This article was originally published by Brandon Smith at Alt-Market.
There are a multitude of false assumptions out there on what the collapse of a nation or “empire” looks like. Modern-day Americans have never experienced this type of event, only peripheral crises, and crashes. Thanks to Hollywood, many in the public are under the delusion that a collapse is an overnight affair.
They think that such a thing is impossible in their lifetimes, and if it did happen, it would happen as it does in the movies – They would simply wake up one morning and find the world on fire. Historically speaking, this is not how it works. The collapse of an empire is a process, not an event.
This is not to say that there are not moments of shock and awe; there certainly are. As we witnessed during the Great Depression, or in 2008, the system can only be propped up artificially for so long before the bubble pops. In past instances of central bank intervention, the window for manipulation is around ten years between events, give or take a couple of years. For the average person, a decade might seem like a long time. For the banking elites behind the degradation of our society and economy, a decade is a blink of an eye.
In the meantime, danger signals abound as those analysts aware of the situation try to warn the populace of the underlying decay of the system and where it will inevitably lead. Economists like Ludwig Von Mises foresaw the collapse of the German Mark and predicted the Great Depression; almost no one listened until it was too late. Multiple alternative economists predicted the credit crisis and derivatives crash of 2008; and almost no one listened until it was too late. People refused to listen because their normalcy bias took control of their ability to reason and accept the facts in front of them.
There are a number factors that cause mass blindness to economic and social reality. First and foremost, establishment elites deliberately create the illusion of prosperity by rigging economic data to the upside. In almost every case of economic crisis or geopolitical disaster, the public is conditioned to believe they are in the midst of a financial “boom” or era of “peace”. They are encouraged to ignore fundamental warning signs in favor of foolish faith in the system. Those people that try to break the apathy and expose the truth are called “chicken little” and “doom monger”.
In the minds of the cheerful lemmings a “collapse” is something very obvious; they think they would know it when they saw it. It’s like trying to teach a blind person about colors; it’s not impossible, but it’s very difficult to get all these Helen Kellers to understand that what they perceive is not the whole reality. There’s a vast world hidden from them and they have no concept of how to observe it.
Crash events are like stages in the process of collapse; they create moments of clarity for the blind. However, they are also often engineered to benefit the establishment. There’s a reason why the elites put so much energy into hiding the real data on the state of the economy, and it’s not because they are trying to keep the system from faltering by using sheer public ignorance. Rather, a crash event is a tool, a means to an end. As Congressman Charles Lindbergh Sr. warned after the panic of 1920:
“Under the Federal Reserve Act, panics are scientifically created; the present panic is the first scientifically created one, worked out as we figure a mathematical problem…”
Central bankers and their cohorts manipulate economic data and promote the false notion of a boom before almost every major crash because they WANT to ambush the populace. They WANT to create panic, and then use it to their advantage as they rebuild and mutate the system into something unrecognizable only decades ago. Each consecutive crash contributes to the collapse of the whole until eventually, the society we once had is barely a distant memory.
This process can take decades, and the US has been subject to it for quite some time now. Once again in 2019, we are seeing the lie of an “economic boom” being perpetuated in the mainstream. The public was growing too aware of the danger and had to be subdued. More specifically, conservatives were growing too aware. The sad thing is that the boom propaganda is most prominent today among conservatives, who are desperately trying to ignore the fundamentals in an attempt to defend the Trump Administration.
The same people who were pointing out the economic bubble under Obama are now denying its existence under Trump. Trump himself argued that the markets were a dangerous economic fraud created by the Federal Reserve during his campaign, yet once he was in office he flip-flopped and started taking full credit for the bubble. What is mind-boggling to me is that many people, even in the liberty movement, still choose to dismiss this behavior in favor of worshiping Trump as some kind of hero on a white horse.
