At times like now, ideas lying around dormant on the shelf become reality.
Economic and other crisis conditions are times when most people can be convinced to accept unacceptable policies they’d likely reject otherwise.
During and after 2008-09 economic crisis conditions, Americans were brainwashed to accept force-fed austerity, frozen wages, and loss of benefits when economic stimulus and other government help were needed.
Economic recovery was for the nation’s privileged class exclusively.
Ordinary Americans experienced protracted hard times that may become much worse today looking ahead, the same true in other Western societies.
In his 1995 book titled, “The Rotten Heart of Europe,” noted euro expert Bernard Connolly said the following:
“The true story of the ERM (Europe’s Exchange Rate Mechanism) has been one of duplicity, skullduggery, conflict; of economic harm done to every country and in the caste interests of the elite; of the distortions of economic logic and the dilution of political accountability,” adding:
“The implication is that increasing globalization of economic activity and mobility of production has been purposely implemented in such a way as to render already destroyed ‘nation-state(s)’ meaningless entit(ies) in economic terms.”
Protracted “austerity will lead to social unrest” in Europe, the US or elsewhere. Hard times are fertile ground for revolutions and fascist dictatorships.
Censorship is the new normal in the US and West — speech, press, and academic freedoms at risk. Without them all other rights are threatened.
Social and conventional media, Google, and other tech giants are complicit in a campaign to suppress content conflicting with the official narrative.
Controlling the message is the hallmark of totalitarian rule. Anything conflicting with the official narrative on vital issues is considered “inauthentic behavior.”
The US already is a police state. Is martial law the next shoe to drop? Will Trump declare it if current conditions worsen?
While not included in the Constitution, Article 1, Section 9 mentions suspension of habeas, saying the following:
“The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.”
Will Trump invoke “public safety” or another pretext to take this action?