FRANCE, 1793 : THE REIGN OF TERROR
WHEN THE GUILLOTINE WORKED OVERTIME
Lasha Darkmoon — Darkmoon Dec 12, 2020
Did you know that the US government has reportedly acquired 30,000 guillotines for use against political dissidents in FEMA camps and US military bases scattered across America ? Were you aware of the alarming report that America’s new incoming President, Joe Biden, has allegedly visited these secret hideouts to inspect the guillotines to see how efficiently they work?
The big question is: whose necks will fall under the guillotine first? The necks of the predatory ruling classes? or the necks of the rebellious proles who have had enough ill-treatment?
“I speak symbolically, of course, since I sincerely doubt that any country capable of blowing up the entire planet in a few seconds would go to the trouble of acquiring 30,000 instruments of terror that were in fashion 227 years ago.
Revolution is very much in the air nowadays. Its whiff can be increasingly detected on the internet and in public discourse. People who only a year ago, before the Coronavirus pandemic reared its ugly head, wouldn’t have swatted a fly, are now busy fantasising about putting their ruling classes in front of firing squads.
As a pacifist, it is not in my nature to recommend violence and mindless cruelty. There is nothing I abhor so much as the infliction of pain on the weak and vulnerable. As a pragmatic realist, however, I feel convinced that more people than ever are now of the opinion that the time for talking is over. Drastic remedies, I am told, are needed for drastic diseases.
Robert A. Heinlein, author of the cult classic novel Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), was more than a great science-fiction writer. His knowledge of history and politics was profound. What would Heinlein have thought of the appalling situation in which entire nations now find themselves, after the Great Plague of 2020, when a rich and powerful minority known as the One Percenters grew obscenely rich at the expense of the poor? I don’t think Heinlein would have minced his words. His thoughts on the role of violence in world history, heavily influenced by Darwin, are well worth noting:
Anyone who clings to the historically untrue—and thoroughly immoral—doctrine that violence never solves anything I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler would referee. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor; and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and their freedoms. (Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers (1959), quoted here, p. 350)
Darwin himself, or indeed any of his faithful disciples, could have penned that final sentence: Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and their freedoms.”
Violence may soon become necessary in the interests of self-preservation.
If the State refuses to step in and narrow the obscene gulf between the rich and the poor, impatient political activists will sooner or later take the law into their own hands. Be sure of that. New Bastilles will be stormed. And the necks of the ruling classes will go under new versions of the guillotine. The ruling classes therefore have a choice: to act in the interests of the people they serve or be swept away in a new revolution that will make all the revolutions of the past look like Sunday school picnics.
Self-defence needs no defence.
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In 2020 the mega rich grew unimaginably richer. Meanwhile, millions of other people lost their jobs, houses, and were left homeless and starving. In just nine months, since March 2020, 651 US billionaires added $1 trillion to their wealth ($1000, 000,000, 000). According to Oxfam, eight of the richest billionaires in the world own as much as the combined wealth of 50 per cent of “the poorest half of the human race”
JEFF BEZOS, the world’s richest man,
with his ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott,
one of the richest women in the world.
As of today, the top FIVE US billionaires are as follows: JEFF BEZOS ($184.4 billion), ELON MUSK ($143.1 billion), BILL GATES ($118.7 billion), MARK ZUCKERBERG ($104.8 billion), WARREN BUFFETT ($67.5 billion). In contrast to Warren Buffett, whose wealth went up by only 4.8% in the last year, Jeff Bezos’s wealth rose by 40.8%. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook did better than Jeff Bezos; his wealth increased in the same time span by 68.3%. The most staggering increase in wealth over the last year, however, went to Elon Musk, whose wealth soared by a mindboggling 541.7%.
(Based on Chart below).
The collective wealth of America’s 651 billionaires has jumped by over $1 trillion since roughly the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to a total of $4 trillion at market close on Monday, December 7, 2020.
