BREAD & CIRCUS COLLAPSE
Bread and circuses kept the Roman population from revolting. The daily free bread is of course decried by Dittoheads. Oh, why, why must the workers support the parasites? Listen, derp-ass, the government decides to tax the workers to control the poor. It is an issue of CONTROL!!!!!! All people of all classes are greedy whores. The rich need THREE mansions each? Hating the poor is a control mechanism designed to enrich the rich, you ignorant twat. By you hating the poor, who did nothing but follow human nature being selfish and self centered, and ignoring the hump that is taxing you, you are being mentally manipulated by the government. Who is owned and operated by the rich and powerful.
If there were no taxpayers, the government would just inflate the money supply to pay for free bread ( of course, inflation is still a tax, but let that lay for now ). It NEEDS free bread. No government however oppressive has ever been able to control the masses without their consent. The price is being bribed. And it is a small price because it is impossible to train and hence hire the entire population. Too many are as worthless as boar teats and can’t be changed. Public job creation is still welfare if the jobs serve no other purpose than illusionary activity. It is cheaper to serve free food than it is to give everyone free jobs to buy that food.
So, bread and circuses are VERY important. It buys, cheaply, public order. A section eight shelter and a Food Stamp card are cheaper than a public service job, a subsidized Make Work job in the private sector, or the cost of incarcerating that person. Deal with it. We all know the Bread part of the equation long ago became problematic. We need to garrison the globe to steal the oil to keep feeding ourselves. Without oil, boom!, 99% die-off. And half our oil is imported, even after the Fracking Miracle ( he derisively quotes ). Oil is food, and food from oil is both needed by the wage drones AND the Bread eaters.
So, as part of the triage dealing with a declining resource meeting overpopulation ( just as slave soldiers lashed back at idiots getting them killed with “fragging”, I feel anyone profiting from immigration should be Lamp Post Listed ), we have already substituted food with Empty Calories ( all due respect to Market Ticker Guy, but your Wunderbar diet not being followed is not the core health issue-dead soil food is ). That is pretty bad, but throughout history malnutrition has been far more of a killer than famine is, so this is nothing new. At least we have some kind of calories.
I’m more concerned with the Circus part, at least as far as its existence helping to keep the peace as we collapse. I understand that the Fake President, King Kenya, was mostly responsible for the Black Rebellion. Okay, he ALLOWED it, he wasn’t responsible. The economic collapse of ‘09 was. I just wonder, why weren’t they better pacified? Could this be the first real social collapse brought on by Political Correctness? The cultural collapse came decades ago, with Bitches Lib. But perhaps, could the PC Black Lives Are The Only Ones That Matter in all the circuses been partially to blame?
This would be a serious indicator that the Circus part of social control has completely failed. Blacks are getting just as much of everything as before. Except pacification. Again, mostly blame Obammy. He is just a meat puppet anyway, so blame his White owners ( shut up! We are all owned by them, Whites AND Blacks and every other color ). The perception of White Fear from Blacks could have been perceived, as it always was, it didn’t have to be actually engineered. I would hazard a guess it was Unintended Consequences, as the PC foot soldiers slipped their leashes. The Kneeling Football Players is related.
I don’t blame the players. The ones who aren’t retarded at birth became that way after being concussed. But their sport team managers should have been pimpin the game for the team owners and kept the White Guilt money pouring in. Americans love football so much they didn’t mind kicking their fellow Whites under the bus to keep watching it. But the one thing they love more than football is jingoistically waving the flag with clenching sphincters and engorged nipples and by refusing to salute the flag ( metaphorically ) it gives White Haters an excuse to be closet racist. The economic backlash could endanger a key pillar in the imperial circus.
Hollywood doesn’t matter much anymore. They have downsized to fill the niche of popcorn movie special effects comic book overpriced films. Plenty of other films are shot elsewhere, cheaper, putting out superior product ( hello? Georgia? ). But the failure of broadcast TV and movie theatres is only being temporarily arrested by a little company called Netflix or Amazon. Kick out the artificial demand stock market prop that keeps them going, and a HUGE block of entertainment is suddenly endangered. Most of our eggs are all in that one basket of Internet streaming, poor pacification by circuses wise.
The Internet itself pacifies the masses, giving the illusion of freedom. The freedom to take our Soma. The Internet was always government subsidized, now foolishly financialized and propped up by the bankers through the stock market ( which looks like it could implode any time now ). Just like fracking is. How many actually realize how vulnerable everything is to another economic collapse? Anyway, old news. New news, beware the fragility of our circus mechanism of control, already fraying at the edges.
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Bread & circuses used to be only for control, some 1800 years ago. Now we've come one step further, it's about WEAPONIZING the poor.ReplyDelete
The Bread is meant to increase their numbers, section 8 is to pre-position them.
The Circus is meant to make them extra stupid and extra aggressive.
Remember that the Die-Off is not of any use if it's followed by swift repopulation. You would have to do it all over again, and again.
TPTB have to destroy the population's resilience, and resilience comes through the existence of skills (the seed) and enough reserves (the fruit around the seed).
First you have to kill the skilled people, then you kill the skills themselves, using religion against logic and common sense.
This is not a very complicated conspiracy, by the way. Jihadists and fanatics from other religions have been groomed for centuries, now they're extra salty (Evangelical churches in the US come to mind).
Of course it's a dumb plan, but remember that the people in charge now are not creators and they are very bad administrators of complex systems (they can't maintain them).
They are indeed quite primitive, this level of conspiracy here is on par with female cattiness, which is one step above simple-minded destruction through consumption and Pennies-For-Pounds economic schemes.
