Individual and Community Preparations for the Times Ahead

I am not positive that the book above (written by me) is worth your time. I am not grifting or trying to sell you something. I offer it for your consideration (the idea of it, not so much the book itself). I am wrong about many things, there is much I do not know. I got 2020 right and I suspect I am right about what is coming. This manifested faster than I perhaps thought, but not entirely so. My first and clearest articulation of this was in July of 2018 (America’s Great Cultural and Political Divide).

I am not suggesting you buy my book, I am suggesting that churches need to think about the issues covered there and think about how little communities stick together in what is to come. Old ways will no longer work. THIS IS NOT JUST A MOMENT.

We are not simply guaranteed to continue as we were, tax exemption for authentic Christian churches is not a given anymore. The culture war was lost rather quickly, things exploded after that. 'Christian' churches just down the street went along with all of this - they will be fine; for a while. If your church does not kowtow, you are much less safe. Elections matter, maybe this is all pushed off for a few years, but things have changed, drastically. Don't underestimate the hatred for authentic Christianity in the air.

Retrenchment dealt with how authentic Christianity and traditional communities survive in the aftermath of the revolution against the old 'hegemony' going on right now. The cultural war was a mere precursor, just preliminary skirmishes. Traditionalism lost at every stage of those battles, but those losses will pale in comparison to what is coming. The fact is, no matter the result of the 2020 election and all related to that, the ideology that propels the angst in the street, supported by millions of Americans, will not go away. The desire for change, the sense of emergency, the desperation will only increase - no matter who wins in 2020.

It is fairly clear at this point, that the cultural war against the hegemony is being leveraged by interests that seek to fundamentally change the balance of power in a permanent way are attempting a color revolution. Color revolution attempts have a poor history of sticking, they sometimes succeed in seizing power, but seldom stick. A month ago I thought the color revolution against the US had a significant chance of initial success, I would venture to say that chance is only moderate now. The threat is still very real. When color revolutions fail, often chaos of another sort follows.

Some speak of civil war, calling into the mind the idea of neighbor fighting neighbor. That is possible but unlikely. Violence is almost a certainty in our future, but it will be sporadic, greater in some locations, and almost absent in others. Anarcho-tyranny, the sort where mass violence is ignored and ordinary individuals are punished for small infractions is more likely. Poverty, shortage, and uncertainty are highly likely.

The only thing I would change in that book is my treatment of the 'community' element of the mega-church. I stated there that I had not directly observed heretical behavior in the megachurch, I had suspicions,  but that I had observed how effective they were at the community building. In 2020, my suspicions about the megachurch were confirmed, it is just what Peter Drucker envisioned. I would delete or edit those few pages to reflect reality. (see my position of the megachurch's role in all this)

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I was originally inspired to write Retrenchment in part by Rod Dreher's book The Benedict Option. I, like many others, saw some good arguments there, and some glaring weaknesses. Dreher is an odd bird, a man that claims to stand on principles and to see the utter collapse and danger around us. Yet, for the last four years he, and the magazine he writes for, has been incapable of seeing that Trump was a useful and necessary plug in the dam. Dreher threw rocks, cried (almost literally at times) that "Trump was not nice", Dreher acted basically as a prissy-con, not a man operating from real principles (in my observation). He is now shilling a new book to tell us all how to really weather the coming storm, a storm he was not willing to stand a post and fight against in a meaningful way. I would not recommend Live Not By Lies, Dreher lost his credibility. He has proven incapable of dialoguing with those that would correct him, he lives in a sheltered bubble, not the sort to listen to in the times that are coming.

I can, whole-heartedly, recommend The Fourth Turning. Much of one of my first books, The Philosophy of Commonsense, was inspired by the implications suggested by Strauss and Howe. Their generational theory is not perfect, but it is proving more accurate than simply applying histography, sociology, or economics to trend analysis. If the cycles they describe are real, and things have historically aligned, much of what we see going on today makes sense.

Other, random things you ought to purchase and read:

A provocative title that probably puts a lot of people off with visions of zombie hordes and bunkers. This book is simply written, well-organized, and useful. It contains not just zombie-level information, but stuff that is applicable to what is coming (shortages of stuff, increased crime, and greater uncertainty).

Everybody ought to know more about critical medical skills, for many reasons. Don't be put off by the word 'prepper' in the title, all rational people should be prepared for all manner of things. I have said before, and often, everybody needs to know things like how to put on a tourniquet and to treat a sucking chest wound. This book will teach you that and more.

BTW, buy stuff to treat wounds that will kill you and those you love quickly, learn to use it, and keep it on hand.

I did a video last April and suggested that 2020 was a good time to practice gardening skills. I think I was right. It is not too late to learn, the book to the left will help. It is a good time to buy up some non-hybrid seeds also.

Survival Garden 15,000 Non GMO Heirloom Vegetable Seeds Survival Garden 32 Variety Pack by Open Seed Vault

This book will not help you do anything except gain an understanding of how we got here.

How we Beat the Color Revolution

Over the last several days my website has had a 10,000% increase in traffic, all related to search terms related to ‘color revolution’. I know why this started, I tracked it down to the very minute it began and then to the major national news segment on cable news that spawned it. I have often wondered why I spend time writing, why put my opinions out there to a small audience. Why expose myself? I think this is why.

Americans need to know that not everything going on in the world, all the stuff that is getting us so mad and so divided is exactly what it seems. Most of it, I am convinced, is contrived and serves a nefarious purpose.

