by Charles Hugh Smith
Even the most distracted, fragmented tribe of the peasantry
eventually notices that they're not in the top 1%, or the
Let's posit that America will confront a Great Crisis in the next
This is the presumption
of The Fourth Turning, a 4-generational cycle of 80 years
that correlates rather neatly with the Great Crises in (North)
America of the past:
(Revolutionary War, constitutional crisis)
1861 (Civil War)
1941 (World War
II, global war)...
What will be the next
Some anticipate another
great-power war, others foresee another civil war, still others
reckon a military coup is likely, and some view a collapse of the
economy and U.S. dollar as inevitable.
While anything's possible, I propose a novel crisis unlike any in
the past, a Moral Crisis in which the people challenge
the power of the nation (and worldwide)
corrupt Ruling Elites:
not just elected
officials, but the technocrats of the Deep State
interests pillaging the nation
the New Overlords
of Big Tech
the financier New
state/corporate technocrat Nomenklatura who do the dirty
work of the Ruling Elites...
has been the absurdly easy strategy of the Ruling Elites to fragment
and disempower the citizenry.
It's child's play for the
Ruling Elites to ceaselessly promote a baker's dozen of divisive
issues via the corporate media, and then watch the resulting
conflicts split the citizenry into fragmented camps which subdivide
further with every new toxic injection.
The one issue that could unite the fragmented citizenry is moral
the Epstein case promises to
reveal, there is literally no limit on the excesses and
exploitations of the privileged few in America, no limit on what
our Ruling Elites can do with absolute impunity.
The Nobility of the
feudal era had some reciprocal obligation to its serfs; our New
Nobility has no obligation to anyone but themselves.
It is painfully obvious
that there are two sets of laws in America:
bankers can rip off
billions and never serve time, and members of the Protected
Class who sexually exploit children get a wrist-slap, if that.
Here's the sad reality:
everybody in the
Ruling Elites (in the U.S.) looked the other way:
self-described "patriots" in the Intelligence services, all
the technocrats in the Departments of Justice, State, etc.,
the Pentagon, and on and on.
Everybody with any power
knows the whole class of Ruling Elites is completely corrupt, by
to secure power in
the U.S., you have to sell your soul to the Devil, one
way or the other.
Like all Ruling Elites,
America's Elites are absolutely confident in their power:
this is hubris taken
to new heights.
That the citizenry could
finally have enough of their corrupt, self-serving Overlords does
not seem in the realm of possibility to the Protected Few.
a way to
lawyer-up and plea-bargain for a wrist-slap
a way to bend
another "patriot" (barf)
a way to offer a
bribe cloaked as a plum position in a philanthro-capitalist
NGO (non-governmental organization),
...and so on.
The possibility that moral outrage could spark a revolt seems
improbable in such a distracted culture, but consider the chart
even the most
distracted, fragmented tribe of the peasantry eventually notices
that they're not in the top 1%, or the top 0.1%, and that the
Ruling Elites have overseen an unprecedented concentration of
wealth and power into the hands of the few at the expense of the
Our Ruling Elites (worldwide)
have no idea how many of us already want to see them all in prison
jumpsuits, and they also have no idea how fast the moral revulsion
with their corrupt "leadership" might spread.
distracted, consumerist rabble from the great heights of their
wealth and power, they reckon the capacity for moral outrage is
limited, leaving them safe from any domestic crusade.
They also trust that the citizenry can be further fragmented,
further distracted, and so they will continue to be
Or worst case
scenario, a few especially venal villains will need to be
sacrificed, and then all will return to the bliss of Neofeudal
But they may have misread
the American (and worldwide) citizenry, just as
they've misread history...