This only reinforces my theory that the system is due for another major engineered crash event, and that the ongoing collapse of the US is soon to accelerate. Each case of economic calamity in modern history was preceded by peak delusional optimism and peak greed. When the people traditionally most vigilant against crisis suddenly capitulate and claim victory, this is when reality strikes hardest. This is when the establishment triggers yet another controlled demolition.
In order to determine how long an empire will last, one has to take into account the agenda of the elites that control its institutions. As long as they are in key positions of power within the system and as long as they can inject their own puppet politicians, they will have the ability to influence the collapse timeline of that system.
Can they prolong and stave off a crisis? Yes, for a short while. However, once the machine of a crash has been set in motion the best they can do is slow down the Titanic; they cannot change its path towards the iceberg. And frankly, at this point why would they? I hear it argued often that the elites are going to “keep the plates spinning” on the economy and that they don’t want to lose their “golden goose” in the US economy. This reveals a naivety among skeptics of the true agenda.
Firstly, the elites have a highly useful political puppet in the form of Donald Trump; he is useful in that he inspires sharp national division, and, he is a self-proclaimed conservative champion and nationalist. If the elites did not trigger a crash under Trump, then this would give the public the impression that conservative ideals and national sovereignty works. This is the opposite of what they want. Why would globalists that want the erasure of nation-states and the creation of a centralized socialist “Utopia” seek to make conservatives and nationalists look good? Well, they wouldn’t.
The only concern of the banks is that they do not take the blame as their engineered collapse of the old world order hits the public with increasingly painful consequences. These consequences are already becoming visible.
The next major crash has begun in the form of plunging fundamentals, and far too many conservatives are placing their heads in the sand for the selfish sake of proving the political left wrong. Declines in US manufacturing, US freight, global exports and imports, mass closures in US retail, as well as all-time highs in consumer debt, corporate debt, and national debt are being shrugged off and rationalized as nothing more than “hiccups” in an otherwise booming economy. The Fed’s repo market purchases, barely keeping up with demand from liquidity starved corporations are also not being taken seriously.
Conservatives and analysts are going to have to forget about supporting Trump, a Rothschild owned proxy, and start acknowledging reality once again. The only question now is, will the elites allow the crash to spread further into Mainstreet and strike markets before or after the 2020 election?
As noted above, to predict the timing of a collapse in a nation or empire, one has to examine the agendas of the elites that dominate its institutions. We can gain some sense of timing from the public admissions of globalist organizations like the IMF and the UN. Each has announced the year 2030 as a target date for the finalization of globalization, a cashless society, and sustainability goals. This means that the elites have around ten years to create a crisis and then “solve” that crisis with globalism.
Ten years is a narrow window, and if the elites intend for conservatives to take the blame for the next crash, they will have to initiate it soon. They may not have a choice anyway, as the chain of dominoes was already been set in motion by the Fed in 2018 with its liquidity tightening policies.
We can also gauge the timing of a collapse to a point by understanding the common tactics the establishment uses to hide what they are doing. Generally, when a collapse is about to accelerate the elites use crisis events as cover to distract the public and produce scapegoats. In my article ‘Globalists Only Need One More Major Event To Finish Sabotaging The Economy’, I outlined three potential distractions that could be used in the near term, and if any of these events took place, then people should watch for the collapse to move faster. Two of these events now appear imminent: The first being a war with Iran, and the second being a ‘No Deal’ Brexit.
Finally, we can take into account the globalist need for a scapegoat, and it appears that conservatives and nationalists are their targets for blame. This leaves less than one year for a crisis event if Trump is intended to leave the White House in 2020, or less than four years if he is intended to stay in for a second term. Keep in mind that A LOT can happen in a single year, and a second Trump term is certainly not guaranteed yet.
But why create a collapse in the first place? Crash events allow the establishment to consolidate control over hard assets as poverty forces the population to sell what they have to survive. This poverty also creates fear, which makes the public malleable and easier to control. Each new crisis opens doors to political and social changes, changes which end in less freedom and more centralization. Collapse is a succession of crashes leading to a complete erasure of the original society. It’s not a Mad Max event, it’s a hidden and insidious cancer that takes over the national body and warps it into a wretched form. The collapse is complete when the nation either breaks apart or is so damaged for so long that no one can remember what it used to look like.