Parts of the populations have been weaponized, now all it takes is some leadership from Soros organizations (Black Lives Matter, anything LGBT, Euromaidan etc etc) and everything the media has been doing all along to direct these masses against the skilled & prepared.
You make it even more depressing than I :)Delete
Ave - have you read Glubb's essay "The fate of empires and the search for survival"?Delete
It's available as a pdf via a google search
@anon : I knew the name but haven't read anything from him.Delete
I will do tomorrow, many thanks !
A short read and very good. Basically what Turchin covered in his book "war & peace & war" on the cycles of empires.Delete
you are brilliant, able to see and describe the big picture.
a bit of my blinders just got a crack in it!
We've digitized our way to instant anarchy without energy.ReplyDelete
Way too many fingers have access to that switch,
We are at the point that "digital" stands for "buggy. blue screen of death. gremlins and ghosts in the machine", so it doesn't even work NOW, prior to energy loss.Delete
I can't believe how buggy computers have gotten. I used to be against gate keepers but now I think I prefer the old system (not that it was good, just better than this mess)
You know you are close to the waterfall lip when old crappy ways that portended the end of civilization are "the good old days" :)Delete
Grabbed *4* of the "Tales From The Green Valley" off youtube this morning and just now finished viewing the first one. Wow. VERY interesting stuff. Life has changed so much as to be completely different now. 100% of our lives today are convenience compared to then. Example: virtually everyone in the US can eat food in mere minutes if they want to but back then it took hours, and you knew that foods entire life cycle.ReplyDelete
**We're on a Hughes internet satelite and get free downloading from 2am to 8am so between 6am when I got up and 8am when the free period cuts off I downed 4 of the 1/2 hour shows and saved to a hard drive. Will grab 4 more tomorrow and the final 4 the day after.
In researching these shows, which are available at great cost on amazon (I think about $80 and they won't run on a US dvd player), I found mention of other similar *period* shows on amazon that I will be looking for. I'm very taken with this subject matter but must confess that I am most likely not up to the physical aspect of most of it. 30 years ago? Hell yeah. But now I'm old and ain't worth a fuk. lol
There were a lot of others on YouTube such as War Time Farm and Victorian Farm ( not sure I got the titles exact ). I know I'll be far too old to be worth a hump when I have to transition over to a three wheel bike. Or maybe I'll put trainers on my cruiser :)Delete
You'll like the first Green Valley show, for their first crop they are planting wheat. HA!Delete
Sounds like an interesting series. I might check out that Victorian Farm series instead, because that would seem more applicable to what we will be facing post collapse (and post die-off) than a recreation of the 1600’s. I know that Kurt Saxon seemed to think that life would likely revert back to the pre-oil age from what I gathered from his writings.Delete
Someone brought up a good point about the shelf life of antibiotics. Learn how to produce them now, even if they’re a less effective version. Disease took out more people during the Victorian Era than anything else. Learn primitive Antiseptic manufacturing as well.
On a somewhat related note, I recently processed a 300 year old oak tree that fell on my aunt’s farm. Even using a chainsaw and a rented 25 ton splitter, it was a royal motherf@$%er! Imagine doing this in the old days with all hand tools, and living in a really cold area where you would have to put away several cords just to get through the winter. No wonder people back then only lived to be 45 or 50. The important lesson to take away here however is that the collapse is not an older man’s game, and I seriously doubt that any of these modern millennial pussies will survive either.
No, not an old pussies game at all. We need to seriously rely on oil age investments ( NOT consumables ) to get through. I know Kurt loved the idea of 19th century tech, but I argue that lack of coal, small hydro or minable ores preclude this. I think 400 years ago is actually more realistic. Can't hurt to know 150 year old tech, but it is going to have a variable application, so know minimal metal or industrial also.Delete
GS-I loved the wheat segment! And, all things considered, not as hugely labor intensive as I had imagined. Putting on the cowbarn roof ( episode 2 ) looked to be far worse.Delete
"The Internet itself pacifies the masses, giving the illusion of freedom. The freedom to take our Soma."ReplyDelete
Exactly we can take the color, flavor, shape, etc, Soma we want when and how we want with the great distractor of the internet. Those of us who prep even have stockpiles of 'soma' hidden away for later consumption - there is a move on to trim the fat of the internet and put it on more renewable energy sources and increase its energy efficiency to the point that is practical for much of the internet. I hope this can actually increase the resilience of the internet to the point it is some of the last trans-local infrastructure to collapse. I like the internet and find the form of Soma known as 'information/education' to be the best distraction.
We all loves our "info/edu" soma. We know it is bad and consume anyway. TV Redux. However, given the universal 100% infrastructure neglect for profit, expect nothing insofar as longevity.Delete
@ JJ GreyDelete
Years ago (and I do mean years) when I was a libertarian (how I laugh at myself) I supported the creation of a new internet platform. Basically everyone owns device that acts like a wifi that connects to other wifi creating an internet. The idea was it would be a network that governments couldn't control. The initial stages were to go to despotic states
I don't know what happened to that but I did sink some money into it because I wanted that to work
The good ol years when we thought politics could solve problems. Seems like that made up about 99% of the 'zines movement.Delete
Anon ~@ 1:57Delete
I am pretty sure I heard that the project was still moving ahead but now branded as internet access for very remote poor places. That the biggest issue was the final internet connection 'pipe' would be easily swamped by any except the smallest internet access (no streaming media, not even video or music IIRC). but good still for text.