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Next Recession, Next Depression

Sunday, September 20, 2020

The Next Depression Part 62 - Fighting Back

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The answer is not replacing one set of political puppets with another set of political puppets, but for regular people to begin localizing their own production and trade - to decouple from dependency on the existing system and start their own system. Only through this, and the removal of the globalist tumor from its position of power and influence, will anything ever change for the better.
- Zealots

America’s political system was long the envy of the world. It advanced the public interest and gave rise to a grand history of policy innovations that fostered both economic and social progress. Today, however, our political system has become the major barrier to solving nearly every important challenge our nation needs to address.
- U.S. Political System Has Been Hijacked

Dual power is a strategy that builds liberated spaces and creates institutions grounded in direct democracy. Together these spaces and institutions expand into the ever widening formation of a new world in the shell of the old. As the movement grows more powerful, it can engage in ever larger confrontations with the ruling classand ultimately a contest for legitimacy against the institutions of capitalist society.
- Dual-Power Society

Fighting evictions: The 1930s and now

By Michael R. McBrearty
Monthly Review
September 2, 2020

The Current Crisis

It is almost impossible to overstate the gravity of the housing crisis now facing our society. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its resultant mass layoffs, according to the Pulse Survey of the Census Bureau, 20 percent of U.S. tenants could not pay their rent in July. One in three U.S. renters do not know if they will be able to pay their landlord in August. Out of the 110 million Americans who pay rent for housing, by 2021, some 30 to 40 million will face eviction. Such mass homelessness would be an unprecedented social catastrophe with possible revolutionary consequences.

Do not be fooled by any “moratorium on evictions possibly ordered by Donald Trump. Proving once again the lack of honor among thieves, the president is quite willing to temporarily sacrifice his oldest political allies and base - the real estate and construction magnates - for the sake of his possible reelection. But any moratorium is only a temporary putting-off of the reckoning. As one mega-landlord put it, eventually his tenants will have to pay him all their back rent, and then where will they get the money?

The workers will necessarily need to demand a cancellation of that debt and a permanent freeze on evictions in response. In 2008, during the last economic crisis, millions lost properties to foreclosure. Though low income, they were, at least to some extent, people with something to lose. In the 2021 crisis, in contrast, the renters thrown out on the street will have nothing to lose. The class question will be posed most starkly. One side, one class or the other, must win or lose.

Across the nation, the fight for housing security has already become a part of the general struggle against inequality made possible by the epochal rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. And that makes sense. Nationally, 80 percent of evictions are against people of color. The most frequent victim of housing displacement is a woman of color with children. In New York in 2018, for example, according to Census Bureau figures, the zip codes with the highest number of evictions - all in the Bronx or Brooklyn - were all minority neighborhoods.

As Brooklyn’s Crown Heights Tenants Association put it in a July 4 statement of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, “the fights to Cancel Rent and Defund the Police” [are] deeply interconnected. If NYC [New York City] and NYS [New York State] elected officials do not cancel rent, it will be clear that they do not value Black lives, despite whatever posturings they may do.”

The severity of the sudden pandemic has forced the rulers to grant payment moratoriums in forty-three states. Yet there have already been signs of pushback. These are straws in the wind of the hurricane of resistance that is sure to come. Last Wednesday, for example, in Downtown Brooklyn, a direct action was carried out by Crown Heights Tenants Association activists. Assembling outside Eviction Court, disregarding New York Police Department cops and rent-a-cops, they marched into buildings containing two law firms representing landlords and then into the Brooklyn Borough Hall. They carried placards that spelled out their demands “Cancel Rent” and “Shut Down Evictions” - and generated wide publicity for their message: Brooklyn residents, join the struggle against greedy landlords and take the streets!”

In another instance in Crown Heights, on July 7 residents spontaneously intervened to prevent the illegal eviction of eleven queer women of color from a house they rented. The women are in their 30s and 20s, working service jobs. After losing employment due to the pandemic, the tenants decided collectively to go on rent strike. They did not pay their rent for May or June. Then, in the first week of July, without warning, the landlords arrived - a wealthy local white businessman and his ex-wife - with their three children, two dogs, and several maintenance men. Cursing the tenants and shouting for them to get out, the owners tossed the womens’ mattresses and other belongings out on the street.

Fortunately, the shocked tenants resisted. They were able to contact Equality for Flatbush, a local grassroots group. (This organization, led by people of color, declares their goals to be the ending of police murders and the displacement of their community’s longtime residents.) Equality for Flatbush supporters quickly organized a protest online. Soon, about one hundred activists were on the scene, surrounding the house and chanting “Go home!” at the invading property owners. The landlord and his entourage left.

Later, a group of locksmiths arrived, saying that the owner had sent them. They attempted to change the locks, but were prevented from doing so by the protesters, who stood with locked arms to protect the premises. Thanks to the tenants and activists’ ability to make use of social media, wide - and sympathetic - media coverage resulted from the spontaneous direct action.

The 1930s: The Battle of the Bronx

In Ralph Ellisons great novel Invisible Man, his never-named protagonist, newly arrived in 1930s Harlem, took part in anon-spontaneous rent resistance action. He joined a crowd returning an old woman’s furniture that had been put out on the street. He narrated: “We rushed into the little apartment… and put the pieces down and returned for more. Men, women and children seized articles and dashed inside shouting, laughing.”

