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We Are Entering An Era Of Shattered Illusions

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This article was written by Brandon Smith and originally published at Alt-Market.com

The structure of history is held together by two essential and distinct kinds of links, two moments in time to which no one is immune: moments of epiphany, and moments of catastrophe. Sometimes, both elements intermingle at the birth of a singular epoch. Men often awaken to understanding in the midst of great crisis; and, invariably, great crises can erupt when men awaken. These are the moments when social gravity vanishes, when the kinetic glue of normalcy melts away, and we begin to see the true foundations of our world, if a foundation exists at all.

Catastrophe occurs when too many people refuse to accept that around us always are two universes at work. There is the cold, hard reality that underlies everything. And on the surface is a veil of deceit and compromise. The more humanity compromises vital truths in order to enjoy the comfort of illusions, the more mind-shattering it will be when those illusions fall away. These two worlds can coexist only for short periods of time, and they will always and eventually collide. There is no other possible outcome.

I think it could be said that the more polarized our realities become, the more explosive and disastrous the reaction will be when the separation is removed. I feel it absolutely necessary to relate this danger because today humanity is living so historically far from the bedrock of reality, political reality, social reality and economic reality that the stage has been set for a kind of full spectrum destabilization that has never been seen before.

Though my analysis tends to lean toward the economic side of things, I am not only speaking of shattered illusions in the financial realm. In my next article, one last time I plan to go over nearly every mainstream economic statistic used today to misdirect the public (from national debt to unemployment to inflation to retail sales and corporate profits) and expose why they are false while giving you the real numbers. Most of my regular readers are familiar with much of this information, but I think it important to consolidate it all in a single article so that we can take stock of where our society sits fiscally as we enter 2015. For now, though, I want to discuss the core problem of self-deception, the problem that makes all the rest of our problems possible.

When the initial phase of the global collapse was triggered in 2007 and 2008, there was a substantial explosion in interest and education in terms of liberty issues and alternative economic awareness. I remember back in 2006 when I had just begun writing for the movement that the ratio of people on any given Web forum or in any given public discussion was vastly opposed to alternative viewpoints and information — at least 50-1 by my observations. We were at the height of the real estate frenzy; everyone was buying houses with money they didn’t have and borrowing on their mortgages to purchase stuff they didn’t need. Life was good. The shock of the credit crisis came quickly and abruptly for most people, and there has been a considerable shift in the kinds of discussions many are willing to entertain about our future. Yet the idea that such things can happen despite a consensus of social and geopolitical health does not seemed to have soaked into the thick skulls of average people.

Time, unfortunately, has a magical ability to erase vigilance. It’s not that the public has necessarily forgotten that danger can strike anytime anywhere (though some of them have). Many of them know full well that our culture is floating on a paper-thin ship in a turbulent sea. However, the disturbing trend today reveals that people have decided they do not care. “Taking the blue pill” is the rising rally cry from the so-called “new normal.” Yes, the economy is an illusion, the political system is an illusion and the various global conflicts our society participates in are mostly illusions. But we “can’t do anything about it,” so we might as well profit from these illusions while we can, right?

It has been said that during the economic collapse of the 1930s that the Great Depression was a depression only for the 30 percent of people that had lost everything. For the employed and the financially secure, the depression was much like any other time. This is the point at which we stand today in the collective mindset. With nearly a third of the U.S. population kicked off the unemployment rolls and approximately half the country dependent on a government check of some kind for their survival, the current depression is only now beginning to feel like a depression for anyone. The soup lines have received a fresh candy coating of EBT cards and welfare payments, but the illusion is finally fading, and this should be of great concern to us all in 2015.

Even more frightening is our culture’s deluded sense of what a collapse actually looks like. For many, collapse is a cinematic and overnight affair, with zombies, nuclear bombs and mass panic. In real life, and throughout history, collapse is a process. Since at least 2008, the U.S. and the rest of the world have been experiencing that process. Everyone is waiting for equities to implode and for social unrest to erupt before they take the threat seriously, but these are not signals of collapse. These are the things that occur when a collapse has run its course. Collapse never occurs overnight. It takes years for the effects of social and fiscal breakdown to be visibly felt. And when they are felt, many people refuse to notice. Eighty years ago, America was halfway through the Great Depression, and mainstream economists were STILL claiming that recovery was right around the corner. Illusion and self-deception can be so powerful that the worst miseries can be normalized, at least for a little while.