It has been impossible, as much as I try, to hide my biases, to simply present the facts as related to what I see as an ongoing color revolution. The facts themselves I would argue lead one to an undeniable bias. One party, it appears, has gone whole-hog in on this plan. Many in the other party appear also to be in on it. This thing that is happening is supported at its core by folks that simply want to control the system. They want to ensure that populism never again threatens their sweet deals. If Sanders had won in 2016, I would be willing to bet some of my prized possession that he would have been “trumped”. Trump and Sanders in the US, BREXIT in the UK, anti-EU movements in Europe, all of that is anathema to globalism. If I am mistaken as a Trump supporter, as in I am a MAGA guy, that is a misreading of me. I am anti-‘the guys that want to keep power as they have always enjoyed’ – with sons, wives, grandsons, and cousins running for high-office and corporate buddies getting sweet government contracts. Wars and endless wars, the Eisenhower military-industrial complex, those are the guys behind all of this. I am against them.

We have conducted color revolutions in several countries, some worked, some failed. All resulted in chaos and ended with a selected few taking power. The very same methods used there have been very clear here, to me, since December and unmistakable by April and inarguable by May. The various crises we have faced, whether contrived or leveraged, coupled with an accomplice established media are proof enough. The angst in the street, very often financed and organized, always covered dishonestly by the media, more proof. These groups and their causes are merely useful idiots to those that seek to solidify power. The chaos, fear, and division were necessary. The control, fear, and poverty surrounding our reaction to the virus, very Saul Alinsky-like. All of this stinks. We have been played.

When I retired from the Army in 2018, I wanted to write a few books of things in my head, do some hobbies, piddle around with a small business and enjoy life. I often thought the writing would serve no purpose. I am very grateful to the thousands of folks that have stumbled upon my little site this week looking for information about color revolutions. If all you take away is one thing, let it be this. Nothing is exactly as it is presented, there are people with bad intentions and there are real methodologies we have used to secure state capture, we can see those methodologies at work here.

Calm down, don’t be misled, love one another. We can sort through the confusion, the lies and maybe even some of the manufactured hate that has been pushed this year. We do not have to lose this; we do not have to give in to the deception. If none of that works, just prepare, and take care of your own and go into all of this with your eyes open. Don’t let ‘them’ pee on your back and tell you it is raining.

If we get through this, with hearts full and eyes open, things might change. All of those major media corporations that try to control us, they may die. We do not have to serve them. Political parties that would place power over the health, safety, and property of people just to score points, they may die. Old political divides between Democrat and Republican can shift, those parties can die if we but let them. We can fundamentally realign. We do not have to choose the establishment, we do not have to allow them to cement their hold on power through a revolution that makes all future revolutions impossible. We can reform the police smartly and not based on racist ideas that have been touted this year, break up tech monopolies, rid the system of money that corrupts politics. We can. But not with folks that have supported violence and hate in order to take power – they have shown their nature.

The country of Georgia whipped this, so can we!

The Way America Could End in 2020

I don’t listen to Glenn Beck. He is something of a bandwagon guy, a day late but comes to the table acting as if he discovered something new all by himself. He does a fair job of depicting what is going on in America’s color revolution.

See all color revolution posts, or see a primer Color Revolutions Explained

Media Role in Our Color Revolution

The above is almost like a glitch in the matrix, it is odd, telling, and bizarre. The news media, all of the established media, is a party to the deception going on. Many are now beginning to theory-craft about what is and is not a color revolution (a term many of these new experts had never heard of before only recently). Academic articles exist on the subject, there are snippets and hints littered through news articles over the last several years. It is discussed openly in various DoD courses of instruction, sometimes with specific names attached to it. It is no secret in the DoS. You can go and visit the country of Georgia, they all know what is it and who funded most of the color revolution efforts in their country. (see Gingrich’s response to this event)

Yet, most Americans have been unaware that this is something the US government, in cooperation with several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and non-profits, has done. Color revolutions are real, the methodology is real, it is a proven technique that has worked elsewhere.

A key component, perhaps the key element required for success, is information. The media is critical to this effort. In other nations, color revolution efforts have been facilitated by a  co-opting established media, not necessarily every journalist but enough of them and enough editors and publishers.

Most Americans are not aware of the number of mainstream journalist connections to the inner sanctum of government, and sometimes the intelligence community. Search for major journalists and the time they spent as interns for the CIA.

The above video is bizarre.

Newt Gingrich, as reprehensible as he may be, claims to have evidence that George Soros funded election campaigns of district attorneys across America, DAs that have subsequently. He is not alone in this claim, the evidence is not difficult to find that this is true. Yet, Melissa Francis of Fox News interrupts him with ‘ no he didn’t’. What is her evidence, why the very weird silence and odd looks? I do not know, but this is strange.

What do we know?

  1. George Soros, through his various organizations, has funded color revolution efforts in other nations, this is inarguable.
  2. We have observed district attornies across the nation actually not fulfill their duties by refusing to charge rioters and preferring charges against ordinary Americans doing what is within their Constitutional rights.
  3. Many of these DAs have been recently elected, most of them have common ties to ancillary groups that have common ties with BLM and Soro’s organizations.

But Fox says this cannot be discussed.

Anyone that pays any attention knows as a point of fact that CNN, MSNBC, the NY Times, etc. etc. are not only dishonest, but they actively spread false narratives. Many that know that as a fact assume that Fox News is the good guys. This is a misunderstanding of what a color revolution entails. Information on both sides of artificial divides must be controlled. Some of it is controlled opposition, intended to create the divide. Other aspects of it are designed to obscure and hide the fact that a color revolution is happening at all.

Fox News is compromised, perhaps not every personality over there, not as completely as CNN, but it is not trustworthy. This video, as odd as it is, as easy as it may be for some to try and explain it away is sufficient proof.

For the record, Soros is not (likely) the sole mastermind or only source of funding for the things Gingrich was trying to talk about. He has become something of a boogeyman to conspiracy theorists (for good reasons). However, this event is much more than one man, or one organization.