Suddenly, he was surprised to see a white man helping them and, out on the street, several more whites, women and men, were “cheering whenever another piece of furniture was returned.” The shocked Invisible Man asked, “Who are those people? You mean those ofays… We’re friends of the people, one of the white men called.” They all joined the crowd and started lugging the evicted articles back inside.

Of course, the mysterious “ofays” were members of “the Brotherhood,” Ellison’s Cold War code name for the Communist Party USA. Communists were often participants or leaders of such neighborhood protests. So identified was the Party with eviction resistance that, according to Fraser M. Ottanellis The Communist Party of the United States, one resident, upon receiving her eviction notice, immediately told her children: גRun quick and find the Reds!

To help families threatened with cutoffs from utilities, Communists organized Ӕelectric squads or Ӕgas squads to turn the power and heat back on. Unemployed Council members became experts in reconnecting cut off electric or gas linesӔmeter jumps.ה

In the early 1930s, the fight against mass evictions was not separate from struggles against widespread hunger and mass unemployment. Though not shadowed as we are today by the fear of epidemic disease, the crisis of the Great Depression was worse than ours in certain respects: the unemployment payment was not $600 or $400 a week, but $0 a week. Such basics of the social safety net as social security pensions, a federal minimum wage, or a system of unemployment insurance were radical goals yet to be won.

On March 6, 1930, more than a million U.S. workers took part in an International Unemployment Day. Organized by the Communist Party under the dramatic slogan Fight! Don’t Starve!, demonstrators in cities across the nation demanded immediate federal payments for the unemployed or home relief.

In response to the 1930s economic crisis, the Communists’ strategy was to recruit the refuse of capitalist society, the reserve army of the unemployed, nationwide, into Unemployed Councils. In Chicago alone, for example, the group had forty-five local branches with more than twenty thousand members. In Chicago on July 4, 1930, 1,320 delegates assembled to form the first National Unemployed Council. The Reds built their movement on the breadlines and soup kitchens, in the flop houses and the crowds outside factory gates - these insulted and injured were the people they sought to recruit. The Communist organizers believed that the army of workers needed to liberate their class must be recruited from among the workers themselves.

Ottanelli quotes the Communist Steve Nelson on how a typical Council was organized:

Some organizers had approached a group of workers they heard “complaining about the relief that they were receiving and the discrimination in handling the relief.” The workers help draw up a leaflet, distribute it and organize a first meeting. The next step was to circulate a petition… listing their demands. Soon, an Unemployment Council was formed.

The degree of resistance achieved by this strategy was epitomized by one incident of a Depression-era housing struggle in New York remembered as the Battle of the Bronx. In January 1932, due to the economic crisis, a Bronx Unemployed Council voted to support a rent strike at several large apartment buildings. In those days, rent strikes and evictions were tied together. This was because pro and lord judges automatically approved notices of evictions to tenant strike leaders.

But when the New York Police Department and city marshals arrived at the first building to evict seventeen tenants, they were met by a furious crowd of more than four thousand local residents. When the cops started to move out the first of the furniture, the “mob” attacked them, pitting sticks and fists against the police clubs. They almost prevailed, until more police reinforcements arrived. At this point, the landlord gave in, promising a rent reduction and no more attempts to evict tenants. The Bronx Home News reported: When news of the settlement reached the crowd, they promptly began chanting the Internationale, and waving their copies of the Daily Worker. By later that year, there were Communist-organized rent strikes carried out in poor neighborhoods across New York. In the Bronx alone, there were more than two hundred buildings out on strike. As Mark Naison, professor of history at Fordham University in the Bronx, has written,

“Using their networks… in fraternal organizations,” women’s clubs and left-wing trade unions, aided by younger comrades from the high schools and colleges, Communists were able to mobilize formidable support for buildings that were out on strike, and to force police to empty the station houses to carry out evictions.

These interventions were both numerous and effective. Between November 1931 and June 1932, New York had some 186,000 evictions. But many were unevicted by popular force. According to Richard Boyer and Herbert Morais in Labors Untold Story, Ԓ77,000 of these families were moved back into their premises by the people of the Unemployed Council.

What did the 1930s resistance movement have that we lack today? Mainly, two factors. First, they possessed a unifying, scientific, revolutionary ideology: Marxist-Leninism. And, second, they maintained a strong, stable organization with principled, working-class leadership.

But the 2020 movement is young and will learn from experience. Like the mythological giant Antaeus who drew his strength from the earth, the eviction resistance movement will grow strong to the extent that it bases itself on the overwhelming majority of the common people, the multiracial, multinational, multigender working class.

About Michael R. McBrearty

Michael R. McBrearty is a disabled worker living in Manhattan. He has earned an M.F.A. from Columbia University. He is currently working on a cultural history of the ‘lost world’ of the American Communist movement of the 1930s and 1940s. He can be reached at redallover49 [at] gmail.com.

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A Call for the Formation of Neighborhood Action Collectives in PDX and Beyond

By Anonymous
It’s Going Down
September 8, 2020

What would building dual-power on a neighborhood level look like? Symbiosis offers a proposal for a way forward.