And it isn’t only the general public that is stricken with crippling bias. There are those within the liberty movement who have bought into false paradigms for various reasons, and this threatens any progress we have made over the past several years. There are those who still think that the “conflict” between Eastern and Western politicians and banking elites is somehow real. There are those who believe that Russia and China, despite their numerous and undeniable ties to the global banking syndicate (information I have covered in multiple articles over the years), are the “good guys”, while Western nations are the “bad guys”, rather than them all being mere subsidiaries and franchises of the same monstrous globalist machine.

They hold onto this illusion, I think, because it is much more frightening to accept the reality that we are alone, that the liberty movement is the first and last line of defense against centralization, that the responsibility for the future of independence and individual freedom rests on our shoulders. It is much easier to fantasize that there are others out there, nations and governments with armies and capital, that are on our side and will fight our battles for us. This illusion will be a painful one for many in the movement as they begin to realize that the East is actually working in tandem with international financiers instead of working against them.

There are also those in the liberty movement who cling to the notion that the fight against globalism will be won without physical conflict. They believe that if we simply protest long enough, play the political and legal game long enough, nullify long enough, refuse to participate long enough, that the elitist edifice, an edifice which has existed for centuries and has manipulated historical precedence for just as long, will suddenly disappear in a puff of fairy dust.

The first problem with this strategy is that it relies on the assumption of time. Sure, anything is possible given ample opportunity. Perhaps the movement could grind away at the New World Order over the course of several decades until the majority of the masses are awake and aware (which is exactly how long it would take). However, I think it infinitely foolish to presume that we have decades to accomplish such a task. If the past has shown us anything, it is that tyranny does not respect reason and, at a certain point, couldn’t care less about image. Tyranny respects only power. It does not respect the protestations of ants it can crush under foot, but it will make a wide path around a rattlesnake ready to strike. While there is utility in the pursuit of intellectual and philosophical combat, if you are not willing to be the rattlesnake as well, then you are not going to affect change against such an opponent. You will eventually be stepped on.

The refusal to accept responsibility for one’s own defense is yet another product of fear — fear that the enemy is too powerful, that all resistance is futile. But resistance is only assured failure if resistance is never undertaken. Sheeple defeat themselves within their own minds before they ever stand up, and so they never stand. This is the only reason totalitarian elements ever achieve success. Again, many in the liberty movement are going to face a rude awakening when they realize they have relied too much on the notion of the system policing itself, instead of preparing for the worst-case scenario.

And finally, the globalists themselves suffer from a veritable fog of illusions to which I can speak only briefly.

We are stepping over the threshold of an age that will shatter the illusions of everyone, and the internationalists are no exception. The root pillar of elitist globalism itself is that some men are born to rule, while other men are born to serve. Some men are born kings, and other men are born slaves. The psychopathy of this belief system should be evident, but psychopathy also elicits blinding ego and hubris, which smothers any inherent questions of motive. I do not think the elites ever actually consider the validity of their own philosophies. I am relatively certain their manner of viewing the world is much like that of a cult, a religious sect driven by the brutality of zealotry rather than the empowering nature of understanding.

Such men cannot be reasoned with. In fact, zealots often revel in their ability to trample all other world views as they grasp for complete dominance of their ideology. The illusion of rightness is far more important to them than actual truth, and this is their greatest weakness. Hidden under all the posturing and power grabbing, deep in the recesses of their own assumed omnipotence, I sense an ever present terror within the globalist culture. I sense a brand of terror that comes only from the seed of doubt.

