I'd rather see us take a page from Germany and attempt to redevelop our manufacturing toward sophistication and specialized quality
This is a bubble we are maintaining with difficulty: we desperately need to import
qualified people because the gravy train of free education has left the station, and the Bologna train has pulled in with inferior degrees. The underpinnings of manufacturing are being eroded by the shoddy education which is not as wonderful as you believe. Look at your national science and mathematics skills for instance. The west is going to service
and info based economy, with tiny highly specialised manufacturing that will also be exported to China/India once they are capable enough. Manufacturing is dying (being killed) in the west through stupid regulations
, inflated costs of doing business and treasonous trade
agreements....and in our case in Germany
, additionally, the loss of cheap
and propellers cannot
replace nuclear, coal and oil
. The same is happening over in the US. We're on the downgrade but the crash will be sudden and spectacular. Hence the tanks
Federal troops can't even be used in the US in such instances (Posse Cometatis). It's one of the reasons we had such a hard time getting the assistance we needed here in New Orleans after Katrina. Only non-federalized national guard (which are actually state troops and not part of the regular military) can legally operate on American soil.
Posse Comitatus is on its way out. Not by being openly repealed, but by being circumvented. The WoT is the wedge in the door, and Executive Orders, amalgamation of powers and appointed czars are the methods to do this. The troops are being trained in "civil disturbance" already, have been for some time. All that is needed is the correct crisis and you'll wake up to a different kind of America. That Katrina thing is weird. Thowe Louisiana troops were under the governor's authority and did not require Dubya's approval for state business. A huge blind designed to create justifcation for dumping Posse Comitatus.
In Germany you have a system of fines and very active police around and a population that to an American seems like a bunch of tattle tales who are generally more than pleased to turn in any law breakers for the slightest infraction.
Now this is astute....you really have
lived here! It is called divide and conquer. Keep the population suspicious of each other, and puffed up with self-righteousness, and they can be milked and duped and distracted from turning their attention to the real crooks and bandits. This is the ideal, a police state that is self-policing. Inmates that like their bars and polish them and take pride in their cells and uniforms.
one thing I definitely caught onto early on living in Germany was that as children people were coddled and their actions rarely had repercussions.
Corporal punishment is illegal here. So is homeschooling. You can't pull your children
out of a school
event because you disagree. Such as pornographic theatre plays. You can't smack them when they insist on doing what they want to their own hurt and yours, and everyone else's. The guarantee of times past if someone were to be a jerk and reaped a punch on the conk was great....people behaved, mostly, and that was it. Over here it's dog eat dog with the size of the dog determined by status and income
and inheritance, not inherent strength or perish the thought, righteousness. It ties in with the previous quote and topic above.
You guys do have a few things about your society that we lose on hands down. You are GREAT consumers! I mean this in a very positive way because the one thing that the Germans have come to realize is that they have the ultimate power within their government and their economy.
I wouldn't see it positively. That sort of thing is a smokescreen to make us think we have the power, when in fact the reality is different. The one who controls public opinion steers the course...and that is the media, on a short and firm leash just like the government
, the judiciary, academia, and business.
Drew, I'm still worried. Your debt since 2008 is more than all the debt accrued from G Washington
to GW Bush all inclusive. The GM bailout was an award
of cash to the unions, and a transfer of GM to China
. One can't blame all this on one party or figurehead and pretend to be blind on the other. Both sides are rotten to the core
. It does not matter which one is steering
, the result is the same. The false dichotomy of left and right is a farce. A very successful one.
It's an interesting thread, but I'm hoping to see some more useful info on how to survive in the current
farce, and prepare to escape the coming calamity. This means achieving a measure of independence on a globally mobile boat. At the least, one will be off-grid and not participating in the whole mess. At worst, the trouble will eventually seep across the water
to wherever you are and punish you for daring to not conform to the wise elders and betters making a world in their image. I'm not going to Auschwitz or Mogadan; I'll die fighting rather than run the ramp
naked. If more were resolved for this, it would not have to come to it...but it will.