- "Believe me, the next step is a currency crisis
because there will be a rejection of the dollar, the rejection of the dollar
is a big, big event, and then your personal liberties are going to be severely
threatened." -Ron Paul
- We live in an exciting, scary time. But then collapsing
empires, much like imploding skyscrapers, are visually compelling events,
complete with dozens of theories about how and why they collapsed and who
profits and who loses by that collapse.
- America is an empire whose karma has finally caught up
with it. The bad overwhelmed the good. The barbarians are at the gates
and they are us. If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, our
dominatrix nanny state is doomed to imperial collapse under a mountain
of bad debt and good intentions, most of them masquerading as importing
democracy and free market enterprise to subservient foreign states. Dominatrix
overseas, nanny state at home, we told ourselves we were the good guys,
while we gorged on fast food and distracted ourselves with American Idol,
NASCAR and Dancing With The Stars, indifferent to the erosion of our Bill
of Rights. Useless feeders electing the same old leaders, naively expecting
- ALL dying empires collapse mysteriously slow and, yet,
predictably fast. They smolder for awhile and then collapse suddenly, surrounded
by highly suspicious events well beforehand. ALL dying empires were burdened
by enormous debt. But primarily they were guided to their deaths by numerous
powerful and clever psychopaths making piles of money, while aided and
abetted by a few million silent servants who should have known better but
sacrificed ethics for a healthy paycheck and government pension. Exactly
as happened here in good old America. And now, surprise, surprise, many
American cities, states, as well as those government pensioners may (will)
lose those pensions. Sorry.
- Maybe the Creature From Jekyll Island was only meant
to live one hundred years. 1913-2013, RIP. About a month ago I asked a
recent economics grad of UCLA if they taught students there the significance
of 1913. Nope, nothing at all. The Federal Reserve, that clever bankster
scheme to separate useless feeders from their wealth, together with the
federal income tax, were both installed in 1913. American patriot and US
Representative, Charles Lindbergh said at that time: ""This [Federal
Reserve Act] establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President
signs this bill, the invisible government of the monetary power will be
legalized....the worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetrated by
this banking and currency bill."
- Maybe the creature was only intended to live only long
enough to bury a society under a mountain of debt, while enriching a relative
- When the shit truly hits the fan, I believe the wealthy
and powerful shits will fan out to prearranged refuges. Wouldn't you? And
what exactly will the average American do, once the SHTF? Let's examine
some scenarios, from The Road to The Road Warrior, to modern Zimbabwe and
recent Brazil as we consider the future of America. I lived in Brazil
when inflation often exceeded 100%--per month. I wrote about this in an
earlier essay called "Money--Funny, Scary, Paper Money" By the
way, if you Google that piece you will notice something funny: the price
of silver was only around six dollars an ounce!
- Now some will say nothing bad will ever happen to America,
and others will say I have sugar-coated the future. You decide. But more
importantly, as they say on Kitco: Do Your Own Due Diligence.
- SCENARIO ONE
- The best worst case scenario would be for Ben Bernanke
and Ron Paul to sit down over a few pitchers of beer. The next day, the
US government suddenly declares we are back on the gold standard. The good
doctor conducts an independent audit of the gold reserves, together with
GATA, and surprisingly discovers 4,000 tonnes are still there. The US
announces gold now trades at $15,000 an ounce. I mean, really, why did
you think all of those WE BUY GOLD outlets were for, if not to separate
the gullible from their "Junk" gold? However, wise old gold bugs
who held onto their stack are instant millionaires, along with the big
banksters of course. New dollars (ND) will be released backed by gold.
Old dollars are redeemed, for a period of ten days only, at one to one
for US citizens able to prove citizenship. Foreign allies may redeem old
dollars at two or three old US dollars to one ND. Less favored nations
(North Korea, Iran, Mexican drug cartels) may redeem dollars at 10-20 to
one, depending on our mood at the moment. After ten days, bundles of old
dollars, like bundles of derivatives, are sold like Zimbabwe dollars, for
pennies per trillion. Of course foreign trade will suffer BUT the American
empire will have pulled off an amazing coup. Possibility of happening?
Slim to none.
- SCENARIO TWO
- Anyone here seen the internet film called "The Day
The Dollar Died"? Like Building Seven, the US dollar smolders and
then suddenly collapses. Ninety percent of Americans are caught off guard
by the collapse. Wealthy insiders are not surprised. Among the middle class,
only a few survivalists and Kitco members are prepared. Indeed, if you
Google search a Kitco Forum called "Cashing in during an apocalyptic
scenario" you realize that a sizable group of open-minded people are
already visualizing these same SHTF scenarios. A rush on commodities occurs.
Gold and silver spike upwards but ordinary folks (unprepared useless feeders)
frenzy for food and fuel, both suddenly more expensive. Of course the US
government makes emergency announcements amid the chaos. Most Americans
remain law-abiding but gas station deliveries and the internet are severely
curtailed. Of course some inner cities suffer the predictable riots; stores
looted and looters shot. President Obama announces emergency measures and
Congress promises bipartisan support but everything is suddenly so much
more expensive. Hurried G-20 meetings attempt to bail the Titanic. Austerity
for the middle class. Boomerang Generation moves back home while class
warfare hate speech is outlawed, except for the official Limbaughs of the
main scheme media of course, whose purpose is and has always been to divide
and conquer. America enters her dying empire, Banana Republic stage, with
double digit inflation--per month--much like Argentina and Brazil of the
recent past. Jobs in security remain the only growth industry in America.