What we are witnessing today is the beginning of a new crash and the final phases of a collapse of our way of life. The economic boom narrative among conservatives is a farce designed to trick us into complacency. The bubble that we warned about under the Obama Administration has been popped under the Trump Administration. Nothing has changed in the ten years since the 2008 crash except that the motivation for keeping the crash hidden is quickly disappearing.
Crashes are inevitable, but collapse is only possible when the public remains unprepared. Our civilization and its values are under attack, but they can only be destroyed if we stay apathetic to the threat and refuse to prepare for their defense. We must adopt a philosophy of decentralization. We need localized and self-sufficient economies, as well as a return to localized production. Beyond that, we have to prepare for the eventuality of a fight. The fate of the US economy has already been sealed, but the people who are destroying it can still be stopped before they use the collapse to force society into subservience. We have to offer security, we have to offer alternatives to the “new world order” and we have to remove the globalist threat permanently.
Make no mistake, we are living in the midst of an epoch moment; the outcome of collapse depends on us and our reactions. This is not the task of the next generation, it is a task for our generation. We do not have another couple of decades to take the danger seriously. The plates are not spinning, they have already dropped.
While I agree that a crash is coming. I have to ask the question if you think that any of the DemoRats running for president are any better than Trump?
Howdy J W,
Simply put here…not one damn bit.
The recent NYT piece detailing the origin of the whole Impeachment fiasco currently in play is a direct ‘outing’ of the MIC and their bought-and-paid-for Congress-critters is starkly indicative of the magnitude of the unspeakable corruption which has brought our country to it’s knees.
Truthfully, I can no longer see a solution that doesn’t involve hanging – till DEAD – every last member of the Congress of the United States. Blatantly, High Treason is being committed by every last one of them against this country DAILY.
Each administration passes major policies to the next, like a baton in a relay race. It’s one, single, logical continuum.
Longer than you think. The Soviet Union, that never had a positive GDP, took 70 years to collapse. (1921-1991) The country existed for 70 years on the money they stole from the rich during the revolution.
No war with Iran. Strategic bombing perhaps. Brexit will happen. While I support T, the fed still printing and pumping is absurd. Interest rates rising will kick the (D)Recession off. Of course, we still have a spending problem no matter who occupies the WH. Vipers all of them. The great Commonwealth of VA, prepare to lock and load. Where were all you gun rights voters on Election Day?
Brandon Smith makes a compelling argument again. Graphs of the BALTIC DRY INDEX (regarding commodities & raw material shipping) indicate a constriction of the world economy. Certainly general economic analysis does NOT suggest the world economy is healthy. This situation makes it even more important for the USA to continue to hold-it’s-head-above the surface of the water as our many enemies try to knock us off. Demonrats that don’t value American CITIZENSHIP – please go. Maybe you can find a country to your liking in North Korea, Iran, or elsewhere.
Brandon Smith is on Point, The conservatives are doing everything in their power by Hook or By Crook to include Voter suppression. They like to hide behind their Christian “beliefs” but in the end they are all Shysters, and as a lifelong New Yorker I saw how Full of ##### T was and is a scambooogery scam artist who only gives a F about him and his. He does not care about the country he only cares about abolishing Obamas legacy. Oh and padding his pockets post presidency. I am no fan of the extreme left nor of AOC and the gang et al. I am in the middle Which is where I wish the rest of the F ing country would swing to so we can have some sanity back. But make no mistake Iran is gonna hit us Think about this How T likes to play fast and loose with others peoples Son’s and Daughters? but his brats will never EVER serve in the military. BTW do Smith is part right there is gonna be a collapse economically but I think that will make US Americans closer together time and time again durings the bad to worse Americans closed ranks and helped each other.