The total net worth of the nation’s 651 billionaires rose from $2.95 trillion in March 2020—when the pandemic shutdowns began—to $4.01 trillion in the first week of December 2020, a leap of 36%. The combined wealth of the top 10 billionaires now amounts to more than $1 trillion.
The total wealth of all US billionaires today is roughly $4 trillion. This is almost double the $2.1 trillion in total wealth held by the bottom half of the population, comprising 165 million people. (Source of statistics)
“Never before has America seen such an accumulation of wealth in so few hands,” said Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness.
“As tens of millions of Americans suffer from the health and economic ravages of this pandemic, a few hundred billionaires ADD to their massive fortunes. Their pandemic profits are so immense that America’s billionaires could pay for a major Covid relief bill and still not lose a dime of their pre-virus riches. Their wealth growth is so great that they alone could provide a $3,000 stimulus payment to every man, woman and child in the country, and still be richer than they were 9 months ago.”
“The updraft of wealth to the billionaire class is disturbing at a time when millions face eviction, destitution, and loss,” noted Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy Studies and co-author of Billionaire Bonanza 2020, a report looking at pandemic profiteering and billionaire wealth. “Billionaires are extracting wealth at a time when essential workers are pushed into the viral line of fire.” (See here)
Ordinary Americans, it is clear, have not fared as well as billionaires during the pandemic:
— Nearly 14.9 million Americans have fallen ill with the virus and 284,000 have died from it.
— Nearly 67 million lost work between March 21 and October 7, 2020.
— 20 million were collecting unemployment on November14, 2020.
— 98,000 businesses have permanently closed.
— 12 million workers have lost employer-sponsored health insurance during the pandemic as of August 26, 2020.
— Nearly 26 million adults have recently reported that their households are without sufficient food to feed their families.
— 2.4 million adults—1 in 6 renters—reported in November that they were behind in their rent.
In a single day this year, owing to a huge surge in the value of Amazon shares, Jeff Bezos’s wealth leapt up by an unbelievable FOURTEEN BILLION DOLLARS — enough to buy 14,000 million-dollar houses!
A man who earns in a single day enough to buy himself and his family a new house is indeed a lucky man. Exceptionally rare, I would say. Most people take 30-40 years to pay off their mortgages on a modest property, let alone a house valued at a million dollars.
Jeff Bezos is the very Emperor of Obscene Wealth. With a single day’s earnings, he can snap up 14,000 impressive new properties, any one of which I would be overjoyed to own.
Do I envy Jeff Bezos? Actually, I don’t. There are other things I value much more—things that money cannot buy.
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America is now a tinderbox of white hot rage.
Though much of the population still finds itself plunged in somnambulistic torpor, thoroughly demoralised by the addictions cunningly created for them by the mass media and the ruling classes—drugs, alcohol, pornography and the like—many others have risen from their slumbers as a result of the Coranavirus lockdown.
The lockdown has given them the leisure to indulge in something extremely dangerous: to think for themselves. They have had time to brood, to contemplate their festering sores, and to figure out who their enemies are. They are now ready for violence, ripe for revenge against their elite oppressors.
Let’s examine the facts under the microscope.
When Congress passed the $2.2 trillion dollar Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (known as ‘CARES’) in late March 2020, glib assurances were given that this was to be a relief package for the poor—for those, in fact, who needed help the most during these extraordinary times of mass unemployment and economic hardship. ‘Egalitarianism’ was the stonking polysyllabic word the uneducated masses were proud to add to their vocabularies. It told them what they needed to hear: “You are not going to starve! You will not be made homeless! Your nice, kind, caring government is going to look after you and send you generous checks so that you can pay all your bills and keep your heads above water!”
To the consternation of the masses, the opposite turned out to be the case.
The rich corporations, the affluent executives, got most of the $2.2 trillion handout. The poor got next to nothing. They were left to starve and commit suicide.
