As US Moves Towards Soviet-Style Totalitarianism, a Deep Reservoir of Latent Resistance Simmers

Submitted by SD Contributor FW:

Some have compared the current path the US is headed down with the Soviet Bloc experience.  However, there are some differences. 

In the US, we’ve seen a multi-decade long process of gutting the middle class and propagandizing people to the point of turning much of the nation into a zombified state.  However, there are at least 20 million Ron Paul supporters in the US, and while not every person down to the man in that movement are entirely aware of what’s going on, compare those numbers to resistance pockets and periods of any resistance under Soviet rule you care to examine.

I contend there’s a deeper reservoir of latent resistance in the US.  It’s mostly dormant at the moment, because an insufficient number of people have yet to experience economic hardship and the destruction of the so-called “American Dream” for a long enough period of time to engender rapid social mobilization.
But that’s coming, and the powers that be damn well know it!

For example, the Soviet Bloc was consolidated after massive social upheaval following the Great Depression and World War II, which greatly diminished the power and resources of the average Eastern European, making it easier to consolidate a dictatorial system.  In the US, we’ve seen a multi-decade long process of gutting the middle class and propagandizing people to the point of turning much of the nation into a zombified state.  However, as per standard psychology well known by the intelligence community, there usually remains about a third of any given population that is almost impervious to any significant brainwashing under “normal” methods (I’m not talking about torture chamber conversions, but rather, day to day media exposure, the education system and peer pressure).  Even hypnosis fails to work on the same 30 some-odd percent of the population.  To prove my point, there are at least 20 million Ron Paul supporters and while not every person down to the man in that movement are entirely aware of what’s going on, compare those numbers to resistance pockets and periods of any resistance under Soviet rule you care to examine.

I contend there’s a deeper reservoir of latent resistance in the US.  It’s mostly dormant at the moment, because an insufficient number of people have yet to experience economic hardship and the destruction of the so-called “American Dream” for a long enough period of time to engender rapid social mobilization.  But that’s coming, and the powers that be damn well know it and are building police state infrastructure to deal with it.

In Russia and Eastern European nations (especially Russia) there have been long periods of history where the masses lived under quasi-feudalism, where the average folk just tended to their own business as much as possible outside the iron hand of the Czars,  and that ingrained culture continued on into the USSR, with people more traditionally just keeping their heads down in the face of Stalinisim.  The history of America isn’t directly comparable.  Most people have had it “so good” for “so long” that they haven’t experienced a long enough period of time to get political.  Unlike the historical period leading up to the Soviet Union, Americans have been living in a world of privilege while holding the view of entitlement.  A great many Americans are going to get angry when things devolve further.  The culture and US history has set-up latent resistance to totalitarianism far more so than what existed as precursors to rebellion against totalitarianism in the Soviet Union.

The powers that be also demonstrate on a regular basis outright fear and uncertainty about the degree to which they control the masses.  As an example, consider what happened when Google, FaceBook and other sites pushed back against SOPA and internet censorship late last year.  The powers that be backed off because people power expressed itself.  Sure, the tools of censorship and clandestine programs moving the US in the direction of totalitarianism continue, and the powers that be usually choose to back down and fake surrender on any given issue when caught, only to quietly continue on doing whatever it was that elicited initial protest.  But the SOPA example is one of many.  Americans have considerable checks and balances remaining within this badly damaged system, along with a shared belief system and culture and a heck of a lot of guns that make a direct comparison to the Soviet Bloc an imperfect analogy.

In any event, there are many Americans that are leaving the country, and surprisingly, some are simply middle class folk.  But most people don’t have the means to pick-up and leave, and family and other considerations enter into the picture as well.  Others choose to stay because they feel they can keep their heads sufficiently distant from the gears of the machine while possibly helping to prevent totalitarianism taking hold.

When it comes to strategies for diversification of PM ownership in the face of all these risk factors, that ground has been amply covered on Silver Doctors.  But I’m sure many here would welcome discussing the subject anew.

Most SD readers are not under any illusion about how hard the coming period is going to be.

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