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Will American People Follow French Example Of Mass Civil Unrest?

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October 19, 2010: Paul Joseph Watson / Prison Planet.com – October 19, 2010

How will Americans react when the government begins to impose the same austerity measures that are causing riots, street battles, fuel blockades and other assorted chaos in France?

Will we witness mass civil unrest or will the sleeping middle classes continue to scratch their butts and watch Dancing with the Stars?

Back in June we forecast that the imminent onset of so-called austerity measures, which in reality represent nothing more than an elevated phase of government-run looting of the taxpayer, would herald an “age of rage,” leading to “riots and even revolutions as people react with fury in response to their jobs, savings, basic public services, pensions and welfare money being seized by the financial terrorists who caused the economic collapse in the first place.”

Four months later and citizens of one of the most prosperous countries in the world with the highest standard of living have shut down France after six days of strikes and protests in response to government plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 and the full state pension age from 65 to 67.

Undoubtedly, there are two different protests occurring in France. The more violent scenes are the work of the rent-a-mob anarchist youths who couldn’t care less about pensions but will waste no opportunity to don black hoods and pointlessly smash up shop windows in demonstrations against “capitalism,” when in reality government seizure of pensions has all the hallmarks of command and control socialism and nothing to do with true free market capitalism.

These youths are more concerned about their welfare checks being cut, but they won’t garner the sympathy of the rest of the French people by taking baseball bats to Starbucks forecourts in mocked up media stunts. The legitimate protests and the ones that genuinely hurt the establishment and put the idiot anarchists to shame are being run by French workers, truck drivers, and union leaders, and enjoy the support of around 70% of the population.

Over a thousand gas stations have now run out of fuel across France, with strategic reserves set to last just a few weeks. Flights and trains have been disrupted, organized slowdowns have snarled highway traffic. The French are showing Americans how it should be done, by uniting peacefully to shut down an entire country. This is genuine people power – the French are sending a message to the establishment that they will no longer play ball until the looting stops.

France Clashes Turn More Violent

Will the rent-a-mob anarchists stage similar violent riots in America or will the middle classes embrace a much more legitimate backlash in the same vein as the union protesters in France?

With the Obama administration set to seize private 401(k) pensions and turn them over to the Social Security Administration, how long will it be before Americans stir from their slumber and realize that their economic future and also that of their children is in immediate peril?

When will Americans begin to understand that the onset of another government bailout in the form of QE2 represents the biggest bank robbery in history? Just how distracted, dumbed-down, fat and lazy has the American middle class become to prevent them from realizing a threat when they see it?

British historian Simon Schama predicts not only widespread civil unrest in America, but even a potential revolution if the elite allow the situation to spiral out of their control. Schama notes that Obama will have to ditch “misplaced obligations of civility” and become an authoritarian enforcer in order to emerge successful against the rising tide of Constitutionalist rage that will be directed against the coming austerity fascism.

As we documented in our article, the kind of public spending cuts, tax increases, salary caps, and retirement crackdowns that are now about to be implemented outstrip anything we’ve witnessed before in modern history. If the American middle class reacts to this total banker takeover by collectively scratching their butts and flipping the TV channel, the country as we know it is probably gone for good.

However, if Americans follow the example of the French and send a clear signal to the elite that they will refuse to participate in a rigged game, then a true revolution that will restore both political and economic freedom and prosperity will be set in motion.

With Americans buying silver to protect their savings and guns to protect themselves in record numbers, it seems that the message is at least getting through to some of the people, but until we see mass walk-outs, blockades and other acts of non-violent mass civil disobedience, the establishment will continue to move forward with onslaught after onslaught of financial pillaging.

Watch Alex Jones and Max Keiser discuss the French riots and the sleepwalking American middle class…

Max Keiser: “Sitting on The Doorstep of Global Conflict!!” – Alex Jones Tv [Part 1/2]

Max Keiser: “Sitting on The Doorstep of Global Conflict!!” – Alex Jones Tv [Part 2/2]

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Obviously Greece, France, Spain and Iceland have more cajones than the US! The above image is from Greece in May 2010 as austerity riots continue to spread… America next? – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.prisonplanet.com/will-americans-follow-french-example-of-mass-civil-unrest.html

Debt Grief Exposes Hidden Austerity And Looting Of Public Assets

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October 19, 2010: Eric Blair / Activist Post – October 18, 2010

The austerity sharks are circling their wounded prey.  The U.S. economy continues to collapse amid dwindling stimulus funds, while states are barely able to keep their heads above water. In addition to cutting vital services to taxpayers, and seeking tax increases, some states are also selling off public assets in the politically acceptable name of privatization. This mass looting is happening just below the surface where the public, buried by their own individual problems, can hardly tell that it is happening.

In June of this year Bloomberg reported that 46 states were facing bankruptcy with “Greek-style deficits,” where Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, was quoted as saying that “States are going to have to cut back spending and raise taxes the same way Greece and Spain are.” The article goes on to say:

“State budget woes are a worsening drag on growth as the federal government tries to wean the economy from two years of extraordinary support. By Jan. 1, funds from the $787 billion federal stimulus bill will dry up. That money from Washington has helped cushion state budgets as tax revenue has plunged.

