Source: TIME & Infowars
With protesters in France entering a seventh day of strikes and demonstrations against draconian austerity measures, many political observers in the U.S. are now wondering how long it will be before similar scenes unfold on American streets, with even Time Magazine now conceding that the prospect of a civil war in the States “doesn’t seem that far fetched”.
To be clear, Stephen Gandel’s article entitled Will the Federal Reserve Cause a Civil War? largely dismisses the possibility that the Fed’s upcoming November 3rd meeting, during which Ben Bernanke is expected to announce a fresh round of money printing, will prompt national uproar, but it doesn’t exactly debunk the notion of longer term social dislocation as a backlash to the crumbling economy, as many are now forecasting.
As we highlighted yesterday in a piece that was later picked up by the Drudge Report, it’s only a matter of time before Americans are hit with almost identical austerity measures to those that have caused the French to set up fuel blockades, stage running battles with riot police, halt air and rail travel, and virtually shut down some areas of the country.
I can tell you exactly how Americans will react when faced with the same brutal austerity measures and economic raping that the Europeans have faced: ::crickets chirping::
There might be a few rallies, a few small protests but largely, Americans will continue sitting on their couches watching Dancing with the Stars, Glenn Beck and Rachel Maddow. A few might raise their fists in anger or google some videos of others protesting, but Americans no longer have the fortitude to stage road blocks or force air travel to come to a screeching halt. Americans are too apathetic and lazy – for the most part – to even cause a minor hiccup in the ebb and flow of commerce.
I wish it were different. I wish the Neocon-hijacked Tea Party actually stood for something. I wish groups of everyday, common citizens would strike, protest and make some noise! Get angry! Get educated! Effecting commerce and transportation are the only weapons of grievance we have anymore, it’s time we use them and make our voice heard!
Sadly, soaring food prices, the continued printing of Federal Reserve debt notes and almost certain pension-robbery will not result in any sort of protest that is worthwhile. I suggest you brace yourself for the next few years. Read over the articles here and on other sites about the benefits of buying and investing in tangible goods in order to protect your money, health and sanity. These can be items such as land, tools, long-term food storage plans, gardens, firearms, precious metals and just about anything that will retain it’s “worth” when the inflation hits and is allowed to continue.
The question remains – how will Americans react if the Obama administration pushes ahead with its plan to seize all private 401(k) pensions, which will be swallowed up by the Social Security Administration under the banner of mandatory Guaranteed Retirement Accounts? How will Americans react to the upcoming announcement that the Federal Reserve will further eviscerate the value of the dollar by purchasing junk assets from big banks at exorbitant prices with money printed out of thin air?
Time Magazine, which as a guardian of the establishment would normally be expected to disparage the potential of mass civil disobedience, actually lends the notion some spotlight by linking to a Zero Hedge story which paraphrased economic forecaster David Rosenberg, who warns that the Fed’s plan for more quantitative easing, “positions US society one step closer to civil war if not worse.”
The article also features a quote from a Washington’s Blog piece which warns that the Fed’s policies could lead to the very destruction of the republic.
“In a very real sense, Bernanke is throwing Granny and Grandpa down the stairs – on purpose. He is literally threatening those at the lower end of the economic strata, along with all who are retired, with starvation and death, and in a just nation where the rule of law controlled instead of being abused by the kleptocrats he would be facing charges of Seditious Conspiracy, as his policies will inevitably lead to the destruction of our republic.”
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