Result? Anger. White hot rage. A burning desire among the oppressed masses for revenge against their filthy rich ruling classes. Tis the old, old story: rich pigs vs. proles.
The same thing, curiously enough, had happened in the 2008 financial crisis. Wall Street got bailed out. The big banks got bailed out. The sleek and pinguid privileged classes laughed all the way to their banks, while the poor shopped around for good hempen ropes and instruction booklets on how to tie nooses.
Sigh, sigh, twas ever thus.
Neil Barovsky, who oversaw the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) as Inspector General under the Obama administration, has this to say about the latest “rescue package” for the rich:
“No lessons have been learned [from the 2008 bailout]. It certainly seems that way…. All of this is going to tilt towards the biggest and most established companies and the smaller businesses and regular people are going to get left behind.” He adds fatalistically, “Because that’s what always happens.”
$2.2 trillion is a lot of money to be shared out in subsidies, and it seems that “hundreds of billions of dollars have yet to be disbursed.”
Guess what? Rather than give the cash to the undeserving poor, your caring government is hanging on to it. Just in case the deserving rich are in need of further assistance in the grim days ahead.
You can’t make this up.
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The revolution draws closer? The big question is: does it really? Or is this just all big talk? The usual bluster and wishful thinking of conspiracy theory fantasists?
Here is one seasoned cynic who thinks so:
“I am very confident.” he opines, “that Americans will suffer any indignity, and undertake any hardship imposed or promoted by their ruling class, without so much as a whimper of protest or disapproval. They will do as they are told, as has been the case for at least the length of my lifetime, about 65 years, and probably much longer. If there ever is an uprising, it will be put down brutally and quickly, and the masses will praise their masters as the most free and most just of all governments.” (Comment # 1, here)
I fear there could be a lot of truth in that.
On the other hand, here is a comment from the Darkmoon site which was just about to be deleted by the Moderator (“incitement to violence”) when I rescued it from oblivion in the name of free speech. Here was a man getting ready to enter Dodge City, all barrels blazing. It comes from an amiable old codger I have exchanged a few friendly emails with over the last few years—a “rough diamond”, salt-of-the-earth type. He owns a small farm in rural America and spends his time pottering around his homestead, hunting, riding, checking his guns and ammo, and getting ready for Armageddon and the End Days:
“I am determined”, he writes, “to slaughter as many commie agents as I can get in my sights—before they get ME! No use in thinking otherwise. “Thinking” and reason do not work with these fools. Keep up your nerve. Times will be trying, but history has shown us the price of concession. While harvesting soybeans today, I was thinking of the futility of planning successful future crops. Just raise enough for yourself and your family, and be thankful if you still have the land on which to do it. I dread the tribulation, but it seems to be beginning.”
One final point.
America has been brutally harsh to its citizens in a way that no other government has been to its people during these traumatic times. Throughout the world, generous relief packages have been made by other countries to their working classes to cushion the blows of mass unemployment, economic hardship, and homelessness. America is the only country in the world to pamper its rich and privileged minority and treat its lower and middle classes like dog excrement.
Here is a chart that spells it all out for you:
Percentage of wages currently subsidized by governments due to Covid:
— JAPAN : 100% for small businesses, 80% for larger firms
— NETHERLANDS : Up to 90%
— GERMANY : Up to 87%
— FRANCE : Up to 84%
— ITALY : 80%
— U.K. : Up to 80%
— CANADA : Up to 75%
— U.S. : 0%
SOURCE : Video below @ 13.00 mins.
Don’t miss the 36-minute video below. How much longer this radioactive video will remain available is anyone’s guess. I’m surprised it hasn’t been banned. Never before have I listened to a video in which the F-word is used so frequently, so eloquently, and so beautifully to drive home its message.
If short of time, click on @ 13.00-16.00 mins. This is the best bit. You will hear the F-word used to symphonic effect here, as if Wagner had returned from the dead with only one word in his vocabulary.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!