I was re-reading that thing I posted around 2 a.m. about the government operating on bad data.
I should clarify the entire train of thought because I didn't really explain.
Tyrannies exist on the use of force for rule, instead of consent. As such, they need a lot of henchmen to keep the populace in line. People will not participate in something they object to, unless something lower down on the Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is threatened. This means that people who work for a tyrannical government as employees are mostly in it to avoid starvation, with a few exceptions for sadists and other psychopaths. Recognizing this tenuous loyalty, the organization usually provides harsh punishment for screwups, like the movie villain who kills his henchman who screw up. So then you have people lying to their superiors and covering up their own screwups.
All this lying to superiors causes the most data-distortion at the top, since then you have 4 or 5 generations of compounded lies. It does not matter how much granular detail your spy network can obtain on the lives of people. The granularity of detail matters to the guy getting spied on, personally, but by the time you get up to the head of state they're dealing in generalities, like how much wheat was produced last year.
And of course the head of state lies; they're a politician. Especially if they're a psychopathic tyrant. And, they'll make some of their henchmen spy on the other henchmen and vice versa, which fosters a divided house. And a house divided cannot stand.
Because of all of this, most tyrannies appear to be stronger than they really are, like a threatened animal puffing itself up to look bigger. It is hard to tell how close to collapse they are, until they collapse.
A good example would be the Soviet Union. They were using stupid agricultural practices that someone pushed based on ideology and their wheat crops kept failing; also their seeds were rotting in storage because of an ideologically started practice that didn't work. But their leaders kept boasting about the bumper crops they were getting. Then they set up these fake villages to show the rest of the world how great they were doing (Potemkin villages). The same thing is still done in North Korea.
So, is the US a tyranny? If you ask some Yemeni or Libyan getting bombed, someone whose loved one was killed by the Mexican drug cartel that bought the gunwalking guns, or anyone who starved because of Henry Kissinger's food-as-weapon thingie, the answer is yes.
If you ask someone here who doesn't follow the news, or who never reads alternative news, the answer is probably no, at least not within our borders. But the US is sliding towards a turn-key tyranny. Anyone watching the laws being passed recently like the NDAA of 2012, or the recent slew of Executive Orders; CISPA and its ilk; or the militarization of police, the use of mercenary groups like Dyncorps for Children's Services; and the openly advertised building of prison or labor camps, would say yes. And let's not forget the fields of plastic coffin liners in Georgia. I once saw a truck laden with them pass me on a highway in Ontario as well, so Canadians should also beware.
They're getting ready to flip the switch. And when they do, this blog and all others like it will disappear, Alex Jones will probably die under mysterious circumstances like Andrew Breitbart did, and there will be talk of "militants" and "right wing extremists" in the news as they start attacking anyone who resists having their crops, food stores, or guns stolen, or who riots, or resists being stuck in a camp. And drones will be part of those attacks. It will escalate.
The event that will cause the switch to flip? Probably the crash of the dollar. There will be a lot of starving angry people. The grasshoppers will insist that the ants feed them. It will get ugly. Eventually these starving people will accept tyranny so they can eat.
Even if nobody else volunteers to work for the new tyranny when it finally shows itself officially, they've got drones. Right now it takes a bunch of people to operate one battle drone, but they're working on autonomous ones. I would hazard a guess that the giant data center being built in Utah is for spying on Americans AND for controlling drones. So this tyranny could eventually control people with swarms of drones instead of personnel. But they could also just use all those mercenaries that have been accumulating.
All of this is why I keep telling everyone to put some food by, and start a garden, so that you are not so easily coerced, so that you don't have to go out foraging during periods of civil unrest, so that you might live. If enough people do that, and help their neighbors do the same, then we won't starve. Also, resistance to tyranny does not need to be some kind of head on confrontation, street riots, or one man and his shotgun against a SWAT team and a couple drones at the door at 3 a.m. If it gets that far, it's too late. Better to be politically active now, point out the slide towards tyranny and cause public outcry against it; better to prepare for other ways now that are less obvious and more community-strengthening. Because the switch hasn't flipped yet. Maybe we can keep it from flipping in the first place.
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