If the current system doesn’t work, then what is the alternative? How do we get there? We do not believe meaningful police reform is possible. We know that the politicians, the puppets of the state, will never deliver justice, just more two-faced lies, hollow promises and movement hi-jacking. What we need is system change. Until then, everyday more youth of color are murdered and locked up by the state, and more protestors against this violence are run-over with trucks or mowed down by fascist’s bullets. In Portland some black mothers in the movement have called for the opening of a new front of struggle, taking the fight to the neighborhoods where we live. We agree and recognize the necessity of building a long-term community based dual-power, to render the police, the state and the capitalist class they serve obsolete through neighborhood organizing.

A dual-power strategy is one that focuses on developing an alternative directly-democratic self-governing social structure. One that consists of a diversity of communal social and economic institutions, existing in parallel opposition to the state and capitalism, that meets the daily material and political needs of the people. The state is the army, the navy, the police departments, the prisons and what have you. All the institutions of the state are intrinsically linked, simply removing one bad apple doesnt solve the problem, we need to throw away the whole basket.

Underlying the nation-state is a colonial system dependent upon the domination of various tribal, ethnic and cultural groups and forcing their compliance to maintain its existence. We believe in the principle of oppressed communities absolute right to self-determination. The realization of this principle entails the unraveling of the nation-state, and the subsequent end to racialized violence that holds it together.  As such, through Neighborhood Action Collectives, we are working to form a dual-power capable of revolutionary change through advancing the self-organization and federation of our region’s diverse communities. In defiance of the capitalist world-system and in solidarity with oppressed peoples’ struggles everywhere, we invite you to join us in building a network of Neighborhood Action Collectives (NACs) across Portland and beyond.

NACs are semi-autonomous neighborhood affinity groups who spark the infrastructure in their locals to build community based dual-power; including everything from alternatives to police, neighborhood mutual-aid projects, urban food-growing programs, direct-actions and community assemblies. NACs, as a particular form of neighborhood organizing, first arose in the people’s response to the 2016 presidential election. Communities in Seattle, Portland, Eugene and elsewhere came together to generate neighborhood projects to meet the crisis. At that time, NACs formed to facilitate self-defense classes, community projects to stop deportations, defend houseless neighbors from vigilante attacks, and to transform neighborhood associations into contested spaces of radical transformation.

Portland has a deep history of revolutionary neighborhood organizing stemming from the foundation of the Portland Black Panther Party who, in response to continual racist police violence in the 1960s, fought for the autonomy of the Albina neighborhood (see Why We Must Abolish All Mayors for a more in-depth history). We believe that carrying further the torch of this local revolutionary tradition, and integrating the lessons hard learned over the years, offers the best solutions we have to the ever escalating crisis rooted in this state of dominion we endure. NACs present a strategy for new and existing affinity groups, mutual-aid crews and organizations to take on a broader collaborative effort towards the building of a revolutionary infrastructure needed to consolidate our movement to effectively meet our goals of real systemic change.

By forming NACs in neighborhoods across the city we can combine efforts to create food resiliency, coordinate the access of material needs for all the peoples inhabiting this region, create police free zones, form neighborhood communes and assemblies. We must build an entrenched patchwork of permanent autonomous-zones. With our combined efforts we can form a new directly-democratic form of communal self-governance to supplant our current city government’s oppressive state structure.

War was declared upon the oppressed people of this country long ago. Now is the time to kick the cops out of our city, neighborhood by neighborhood, block by block. Heading into November we have to prepare for the worst.  The re-election of Trump means exponential increase of police and right-wing terrorism against our communities. The election of Biden would only mean a delaying of the fascist executioners blade, as the machine of capitalist modernity continues it’s immiseration of all society to benefit the billionaires of the world. Our future is either to make revolution or face global annihilation. The revolution will not only be made in the streets but through the daily work we must do to change our material and social relations between each other and our planet. Teargas Ted will not keep us safe from the inevitable march towards fascism of the federal government. We keep us safe. It’s up to us to make the changes we want to see in the world, and if we do not make the long-term commitments to revolutionary community organizing needed to see it through, then who will?

Find out MORE about how to form a NAC in your neighborhood and check out our many guides and resources on how you can get organized today.

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

The Global Police State Is Swiftly Rising

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The Global Police State Is Swiftly Rising

By Brandon Smith
Alt-Market
September 10, 2020

There is always an excuse for the enforcement of totalitarian restrictions on the public. There is always a reason.  And, often these reasons are engineered to sound logical and practical at the time.

In Germany after WWI and into the early 1930s Bolshevik activists and the German Communist Party (KPD) engaged in aggressive economic sabotage, street violence and even assassinations. This along with the Great Depression led to German middle class support for the National Socialist Party and the Third Reich (fascism).  Much of history’s focus is on the horrors of the Nazis, but many people are unaware of the extreme threat of communist revolution in Europe during this era, a threat which was used by the Nazis as a perfect rationale for constructing a police state. Arguably, without the existence of hardline communism, the fascists never would have had the public support needed to rise to power.

In Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution, the Cheka secret police were established in the name of preventing “counter-revolution.” This is an interesting aspect common to communism in particular; they desperately cling to the narrative that THEY are the “revolutionaries”, even when they have all the power. Thus, the revolution never ends because there are always people who disagree with communism. Anyone who refuses to comply with Marxist mandates becomes an imperialist enemy and bogeyman, and is held up as an example of why the revolution must perpetually continue. The police state must exist forever to root out the evil classists lurking in the shadows.