The incredible array of propaganda leveled at the public, the constant war gaming and mind gaming against the citizenry, the endless hailstorm of legal maneuvering designed to erase our sense of connection with our natural rights and liberties, the tidal wave of fearmongering, and all the manipulations and scapegoats and elaborate theatrical displays, all reek of fear. For if the globalists were truly as omnipotent as they pretend to be — if they really were all-knowing philosopher kings born to rule — then they would already have their New World Order. They would not need lies. They would not need the threat of force. The undeniable power of their ideology would be enough if their ideology actually had any validity. Lies are designed to hide lack of validity and lack of strength. The globalists are, at bottom, a hollow shell desperately clamoring for substance.

What may appear to be the “thoroughness” of the elitist con is actually a form of micro-management that exhibits a fundamental doubt of success. The globalists wish they could predict the future, but they cannot. So they are just as afraid as most of humanity. I believe we are entering an era in which they will feel the stark pain of shattered illusions and the destruction of their own fantasies, no less felt than the pain of the rest of the world.

Our mission as an opposing force to globalism is to come to terms with our own illusions and to erase them, to stop compromising and to stop waiting for the final shoe to drop and to take positive action now rather than after the endgame develops. This means preparation and organization for the worst-case scenarios. This means making one’s family, neighborhood and community as self-reliant and secure as possible. The excuses have to stop. The distractions and intellectualized silver bullet solutions have to stop. Hard work and risk are all that are left, all that matters. If we do this, and if we do this now, then victory is possible. In any contest of strength and will, he who knows himself best, he who sheds all illusion, will be the winner.

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    1. This is an historic and comprehensive treatise that I will be sharing with all of my friends (and disbelievers). My wife and I were standing with Rancher Cliven Bundy, et al at Bunkerville last Easter. Thank you, also, Elias Alias!

  1. Wow.
    I always enjoy your writing Brandon, but you hit this one out of the park. Looking forward to the sequel.

    Now, I wish you weren’t so right. There’s a storm a brewing, and only we can help ourselves. There
    are no magic bullets.

  2. “The globalists wish they could predict the future, but they cannot. So they are just as afraid as most of humanity.”

    Preface: I maintain I am not a globalist in the sense that you use it, even though you believe I am.

    I’m writing to remind you that I, indeed, called the shale crash.

    Unfortunately, with the new site makeover, the archives have been erased. If Oath Keepers could provide access to the comments for past posts, that would be helpful.

    I said, at the time, that Ellen Brown, when she wrote her article “North Dakota’s Economic Miracle – It’s not Oil”, was wrong because printing money does not cause economic growth, and I said that I thought the shale boom was a false boom and that the government-imposed costs of regulation only made shale seem profitable.

    Regarding “Self-Sufficiency”, I remind of what I said – by way of a quote from Walter block – at this cached page, that self-sufficiency is a bad idea if your goal is prosperity:

    http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?d=4746245205402073&mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&w=YhOf115H7XtuV8tba5IMjDpUWV3ikCjY

    Here’s the quote, but this time from the book:

    “The premise which justifies protectionism on the national level also justifies it on the state level. …

    “… And even there the argument would not stop. We would have to conclude that it applies even to individuals. For clearly, every time an individual makes a purchase, he is forgoing the manufacture of it himself. Every time he buys shoes, a pair of pants, a baseball glove, or a flag, he is creating employment opportunities for someone else and, thereby, foreclosing those of his own. Thus the internal logic of the ILGWU’s protectionist argument leads to an insistence upon absolute self-sufficiency, to a total economic interest in forgoing trade with all other people, and self-manufacture of all items necessary for well-being.

    “Clearly, such a view is absurd. The entire fabric of civilization rests upon mutual support, cooperation, and trade between people. To advocate the cessation of all trade is nonsense, and yet it follows ineluctably from the protectionist position. If the argument for the prohibition of trade at the national level is accepted, there is no logical stopping place at the level of the state, the city, the neighborhood, the street, or the block. The only stopping place is the individual, because the individual is the smallest possible unit.”

    As Ron Paul alluded, there are two definitions of “globalism” being used, and it’s important to not conflate them.

    The kind of globalism which is merely the logical extension of the division of labor at the local level, is a good thing. The essay “I, Pencil” explains why.