We are going to crash this economic recession thats coming is going to dwarf the last one the stock bubble is getting so big that when it bursts the little guy who has his/her life savings in a 401K is going to suffer the most. We are already in a recession folks Brandon nailed it retail,manufacturing gone and not coming back. Wag the dog is the saying for what the current administration is doing is foolish govt sanctioned assassination is a double edge remember this what is done to others can be done to you. Brandon is right were heades for some economic pain, i’m not so sure its a cabal of politicians , ceos, et al plotting a recession to pull the world into “Globalism”.
“The sad thing is that the boom propaganda is most prominent today among conservatives, who are desperately trying to ignore the fundamentals in an attempt to defend the Trump Administration.”
…and I say, “Guilty as charged.” With some it may be ignorance, myself, it is an attempts to use bullshit to combat bullshit. The thing is, I know its bullshit. Many of the TDS suffering assholes think their stuff is “The Truth” or “That Facts” when they don’t even resemble either. I say “Trump” but what I really mean is that “Team Patriot” needs to keep it rolling for a time until that time is done and then it all comes down to make way for the transition. The economy sucks. I know it, most know it, but using the Cognitive Dissonance that the majority people already suffer from, we can use it to keep it going to get Trump re-elected. I really do think Team Patriot is going to get this straightened out. Call me foolhardy if you wish. I have hope. I also have Food, Water, Medicine, Clothing, Shelter, a Means of Self Defense and a plan. Regardless of which team wins, there will be a bumpy ride at some point. If your shelves are bursting, get off your ass and get it done.
A collapse happens, then what? You have large urban cities that riot over a basketball game or when a chicken house runs out of chicken sandwiches. How is a country going to control populations that not only kill each other for just “dissin” one another, but if they don’t get their welfare of foo stamps, they won’t cooperate with anything.
I know they have done think tank studies, such as the foo stamp glitch to see what bipeds would do in such events. Anyone guess a “bio” false flag to wipe out millions of useless people who don’t or won’t work? What about the illegal alien stampede? How long is that going to happen, until there is no difference between Mexico and the U.S.?
If people haven’t been to S. California, it’s shocking to see what that state has turned into. It looks like a 3rd world country now. That state is over ran and gone. It’s not a matter of when the collapse will happen, but what will happen after it collapses?
I love reading the comments more than the articles!! Really smart and deep thinking goes into these comments. I don’t agree with some of the comments about Donald Trump. I believe he’s a flawed charector with a deep inferiority complex. I do think he has been picked by Almighty God to get us out the this mess. The resistance is mostly from the Democrats. They use language that only a sleazy attorney would understand their use of specific words to promote their propaganda. For example “collusion” is not a crime. They know by accusing someone of collusion, it appeals to be illegal. The ALL the attorneys (politicians) know that. The news media knows that!! Also, listen very carefully at what they say when they are commenting on President Trumps behavior they said they “feel”, or it appears!!!! Then they state it as a fact!!! Unfortunately we are being worked by both sides of the isle…The equalizer is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was condemned by lies, and the people, mostly temple hierarchy, but, also manipulated the public to go along with it!! I don’t like President Trumps rhetoric, however, I think he’s doing everything he can to remove the chains of bondage the Government has put us in!! We are slaves the the two party system that makes us believe we are being represented. President Trump is not a member of the “club”!! He know what it’s like to make a payroll, try to build something, and risk his private capital. Only thing the government knows how to do is spend other peoples money and take their cut through private contracts, kick backs and unbelievable benefits!! If President Trump has his way he would eliminate the disgusting evil “party”!! I believe President Trump is making heroic efforts to save us from these sleazebags(Democratic and Republican Party). They represent themselves and the horrible reality is they are destroying the United States, which will do them in eventually.. Pray for our people to stop embracing SIN and come back to Gods laws and love!! Pray that we are focusing on our eternal destiny, not this political mess.