America’s Color Revolution

It seems the term ‘color revolution’ is popular suddenly. Last evening, I noticed an enormous spike in traffic, all to one article Our Color Revolution, beginning just before 9 pm. It was because of Tucker Carlson, he had Darren Beattie on for a couple of minutes to discuss three Revolver News articles discussing a color revolution in America. (see Color Revolutions Explained for background)

Most people have never heard of a color revolution, that includes the dozens of writers in the punditry class that will now shill formulatic five-hundred-word articles today on the subject. Suddenly they are instant experts on a topic that before yesterday their knowledge was, at best, PowerPoint deep.  They will write  to tell you that this is a crazed conspiracy theory, or that this is all just about one thing “getting Trump”, the approach will represent their bias. Both are wrong, they miss the forest for the trees.

I first suggested to a small group in mid-April that what I was observing in America contained many elements of a color revolution. Otherwise intelligent people scoffed at the idea. In my observation, entirely too much of what occurred related to COVID-19 was simply too coincidental. There is no space to get into that here, there is clearly a virus but too much about the reactions by governments was too synchronized, too ‘unprecedented’.

I will say this, without real evidence. I am fairly convinced that the US would not still be experiencing lockdowns in September if the BLM protests and riots and defund the police movement did not begin in May.   Why?  By May many Americans were getting not a little bit angry at the police for arresting mothers at the park with kids and gym owners and hairdressers trying to work. Americans we not going to tolerate drastic lockdowns for long, our opinion of the police was turning. Queue the rioting and defund the police protests and a large segment of the population that was wary of the police and the government a few months ago is now calling for the insurrection act to be invoked.

Say what you will about those individual issues and the separate motivations – it is undeniably true that there are now people supporting police action, masks, and lockdowns that without the riots this year would have been in the street protesting police overreaction. We have been separated, almost perfectly in classic color revolution fashion.

I will break down how and why I believe there is a relationship between everything in 2020 in a later article. This is more complex than a left/right thing it is not just about Trump, it is not just “Russia and bots”, it is not just ‘Soros’. I have yet to see anyone cover this topic in full details – from tooth to tail – all that try to get lost in the weeds on one of the common assumptions.

I just wanted to post a few thoughts today before all the clueless pundits at the major outlets begin publishing their vaporous pieces of propaganda.

None of this just started, it is part of and enabled (possible because of what I call the Great Unraveling others The Fourth Turning). In order to pull this off groups had to work for years to infiltrate and usurp institutions (media, academic, corporation, government and military – not entirely but just enough)

See all Color Revolution posts

Our Color Revolution

One really never wants to actually be right about a subject like this (see previous post on color revolution in America). Some will claim I am not right, it is not yet proven. I suggest that even once this is all complete, some will deny it actually happened. That is the very nature of a color revolution - create a crisis, generate a reaction, foment chaos, fear, and apathy, create conflict, acquire power outside of the rule of law in order to solve the crisis. On the other side, many believe that 'democracy' has been restored, that placates the masses, yet everything has drastically changed...As Aldous Huxley described it in a Brave New World, what is occurring is very likely the revolution that makes all future revolutions impossible. (see Color Revolutions Explained for background, to those that just found this based upon Tucker, see America's Color Revolution)

I have done what I have done in life, seen what I have seen. I do not ask that you agree with me because of my experience - I make no public arguments based upon that. Look at the facts, the coincidences, and the patterns!

Violence is coming, Get ready!

Others are beginning to see this now. They often see it through now irrelevant "right/left" which is mistaken. It is infinitely more complex than that. This is a conflict between folks that want to eliminate the possibility of populist opposition to globalism. BREXIT, Trump, and Sanders were and are obstacles to the coalition of corporate, political, and establishment types that see the future of the world differently than ordinary folks.  To these, the violence in the street, ANTIFA, BLM, and all that are just tools to create the necessary crisis.

Here is a partial list of articles I have written on this subject (The Great Unraveling) or (see all Color Revolution posts)

If this is all true why does it matter to you?

Consider this, if those that want to see this through are willing to condone, incite and ignore the violence on the street in order to achieve a political objective, what does that tell you of their true nature? ('they' it seems to comprise almost all of the Democratic party, many 'Republicans', almost all major corporations and all of the major news outlets). If they would support the death, destruction, and impoverishment of Americans just to achieve a goal, who are they morally? If they do not respect life, liberty and property do you honestly believe they will respect the rule of law or real justice once in power? If they would do and support all that has been done in 2020 do you think they will ever concede power? (they may pretend to maintain a two-party system, but it will forevermore consist of the establishment). This Matters!

Take a gander at Australia right now. The Australians are disarmed, without the right to speech, and are now being terrorized by their own government. They are already defeated, only the US stands to oppose globalism and total control. If we fall to this event, the world falls.

I suggest you start with a video by Tim Pool, a former Democrat that has come full circle. He misses the larger picture, he does not see that yet, but he perceives the contrived crisis and coming violence. 

Other articles:

The following two articles are from the guy that in summarized the decades of losses in the cultural war in 2016 as a flight 93 election (I agree it was, every major battle is going forward) Anton still sees this mostly through a right/left paradigm, but he gets the sense of what is occurring.

The next items some will say are bunk, bad sources, therefore all I am saying must be a conspiracy theory. The Fact is, the 'conspiracy guys' were slow to pick up on this, they are late to the game calling this what it is. People like me were saying this early on. I provide the following, because as of 9 September, not many people are putting all the pieces together. 

Revolver news has put together a couple of detailed articles that reference mainstream articles, published books, and actual quotes by practitioners of state capture and color revolutions. Again, Revolver portrays this as essentially something that is happening because of Trump. That is not particularly accurate. Trump merely represents a populist revolt against the system, no different than other such events around the West in the last few years. 