    This kind of globalism leads to massive wealth inequalities for precisely those who deserve wealth: those who were successful at voluntarily trade without using fraud. Wealth inequality is not a bad thing.

    The second kind of globalism is the bad kind: Where individuals are forced by the government to trade with other countries under the label “Free Trade Agreement”.

    If someone in your otherwise “self-sufficient community” wants to trade with a foreigner, and you prohibit him to protect the economic idea of “localism”, then you’d be violating his individual rights, and you’d be a protectionist (read: “Mercantilist”, since Adam Smith apparently referred to them a lot, and you like Adam Smith).

    Nobody should force you to trade with someone you don’t want to trade with, but it’s not the first definition (above) of “globalism” that causes economic destruction – it’s globalism by the second definition that does that.

    Here’s the quote from Ron Paul to which I referred:

    Ron Paul: “This real-estate bubble will burst, as all bubbles do” (part 2)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfaM2tEayik

    “Modern-day globalists would like us to believe they invented globalism. Yet all they are offering is an unprecedented plan for global power to be placed in the hands of a few powerful special interests.

    “Globalism has existed ever since international trade started thousands of years ago. Whether it was during the Byzantine Empire or the more recent British Empire, it worked rather well when the goal was honest trade and the currency was gold. Today, however, world government is the goal. Its tools are fiat money and international agencies that believe they can plan globally, just as many others over the centuries believed they could plan domestically, ignoring the fact that all efforts at socialism have failed.”

  3. Excellent, great information, brilliant synopsis of the situation, Brandon!

    “Such men cannot be reasoned with. In fact, zealots often revel in their ability to trample all other world views as they grasp for complete dominance of their ideology.”

    Here, is where I am also. I believe in and fight for the US Constitution, the values it espouses – some of what has never been really implemented – above all else. That the “Great Experiment” is not only not dead, but does need cleaned up and followed 100%.

    I believe that following the US Constitution as it is meant to be followed, not “interpreted”, or the fear that the masses of Americans are too dumbed down to follow it, so would “mess government up”.

    I ask, how much more messed up could it be then it is currently, and done with malice and aforethought.

    The Preamble to the US Constitution says it plainly,

    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

    The Preamble to the US Constitution says who is responsible for doing certain things within our nation.

    “We the People of the United States” are to:
    – “establish Justice”
    – “insure domestic Tranquility”
    – “provide for the common defence”
    – “promote the general Welfare”
    – “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”

    Think not?

    Thomas Jefferson: “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves, And if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”

    Thomas Jefferson: “Diffusion of Knowledge Bill”, 1779. FE 2:221, Papers 2:526: “The most effectual means of preventing [the perversion of power into tyranny are] to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts which history exhibits, that possessed thereby of the experience of other ages and countries, they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes.”

    Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XIV, 1782. ME 2:207: “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree.”

    Thomas Paine:“It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.”

    James Madison, Federalist No. 14: “In the first place, it is to be remembered, that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any”.

    We were never meant to be ruled, or “dumbed down” (which was necessary for those domestic enemies, traitors, and foreign enemies to be able to take the USA down from within. It could NOT be taken down from “without” thanks to the US Military, US LE’s, and an armed populace.

    Those who serve within our governments were put into place to carry out specific duties listed in writing in the US Constitution and within each state Constitution. That is ALL they are to do.

    Now if we get our military back into being the US Military again, instead of the UN Military (Thanks Bush 1 & 2, Clinton’s, Obama and their treasonous administrations).

    If we can get our Law Enforcement back to the US Constitution and defending OUR nation, not dupes for foreign and treasonous affairs, because you ARE being used to bring the USA down from within, then their would be little they can do. Then, between the two, and with the people beside them (understand it will not be all at once, some wake up more slowly the others), we can keep our nation and make it what it was meant to be.

    That IS up to us.