“State leaders won’t be able to ride out this cycle the way they have in the past. The budget holes are too large. For the first time since 1962, sales and income tax revenue fell for five straight quarters, through December 2009, according to the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government at the State University of New York at Albany.”

Despite the fact that average American citizens, much like the Greeks, had nothing to do with creating these massive “budget holes,” their Social Security is being raided, and public pensions have been invested in derivatives and other toxic time-bomb financial instruments.  Now, they will surely face austerity measures of similarly reduced benefits and services accompanied by increased taxes to absorb the damage.

Although spending cuts and smaller government through privatization might make sense when faced with growing deficits, we must be aware that austerity measures can also hide in the shadows of privatization.

Some politicians are touting the privatization of public services and assets as part of the economic solution. However, the public is being left out of the discussion about which services will be affected, what public assets are being sold, who is getting contracts or purchasing assets and, finally, to what benefit to the people. Given the self-serving track record of a crony corporate State, we can only assume the worst — that none of these actions will actually benefit average Americans, but only provide continued cover for more looting.

After generations of taxpayer-funded construction of buildings, highways, hospitals, jails, public water systems and the like, cash-strapped states are increasingly looking to sell off assets in order to meet budget shortfalls.  This trend seems to be led by Governors like Chris Christie (R-NJ), with many candidates like Meg Whitman of California saying his privatization model for New Jersey is just what the doctor ordered for California.  Meanwhile, California recently announced the sale of 24 government buildings to a private equity firm, following the “Economic Hitman” methodology where deliberately-suffocating public debt results in financial institutions ending up with all of the real assets at an extreme bargain.

Privatization can actually cost the government more in many cases, yet result in reduced pay and benefits for workers — a hidden form of austerity to be sure.  Even seemingly innocent privatization of things like toll booths and zoos, appears to be nothing more than austerity ploys by the government absolving itself from providing benefits like healthcare.  Incidentally, now that 29 of the largest private employers in the U.S. are conveniently exempt from the new healthcare mandates, it is likely that “Toll Booth Willie” will lose his benefits when his station is privatized.  Greek austerity protesters stormed the Acropolis for less.

In turn, privatization of public assets is taking place during a time of severe economic distress, therefore these assets rarely fetch their true value for the taxpayer. As John F. Kennedy said in his inaugural address: “Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.”  Too often we are being forced to negotiate out of fear — fear of losing our job or benefits, our home, our retirement savings, and even our lives. Government uses this full-spectrum fear to impose heavy-handed legislation like monopoly healthcare or illegal pre-crime techniques used to catch the “terrorists.”

Additionally, privatization of vital government services seems to make little sense when we wind up paying more for those services, or where companies perform Big Brother duties that previously required government officials to swear an oath to the Constitution and our personal liberties.  For example, privatization of a war-making machine like Blackwater not only costs the public much more than the government’s own elite forces, but also poses the threat of unaccountable violence and even murder.  Furthermore, what is to stop foreign companies from buying up critical public assets through “private equity firms,” or corrupting governmental duties and turning them upon American citizens?

A somewhat recently privatized sector exemplifies the corrupting influence of privatization if not applied correctly (or legally):  the surveillance of American citizens.  It has been reported that over 800,000 private-sector workers have top secret clearance in their roles to monitor “extremist” activities in America.  To accentuate the insanity, even private foreign companies are getting Homeland Security contracts for these duties.  In addition to draining American taxpayers of money and rights, the privatizing of these activities is critically dangerous to our individual and national sovereignty in a way never seen before.  Even the most staunch small-government advocates must see the folly in such privatization.

The establishment would like to focus our debate toward public employees vs. public employees, unions or not, or big government vs. privatization; when in reality all possible solutions under the current corporate-state seem designed to suck the average citizen dry, while limiting services to just below riot-inducing levels. We’re told to be angry at a particular group that may get better pay and benefits than our own, all while the system and the Fed continue to inflate the cost of living for everyone through taxpayer-backed debt.

Whether it is called big government austerity, or small government privatization, it’s still a reduced standard of living and a blatant looting of the public.  This looting is meant to use the divisions between our separate groups as a distraction to enrich those without concern over such loyalties.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: I think the November elections will prove to be an utter disaster for the Democratic Party, thus creating a one-term President out of Obama, as I believe was intended.

But what’s most disconcerting to me is will this new euphoria of a perceived victory by the masses once again tranquilize and temporarily pacify the American people into yet another state of paralyzed inaction while the banksters continue their looting and the wars perpetually escalate, still not understanding the trap of the left-right paradigm that by and large the vast majority of Americans are apparently still oblivious to?

This is a pre-planned tactic by the globalists to do exactly that. Have the gullible American people so quickly forgotten the pre-scripted drama of the Bush to Obama transition of Hope and Change? End the Fed! – SJH 

Link to original article below…

http://www.activistpost.com/2010/10/us-debt-woes-expose-hidden-austerity.html