Creeping Fascism, Part 2: Great Fraudulent Beast

By: John Rubino | Sun, Feb 24, 2013
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In Charles Mann's 1491, about the (surprisingly big and diverse) cultures that existed in the Americas before the arrival of smallpox, he offers this:

"The celebrated anthropologist Clifford Geertz has half-jokingly suggested that all states can be parceled into four types: pluralist, in which the state is seen by its people as having moral legitimacy; populist, in which government is viewed as an expression of the people's will; "great beast," in which the rulers' power depends on using force to keep the populace cowed; and "great fraud," in which the elite uses smoke and mirrors to convince the people of its inherent authority. Every state is a mix of all these elements..."

Which of course leads to speculation about where today's US is on such a spectrum. Obviously, this is an eye-of-the-beholder kind of debate, but from the libertarian/gold-bug perspective it's been clear for some time that we're lurching from pluralist/populist to a toxic combination of "great fraud" and "great beast," and that the process probably won't end well.

The table below lists recent developments that seem to fit into each of the latter categories:

Great Fraud, Great Beast

These just scratch the surface; there are plenty of other compelling examples, with more apparently in the pipeline. Together they paint a picture of a system that's trying hard to confuse its citizens while building an apparatus to coerce them into obedience when its lies are exposed. For more, here's a recent Zero Hedge article on the rights we've already lost.

What does this mean? Again, from a perspective that values transparency and individual liberty over near-term efficiency, it means we're not the same country that we once were. Americans are being secretly taxed via inflation, lied to about the economy, spied upon by no-longer-constitutionally-constrained authorities, and arrested/harassed/murdered without due process. "Great Fraudulent Beast" indeed.

 


 

John Rubino

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John Rubino is author of Clean Money: Picking Winners in the Green Tech Boom (Wiley, December 2008), co-author, with GoldMoney's James Turk, of The Collapse of the Dollar and How to Profit From It (Doubleday, January 2008), and author of How to Profit from the Coming Real Estate Bust (Rodale, 2003). After earning a Finance MBA from New York University, he spent the 1980s on Wall Street, as a currency trader, equity analyst and junk bond analyst. During the 1990s he was a featured columnist with TheStreet.com and a frequent contributor to Individual Investor, Online Investor, and Consumers Digest, among many other publications. He now writes for CFA Magazine and edits DollarCollapse.com and GreenStockInvesting.com.

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