    The opinion in Mack and Printz v. United States stated, “The Framers rejected the concept of a central government that would act upon and through the States, and instead designed a system in which the State and Federal Governments would exercise concurrent authority over the people. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S POWER WOULD BE AUGMENTED IMMEASURABLE AND IMPERMISSIBLY IF IT WERE ABLE TO IMPRESS INTO ITS SERVICE–and at no cost to itself–THE POLICE OFFICERS OF THE 50 STATES… FEDERAL CONTROL OF STATE OFFICERS WOULD ALSO HAVE AN EFFECT UPON THE SEPARATION AND EQUILIBRATION OF POWERS BETWEEN THE THREE BRANCHES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ITSELF.”

    Ron Paul, 1998: “If we stuck to the Constitution as written, we would have: no federal meddling in our schools; no Federal Reserve; no U.S. membership in the UN; no gun control; and no foreign aid. We would have no welfare for big corporations, or the “poor”; no American troops in 100 foreign countries; no NAFTA, GATT, or “fast-track”; no arrogant federal judges usurping states rights; no attacks on private property; no income tax. We could get rid of most of the cabinet departments, most of the agencies, and most of the budget. The government would be small, frugal and limited.”

    Justice William O. Douglas: “The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of the people.”

    Patrick Henry: “The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.”

    James Madison, Federalist No. 14: “In the first place, it is to be remembered, that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any”.

    God Bless!

    Cal

    If there were never intended to be action to defend the Constitution from those who are domestically attempting to destroy its power and authority, why would each Oath require it of those who take the Oaths? 

    1. Superb comments and quotes. You sir, understand things so many don’t. Not all “founding fathers” wanted a constitution or even republic. Thomas Payne was my favorite and I also quote him extensively. Patrick Henry is a close second. There is nothing recognizable in our current government from what these men envisioned. The power grab and exploitation of our citizens began early, although there were enough patriots to delay the subsequent outcome that is with us today. That struggle for freedom was dealt a devastating defeat in 1913 with the formation of the Federal Reserve and implementation of “income tax”. Ron Paul clearly has been a champion in trying to make others aware of the significance and harm of the Federal Reserve and IRS to our basic freedoms and liberty. The “globalists” have had over 100 years of virtually unchecked power to tighten the noose around our necks. Now is the time to remove that noose from OUR necks and place the ropes around the necks of those that have enslaved us, and intend to continue to use “our country” to expand their tyranny throughout the world.

  4. This sounds like a call for violence: “There are also those in the liberty movement who cling to the notion that the fight against globalism will be won without physical conflict.

    1. It is a call to self defense. If you consider that “violence”, then yes, it is a call to violence. Give me another practical and proven solution to stop psychopathic tyranny and I’ll happily consider it.

      1. Amen. I’m sick beyond measure of America’s knee-jerk fear of the “v” word.
        Certainly no reasonable person wants violence, and none condone it, but the
        most cursory examination of history proves it to be the only solution to
        full-on tyranny. We’d all like to think that the human race is bigger than
        that by now, but, get over yourself, it’s not. Hope for an alternative, look
        for an alternative, but be prepared to do what’s necessary.

        As any veteran will tell you, it matters not at all if you believe that
        “violence is never the answer” if you’re surrounded by those who believe
        otherwise. And guess what, America, you have a government that believes
        otherwise, and you’re surrounded.

      2. I didn’t read it as a call for violence ,more of a wake up and smell the coffee more often. How many millions of people spent their rent checks on guns ammo and freeze dried food in the last 6 years? They didn’t know about the interworkings of the political at large, but they knew something was going really wrong. And now these same people are voting, sometimes. Watching the news that is feed to them. Concerning themselves with issues designed to confuse them or keep them off the important issues.

        It is time to wake up again, stop hitting the snooze button. When the mass purchas of guns and ammo happened, I believe it scared the hell out of a lot of people who thought they were herding sheep only to find out they were cornering pittbulls. I believe the changes that were planned for America were put on hold because of it.
        Now the number of people who are prepared or preparing is going down, people are going to sleep. Gay marrige, which is a non issue when compared to immagration, has sunk the campaigns of some very good men and women who seek office. There are too many side shows to list.

        I got “be prepare to defend yourself, as an individual or a group…preferably a large group”.

