Trend Forecaster Gerald Celente joins The Lew Rockwell Show on March 27, 2011 to discuss a host of topics including geopolitical tensions, government hypocrisy, the banking elite, civil unrest, war, and preparing for the worst.
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Celente on War
These people never get touched. Their kids never go anywhere. Here’s my thing. Anybody that wants to go to war to take out anybody – as I hear Hillary Clinton say, ‘take out Gaddafi’ – pack up your stuff and go fight. Send your kids, send your money, send yourself, or shut your mouth. If you’re going to play Commander in Chief, get out of the White House on to the white horse and lead the charge. I’m sick of these big mouth chicken hawks that’ve never fought a day in their lives – the Harvard, Princeton, Yale, bullets, banks and bombs club guys and girls – telling all of us what we need to do as they run the war from the safety of the Oval Office and the confines of their offices surrounded by a Phalanx of guards.
The reasons don’t matter. Whether military action or war is for a leader’s altruistic needs such as saving innocent people from the rule of a dictator, or regional control over resources like oil, gas and water, or spreading a political ideology and/or religion, orÂ enriching a military industrial complex, the point is, that people die on the whims of those who have not the willpower, ability or courage to do it themselves.
It’s tragic for the many millions who have died in wars of empire over the past many centuries. Hasn’t it always been the case, though, that the elite send the poorest, most unsuspecting, and undereducated to war? The common folks are merely a means to an end.
Social Unrest in America
I see more crime happening in this country and social unrest at a much lower level. The people in this country don’t have what it takes…
In my book Trends 2000, which I wrote back in 1997, I was so optimistic about the future of this country and of the people making intelligent choices and moving forward in enlightened ways. And now I look around, and this isn’t a country of mommy’s boys, it’s a country of soccer mommy’s boys. We’re prescription drug addicted and we’re junk food fat.
What’s happened to this country. What happened to the dignity. Look at the way they dress. Look at the way they talk. Look how the nation’s become so Snookie-Stupid.
I just saw, recently, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, on The Daily Show talking about the crises going on in the middle east….I could never imagine during the Cuban Missile Crisis the Joint Chiefs of Staff yucking it up with Uncle Miltie.And here’s the Joint Chiefs of Staff saying how wonderful it was to be on the show with Justin Bieber… This is what this country’s come to.
It’s nothing more than the Presidential reality show.
…So, I don’t think social unrest in this country is going to happen because I don’t think the people have what it takes.
We’re somewhat surprised by these comments from Mr. Celente with regards to his views on social unrest, as he has forecast regularly in the past that social unrest will spread across the fifty states.
Weâ€™re going to see food riots, tax protests, farmer rebellions, student revolts, squatter dig-ins, homeless uprising, tent cities, ghost malls, general strikes, boss nappings, kidnappings, mob rule and terrorâ€¦
People are going to wait for the elections in November. They think theyâ€™re going to have some other change you can believe in. It wonâ€™t happen. When the economic winter sets in, then youâ€™re going to start seeing people protesting more and more. No, this is just the beginning. The United States is slow on the draw when it comes to protesting.
But get ready for it. We see it happening in 2011 and 2012.
We agree with Mr. Celente with respect to the apathy that pervades modern day America. A movement for political change in the US will likely not lead to the kind of violence we’ve seen in the middle east. Protests like Wiscosin, yes. Violent rebellion like Libya? Not likely.
At least not yet.
The American people have been wound up, but not yet tight enough to spring into meaningful action. We can certainly see riots and violence come out of catalyzing issues mentioned in Celente’s 2009 forecast, which include food riots as more people lose their jobs, unemployment benefits and prices rise, as well as tax rebellions and poverty. For people in America to really get motivated it will require that they be taken to a breaking point, physically and/or psychologically. We’re not their yet, but it remains, in our view, a real possibility.
Perhaps Mr. Celente’s most recent comments, suggesting that Americans “don’t have what it takes,” were more of a challenge out of frustration rather than a forecast.
Collapse of the Economic Ponzi
Lew Rockwell: Here we have the additional quantitative easing so-called – the lie that they disguise when they do money printing and inflating. The stock market’s going up. What else do you think is happening in the economy and what lies ahead.
Gerald Celente: You have to look to Europe. And we’re seeing now Portugal is going to default, they’re going to have to have a bailout. They’re going to keep this digital money not worth the paper it’s not printed on flowing into the system. The collapse is going to happen.
Considering again the topic of civil unrest in the US, perhaps it’s not frustration on his part, but rather, Gerald Celente wants us to read between the lines. What need would there be for protests and riots if the entire system comes crashing down?
We believe that when Mr. Celente refers to “collapse,” he is talking about the end of the economic and, potentially, the political system as we know them in America, and perhaps other parts of the world. We turn to an October 24, 2009 interview with Gerald Celente for some additional insights to this:
Weâ€™re going to see a financial crisis thatâ€™s already beginning and itâ€™s going to be the currency crisis as weâ€™re seeing with the dollar. And what should be understood is this is going to impact the entire world. A giant is falling. The American empire. This is bigger than just an economic collapse.
When your currency collapses, either through debt default or hyperinflation, it’s a paradigm shift on all levels – economic, social, political. And, according to Celente, this will eventually lead to the next great war. We’re facing the largest debt crisis in the history of the world. Perhaps this is why we can just skip the mid east style social unrest altogether.
Gold, Guns and Getaway Plans
I’ll tell you what I do. I call it three G’s. Gold, Guns and Getaway Plans.
…If a madman like Gaddafi, before he goes down, wants to get even and sets of a dirty bomb or a biological warfare of other types… It may happen in the UK, it may happen in New York, it may happen in Paris. But if they keep going I don’t think this guy is going to fold without a fight. So I’m serious about a getaway plan.
…And I also, for myself, I’m invested in silver. And also in Swiss Francs. Look at all these dictators toppling. Where’s there money going? To Switzerland. They’re the money cockroaches of the world.
It’s survival. Start thinking in terms of survival.
There are plenty of madmen in the world to go around – and not all of them are way over in the middle east. As we’ve opined on numerous occasions, the entire situation is fluid and, with so many variables, cannot be predicted with certainty.
Lots of power players. Lots of money. Lots of egos. Lots of uncertainty.
When you think in terms of survival, consider worst case. What would you do, for example, if a nuclear reactor goes into meltdown 30 miles from your home or a dirty bomb is detonated? At that point, it really doesn’t matter who did it or why. What matters is making it out alive.
A secondary ‘bug-out’ location is important – Japan should make this abundantly clear. A unit of monetary exchange will help with acquisition of goods during and after a currency collapse. Food and water are absolutely essential. Self defense armaments are a must: if you can’t protect it, you don’t own it. Stoves, alternative fuel and other emergency preparedness supplies like the one hundred things that will disappear first are highly recommended.
Hat tip Steve Quayle