The following video by Harrison Smith does a good job of breaking down the articles above. (I get it, it is a dubious source outlet, but Smith does a good job of accurately breaking this down. A broken clock is right twice a day)

Finally, if you feel apathetic, confused, or afraid right now - that is how "they" want you to feel. That is key so that they can execute the next phase. 

If You Feel Apathetic, Sad or Mad in 2020, It is by Design

Summary: It is clear now, to me, that tools, techniques, and methodologies of state capture and interactive internet activity deceptions are at play in the US in 2020. Below I break down the template methodology of a color revolution.

Color Revolutions explained, all Color Revolution posts

What is the nature of 2020? This is no longer an academic question, not merely a philosophical endeavor. The nature of the thing is key to understanding all of the noise and chaos around us.

In early March, sitting at lunch with a pastor friend he mused that perhaps China had cooked up the virus and then overblown their response to get others to follow. Obviously, we cannot know, even now, if his off-the-wall query was correct. We can know, based upon just plain old common-sense, that everything in 2020 is odd, so odd that it exceeds our tolerance for assuming coincidence.

As we approach a presidential election, the predictable, ordinary, and common chatter of absurd claims litter the airwaves. We have come to accept the absurdity of the election cycle. We have never experienced a period, not in living memory at least, where that level of chatter, magnified one-hundred times, has pervaded our entire culture and public dialogue.  Our 'most trusted' institutions have lifted and shifted from narrative to narrative, often conflicting with previous narratives (but in Orwellian fashion, when the narrative shifts we are told "Oceana has always been at war with Eastasia"). They have done this in a synchronous manner, with only minor degrees of separation between opposing views.

We have essentially divided into three broad groups at this point. On the far 'left' and 'right' many (still a minority) have polarized into deepening opposed points of view. These groups have cemented around their version of their interpretation of reality. The vast majority, folks that were originally highly interested and engaged early on as everything about our world was turned asunder, have become disaffected. Most have grown tired of the constant barrage on social media, current and former 'friends' arguing and bickering. Many are tired of being pounced upon if they make the smallest remark about the major issues of the day. For these, apathy has set in. Most people are tired of the fear, the lockdowns, the political bickering. That is understandable under normal circumstances. None of this looks or smells normal.

In cosmology, scientists are simply incapable of reconciling our conceptualization of the universe utilizing equations from generally accepted laws and theories. When they add up the observed and projected universe, apply various equations and projections, and account for gravity and other things something is missing. Some force or material exerts influence on the system that we have not discovered or proven to exist.  We call this dark matter, much as scientists in previous generations theorized about aether to explain elements in the universe they could not see. We know something has to be there, otherwise, all of our theories and equations are wrong.

I suggest there is something akin to 'dark matter' at play in our current environment. I cannot say, I doubt anyone being honest can say, what the nature of this dark matter is. Many people theorize about who and what this is, the theories are many and diverse. None of that is the point. We have little evidence to depict the 'who'. We do not know if there is one group or many, if they are ancient or new, organized and structured or simply an amalgamation of simple common interest. What we can know, is that we observe something outside of the norm is at play.

Let me explain.

I have come to the conclusion that this year appears to have many of the elements one would expect to see in a color revolution (or state capture if you prefer that term). I was hesitant to come to this conclusion, it is a dark and depressing realization. I did not arrive here readily. I have suspected, questioned, suggested openly for others to dissect and perhaps argue against the idea but I have not been certain up until this point. I know what I know, but it is not my point to ask you to believe my conclusions based upon that. I will merely present the 'cosmological equation' and ask that you consider if there must be something more.

 

Color Revolution and State Capture

Color revolutions are much more than a catchy title applied to popular movements that share certain aspects of their nature. In every case, these revolutions occurred only because of support by organizations and entities external to the 'organic' movements on the ground. The United States has played a significant role, overtly and covertly, in every color revolution since the early 2000s ( a practice that was not out of step with many of our clandestine operations since WWII.)

Marisol Nostromo (link here) provides a fair treatment of much of what a color revolution is and why he believes the same methods we have used in foreign countries have been utilized in the US. (he attempts to name the nature of it and give 'they' a name, I believe it is more complex than such a simple explanation - but I suspect the parties he identifies are certainly part of the effort)

The term may have its origins in the works of Gene Sharp, who wrote some guidebooks on how to organize popular revolts using Madison Avenue-style marketing techniques. He recommended to the sponsors that rather than confusing or boring the participants with too much political theory, they should motivate their budding revolutionaries with pop culture, using catchy, content-free slogans, logos, and team colors.

Funding and support for color revolution activities in foreign nations always involve non-attribution, much of the funding and support is distributed through third-party non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and is often coordinated through USAID (a component of the State Department that works closely with both the DoD and the CIA).

Likewise, state capture is a real phenomenon, these operations have occurred in developing nations. There is a significant amount of academic work on the issue (search state capture on JSTOR). State capture can and has occurred, via private interests and through private and nation-state partnership (much like color revolutions).

State capture is "a type of systemic political corruption in which private interests significantly influence a state's decision-making processes to their own advantage". Generally, this occurs through pay-offs, blackmail, and subtle threats that usurp the ordinary functions of government for the benefit of private interests.

Combine the historical templates of state capture with demonstrated methodologies of color revolutions and add in the significant advances in interactive internet activities (IIA) then the argument that what is occurring right now is not just coincidence or an accident takes on much more weight.

Color Revolution Phases

Strategic planners in the government love five-phase operations. Color revolutions and state capture is conducted in five phases (not a very creative lot). Visualize the chart above with an objective listed to the right (not depicted) and a concise mission statement filled with action verbs (also not depicted). We cannot know the objective nor the mission statement, that would be conjecture. We can know the lines of effort and the various supporting efforts that always go into these sorts of operations.