  5. Most enlightening piece, leaves one in anticipation of more. Hope majority of us will get to read it before the collapse! Thank You. As a member of Oath Keepers I hope all read and heed it.

  6. Brandon,l

    My test of good writing is that I can summarize it in a sentence or two. I cant do that with this article. I have no idea what it is about. It contains a series of platitudes that are easy to agree with, but beyond that, I’m not able to discern the meaning.

    1. I can’t account for your lack of understanding, nor can I do anything about it. And any position that can be summarized in only a sentence is not an intelligent position, it is a rhetorical and two dimensional position common to the likes of MSNBC or FOX News, which I suggest you go watch if that is the kind of analysis you are looking for.. The world we live in is complex, and so must our thinking be in order to grasp it. I wish you luck in your obvious struggle to expand your discernment.

    2. I agree with your assessment. It is easy to speak in theory when you are not required to speak in specifics. Tired of the fatalism and generic negativity. This is nothing more than the same drivel delivered by conventional media.
      Need guidance?, try the Constitution. Need to see the future, look up UN agenda 21
      I will believe the sky is falling when it happens,and I am not buying this chickens theory.
      Thank God we live in America and try to have the courage of your convictions…

      1. What part of this article is an example of “fatalism”, what part is non-specific, and where is it displayed in conventional media? Give an example. It’s rather hypocritical of you to accuse me of being non-specific when you yourself are so broad and superficial in your own statement. Your post is an empty and ignorant criticism searching in vain for substance.

  7. Superb article. The “illusions” are the key component to understand. The entire official “history” of the world is an illusion – a creation by the elites, Illuminati, royals or whatever you want to call them. The victors write history and so it has been since before this country was established. I have often said that until WE create our reality, we will never be free. To do that, we must first understand that our current and past “reality” is and has been a creation of our masters. This is a great article in that it brings the “illusion” to the front burner. Jon Rappoport is another superb writer with incredible insight into these issues. There are many more. Thanks for this article, I look forward to the next as the “economic illusions” have been the subject of many of my writings as well.

  8. We know there is the specter of Globalism. We all have our illusions.
    But do we know just who are the “Globalists”? Unless and until these mystical, amorphous so-called “Globalists” are named with laser like precision, things will continue on their merry way
    to critical mass. Raise your hand if you think we have passed the point of no return.

    1. Of course we know who they are, they identify themselves all the time. Simply look up the rosters of the Bank of International Settlements, the Bilderberg Group, the CFR, the Trilateral Commission, as well as think-tanks like Tavistock and Rand Corporation. Globalists constantly admit to their own affiliations. Just make your own list and check it twice…

      1. +And donot forget the Fabians of Britain, the Royal institute, the Rodes scholarship recips, nor the Plutocrats who manipulate their “gentry” (who believe they themselves are part of the elite instead of just functionaries). Too many to mention but not too many to think of as targets. Communism and Islam are just more tools of the enemies of mankind.
        A great article Brandon. For some reason, I had not been aware of you. Thanks.

      2. I did comment but nothing appeared, do here goes a test incase I failed some screen: Please add the UN and affiliates.

  9. Excellent article. We as Americans need to do more to educate the masses who no nothing of whats to come. This site has the power to do just that. We need more people like Brandon who put it all in words.

  10. Excellent, Brandon, but to summarize it, we need to eliminate the Federal Reserve, vote our conscience, get back to state government control, put the federal government back in it’s original place, turn back to In God we trust fully. Without our reliance in our Creator, this Constitution could never have been written. Because we as a nation have rejected the God of our Fathers, judgment is upon us.

    1. Eliminating the fed and putting the government back in its original place is not a plan, it is a goal. Voting has done nothing and will do nothing to change our circumstances. The only solution is to become independent from the corrupt system entirely, and be ready to defend ourselves if the system attempts to stop us.

  11. Fine analysis of where we stand at the present time and not nearly as urgent as I myself see it to be. Time is of the essence, preparation and knowledge is essential . I seems that every road to safety/recovery has been deliberately thought out … way ahead of time .. and every chance
    of our success of saving ourselves or correcting the mess has been blocked by someone/something far greater and more insidious than any of us has seen or dealt with or dreamed in our worst nightmare. Every door out is locked and I hear/smell someone starting a fire ….. I hope you will not be long in getting your next piece out! Looking forward to it.

