The center will not hold




The era of global civil unrest is upon us.

Submitted by Martin Armstrong via ArmstrongEconomics,

All governments had better open their eyes for we are on the brink of a major convergence between both the Cycle of Civil Unrest, Civil War & Revolution and International War. Both of these models converge and as I pointed out at the Cycles of War Conference, this is the first time we have seen this convergence since the 1700s.

This is no plain modern event with civil unrest erupting because of an interconnected world. These are grassroots uprisings cross-fertilized perhaps from a world contagion yet they often have similarities – corrupt governments. Turkey, Ukraine, Thailand, Venezuela and Bosnia-Herzegovina are all middle-income democracies with elected leaders besieged by people angry at misgovernment, corruption and economic sclerosis. These days it is no longer just dictators who have something to fear from the crowd. This is the promise of Marxism that centralized planning and false promises are coming home and governments are too corrupt and incompetent to deliver what they have claimed for decades. Communism is dead. The socialistic agendas that have lined the pockets of government and filled the coffers of banks is over. The national debts are on average composed of 70% interest payments not programs to help the poor as marketed.

The debts that keep growing with no intent upon paying anyone back are draining the national productivity and turning the people into economic slaves. The standard of living has declined and it now takes two incomes to survive where one use to be just fine. Women won the right to work and lost the right to stay home.

The promises that you save for the future have collapsed into dust as interest rates have been driven lower making savings utterly worthless. There is no such thing as saving and living off your fixed income. The elderly are being driven back into the work force and the whole ideas that a generation believed in are vanishing before their eyes.

So it is no longer communists and dictators that are the targets. All governments are now the targets and when the economy turns down after 2015.75, the threat of civilization will be pulled apart by the self-interest of politicians clinging to power to the detriment of the people.

Years and years ago – 1968, I think, I saw Farenheit 451; its final scene, of Oskar Werner, Julie Christie and other refugees hiding in a wooded sanctuary, preserving society by memorizing and reciting books, has stayed with me ever since. These days, that image comes back to me more frequently, and stronger. I don’t know what thing wicked comes this way, but I believe that something is. Funny thing, much of the country seems to be reaching this same, ominous conclusion, at least if you consider the treatment accorded “preppers” (not preppies; they’re doomed – those who prepare for survival): they were the subject of ridicule as little as a decade ago – now, they don’t seem quite so crazy.

And these days, I take a certain comfort in having learned through the years to camp, hunt, dress game and use a saw and axe. What’s changed is that I’m slowly accumulating ammunition in various calibers and even buckets of Mountain House freeze dried food. Ammo lasts forever, freeze-dried’s good for 25 years, so if I never need it, I can pass it on to my kids. Either I’m growing senile – entirely possible, or there are bad things afoot. Hmm.


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18 responses to “The center will not hold

  1. Cobra

    You’re not the only one thinking that way. One day in the not too distant future, ammo will be meaningfully preferred barter currency vs. silver or gold.

  2. Incognito

    Mountain House Just In Case has a shelf life of 10 years, not 25. But scary that I felt compelled to check it out!

    • True, but their bulk, No.10 cans are good for 25 years. Problem with the cans is that, once opened,they go fast, so either have a gang with you or be prepared to eat beef stroganoff twice a day for a week. (and yes, somewhat unnerving that, like me, you checked it out).

  3. Anonymous

    the japanese grocer in the little mall/office park on the south side of e. putnam near the exit 5 on ramp has nitrogen packed 15 lbs. bags of white rice, good for 5-10 years, closer to the longer end if stored in a cool, temperature stable spot. the whole bag fits into a 5 gallon storage bucket.

  4. Once

    The answer is senile. We all blame the politicians and yet we all send our guy to Washington to get money for our little cause. It’s always the other guy’s congressman that we don’t approve of, never our own. Then someone steps up and screams “the mortgage deduction isn’t fair!” As if Govt would really spend that money wisely. We borrow to give people money they didn’t earn. That’s not slavery. That’s a free ride.

  5. Walt

    Dude –
    Why do you think they are disarming the public? Why do you think they are turning local law enforcement into a paramilitary organization? To be used against the people, instead of to protect the people.

    Why do you think the NSA is reading your email and tapping your phones? Why do you think they want to censor the Internet, so free minded individuals cannot point out what is really going on, and instead must rely on the government controlled, propaganda spewing MSM. Why are they using drones over US Airspace?

    They know that civil unrest is coming. And they are fearful of it. They have created a serf state, where we all now work for the government, instead of the other way around. IT IS ASS BACKWARDS!!

    I think we are at a tipping point, where the working class folks are beginning to ask, why bother? And the non-contributors just want more free stuff. It’s an untenable situation.

    Brunch tomorrow?
    Your Pal,

  6. dumb pensions

    cant wait for it

  7. TheWizard

    I believe a correction of some sort is on the way. Though I haven’t chosen the prepper route, I wouldn’t heap ridicule on anybody that does.

  8. Mark B.

    I don’t think I’m being a pollyanna when I say that once those in power reach the last straw and can no longer hide behind their professed intentions, the revolution will be very swift and relatively bloodless.
    Having history ahead of you and having it behind are two very different conditions.
    Whenever someone warns me that the government could use the military against us, I have to smile and ask, “The Military? You mean our sons? Our daughters? Good luck with that.” Yeah, I know, “Look at Nazi Germany!”

    Well this ain’t Nazi Germany. All the immigrants who journeyed to these shores had an innate yearning to know how freedom feels to a degree greater than their homeland-bound bretheren, greater than the Germans who still reside in Germany.
    We’re different, and we’re not different because we’re Americans; we’re Americans because we’re different.
    Molon Labe

  9. Inagua

    The author of this nonsense, Martin Armstrong, is a fraudster who spent over a decade in prison.

  10. AJ

    Jim Grant of “Grant’s Interest Rate Observer” gives an interesting speech on Henry Hazlitt and the 1920-1921 Depression when the song “Ain’t We Got Fun” came out:
    Times are bum and getting bummer
    Still we have fun

    There’s nothing sure
    The rich get rich and the poor get poor
    In the meantime, in between time
    Ain’t we got fun?
    You probably never heard of the ’20-’21 Depression because they did nothing to correct it, but left it to market forces and it quickly corrected itself (better keep that secret).

    Grant’s presentation starts off a bit slowly with his eyes glued to the podium reading from stuff, but picks up in short order and is often quite humorous at points.

  11. Libertarian Advocate

    If they left it to market forces to correct the imbalance, how on earth could the steal trillions?

  12. Anonymous

    I’m not sure there’s enough intelligence, courage or motivation left in Americans to revolt. Our govt. has done a great job at pacification through handout. Here’s a true story to exemplify this point: a friend recently lost his job and has 4 children. He hasn’t been able to find a job so he resigned himself to the need for food stamps since he has 4 children to feed. He went down to the office, filled out the paperwork and was asked “don’t you want a free phone (hardly free to the taxpayers of this country)?”, to which he replied, I just need food stamps. Well, don’t you want a free air conditioner (since when did these become standard issue at taxpayer expense?) to which he replied, I just need food stamps. Well, he was told, it’s a good thing you have 4 kids because if you had 3 you wouldn’t qualify.