in 1913, specifically to enable big government (the Wilson agenda). And any remaining traces of it were destroyed, very much on purpose, by Keynes at the Bretton Woods meeting.
    Bitcoin is unfortunately just another fiat currency. The only difference is that it is run by people who appear to be honest.

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