  12. I have never before read such an accurate depiction of our situation in this country at this time. It is really unfortunate that we have let it go this far and must get our collective heads out of our collective a** and put a stop to it before it is beyond control. Great job Branden

  13. Great article, it hard to understand for the normal mind (I was infantry for a reason), not Army intelligence (Is there really such a thing). Your absolutely right that 2015 is gonna be a whopper of a year, and those who think they are beyond reach and above reproach hopefully will get theirs. I agree with you 100%, and would like to ad an opinion that is not a popular one these days but just the same valid and true. I believe this nation has been the most prosperous and great nation for the past 240 years or so because we were founded by Godly men who served a God that hated the course we are now on. He has turned his back on this nation just as we have turned our back on him. It saddens me when I think of all the brave men before us who fought for our freedom, and to lose it is so hard for me. I struggle with this often. I served, my father was hit with a mortar round in Vietnam, my uncle was awarded silver stars, bronze stars, 4 purple hearts, was a POW for 17 months during Korea conflict, survived the Death march. And where we are today deeps me up at night. But what to do. We need to become a Godly nation we once were, and that will not happen till those who pull the strings are no longer making all the decisions of the future of this nation. It goes far above our pathetic leader in the White House.

    I love being a veteran, I am proud to have served and of those I served with, though memories have faded for some reason (probably old age and head injuries). I love being around other veterans, and I hold on to the hope that one day we again will become the nation we fought for.
    I listen to this video over and over again, it is the best song I have ever heard to pay tribute to men like you. “Airborne Ranger Infantry, by Kristy Lee Cook

  14. Thank you for not bothering with the usual Left/Right, Democrat/Republican drivel. It boils down to Sovereigns and Globalists.

    On their own, the bovine American Public will never come to their senses. Critical thought has all but abandoned the national character and conversation. An earlier commenter alluded to the need for a one-line summation to gauge “good writing”. Soundbite “journalism” is what our culture has been conditioned to crave as their primary source of information. Real fact-gathering and analysis is not encouraged by the Corporate Media or, for that matter, the culture in general. It is vital to the ‘elitist con’ that we believe the glorified actors who read the “news” to us (Jon Rappaport expounds on the psychology behind this evilness like no other).

    We do not have the luxury of time anymore. Although I’m sure they have higher plans for their eternal destination, our Globalist Overlords are fast approaching their true reward in Hell. They are impatient to see the fruits of their perverted labor. Only when they yank the lollipop of material wealth and comfort out of The Herd’s collective mouth, will there be anything resembling an awakening. It will be allowed to descend into mob-ruled anarchy before it is shut down. However, I do believe that powerful, organized and righteous men — Oathkeeper types — will have a tiny window of opportunity to take back our humanity during this period of turmoil.

    It will get ugly, but there can be no real change without the shed blood of patriots — of Sovereigns. I stand with them.

    1. “It will be allowed to descend into mob-ruled anarchy before it is shut down.”

      Your use of the word “anarchy” is specious, and by erroneously thinking it is a synonym for “chaos” you have subscribed to the mind-control of the Globalists and their controlled minions in their multi-tentacled Ministry of Propaganda.

      From the Greek: “an-” meaning “absence of,” or “without”. “Archons” meaning rulers or masters. Anarchy really means “without rulers or masters,” in other words, the freedom that can only be externally realized when the human species gets in alignment with Natural Law through courage, willpower, and persistence.

      Check out Marc Passio’s material on Natural Law to root out these mind viruses you’ve picked up. If you want to ‘stand with the Sovereigns,’ I humbly suggest that you begin to realize that anarchy is actually a major component of a free world we are striving to create.

      1. I couldn’t agree more. The essence of freedom is “anarchy” which I would produce the absolute opposite of the chaos that is intentionally produced every day by our controllers. Surely people must understand that we have been treated like abused children throughout our history (and that of the “civilized world” – time we accepted the responsibilities that should be demanded by adults and “govern” ourselves. There is no alternative. Every governing organization is or will become corrupted – it is the nature of power’s effect on human nature. The bigger the governing organization, the greater the power and corruption. Always has been that way, always will be.