Each long block on the diagram is a line of effort (LOE). LOEs build toward the next LOE, they can be sequential or contemporaneous. Some tactics are one-time things, others are 'rinse and repeat' as required.  In a nutshell, this is design methodology, and the chart represents a template design methodology for a color revolution. If you can visualize the flow, horizontally and vertically, building toward an objective, you understand enough about the methodology to read the chart.

Information operations are key to these efforts, propaganda to use a disfavored term. Technology now plays a key role in this, specifically interactive internet activities(IIA). IIA is non-attributed internet activities made to appear to be opposition or support. True IIA is much deeper than mere bots and fake accounts. The nasty stuff targets individuals by their digital profile, it knows who they are and what they think, and appeals to them through attractive personas. As data about us has proliferated building such a profile for exploitation is much easier.  Think of this as targeted marketing to your very soul; there is technology that can do that.

If you step back for a moment about what you personally think and believe about the virus, Trump, impeachment, the protests, riots, and everything else in 2020 - that is hard to do, but read the chart as objectively as possible - then you should begin to have questions. You can see how we arrived, perhaps a month or so ago, at a critical mass of separation and labeling. Friends no longer speaking, families mad at one another, community disintegrating in many ways.

This was accomplished via many methods, I will provide just a couple of examples.

Over information and changing narrative - 2020 has been a continuous news cycle. In December, I thought it bizarre that the impeachment was delayed for almost a month. If Trump was the dangerous criminal claimed, he should have been removed immediately. Instead, we moved it between "WWIII" and COVID. Since then, news has been constant. The newest dire threat warning continual. Stories have changed, the threat has changed, but the pace of the news cycle remained. This was key.

We have been called to action without sufficient facts and told that the official story is the only moral story. This builds division.

Events like the "White Coat Summit", where doctors come out, say things a large portion of the population wants to hear, millions see the video, and then it is banned. People then believe it all has to be true, "they' are suppressing it" many yell. A day or so later, 'they' expose one of the doctors as someone with heterological religious views. This makes those that supported the video publically look foolish. This is classic pride and ego up/down, an extreme form of gaslighting used in interrogations, here applied across society. It is designed to make one doubt their own conclusions and force them to trust the 'authority'.

The mailbox hoax is similar. Thousands retweeted and shared on social media images of mailboxes on trucks and warehouses filled with items that were proven to be old pictures. (this is perhaps not controlled disninfo but rather overeager supporters of a theory seeking proof). The USPS narrative itself, however,  is a deception. Told repeatedly it is building toward greater chaos. Many accept this story without any hard proof and only spurious claims.

We have this year a couple of examples of 'whistleblowers' releasing information, variously supporting the narratives of each extreme. Upon further inspection, these appear to be what is called a "limited hangout", official information released in such a way as to cover up a bigger story. Often, the whistleblower is defamed, therefore diminishing the limited information they released and everyone moves on thinking it was all a hoax.

We have been provided labels to easily identify which side of the created separation we stand-upon. Mask wears versus skeptics, BLM versus law an order types, etc. We have readily complied with this self-labeling. There are too many videos to count of ordinary citizens ready to fight one another over masks. We did this, we gladly put on uniforms of the various false divisions.

Apathy or Doubling Down

We have clearly, in my observation, entered phase four. Some of us, just a few, have solidified on the poles. Most of us have lost the friends we were going to lose through self-identification. Many are now sad, frustrated, some hopeless, and most just tired of all of this. Most just want nothing more to do with it. We are apathetic. This is exactly where we are supposed to be right now, according to the template.

Most of the riots have settled down, minus the diehards in the Pacific Northwest. Most Americans are tired of seeing all of that and pay no attention. In most places, we are getting back to something approaching quasi-normal in terms of the virus. In terms of the template, this is also predictable. Too much lawlessness, too much fear can push people in unpredictable and uncontrollable directions. Ordinary Americans would have to be apathetic in this phase, not taking to the streets. And, in the template, if apathy begins to wane into skepticism, turning back on some of the previous elements of crisis and chaos is always an option.

Summary

That is the 50,000-foot view of the methodology with just some examples of how it has been and is being applied here. You have to step back, divorce yourself from favorite theories. This cannot be just Russia, read my article on that. This has to be something from within, and it probably has to cross traditional party lines. I did not, and will not, mention how I became convinced this is not theoretical. I know only that I was certain before this week and wanted it not to be so. If you apply the template and look at the world as it is, you will also see that 'dark matter' has to be out there without additional 'proof'.

The Very Bad News

If I am correct, there is very little that we can do about this. All of us come into this will our worldviews. Those worldviews will compel us to want to see 'them' as a preferred and customary enemy. That is a mistake.

If I had to guess I would assume that 'them' is a cabal of establishment type politicians and corporate investors/executives that never again want the threat of a populist candidate for president such as Sanders or Trump. Sanders would have taxed their investment income, Trump hurt their profits from globalism. One need only look at what the DNC did to Sanders in 2016 and 2020 to understand how much they do not want an outsider. The RNC's treatment of Trump was more subtle, but just the same. You need to be neither a Sanders nor a Trump supporter to see that they are far outside of the traditional alliance between politics and the corporate world. And even if you hate Trump, you have to admit, he is the first president since Carter not to invade anyone or start a new war and he angered the Neocons by pulling out of Syria. War is a big deal to the establishment on both sides, trillions of dollars ride on that. Eisenhower warned of the military-industrial complex, Kennedy warned of the corruption of the media and 'dark forces'. If I had to guess about who 'they' are, I would suspect we see them on television a lot, in office, in uniform (or recently retired)and behind anchor desks.