During the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak, a virus with a much higher death rate among younger Americans compared to today’s coronavirus, major US cities such as New Orleans instituted martial law measures and lockdowns on the economy; closing schools, churches, public transportation, and places of leisure. Of course, despite claims in the wake of Covid, these measures did LITTLE TO NOTHING to stop the spread of the virus and the public became frustrated with their inability to function in the day-to-day economy (sound familiar). The population began to rebel against restrictions that were leading to financial decay, and there was little governments could do about it.

I’ve noticed that the mainstream media has attempted in the past six months to rewritethe history of the Spanish Flu as if martial law measures were a success, even though ultimately the flu ran its natural course in the majority of US cities. Infections and deaths continued unabated until the virus burned itself out and disappeared (no working vaccine was ever produced though there were many failed attempts based on the assumption that the disease was bacterial). Martial law actions only served to drag out the timeline of the virus.

One could argue that a hundred years ago governments did not have the same tools at their disposal as they do now. But are we really that much further ahead? Virologists have been working on an effective SARS vaccine for almost two decades WITH LITTLE SUCCESS; the idea that they could come up with a working vaccine for Covid in the span of a year (as many governments are suggesting) seems absurd. HISTORY SHOWS US that when vaccines are rushed into production by authorities, very bad things happen.

Regardless of lockdown measures, infection rates continue to climb in many nations, thereby justifying EVEN LONGER or more frequent lockdowns. This creates an endless cycle of economic instability which the public cannot endure, and many people are beginning to wonder what purpose of the pandemic restrictions serve? It’s obviously not to slow the virus and save lives as an effective vaccine is unlikely to be developed in time for the lockdowns to matter. But, if you wanted to quickly implement a totalitarian system, then using a global health threat as justification might be the ticket.

The problem for the establishment will be this: How can they keep the tyranny going once they have it? Ultimately, for a totalitarian system to work it NEEDS a large portion of the public to support it on principle. The public has to believe that the loss of their liberties is necessary to their survival for the long term.

What I find most interesting is the disparity in response to the two sides of the crisis today. Just as in the early part of the 20th century, we have a communist uprising as well as global pandemic that the public is growing increasingly suspicious of. How the government treats each problem is obviously different.

For example, the law enforcement response to the BLM and ANTIFA riots has been rather subdued and passive. I was in Pittsburgh for the G20 event in 2009 and I can tell you from experience that the police response was VICIOUS AND HIGHLY COORDINATED, and this was against groups that were doing nothing more that chanting slogans in the street without a permit from the city (the city government only gave out ONE protest permit while the G20 were present in Pittsburgh).

There was no rioting and minimal damage to private property, yet law enforcement deployed full force measures including Spartan formations, sound cannons, rubber bullets and armored vehicles. Watch video footage of the G20 in Pittsburgh and then compare it to the riots in Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, New York, etc. It should become clear to you that for some reason police are being ordered to hold back the majority of the time.

Another glaring issue is the media response to the riots. They refer to the protests as exclusively peaceful despite mass looting, destruction of private property and violence. They treat BLM as sacrosanct and untouchable and act as an attack dog against anyone criticizing the actions of the organization. The issue of social distancing and virus spread is dismissed or ignored when it comes to BLM.

By extension, examine the mainstream media response to the protests against coronavirus lockdown restrictions. No riots, no looting, no violence on the part of conservative and moderate protesters, yet the media demonizes them as if they are a threat to the very fabric of our society. Look at how quick authorities have been to arrest people who refuse to follow lockdown restrictions, and take into account how aggressive arrests have been in other countries like Australia, Spain or the UK for doing nothing more than posting messages on Facebook or not wearing a mask on the street.

I think my point here is clear: The establishment supports social justice violence and unrest, and is cracking down hard on any resistance to medical tyranny. The hypocrisy is evident.

But this brings up some questions; such as why they are so keen to allow the BLM riots to continue? As noted at the beginning of this article, I think the strategy is evident It’s a two pronged attempt, a bait and switch: If the Marxists are successful and meet little resistance from the public then they will tear down the current system, and THE ELITIST INSTITUTIONS THAT FUND THEM like George Soros’s Open Society Foundation and the Ford Foundation will use the opportunity to build an Orwellian collectivist society from the ashes.

On the other hand, as in Germany in the 1930s, the civil unrest caused by hard left groups could also convince the general public that martial law measures are an acceptable solution and make them willing to sacrifice constitutional protections in order to rid themselves of the threat. There have been examples of this recently when federal agents initiated black bagging of protester in Portland using unmarked vans; all I saw from most conservatives was cheering. This would undoubtedly lead to a long term totalitarian structure that, once again, benefits the elites that inhabit every aspect of government INCLUDING TRUMP’S WHITE HOUSE.

In both cases, the power elites get what they want - a police state.

In terms of the pandemic response, a police state is already being established in many nations, and with most Western people’s predominantly disarmed there is little chance they will be able to resist the crackdown that will ensue as they try to protest the restrictions. But what about in America?

This is why it does not surprise me that the BLM riots are being encouraged so openly in the US. Look at it this way: If the elites cannot get us to go along with medical tyranny for fear of sparking an armed uprising from conservatives with actual training and ability, then they figure maybe they can trick us into supporting martial law in the name of defeating the political left.