  15. I have to show this quote one more time because it is very important. But then I want to propose another concept that I believe many do not consider.

    James Madison, Federalist No. 14: “In the first place, it is to be remembered, that the general (federal) government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any”.

    Federalist 45 Madison also wrote: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several states will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the State.”

    I believe that everyone here is aware of the Separation of Powers that is one of the basic concepts of our (legitimate) governments.

    But few today seem to understand that it applies to all those who work, agencies, etc created to assist those within a branch. So lets say an agency, the IRS which is under the executive branch and so ONLY has the LAWFUL authority to enforce those laws created by those who are elected (ignoring election fraud) for that purpose (NOT those assigned to assist them which is why not knowing what a law says means we must remove those who broke their Oath – felony and perjury).

    Example: The IRS does not have the lawful authority to create the laws, regulations, etc that the people must follow – legislative branch; enforce them, then determine the guilt or innocence of anyone as that belongs to the juries – judicial branch.

    So to determine IF an agency is lawful here within the USA one must first determine which branch it belongs to, and make sure that it is ONLY doing the duties of that particular branch. If not, then nothing that agency does is lawful here in the USA and as the founders said, is “Null and Void”.

    Does that mean that ignorant people will not enforce “color of law” against the people, of course not. But isn’t it time that attorneys, lawyers, etc start following, using, and *enforcing the US Constitution and ALL THAT IS IN PURSUANCE THEREOF IT as the Supreme LAW of OUR land?

    * When you (general “you”, not specific) are talking to the jury do NOT leave our the supreme law – or the highest law – that also applies to every case within the USA, as part of what they must consider when determining guilt/innocence, and if the law itself is a good law or must be made “null and void”, and even if the behavior of the judges are meeting the standards of “Good Behaviour” the US Constitution requires of them.

    God Bless and Stay Safe All!

    Cal

  16. I have been doing this very thing for the past five years and have come to the conclusion that I screwed something up. There is one very important element that needs to be acknowledged and acted upon IN CONCERT with all of the above. And that is LOCAL ACTIVISM, which is mentioned by Brandon on in it being too late for it. Why are we here? Simply because we relinquished the power inherent in The People, our Civic Authority. IMHO, it is crucial we starting doing what we will have to do after making resilient localities, taking back each of our Districts. Get on a school board or meet regularly with them, get on a local commission, put LOCAL puppets feet to the fire, do all that it takes to train in self-governance and take back civic authority. It is a MUCH harder task than CPT ever thought of being. And I do CPT. Preparation must include practicing the ROL we so desire and BEING the government we desire. I agree this is a waste of time at the Federal level. This train wreck will be made right, eventually, only one way – ground up. That means we take back government one town, one county, one district and one state at at time. Hard g’dam work that so many III% shy from. Do both, keep the Republic.

    1. APPLAUDING AND SALUTING YOU! It is so encouraging to see posts like this. Agree with you wholeheartedly. WE were asleep at the wheel and sadly chose not to pay attention for a long time. COMPLACENCY was our mantra. Glad to see that I am not alone in this assessment NOR in its solutions. LOCAL IS AS LOCAL DOES!!! Fixing my own house first, and moving into the community as we speak.

  17. This is a very excellent and thought provoking article. Judging some of the previous comments I would have to say that Brandon’s writings are for deep thinkers with critical reasoning skills. Some of the commenters were obviously by products of government schools! ‘Nuff said there. I think 2015 is going to be a very telling year for all of us. Ruby Ridge & Waco was my wake up call. I’ve been “eyes wide open” since then. I took the Red Pill a long time ago! I’ve often wondered why I survived Vietnam. I damn sure didn’t go there to fight for the kind of government we have now. God has a purpose for me. That’s the only explanation I have for being here. This government and economy will collapse. If I’m still here I will do my duty for God & country. Airborne All The Way!

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