But, we may never truly know who 'they' are. If they are successful, we will have a revolution without ever knowing it fully. They will fundamentally change our system just enough to prevent unwanted interruptions. Most will be none the wiser.

That said, there is no 'fighting this'.  If this all goes poorly and fighting occurs it will be a proxy fight, 'us' against 'them' but never against the folks pulling the levers. Fight we might, and we may eventually have no choice to pick a side. It is more likely that our apathy will make that unnecessary. When the putsch occurs, the big crisis that forces a culmination to all of this, most of us will just be happy all the chaos is ending.


The Good News

Clearly, the conditions and circumstances that have made us so susceptible to deception on this scale did not just spontaneously generate this year. When we, generally and broadly, accepted an attack on the existence of the foundational objective truths that shaped us as a people and a nation that was the first, and perhaps greatest deception. That occurred over many years, a few centuries in fact.

Our institutions were not usurped, hijacked, and made either ineffective or tools of the deception only recently. It took an assault on the education system combined with some targeted grooming to turn the fourth estate. Our churches have demonstrated something many suspected, they contain a great illness. Many have so lost their way they were incapable of serving as a permanent thing of culture this year, others are so far gone they aided in the deceptions.

We, as a people have tolerated growing divisions, whether organic or contrived. These divisions were natural friction points that have been exploited this year. We have, through ignorance or avarice, flirted with absurd ideologies.

Considering what we have become and what we have tolerated and what we have given up, 2020 is not that unprecedented at all.

If there is hope, it is not in a political solution, although that will certainly play a part in it. It will likely not be corrected merely by Divine fiat, although God is in control, we have a large role to play.

If you are apathetic or sad and just want it all to end, be careful what you wish for. This is precisely where 'they' want you to be. No people are destined for oppression, but only vigilance and action combined with prayer and perhaps fortune can save us.

Twelve men wrote in 1930 of what they saw of the future, I have replaced "industrialism" with "deception" because the fears they saw eventually manifested into our post-modern deceptions.

“For, in conclusion, this much is clear: If a community, or a section, or a race, or an age, is groaning under [deception], and well aware that it is an evil dispensation, it must find the way to throw it off. To think that this cannot be done is pusillanimous. And if the whole community, section, race, or age thinks it cannot be done, then it has simply lost its political genius and doomed itself to impotence.” - I'll Take My Stand

Color Revolution Predictions

We are in the midst of a cultural revolution that is being leveraged into a color revolution. The culture of traditional America is being replaced by something else, read Gramsci. The objectives, erase history, replace history, the lie becomes the truth, ‘control the past you control the future’, power and control, impose new culture on top of old

Outlier Events

Nobody, even the organizers of various extremist groups can control everything nor everyone. It is possible a lone wolf could act. It is possible one of the domestic extremist groups may decide to act in some profound way. It is even possible (but unlikely) a foreign actor could coordinate such an event.

The assassination of one of the presidential candidates, a mass shooting in a church (black or white) some other mass death/shooting type event – any of that has the potential to make all the assessment below pointless. Such an event, that drives the right emotions to escalate violence and counter-violence to levels thus far unseen. I will leave such events there, catastrophic events that would completely upset the current dynamic.

Death of a supreme court justice, imagine the chaos that could cause.

Geopolitics

Europe

Across Europe, in Britain specifically, we see protests that are increasingly turning violent. Much of Europe was already sitting on a demographic powder keg. If this escalates, Europe is on its own and will likely not fare well. The economic impact of a tumultuous and disintegrating Europe will only serve to exacerbate problems elsewhere.

China

China has taken firm steps since February to advance its strategic objectives. The Basic Law in Hong Kong is suspended and no more, autonomy is gone forever. All of the dissenters in Hong Kong that lead protests and spoke out have been systematically rounded up and arrested. China is now free from all talk about Uighurs concentration camps, religious prosecution, and the origin of COVID-19. The US has no moral high ground to stand on when our own preachers and celebrities claim that the US government is conducting racial genocide.

China, a nation that often acts like a 20th-century great power, invaded Indian territory high in the Himalayans last week, in an effort to straighten lines and regress past differences of opinion.

Chinese application of soft power (Belt and Road, port upgrades, etc.) continues unabated and are aided by American weakness. It is likely, I suspect that in the near-term China will apply more pressure in the South China Sea, likely against the Philippines and fishing rights. Nothing overt but definitely something more aggressive.

It is unlikely, for many reasons, that Chinese foreign intelligence services will take anything more than a back-seat approach to current troubles in the US. The mosaic of chaos is not well developed enough for them to act much at all without detection.

However, if one of the outliers above pressed the mosaic passed a tipping point, it is very likely Chinese foreign service agents would act quickly to leverage the situation. Such an event would escalate quickly, with Foreign agents supporting extremists on all sides of the spectrum to engulf the US in violence.

Africa

Famine is almost a certainty in Africa this year. Given the locust storms earlier this year and a dry spring organic food production was already low and required international assistance. That assistance may not be as forthcoming this year. Famine often breeds crises and many areas in Africa are already poised to blow up.  The West will likely be unprepared/unable to mount any major assistance efforts (humanitarian or military). Africa is on its own this year. (actually, this situation might greatly benefit China and allow them greater in-roads to the continent)

Short-term

Likely Enemy Objectives: Pressure points [efforts by organizations behind the effort, BLM etc.]

(Most Likely) Maintain momentum, carry-through to the election, build allies, identify resisters, dismantle power structures. (Least Likely) Increase the mosaic of chaos, force a counter-reaction, leverage counterreaction into an insurgency.

Knowns (Assumed): organized efforts toward protest will continue only insofar as it is necessary to maintain momentum.

Unknowns: No organization controls the crowd or the emotion of crowds, not all is controllable.