The only solution is to refuse to support either option. We must repel the establishment of medical tyranny and stand against any overstep of state and federal governments against the constitution when it comes to protests. Riots and looting can be dealt with, and dealt with within the confines of the Bill of Rights. Also, once again I would point out that in almost every place where armed citizens organize and take up security measures in their communities the protests remain peaceful, or they don’t happen at all.

There is no legitimate excuse for a police state. There is always another way. Anyone that tells you different has an agenda of their own.

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Friday, September 04, 2020

The Next Depression Part 61 - Economy Unravelling II

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The Economy Continues To Unravel Despite All Stimulus Measures

By Brandon Smith
Economic Collapse
September 3, 2020

Since the pandemic lockdowns were first implemented in the US I have been more concerned with the government and central bank response than the virus itself. As I have NOTED IN PAST ARTICLES, the pandemic restrictions and subsequent economic and social crisis events they help to create will cause far more deaths than Covid-19 ever will. Not only that, but the actions of the Federal Reserve continue to con the American public into believing that there is some kind of plan to stop the crash that THEY engineered.

The only agenda of the Fed is to increase the pain in the long term; they have no intention of actually preventing any disaster.

This is evidenced in comments by voting members of the Fed, including Neel Kashkari who recently argued for the enforcement of HARD LOCKDOWNS FOR AT LEAST SIX WEEKS in the US, all because the US savings rate was going up. Meaning, because Americans are saving more in order to protect themselves from economic fallout, Kashkari thinks we should be punished with an economic shutdown that would force us to spend whatever we have been able to save.

Do you see how that works?

Fed members and government officials demand hard lockdowns, depleting public savings and destroying small businesses. Then, the public has to beg the Fed and the government for more and more stimulus measures so that they can survive. The people and the system become dependent on a single point of support - fiat money creation and welfare. Yet, the evidence suggests that this strategy is failing to do much of anything except stall the inevitable for a very short time.

If the goal was really to reduce the pain of the pandemic as much as possible, then the strategy should be to keep the economy as open as possible and let the virus run its course.  By initiating lockdowns, all we are doing is extending the economic damage over the span of years instead of months.  We can deal with the comparatively minimal deaths associated with the virus; we cannot handle the disaster that is about to befall the financial system.

The small business sector appears to be the most fragile element of the economy right now. The PPP loans that were supposed to shore up small businesses failed miserably, with data showing only 13% to 19% of applicants getting a loan of any kind. Over 64% of small businesses that received a loan are also worried about being approved for loan forgiveness. In other words, of the few small business owners that got a PPP loan more than half do not have the ability to pay the loan back if they end up not qualifying for exemption.

This problem does not seem to be affecting the corporate sector, however. International companies are enjoying incredible cash infusions from the Fed through overnight loans as well as Fed stimulus propping up stock markets (at least for now). Tech companies in particular are enjoying a rush of investment as the assumption in the daytrading world is that the central bank will not allow these companies to fail.

Maybe they are right, but stock markets today DO NOT reflect the health of our system in any way. Stock tickers are a placebo, a Pavlovian trigger for the public, a tool to make people believe that the situation is improving merely because share values are going up. This is not the case.

Small businesses in the US account for around 50% of all employment and job creation. They are a vital part of the economy. Yet, government and central bank measures seem to have left them out in the cold to die.

To be sure, the $600 weekly unemployment enhancement created through the CARES Act passed in March did boost consumer spending, primarily on durable goods such as computers, TVs, cellphones, etc. Spending on services declined though, which is where the majority of small businesses make their money. And, considering the fact that most durable goods are manufactured overseas, this means that the majority of stimulus dollars that went to consumers did not go into the US economy, but foreign exporters like China.

Now, the unemployment enhancement has ended and its return is in question. It will be interesting to see if the boost to purchases of goods will continue without that extra $600 weekly stimulus. Consumer SPENDING ROSE IN JULY BY 1.9%, but this was already a weak print compared to the increases during the previous two months.

Unemployment numbers have declined due to soft reopenings in numerous states, and at the very least some part-time jobs appear to be returning, but nowhere near the level needed to erase the MILLIONS OF JOBS LOST SINCE FEBRUARY after the initial lockdowns began. If you count U-6 measurements and unemployed people who have been removed from the rolls for being jobless for too long, the REAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS CLOSER TO 30% of working age Americans. This is essentially Great Depression levels of joblessness.

US GDP has CONTINUED TO DECLINE BY 32% according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (despite statistical rigging by the Fed and government agencies), and while it’s possible that stimulus slowed the effects of GDP loss, there is no indication what the trillions of dollars created by the Fed have actually bought other than a few months of time and a massive bubble in the stock market.

The economy cannot survive extreme lockdown conditions for any length of time, let alone almost two more months. And, if you want to know what it means when elites in government and central banking call for a “hard lockdown”, just look at Level 4 restrictions in places like Australia and New Zealand, where only one person can leave home at any given time, can only travel 3 miles from home and only for food and supplies, and anyone caught not wearing a mask is subject to arrest or a $10,000 fine.

THIS MOTHER in Melbourne, Australia was arrested because of a Facebook post calling for protests over the lockdown restrictions.  She later had to take the post down and offered an apology, saying she did not know it was illegal to post such statements on social media.

Yeah, this kind of Orwellian response will do wonders for any economic recovery, and this is what Kashkari is calling for in the US.  Its almost as if the Fed and certain politicians WANT a financial collapse in America.

