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The Era Of Pretense

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[snip] It’s been a source of wry amusement to me to watch the same weary, dreary, repeatedly failed claims of imminent apocalypse and inevitable progress being rehashed year after year, varying only in the fine details of the cataclysm du jour and the techno-savior du jour, while the future nobody wants to talk about is busily taking shape around us. Decline and fall isn’t something that will happen sometime in the conveniently distant future; it’s happening right now in the United States and around the world. The amusement, though, is tempered with a sense of familiarity, because the period in which decline is under way but nobody wants to admit that fact is one of the recurring features of the history of decline.
 
There are, very generally speaking, five broad phases in the decline and fall of a civilization. I know it’s customary in historical literature to find nice dull labels for such things, but I’m in a contrary mood as I write this, so I’ll give them unfashionably colorful names: the eras of pretense, impact, response, breakdown, and dissolution. Each of these is complex enough that it’ll need a discussion of its own; this week, we’ll talk about the era of pretense, which is the one we’re in right now. [snip]
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The Era Of Impact

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[snip] Of all the wistful superstitions that cluster around the concept of the future in contemporary popular culture, the most enduring has to be the notion that somehow, sooner or later, something will happen to shake the majority out of its complacency and get it to take seriously the crisis of our age. Week after week, I field comments and emails that presuppose that belief. People want to know how soon I think the shock of awakening will finally hit, or wonder whether this or that event will do the trick, or simply insist that the moment has to come sooner or later.

To all such inquiries and expostulations I have no scrap of comfort to offer. Quite the contrary, what history shows is that a sudden awakening to the realities of a difficult situation is far and away the least likely result of what I’ve called the era of impact, the second of the five stages of collapse. (The first, for those who missed last week’s post, is the era of pretense; the remaining three, which will be covered in the coming weeks, are the eras of response, breakdown, and dissolution.) [snip]

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The Era Of Response

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[snip] The third stage of the process of collapse, following what I’ve called the eras of pretense and impact, is the era of response. It’s easy to misunderstand what this involves, because both of the previous eras have their own kinds of response to whatever is driving the collapse; it’s just that those kinds of response are more precisely nonresponses, attempts to make the crisis go away without addressing any of the things that are making it happen. [snip]

If you want a first-rate example of the standard nonresponse of the era of pretense, you’ll find one in the sunny streets of Miami, Florida right now. As a result of global climate change, sea level has gone up and the Gulf Stream has slowed down. One consequence is that these days, whenever Miami gets a high tide combined with a stiff onshore wind, salt water comes boiling up through the storm sewers of the city all over the low-lying parts of town. The response of the Florida state government has been to ssue an order to all state employees that they’re not allowed to utter the phrase “climate change.”
 
That sort of thing is standard practice in an astonishing range of subjects in America these days. Consider the roles that the essentially nonexistent recovery from the housing-bubble crash of 2008-9 has played in political rhetoric since that time. The current inmate of the White House has been insisting through most of two turns that happy days are here again, and the usual reams of doctored statistics have been churned out in an effort to convince people who know better that they’re just imagining that something is wrong with the economy. We can expect to hear that same claim made in increasingly loud and confident tones right up until the day the bottom finally drops out. 

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The Era Of Breakdown

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The fourth of the stages in the sequence of collapse we’ve been discussing is the era of breakdown. (For those who haven’t been keeping track, the first three phases are the eras of pretense, impact, and response; the final phase, which we’ll be discussing next week, is the era of dissolution.) The era of breakdown is the phase that gets most of the press, and thus inevitably no other stage has attracted anything like the crop of misperceptions, misunderstandings, and flat-out hokum as this one.

The era of breakdown is the point along the curve of collapse at which business as usual finally comes to an end. That’s where the confusion comes in. It’s one of the central articles of faith in pretty much every human society that business as usual functions as a bulwark against chaos, a defense against whatever problems the society might face. That’s exactly where the difficulty slips in, because in pretty much every human society, what counts as business as usual—the established institutions and familiar activities on which everyone relies day by day—is the most important cause of the problems the society faces, and the primary cause of collapse is thus quite simply that societies inevitably attempt to solve their problems by doing all the things that make their problems worse.

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Or it could be that the primary cause of the coming collapse is a deliberate thought-out crime designed to enrich the top 1% of the top 1% while tyrranizing the masses.  They will only fain confusion and pretend to stumble and bumble their way into the fascism that is already overtaking our rights and privileges.  Big Brother now has everyone under surveillance, they are rapidly increasing their inventory of detentions centers across the country,  they have undermined the Constitution, are moving towards a digital currency totally controlled by government and are now positioning military units on U.S. soil.  This is a planned event, a takeover, not a collapse.

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Or it could be that the primary cause of the coming collapse is a deliberate thought-out crime designed to enrich the top 1% of the top 1% while tyrranizing the masses.  They will only fain confusion and pretend to stumble and bumble their way into the fascism that is already overtaking our rights and privileges.  Big Brother now has everyone under surveillance, they are rapidly increasing their inventory of detentions centers across the country,  they have undermined the Constitution, are moving towards a digital currency totally controlled by government and are now positioning military units on U.S. soil.  This is a planned event, a takeover, not a collapse.

​That is certainly a possibility. 

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On 06/06/2015 06:51:07, Lilly said:

The current inmate of the White House has been insisting through most of two turns that happy days are here again, and the usual reams of doctored statistics have been churned out in an effort to convince people who know better that they’re just imagining that something is wrong with the economy.

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The current inmate of the White House has been insisting through most of two turns that happy days are here again, and the usual reams of doctored statistics have been churned out in an effort to convince people who know better that they’re just imagining that something is wrong with the economy.

​White House sock puppets are serving 2 terms which so happens to coincide with the down cycles.  Easier for the puppet masters to control a single admin over 8 years vs a new one every 4.  The next so called "crash" is being telegraphed for late 2015 early 2016.  Perfectly timed with the presidential cycle since the last crash of 2008.  MSM blames the current admin as the evil bad guys and the other party as the new saviors.  Rinse and repeat.  Nothing ever changes because both parties are controlled, bought and paid for, by the same 1% of the top 1%.   

Look at every poll and you will see that what the majority of people think is always defeated because their so called representatives vote the other way.  The people have no voice because the representatives go where the money is, in other words they only represent the top 1% of the top 1%.  People are too stupid to vote the the crooks out so the beat goes on.  Not sure that even if the people woke up and started voting right that it would be reflected in the election results.  It has been shown that dead democrats are often able to vote for their candidate multiple times in multiple districts. 

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