Short-term efforts will now be focused on 1) solidifying relationships with new ‘allies’ 2) building momentum toward elections (elections remain a source of progressive advance) 3) leveraging events as they occur to maintain momentum.

COVID-19: If it turns out that COVID-19 is as deadly and contagious as we are told we should expect a tremendous spike in cases in a couple of weeks. Will that drive more shutdowns of businesses? Will Americans submit and comply this time? If so can the economy sustain that?

Conventions and election: Both the Democratic and Republican conventions present enormous targets of opportunity for an outlier event/attack. Such an event would imperil the conduct of an election and result in confabulation.

The 2020 election will be devastating for conservatism. No Republican that stands for any conservative principle is safe. Many non-conservative Republicans are not safe, I suspect many luke-warm progressives are also in peril of losing their seats. Donald Trump will not be reelected.

In the aftermath of the election legislation related to police, reform will certainly pass in many areas, probably even on a national level. This will not be ‘defunding of the police’, it will be reorganizing the police, in a reactionary and poorly considered manner. Think back to the formation of the TSA, the requirement to hire people by preferred characteristics. Think of police departments given mandates to have zero incidents of behavior termed abusive. Think of the impossibility of crafting an organization that deals with violent people that is authorized to use violence and is restricted in its hiring process being capable of doing its job in any manner approaching competence.

(Highly Likely) Donald Trump loses in a landslide, the Senate flips and the Democratic majority in the House expands.

(Highly Unlikely) Trump is re-elected: Results in riots, looting, and violence will commence immediately.

Culturally: Expect to see an increase in the frequency, velocity, and voracity of persons and careers for nonconformity.

Long-term

The election of Biden equates to Year Zero – the masses and the organizations behind the angst on the street will expect that the destructions of the institutions, power structures, and culture will exponentially accelerate. The Democratic core, as progressive and liberal as it is, does not seek that radical of a solution. Frustration and more angst will build soon after Biden’s election, particularly because now the radicals will lose all hope in any democratic solution. Their anger toward old Democrats will eclipse that toward Trump and there will be nothing that old folks like Biden and Pelosi can do to stem it.

Geopolitics: The election of Biden will represent a restoration of the status quo, internationally. Chinese overt acts in the South China Sea in the few months following January and will revert back to soft power efforts. The demise of the power of the West will appear to have returned to the slow-roll demise. This will appear to be a return to stability, soon to disappear, and the radical turn on Biden and take to the streets. - There remains a space of high danger for an open conflict with China late December/early January regardless of who wins the presidency. They have plans and the capability to leverage US hesitation to take control of Tawain relatively quickly.

Police reform: As it will likely occur, will not have the effect either conservatives or liberals predict. Many large cities, gutted of their current force, one replaced with different faces and different priorities will not, as conservatives predict, force the residents to ‘see the light’. Small business owners and hard-working Americans will be forced to choose, stay in a city that will not protect them or leave. For many, those that perceive less police oppression, will not bemoan the fact that jobs have left and crime has increased. The tribalism of the sort that marked territory and forms alliances will prevail. Rising crime will only be perceived as a problem for those that do not affiliate. The lack of jobs and opportunity will remain a problem attached to “the government”. This reform will ultimately satisfy nobody, those focused on power politics will still rail against the fact that people in the suburbs are happy.

No Later Than 2022: Impatience and angst over the failure of the government to meet the expectations of the revolution. Monuments have not come down fast enough, ‘hateful’ books are not repressed enough, too many ‘hateful’ people still find a way to have a voice, too much inequity in property still exists, 'dangerous racists still have guns.'

We do not make it out of 2022 without:

  • The current government being replaced in form and structure by a radical Marxist regime make up of a coalition of extreme elements in a tenuous alliance that is bound to unravel into violence. This could occur much easier than we imagine, pressure and violence in the street could result in Biden simply conceding power to a new “Committee”. (Most Likely)
  • States and regions resisting such a move by the Federal government, resulting in a combination of regional and civil war. (Likely [the success of some states in pulling this off is moderate])
  • If Trump wins re-election the nation will face immediate chaos and violence in the street. The only way the U.S. remains intact then involves fighting an insurrection and piecing things back together in some Lincolnian sort of way. (Unlikely)
  • Patriots rise up and take the country back amidst the chaos. (Highly Unlikely [There may be such an effort but the likelihood of success is slim for many reasons])
  • God has a plan (only He knows)

Universal Basic Income

CNBC, reporting on comments by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi highlights the first open admission that left-liberal progressives intend to utilize Coronavirus as a pretext to implement some of their most radical short-term objectives. Quoting Pelosi[1], CNBC reported, “Others have suggested a minimum income, a guaranteed income for people. Is that worthy of attention now? Perhaps so.”[2] Andrew Yang included universal basic income (UBI) as part of his 2020 presidential campaign. Yang was quoted as saying, “I’m pleased to see the White House adopt our vision of putting money directly into the hands of hard-working Americans.” Bernie Sanders, in one of his last campaign speeches before dropping out of the 2020 election proposed a scheme to pay every household $2000 monthly.

Willkie in her CNBC article parroted numbers of unemployed in the U.S. at approximately $25 million. She sailed to acknowledge that phase one of the CARES Act included a provision that added $600 per week to unemployment benefits, above and beyond what one would normally qualify for based upon prior income level. Numerous other sources have reported the impact of this fact – individuals make more money being unemployed than working[3], and some are unwilling to go back to work.[4] On the face of it, this is an absurd policy. No reasonable person can make an honest argument in support of a policy that redistributes wealth and pays people more not to work than to work unless the worldview behind the support of the policy leads the supporter to other, unspoken objectives. By any honest account, this is plunder.[5] If we accept the reasonable conclusion that paying people more to be unemployed than they made while working is absurd and the people supporting such are not deficient in mental capacity then we must also accept that something else is at play – it is a straightforward syllogism.  It is also a fact that the same people that supported the boost to unemployment pay in the CARES Act are now suggesting full-blown UBI, we begin to see the greater objective.