The REAL solution is to stop the lockdown restrictions altogether. If the goal is truly to protect as many American lives as possible for the “greater good,” then the pandemic response must stop. Luckily, it seems that more and more people are beginning to see through the facade and are rejecting the restrictions. Even in Europe and Australia there have been some signs of protest and rebellion. The problem is that, at least in terms of the economy, it may be too late.

We have to consider the fact that once a large portion of the business sector (like small businesses) takes a massive hit like the one they have suffered over the past several months, many such businesses and jobs will simply not come back. There are many reasons for this, but primarily its a matter of debt. The average small business owner carries almost $200,000 in debt for 3-5 years before he reaches profitability or breaks even. This is assuming that there are no major economic catastrophes in that time.

With the pandemic, the riots, the restrictions, etc., businesses will have to take on much more debt with little guarantee of recovery in the next few years let alone the next few months.  Chapter 11 business bankruptcies in the US rose over 26% in the first half of 2020 alone.

Even if lockdown restrictions were completely eradicated tomorrow, a large number of businesses would go bankrupt anyway.  The “Retail Apocalypse” has been growing over the past decade, LONG before the coronavirus was on issue.  Thousands of businesses shut down last year and tens of thousands more are slated to close this year.  The virus and lockdowns simply accelerated the existing decline.

This is why large banks are cutting off loans to business owners and consumers right now; they know exactly where all this is headed.

Banks act as middlemen for the PPP loans financed by the Fed, yet those loans are not getting to most businesses. Banks have also cut CREDIT CARD LENDING in the past few months, and general lending has crashed. All of this despite low interest rates for banks receiving stimulus injections from the Fed. Where is all of the money going? They are keeping it for themselves, buying up hard assets as well as propping up the stock market. As noted above, the elites have NO INTENTION of saving the economy, only themselves.

If the stimulus is not getting to the main-street economy then the only purpose it serves is to give the public a false sense of comfort. The people who gain the most from the ongoing pandemic chaos are establishment elites that want severe restrictions on personal liberty.  Not to mention, the virus and lockdowns offer a convenient scapegoat for the financial crisis that was already brewing due to central bank mismanagement of stimulus, inflation and interest rates. The bottom line is, the banks do not want the crisis to end.  Why would they?  The longer the panic continues, the more they benefit.

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Thursday, September 03, 2020

The Awakening Part 17 - 7 Trillion Bailout

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“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”
- 1984, George Orwell

U.S. CENTRAL BANKERS STOLE $7 TRILLION AFTER GOVERNMENT LOCKED PEOPLE DOWN

By Mac Slavo
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June 22, 2020

While the mainstream media focuses on WHICH senile sycophant will be the bankers puppet for the next four years, the central banks are destroying what’s left of the economy and sovereignty to usher in the New World Order.  The election is all just a distraction from the REAL ENEMY; the banking cabal that runs the world and has already selected the next president.

The mainstream media seems to be part of a propaganda operation that is trying to change the conversation right now from what really matters, which is that the most powerful banking cabal in the world the people who essentially own and operate the government of the United States, the West, and most of the world.  And if anyone dares to point out the New World Order is being forced on us right in front of our eyes while Donald Trump, who swore he’d “drain the swamp” is still occupying the White House, the cognitive dissonance rears its ugly head.

The truth is that Trump has only helped enrich the bankers and the elitists with the constant passage of MORE STIMULUS TO COVER THE CENTRAL BANK COLLAPSE. Those central bankers stole at least $7 trillion, primarily from poor people during the government-forced COVID-19 lockdown which destroyed small businesses all over the world. Poor people all over this planet are now starving while the fat cats in Washington rest easy after the printing of unlimited money for the world’s biggest wealthiest bankers. It bailed them out of their debt crisis and gave them the right to give themselves and their friends as much money as they want by printing it out of thin air and they are doing that even as we speak.

It will also be convenient to repossess all the land and building when those payments to the banks are not made later this year. The fact that people cannot see that the New World Order is progressing at a rapid rate and Donald Trump isn’t even putting speed bumps in the way is alarming, in and of itself.

This is the biggest robbery in the history of the world, and ordinary people are suffering horribly. They were locked down and they felt like they couldn’t breathe. Their economic lives have been destroyed. They feel like they couldn’t breathe.

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And so then suddenly, just at the moment when they should have risen up and revolt and stormed Wall Street, stormed Washington, DC and overthrown these thieves who just conducted the biggest robbery in the history of the world, suddenly this conversation changes to race, and the ordinary working white people and black people are being turned against each other, talking about race, rather than this robbery, conducted under the premeditated pretext of a COVID pandemic which was almost certainly manufactured in a biological warfare lab, under the direction of the very bankers who have stolen six, seven or more trillion dollars based on this pandemic which they obviously plotted out in great detail ahead of time, as part of an effort for them to centralize their wealth and power to stop the rise of China by blowing up the globalized world economy that is the engine of China’s rise and to allow them to impose a top-down police state on the people of the West so they can be ready to continue to centralize and strengthen their control of the West and the world. That’s what COVID really was. And they’ve changed the conversation to race so that we don’t notice it.

