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Bastards! How The Egyptian Revolution Will Eventually Be Betrayed

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February 5, 2011: Mark R. Crovelli / Lew Rockwell via Information Liberation – February 4, 2011

There is nothing in this dark and cynical world that is more beautiful than when a people rises up en masse against its suffocating and predatory political system and tells its murderous “leaders” to get the hell out of the country.

Such a scene is all the more inspiring when it is motivated solely by the hope for freedom and prosperity, and the participants resort to the protest instead of the assault rifle. In the face of such a powerful grassroots lunge toward liberty, it is a foregone conclusion that the “leaders” of the country will eventually be forced to abdicate power and run for their lives. When this happens, the victorious and free people will fill the streets and countryside with joyous and uproarious song. They will have won the battle for liberty.

The truth is, however, that running the bastards out of town is at most only half the battle, because there are always plenty of bastards waiting in the wings to betray the revolution and assume power themselves. In fact, chances are that the new bastards have already made powerful contacts within the military and police and quiet agreements with foreign governments to reinstate a moderated form of the old system even before the old bastard is finally ousted. They will assume the throne and re-enslave the people, perhaps slightly less onerously than before, but enslave them nonetheless.

The people are usually unaware of these betrayals, caught up as they inevitably are in the mania of the struggle to oust the old tyrant. Their entire focus has heretofore been on making sure the old bastard actually leaves and doesn’t come back, and they have developed a natural sense of camaraderie with their countrymen who participated in the revolution. They are thus open to being duped by betrayers who claim to be revolutionaries just like everyone else, but who actually have their own self-interest in mind, not the people’s freedom.

As soon as the old bastard leaves town, and with him the raison d’être of the protest and revolution, the people inevitably emerge in an intoxicated state. They are drunk on patriotism and chauvinistic nationalism, which they imbibed during the struggle to oust the old bastard. They observed that the victory of the revolutionaries was a result of their collective action, and they swell with pride for their nation and their countrymen. They let pride and collectivist thinking blind them to their individual vulnerability at the most critical moment of all. They are prideful sitting ducks.

The new bastards waiting in the wings will use this pride-induced blindness to maneuver themselves into the presidential palace. They will sing sweet songs to the revolutionaries, and claim to be the “representatives of the revolution,” but they will now be sleeping under the same roof as the old bastard. Soon, the old representatives of the military and police will come to pay their respects at the presidential palace.

Next, the representatives of various foreign governments will come to pay their respects and congratulate the new bastard, to be followed by the representatives of the labor unions, bureaucracies, and powerful corporations. They all come singing the praises of the new bastard, and they all come bearing gifts of various kinds. If he accepts their gifts, and he will, the death of the revolution is thereby consummated.

The people’s pride will not be quickly extinguished, however. They will boast for years, if not centuries, about their glorious revolution, and they will naively assume that any old bastard that lives in the presidential palace is a representative of the “revolution.” They won’t even realize that the revolution was lost at the very moment that the old bastard fled town. The people’s pride and complacency allowed it to be lost.

One day, long after the revolution, some of them will look around and realize the new bastard is exactly the same as the old bastard they chased out of town so long ago. The new bastard imprisons and tortures people just like the last bastard. The new bastard and his cronies are rich beyond belief, while the people suffer in poverty, just as it was before the revolution. A few of them start to realize that they are serfs of the new bastard even though almost no one realizes it.

The only remedy to this Sisyphean outcome is for the revolutionaries to remain vigilant when the old bastard is finally forced to flee the country. There is no time for singing and rejoicing when the apparatus of government remains open to being commandeered by slick-talking revolutionary imposters, or, worse, by military apparatchiks or secret police thugs. Kicking out the old bastard by no means ensures that his replacement will be any better.