Universal basic income, once adopted, would be nearly impossible to rollback. It would be perhaps the most transformative public policy legislation in U.S. history. The implications of control and intrusion in everyday life and control of the economy are wider than any previous move toward centralization. UBI, if adopted, is a great step forward toward socialism. The fact that both of these programs are being slipped in amid a ‘crisis’ seems deceptive. “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit…”( ESV Colossians 2:8). Socialism is a derivative of the ideology of Marxism and the deception being used to implement it is abhorrent. Public policymakers and citizens must be vigilant.


[1] See video of Pelosi's statement, https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1254764438000984064.

[2] Willkie, C. “Pelosi says universal basic income could be ‘worthy of attention now’ as coronavirus stifles economy”, CNBC. 27 April 2020. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/27/coronavirus-update-universal-basic-income-could-be-worthy-of-attention-pelosi-says.html.

[3] See, “Some people are earning more in unemployment benefits than they did while working, leaving little incentive to return to their jobs”, Business Insider, 21 April 2020, https://www.businessinsider.com/unemployment-benefits-may-be-higher-than-wages-for-some-workers-2020-4.

[4] See, “Furloughed Workers Don’t Want To Return To Their Jobs As They’re Earning More Money With Unemployment”, Forbes, 28 April 2020, https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2020/04/28/furloughed-workers-dont-want-to-return-to-their-jobs-as-theyre-earning-more-money-with-unemployment/#50054cb06b76.

[5] Bastiat, Frédéric. The Law. United States: Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2007. https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_Law/DZKE3-pV1AYC,  p. 13

Saul Alinsky and Coronavirus

An editorial essay in The Washington Times [1] argues that much of the hyper-crisis reporting and governmental action related to COVID-19 aligns with principles laid out in Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.   Chumley begins her argument by quoting one of Alinsky’s foundational presuppositions, “[a]ny revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future.”[2] She argues that “[t]his is Coronavirus Chaos, exemplified.” In support of that bold statement, she provides examples of America being in full panic mode and willing to sacrifice more civil liberties to gain more perception of security. She argues that the Constitution has effectively been suspended, to the applause of the left and right. Pastors have been arrested for conducting services, fathers handcuffed for taking their kids to the park, public protest outlawed, and individuals drug from public transportation by the police.

Chumley observes that all of this, and more, have occurred in a time when we have yet to understand the real nature of Coronavirus. She observes that even a mere hint of skepticism is met in the public and private square with ostracization and ridicule. This comports well with Alinsky’s foundational presupposition, of a non-challenging attitude by defeated people, combined with later suggestiong toward the use of ridicule. Americans are not allowed to work, to produce and create a livelihood. Quoting Alinsky again she observes that this “shake[s] up the prevailing patterns of […] lives — agitate[s], create[s] disenchantment and discontent with the current values.” Chumley does not suggest that Coronavirus is not real, nor that it is necessarily a creation intended to bring about the consequences observed. She merely points out that the crisis and reaction cycle related to the event meshes well with Alinsky’s radical prescription. Her observation itself is a radical statement, bold questions and observations in a time when the discussion is so limited in the public square.

The Washington Times piece raises numerous questions that policymakers should be asking and framing during this event. Chumley raises two issues that are undeniable facts. First, the progressive left-liberals have held an objective of implementing many of the policies that have so easily entered public policy over the proceeding weeks, the adoption of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)[3] as one example. The second is perhaps subject to interpretation but hard to argue against, much of the behavior of left-liberal media outlets and politicians align with Alinsky’s Rules, it appears that progressives are taking advantage of the crisis, perhaps even exacerbating it, in order to enact policies they might never gain consensus to enact otherwise.

If we ignore the ease that governments across the land have attacked religious liberty, often to cheers of ‘Christians’, as well as numerous other assaults on civil liberties and basic common sense and address just the implications of our adoption of MMT, we find those implications to be profound. One simply cannot put the genie of universal basic income and magic money creation back in the bottle once released. The longer the lockdowns continue, the more ‘stimulus packages’ passed by the Federal Government, the nearer we approach to establishing a universal basic income scheme. Printing money to give to people not producing is contrary to historical lessons, averse to common sense and contrary to biblical teachings (Proverbs 12:24). Public policymakers across the land must take action now to react to Cornovirous in a principled, right-reasoned, common sense manner. The Governors in South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennesee have recently taken the right steps in restarting their economies – others should follow.

Chumley’s interpretation of recent events and her analysis of progressive left-liberals utilization of this crisis to advance their agenda is a cautionary lesson for policymakers. Policies made in a time of uncertainty, when facts and truth are distorted and the emotions of the populace enflamed are often bad policy.

 

Chumley, C. “Coronavirus and the smell of Saul Alinsky”, The Washington Times. 18 April 2020. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/apr/18/coronavirus-and-smell-saul-alinsky/.

[1] One might argue, perhaps correctly so, that The Washington Times has a bias. Other news organizations that disavow the existence of their own observable bias would certainly make this claim in an effort to support an argument that the Times is not a legitimate news outlet. This is an absurd argument, in a time when the entire ‘Fourth Estate’ has abandoned neutrality and objectivity, the Times is as much a legitimate news source as any other.

[2] The Washington Times via, S Alinsky, Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals, Vintage (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2010), https://books.google.com/books?id=VIH0UbZ8qU4C. p. XiX.

[3] See for instance, “Unlimited Money and No Liquidity: Welcome to 2020”, https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/unlimited-money-and-no-liquidity%3A-welcome-to-2020-2020-04-15.