Wake up while you still can! I’ve been saying since the beginning of this nonsense that the only way to stop it is to DISOBEY THE IMMORAL orders of government (which, at this point, is almost every single order and law passed) and make every preparation you can to leave the system. The system they set up of centralized control and power over everyone requires you to have faith in it and participate.  It cannot work when people remove their compliance and leave their Matrix.

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Beyond the economic damage that has been already been caused by the political reaction to the epidemic, an even greater tragedy lurks: the loss of fundamental human rights and of our individual freedom. Given the MODERN METHODS of SURVEILLANCE, a new kind of totalitarianism would surpass all the horrors that are known from past dictatorial regimes.
- Diseases Are Bad. Government-Forced Shutdowns Are Often Worse, Mises Institute, March 24, 2020

“We are imperfect mortal beings, aware of that mortality even as we push it away, failed by our very complication, so wired that when we mourn our losses we also mourn, for better or for worse, ourselves. As we were. As we are no longer. As we will one day not be at all.”
- The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion

From Lockdowns to “The Great Reset”

By Antony P. Mueller
Mises Institute
August 1, 2020

The lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has ACCELERATED the implementation of long-held plans to establish a so-called new world order. Under the auspices of the WORLD ECONIC FORUM (WEF), global policymakers are advocating for a ”GREAT RESET” with the intent of creating a global technocracy. It is not by coincidence that on October 18, 2019, in New York City the WEF participated in ”EVENT 201” at the “high-level” pandemic exercise organized by the JOHN HOPKINS CENTER FOR HEALTH SECURITY.

This coming technocracy involves close cooperation between the heads of the digital industry and of governments. With programs such as guaranteed minimum income and healthcare for all, the new kind of governance combines strict societal control with the promise of comprehensive social justice.

The truth, however, is that this new world order of digital tyranny comes with a comprehensive social credit system. The Peoples Republic of China is the pioneer of this method of surveillance and control of individuals, corporations, and sociopolitical entities.

For the individual, one’s identity is reduced to an app or chip that registers almost any personal activity. In order to gain a few individual rights, and be it only to travel to a certain place, a person must balance such apparent privileges with his submission to a web of regulations that define in detail what is “good behavior” and deemed as beneficial to humankind and the environment. For example, during a pandemic, this sort of control would extend from the obligation of wearing a mask and practicing social distancing to having specific vaccinations in order to apply for a job or to travel.

It is, in short, a type of SOCIAL ENGINEERING which is the opposite of a spontaneous order or of development. Like the mechanical engineer with a machine, the social engineeror technocrat - treats society as an object. Different from the brutal suppressions by the totalitarianism of earlier times, the modern social engineer will try to make the social machine work on its own according to the design. For this purpose, the social engineer must apply the laws of society the way the mechanical engineer follows the laws of nature. Behavioral theory has reached a stage of knowledge that makes the dreams of social engineering possible. The machinations of social engineering operate not through brute force, but subtly by NUDGE.

Under the order envisioned by the Great Reset, the advancement of technology is not meant to serve the improvement of the conditions of the people but to submit the individual to the tyranny of a technocratic state. “The experts know better” is the justification.

The Agenda

The plan for an overhaul of the world is the brainchild of an elite group of businessmen, politicians, and their intellectual entourage that used to meet in Davos, Switzerland, in January each year. Brought into existence in 1971, the World Economic Forum has become a megaglobal event since then. More than three thousand leaders from all over the world attended the MEETING IN 2020.

Under the guidance of the WEF, the AGENDA of the Great Reset says that the completion of the TRANSHUMANISM” is part of the program.

THE GREAT RESET will be the theme of the fifty-first meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2021. Its agenda is the commitment to move the world economy toward “a more fair, sustainable and resilient future.” The program calls for a new “social contract” that is centered on racial equality, social justice, and the protection of the nature. Climate change requires us to “decarbonize the economy” and “to bring human thinking and behavior into harmony with nature.” The aim is “to build more equal, inclusive and sustainable economies.” This new world order must be “urgently” implemented, the promotors of the WEF claim, and they point out that “the pandemic has laid bare the unsustainability of our system,” which “lacks social cohesion.”

The WEF’s great reset project is social engineering at the highest level. Advocates of the reset contend that the UN failed to establish order in the world and could not advance forcefully its agenda of sustainable development - known as AGENDA 2030 - because of its bureaucratic, slow, and contradictory way of working. In contrast, the actions of the organizational committee of the World Economic Forum are swift and smart. When a consensus has been formed, it CAN BE IMPLEMENTED BY THE GLOBAL ELITE ALL OVER THE WORLD.

Social Engineering

The ideology of the World Economic Forum is neither left nor right, nor progressive or conservative, it is also not fascist or communist, but outright TECHNOCRATIC. As such, it includes many elements of earlier collectivist ideologies.

In recent decades, the consensus has emerged at the annual Davos meetings that the world needs a revolution, and that reforms have taken too long. The members of the WEF envision a profound upheaval at short notice. The time span should be so brief that most people will hardly realize that a revolution is going on. The change must be so swift and dramatic that those who recognize that a revolution is happening do not have the time to mobilize against it.

The basic idea of the Great Reset is the same principle that guided the radical transformations from the French to the Russian and Chinese Revolutions. It is the idea of CONSTRUCTIVIST RATIONALISM incorporated in the state. But projects like the Great Reset leave unanswered the question of who rules the state. The state itself does not rule. It is an instrument of power. It is not the abstract state that decides, but the leaders of specific political parties and of certain social groups.