US troops are rotated home to occupy, I mean safeguard, huge restless areas
of America. The wealthy hire former special forces to protect their fiefdoms
and, predictably, the Pentagon budget rises. Possibility of happening?
Moderate to high.
- SCENARIO THREE
- Suppose Egypt came to America? Suppose an enormous, peaceful,
nationwide demonstration occurred here? Among the many demands: End the
Fed, end electronic black box voting, end expensive and endless wars and
occupations, end foreign oil dependency, and especially end the endless
banker bailouts. And suppose, in a couple of months or years, our beleaguered
President Obama or Romney or Hillary or Huckabee or Palin (Not that it
matters) was finally forced to admit that fraudulent statistic of 9% unemployed
was actually closer to 29%? And suppose QE 4 or 5 or 6, which only enrich
the super rich anyway, finally managed to outrage the majority of Americans?
And suppose enough of these Americans got up on their hind legs? At the
height of all this Egyptian-style democracy in action, suppose a perfectly
predictable "Black Swan Event" suddenly occurred here in America,
ostensibly to save the state and unite the terrified masses. Suppose in
this BS event, very likely a larger, more lethal 911 or Anthrax attack,
wouldn't martial law be declared? Any epidemic can be spread by a few
days of chemtrail spraying (Google). Chaos and calls for massive government
intervention would naturally follow and suddenly the beleaguered economy
/ currency would be as quickly forgotten as that missing two trillion dollars
the Pentagon declared "lost" on September 10, 2001. In a nationwide
SHTF scenario, the unprepared masses would scream for government help.
And suddenly, with the patriotic complicity of the main scheme media, the
nation is united again. Nationwide austerity and the erosion of personal
rights that Ron Paul predicted would follow.
- SCENARIO FOUR
- Following a nationwide or worldwide "terror"
event (Suitcase nuke, virus, terror cell attack requiring attack on Iran,
etc), which will conveniently provide more time for the bankrupt US government,
to amass more obscene debt, America suddenly morphs into Mubarak mode:
the police state vs the people. US troops will be rushed back to America
from overseas bases to various cities. This operation has already been
well rehearsed by the Pentagon. The troops would assist the overwhelmed
state and local police but heavily-armed Americans are in no mood to be
pushed around like a bunch of Egyptians. The Road Warrior meets The Book
of Eli along The Road, as Americans awaken to find themselves in an enormous
civil war, with shifting alliances, troop mutinies, massacres, wild rumors
and thousands dead. I can almost predict that our public servants will
be either deep underground or on some remote, palm-fringed island while
The Creature From Jekyll Island dies and tramples millions in its death
throes. A thousand Ron Pauls couldn't save America then.
- Your Personal SHTF Code of Behavior
- So what happens. assuming the worst, when US troops return
to patrol and police angry and riotous Americans? Anybody want to guess?
Oathkeepers or Morlocks? Citizens or sociopaths? Preppers wisely suggest
you get prepared in any event. Store food, water, fuel, weapons and precious
metals and don't rely on the government to save you. Will America resemble
apocalyptical scenes from that sci-fi movie Escape From New York? Probably
worse. Images of Detroit might stretch from coast to coast.
- Former top Reagan official, Paul Craig Roberts, wrote
of what we might expect from those public servants tasked to protect and
serve. Why are police so aggressive to the public, Roberts asked? "In
part because the police have been militarized by the federal government,
equipped with military weapons, and trained to view the public as the enemy.
In part because the Bush/Cheney/Obama regimes have made every American
- Suppose, in the worst SHTF scenario, the police disappear,
like they did during the LA riots. Then suppose, in this worst case SHTF
scenario, when destitute humanity by the millions are on the move, will
YOU shoot to protect or kill? Say you've stored food, water and enough
guns and ammo to supply a small army and a carload of hungry humans arrives
on your street, knocking at your door. Will you feed or water or even shelter
them? No? Hungry people are desperate people. How much, if any, can you
afford to share with humans who put all their faith in a fraudulent form
of government and never prepared for themselves? Will you wound-or kill--the
head of a family who comes begging? Or suppose a platoon of private security
forces-as happened in New Orleans after Katrina-moves house-to-house for
confiscation of food or weapons purposes. What will be your response? Will
you comply or resist? The rich and wealthy will either have fled or surrounded
themselves with well-paid mercenaries.
- I believe this country and perhaps the world is between
a rock and a hard place regards debt, due mostly to political corruption
and fiat currency. Perhaps all the world's currency should adopt that "Rock
& Hard Place" motif on our US currency, similar to the Trillion
dollar Zimbabwe currency.
- I do not believe any worst case scenario is inevitable.
However, I also do not believe anyone in power is doing much to alleviate
the dire economic conditions that may lead to a collapse. So, get prepared.
One personal account you might read is The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving
the Economic Collapse. An Argentinian family man wrote that, about what
happens when inflated fiat currency, due to very bad government, hits the
- What Would The Founders Have Done?
- I imagine Madison, Jefferson, Adams and Washington would
forget the bug-out bag for a moment and concentrate on building a better
community out of the chaos A Revolutionary idea, right? How many Americans
even know their neighbors? In the worst SHTF scenario, American cities
might resemble New Orleans after Katrina or even Somalia in Blackhawk Down
after a few weeks. BUT, suppose in the middle of this imperial meltdown,
something remarkable occurs? Suppose heavily-armed and vigilant communities
united once again and true social networking occurs? After all, the most
valuable precious metal is valueless without precious mettle. And delicate
plants and flowers do grow nicely from the ruins of old foundations and
- Douglas Alan Herman lives in the modern ruins of Bullhead
City Arizona. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org