Westerners take note: Weaker nations around the world have been bending, and now they’re snapping, and there’s blood and chaos in the streets…
There’s chaos everywhere around the globe.
There’s financial chaos, political chaos, and social chaos.
It’s all around us, and right in our own back yards.
In recent days, while most people have been focused either on Brexit, or the trade wars, or the World Cup, or Stormy Daniels, nations at the periphery are collapsing at alarming rates.
And by “collapsing” I mean they are divulging into total anarchy.
The latest is Haiti, where there have been riots in the streets for months, which have been intensifying for days.
The latest increase in rioting was blamed on increases in fuel prices, but some say that it’s not just about fuel prices.
As in Haiti has reached its breaking point.
Here’s more from Barbados Today (bold for emphasis):
Having had over ten deployments to Haiti following the earthquake in 2010, including during their elections, I do not think that the increase in fuel prices is the root cause of this crisis.
They know that sacrifices have to be made to improve their economy, and they have made them in the past. However, after suffering for so long, the Haitian people hate being tricked.
Their political candidates promised to address mismanagement and corruption if they were elected. The people expected improvements in government efficiency, and arrests of those accused of corruption, before being targeted for austerity.
However, to have austerity forced on them, without the promised efficiency and arrests, appeared to be too much for the people to bear from a government that promised to be different.
As we canvassed during the recent elections, people wanted to know what Solutions Barbados would do about the gross corruption in which both established political parties have repeatedly accused the other of engaging. We promised the most effective policy to address corruption.
Both payers and receivers of bribes would have to pay a fine of ten times the value of the bribe, and whistle-blowers would be rewarded with the full value of the bribe.
Surprisingly, most people were not satisfied with this response. They wanted the guilty politicians imprisoned.
We promised to effectively address corruption in the most effective manner possible because we could.
However, the people wanted ‘blood’, and those skilled in political public relations gave them exactly what they were accustomed to receiving from politicians – empty promises.
The embassy has set up an alert hotline for Americans who need help:
In fact, the embassy is having employees shelter-in-place.
Here’s from the embassy’s website (bold for emphasis):
Event: Embassy employees’ movements are restricted within Port-au-Prince and elsewhere in Haiti at this time. Embassy personnel are prohibited from traveling in their personal vehicles. All Embassy staff movements must be approved by the security office in advance.
The ex-US Army Soldier in me tells me that only the top dogs in the embassy will be able to go anywhere.
Here’s some coverage of what has been going on, for the visual learners out there, from RT (notice the blame is placed on fuel prices):
The US Embassy has asked for additional security from the US Marines.
Washington (CNN)The US embassy in Haiti has requested additional US Marines and State Department security personnel to bolster security amid the riots that are taking place there, two US officials tell CNN.
The approved request includes a Marine Security Guard Augmentation Unit, consisting of approximately 13 Marines, as well as other security personnel who would reinforce members of the US Marines Corps and State Department security personnel already in place.
The Marine Security Augmentation Unit, consisting of 13 Marines, is currently in bound to Haiti according to one US military official.
- Gasoline – 38%
- Diesel 47%
- Kerosene 51%
Granted, that’s a big increase, especially for those who are already poor, but then again, are the poor in Haiti driving to the strip malls to get clearance flip-flops from Old Navy, and then stopping by Wal Mart for the latest fun-in-the-sun beach trinkets made in China?
I don’t think so.
They’re living hand to mouth.
But there’s a point here – every country has a breaking point.
And there’s a question here – what is the breaking point of the United States?
I get into arguments with people all the time about this, not about Haiti per se, but the point is the same.
They say, “Half Dollar, you’re an idiot. Venezuela is some po-dunk third-world insignificant nothing of a country and the United States is the superpower of the world”.
I get it.
However, I can’t help but think about all the people who are receiving some type of benefit from the government, as in an “entitlement”.
Whether it’s food stamps, Medicaid, Section 8, or some other direct source of assistance like that.
Then I think about all the people who get checks regularly from the US government – Veterans, elderly on Social Security, SSDI, Federal retirees.
And then I think about all those Federal employees on the payroll right now, and if you believe the numbers, according to the CBO, it really does pay to be a Federal employee (bold for emphasis):
As with its components (wages and benefits), total compensation differed by varying degrees between the federal government and the private sector over the 2011–2015 period depending on workers’ educational attainment:
- Among workers whose education culminated in a bachelor’s degree, the cost of total compensation averaged 21 percent more for federal workers than for similar workers in the private sector.
- Among workers with a high school diploma or less education, total compensation costs averaged 53 percent more for federal employees than for their private-sector counterparts.
And then I think about all this deficit spending that only seems to go up year after year.
And I think about the Fed “reducing” its balance sheet.
Rising interest rates.
And I think, could it be that inflation will be the breaking point in the United States?
I think so, but how will we know when we’re at that point?
It’s not like a 50% increase in gas prices would do it.
We’ve seen that before, in 2008.
I think it will be more of a slow burn.
That is to say, a little here inflation here, a little inflation there, some more here, and some more there, but at a point, there will simply not be enough dollars to pay for the necessities of life.
And then I see an unarmed population rioting in Haiti right now – lighting tires on fire, looting stores, throwing rocks, etc, and I think back to the militarized US police force.
And I think about a US population that’s armed to the teeth.
And then I think about all this “divide and conquer” and “identity politics”, and this talk about Civil War II.
Sure, those are big deals, but there is a huge difference between ideology and not having enough money for rent, or gas, or food.
And I can’t help but think: Where is our breaking point with inflation?
It’s like stretching a rubber band, and you know you can’t stretch it forever, and sooner or later, the rubber band will snap.
How much time to do we have before we reach that point?
One day we’ll know the answer to that question.
And it will make us wish we were on the streets of Haiti.
– Half Dollar
About the Author
U.S. Army Iraq War Combat Veteran Paul “Half Dollar” Eberhart has an AS in Information Systems and Security from Western Technical College and a BA in Spanish from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Paul dived into gold & silver in 2009 as a natural progression from the prepper community. He is self-studied in the field of economics, an active amateur trader, and a Silver Bug at heart.