Earlier totalitarian regimes needed mass executions and concentration camps to maintain their power. Now, with the help of new technologies, it is believed, dissenters can easily be identified and marginalized. The nonconformists will be silenced by disqualifying divergent opinions as morally despicable.

The 2020 lockdowns possibly offer a preview of how this system works. The lockdown worked as if it had been orchestrated - and perhaps it was. As if following a single COMMAND, the leaders of big and small nationsand of different stages of economic development - implemented almost identical measures. Not only did many governments act in unison, they also applied these measures with little regard for the horrific CONSEQUENCES of a global lockdown.

Months of economic standstill have destroyed the economic basis of millions of families. Together with social distancing, the lockdown has produced a mass of people unable to care for themselves. First, governments destroyed the livelihood, then the politicians showed up as the savior. The demand for social assistance is no longer limited to specific groups, but has become a need of the masses.

Once, war was the HEALTH OF THE STATE. Now it is fear of disease. What lies ahead is not the apparent coziness of a benevolent comprehensive welfare state with a guaranteed minimum income and healthcare and education for all. The lockdown and its consequences have brought a foretaste what is to come: a permanent state of fear, strict behavioral control, massive loss of jobs, and growing dependence on the state.

With the measures taken in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, a big step to reset the global economy has been made. Without popular resistance, the end of the pandemic will not mean the end of the lockdown and social distancing. At the moment, however, the opponents of the new world order of digital tyranny still have access to the media and platforms to dissent. Yet the time is running out. The perpetrators of the new world order have smelled blood. Declaring the coronavirus a pandemic has come in handy to promote the agenda of their Great Reset. Only massive opposition can slow down and finally stop the extension of the power grip of the tyrannical technocracy that is on the rise.

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Book: COVID-19 The Great Reset

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This book, by the founder of the World Economic Forum (the institution that partnered with the WHO to declare a pandemic of international concern in March, and is behind the call to impose lockdowns on the majority of the world’s population) states openly that the virus itself is of little concern, and that lockdown measures will continue indefinitely to push through automation and digital technologies that benefit corporations at the expense of the poor and the third world.

The billionaires are not hiding that they benefit from the pandemic response while millions are being starved, deprived of their livelihoods, and kept apart from their families and communities.

The CDC and UN have stated openly that many more people have died or become ill, and will continue to do so, as a result of lockdown measures that have been affected by the virus itself.

Non-cooperation and saying “I Do Not Consent” are not going to stop this. “The whole system that allows this violence to continue needs to be burned to the ground. The media, education, political, legal, banking, trade, medical and industrial systems all need to go”

An excerpt:

“In one form or another, social- and physical-distancing measures are likely to persist after the pandemic itself subsides, justifying the decision in many companies from different industries to accelerate automation.

After a while, the enduring concerns about technological unemployment will recede as societies emphasize the need to restructure the workplace in a way that minimizes close human contact.

Indeed, automation technologies are particularly well suited to a world in which human beings cant get too close to each other or are willing to reduce their interactions. Our lingering and possibly lasting fear of being infected with a virus (COVID-19 or another) will thus speed the relentless march of automation, particularly in the fields most susceptible to automation.

In 2016, two academics from Oxford University came to the conclusion that up to 86% of jobs in restaurants, 75% of jobs in retail and 59% of jobs in entertainment could be automatized by 2035.

These three industries are among those the hardest hit by the pandemic and in which automating for reasons of hygiene and cleanliness will be a necessity that in turn will further accelerate the transition towards more tech and more digital.

There is an additional phenomenon set to support the expansion of automation: when “economic distancing might follow social distancing.” As countries turn inward and global companies shorten their super-efficient but highly fragile supply chains, automation and robots that enable more local production, while keeping costs down, will be in great demand.

The process of automation was set in motion many years ago, but the critical issue once again relates to the accelerating pace of change and transition: the pandemic will fast-forward the adoption of automation in the workplace and the introduction of more robots in our personal and professional lives.

From the onset of the lockdowns, it became apparent that robots and AI were a “natural alternative” when human labour was not available. Furthermore, they were used whenever possible to reduce the health risks to human employees. At a time when physical distancing became an obligation, robots were deployed in places as different as warehouses, supermarkets and hospitals in a broad range of activities, from shelf scanning (an area in which AI has made tremendous forays) to cleaning and of course robotic delivery - a soon-to-be important component of healthcare supply chains that will in turn lead to the contactless delivery of groceries and other essentials.

As for many other technologies that were on the distant horizon in terms of adoption (like telemedicine), businesses, consumers and public authorities are now rushing to turbocharge the speed of adoption. “

This is from the Conclusion to the book, page 247.

“There is no denying that the COVID-19 virus has more often than not been a personal catastrophe for the millions affected by it, and for their families and communities. However, at a global level, if viewed in terms of the percentage of the global population affected, the corona crisis is (so far) one of the least deadly pandemics the world has experienced over the last 2000 years. In all likelihood, unless the pandemic evolves in an unforeseen way, the consequences of COVID-19 in terms of health and mortality will be mild compared to previous pandemics. At the end of June 2020, COVID-19 has killed less than 0.006% of the world population. To put this low figure into context, the Spanish flu killed 2.7% of the world’s population and HIV/AIDS 0.6%”

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