This can only be accomplished, however, if the people disembowel the government entirely as soon as the old bastard boards a plane. The bureaucracies must be gutted and dismantled from top to bottom, government buildings commandeered, and the sociopathic police forces, military forces, and intelligence services must be completely dismantled. The loyalty of these institutions to the people’s liberty simply cannot be trusted, since they were the sadistic musclemen behind the old bastard’s reign of terror.

Without their collaboration, the old bastard would not have been able to do any of the brutal things for which he is being forced to flee. They may say that they stand for liberty once their old boss gets the axe, but the people should see through this as a transparent ploy to keep their lucrative jobs. After all, they enforced the old bastard’s brutal laws for years without qualms, so what’s to stop them from enforcing them again if someone else tells them to, or even on their own initiative?

The key to accomplishing this purge of government leaches and sadists is for the people to take stock of their strengths as individuals, and jealously guard their individual liberty from self-proclaimed “leaders” or “representatives.” The movement to depose the old bastard did not need a “representative” or a “leader,” so why should it need one now?

Why give a new bastard a chance to do exactly what the old bastard did? Having suffered for years under the oppression of the sadistic and corrupt police, military, and intelligence services, why should the people reinstate such forces? Any protection individuals might need can be paid for, although without a brutal and corrupt police force out there persecuting, imprisoning and torturing them, the people will need much less protection.

The key for revolutionary success, in other words, is to carry through the revolution to its logical conclusion before relaxing or celebrating. Free individuals do not need a “president” or a “prime minister.” Nor do they need an armed taxing and police force roaming through their neighborhoods as a constant and mortal threat to their lives and freedom.

They don’t need prisons, gulags, public schools, regulatory agencies, or any other corrupt and inefficient government agency. The only thing that free people need to find happiness, peace and prosperity is anarchic freedom itself. Anything less represents a betrayal of the revolution and a putrid seed that will sprout nothing but future oppression, misery, poverty and shame.

Diplomatic Car Runs Over More Than 20 People In Cairo (January 28, 2011)

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: The video above is to remind everyone just who the “bastards” are! – SJH

Link to link to original article below…

http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=34287

Another Economic “Martial Law In The Street” Moment Approaches

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February 5, 2011: Eric Blair / Activist Post – February 4, 2011

In the fall of 2008, during the lead up to the TARP bailout of the financial industry, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson warned members of Congress that there will be Martial Law in America should they fail to pass the multi-trillion dollar looting of the taxpayer. Well, despite the American public being overwhelmingly against the bailout, the blackmail worked and the banks got their money. If it worked once, why not try it again?

With the economy no better off for having borrowed trillions to “stabilize” criminal financial institutions, the national debt ceiling is rapidly approaching. As some Republicans begin to float the notion of blocking this extension of credit, the Treasury Department, Democrats in Congress, and Ben Bernanke issued apocalyptic warnings clearly showing how pathetically fragile the U.S. economy is.

These threats, reminiscent of Paulson’s 2008 ransom demands, once again appear to be offering two black-and-white choices: Armageddon or more debt. The coordinated pitch for higher debt levels is echoing the same urgency as the TARP looting, as Treasury Secretary Geithner said the government is insolvent and will run out of money in about two months’ time unless Congress votes to raise the federal debt ceiling.

The AFP reported Thursday that Senate Democrats warned that the government would “shut down” if the debt ceiling was not raised. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) explained what that would mean if a shutdown were to occur: “citizens couldn’t get their checks, veterans couldn’t get their benefits, military payments would stop.”

Ben Bernanke doubled down on the debt-fear campaign in a rare press conference where he said, “Beyond a certain point…the United States would be forced into a position of defaulting on its debt. And the implications of that on our financial system, our fiscal policy and our economy would be catastrophic.”

Fiscal conservatives who oppose raising the debt ceiling say it is just delaying necessary belt-tightening and massive spending cuts, and say that raising the debt ceiling further only forestalls needed austerity moves to avoid a more catastrophic collapse in the future. House Republicans presented a plan to cut $32 billion from the budget, which is laughable given the impossible-to-pay-off debt levels.

