He was the National Security Advisor for President Jimmy Carter from 1977-1981. In the early 80’s he controlled CIA counter insurgency operations in Soviet occupied Afghanistan. Under President Reagan he was a member of the Defense Department Commission on Integrated Long-Term Strategy. In 1998 he authored The Grand Chessboard – his views on geopolitics and geo-strategy. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign relations and an extremely intelligent individual with inside knowledge of the inner workings of the upper echelons of global command and control initiatives. Many have suggested that if a closely knit conglomerate of individuals does control the world he would have a seat at the boardroom table.
The point is, when Zbigniew Brzezinski talks, take note.
In a recent interview on Morning Joe, Brzezinski discusses a variety of topics, including the very troubling consequences of the continued degradation of our economy.
When you have stagnation, when you have a severe case of unemployment, the sense of social injustice can be terribly demoralizing and politically, in the long run, very dangerous. It can politicize social economic issues, create radicalism, class conflict, extremism.
I think that’s a real risk in our society…
[The tipping point is] When the lower middle class begins to be more severely affected and really begins to join the ranks of the unemployed or the financially threatened. I don’t think we’re yet at that point statistically.
Before too long, if there is a slippage in numbers downward, then of course it’ll become a social and political problem.
“I don’t want to be a prophet of doom — and I don’t believe we are approaching doom — but I think we’re going to slide into intensified social conflicts, social hostility, some forms of radicalism. There is just going to be a sense that this is not a just society.
Given that our economy remains on a long-term downward trajectory, we can only assume that the end result will be more unemployment, more food stamp participation, and higher prices for the most essential of goods.
As more and more Americans struggle to pay the mortgage, put food on the table and maintain a pre-depression quality of life, they’ll become more frustrated and angry with politicians, corporate leaders and financiers who will claim to empathize with the common man while maintaining their own lavish lifestyles.
We may not be able to predict exactly when we reach the tipping point, but as Mr. Brzezinski suggests, once we cross it major US cities will erupt in riots and violence similar to that which we have seen in the middle east in recent months and what we’re seeing in Europe now.
The signs of what’s to come are everywhere.