The U.S. national debt is approaching the ceiling of $14.29 trillion; unfunded liabilities like Social Security and Medicare are estimated to be around $100 trillion; and the total cost of stabilizing the financial industry is reportedly upwards of $23.7 trillion. And these numbers say nothing of the fraudulent $600-trillion derivatives scam. No amount of tax increases, spending cuts, or economic growth will be sufficient to satisfy this equation.

The notion that America can somehow pull itself out of this mess if average citizens, who had no part in creating the national debt, would only “tighten their belts,” seems preposterous.

None of the options are exactly attractive to the already over-burdened taxpayer. Indeed, the people are being given a lose-lose-lose scenario: 1) the status quo of slow economic demolition through raising the debt ceiling; 2) crippling austerity cuts and public asset looting; or, 3) catastrophic collapse.

Although the banks and their pocket-change politicians describe market conditions that would result in a collapse should the ceiling not be raised, it seems obvious that the only power capable of drastically changing economic conditions are the banks themselves. Therefore, market conditions appear to be an increasingly insignificant part of a bigger illusion.

As if the sun would not rise if a piece of legislation was not passed, the gun-to-the-head urgency will likely result in raising the debt ceiling. If the level of resistance comes close to the near unanimous public disgust over the TARP bill, you can bet we’ll hear new warnings of “martial law in the streets” in order to keep the illusion in tact. If for some reason collapse is unavoidable, the U.S. military is actively war gaming “large scale economic breakdown” and “civil unrest” should they choose otherwise.

Rep. Brad Sherman Says Congress Threatened With Martial Law In America

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Will the US military back we the people like Egypt’s military has? – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.activistpost.com/2011/02/another-economic-martial-law-in-streets.html

Hypnosis Via LCD Screens Is Increasingly Rampant Within America

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February 5, 2011: Matt Ryan / Infowars.com – January 5, 2011

Recently, several videos of people falling as the result of staring in to the glow of their electronic mobile devices have become the focus of media attention.

This trend is becoming more and more prevalent as texting while walking is a major safety concern in cities such as New York and Los Angeles.

In a very Lemmings fashion, people are blindly walking off ledges, in to streets, and even in to fountains because they just can’t take their eyes off of the little screen in front of them.

In this first video [first video below] you see a 10-year-old boy playing a video game while going either to or from school in the subway.

Needless to say, while his attention was drawn to his video game, he continued to walk forward until he landed on the subway tracks below.

Thankfully, a bystander was quick to jump down and rescue the boy before a train arrived.

In another incident [second video below], highly publicized by the media, a woman was walking through the mall texting when she fell in to the fountain. The video below was taken by mall staff watching the CCTV cameras and having a chuckle at her expense. She has since threatened to file a lawsuit against the mall for failing to respond and allowing a mocking video to be leaked to YouTube by their employees.

It’s clear that a hazard is present here that wasn’t in generation’s past. Many people have become so infatuated with the content displayed on tiny LCD screens that they unconsciously throw their sense of well-being out the window in favor of finding out the latest gossip or achieving a high score.

Pedestrian texting isn’t the only major concern. A report out of the National Traffic and Safety Administration revealed that around 28 percent of all crashes in 2008 were caused by drivers in the age group of 18 and 29, who admitted to texting while driving. In that year alone, there were over 500 thousand accidents in the U.S. that resulted in bodily injury, and over 5,100 that resulted in death.

These examples really beg the question, are we as a society being hypnotized by our electronics?

10-Year-Old Boy Falls Onto Subway Tracks While Playing Video Games

Girl Falls In Mall Fountain While Texting

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Yet an another indictment of the pathetic state of our society! – SJH 

Link to original article below…

http://www.infowars.com/hypnosis-by-lcd-becoming-increasingly-rampant/

Written by Steven John Hibbs

February 5, 2011 at 10:24 am