Many of you may be familiar with the recent news story about 1-4 Americans not knowing that the Earth revolves around the sun. (To be fair, most people around the world actually answered this question more incorrectly than America did, except for South Korea). These results come from a report that measured American Public attitudes about Science and Technology: Read the Report Here (pdf)
Yet what the media did not highlight, is the astounding fact that Americans have more confidence in the institutional leadership of their military than any other institution – including religion, education – and way low on the list – the executive government. This is surprising, given the military’s involvement in countless wars that most Americans are frankly sick of. But I’m willing to guess that most Americans blame the wars on choices made by our currently unpopular executive government, rather than the military itself.
This makes sense in a way when you think about it. What is one of the few institutions in America that can guarantee you a job, health care and place to live? The military of course. What are the three things that most Americans want? I’ll let you fill in the blanks.
A while ago I made a post about “What Revolution Would Look Like in the United States.” In the post I made the point that revolutions are a hard-lining of the majority against either a leader or a minority. As things hit the shitter, an American revolution could be similar to the French Revolution: a revolution in which the majority fight back against a corrupt wealthy authority.
Things aren’t that bad yet. But it’s hard to tell if the economy is actually getting better, or if it is being propped up by the funny money printed out by the federal reserve, and artificially low inflation rates.
LARGE AMOUNTS OF ANGER ARE BUBBLING BENEATH THE SURFACE
America’s youth are graduating college with an average of $35,000 in debt that they can’t default on, and facing an economy that only has “McJobs” available – that is even if you can get a “McJob.” You might need to have 4 years of McDonaldsing experience with this economic climate. As you can imagine, this is going to generate a huge amount of anger at the system.
If you study world revolutions, a common theme is a disenfranchised, angry middle class lashing out at those on top.
REALISTIC SCENARIOS THAT WILL TRANSITION AMERICA FROM A DEMOCRACY
TO MARTIAL LAW
So where does this all go and why did I bring up the military? Well let me give you a hypothetical situation. Let’s say that the Federal Reserve’s “Monopoly Money” can no longer keep the system going. Like a car engine without oil, the whole system begins to overheat and collapse. When this happens, people aren’t going to care about how legitimate their Democracy is. The terrorist attack of 9/11 already has scared the public into accepting previously unthinkable policies such as The Patriot Act and the TSA at airports. 9/11 killed around 2-3000 people. How would the U.S. react to a disaster that killed more than 10,000?
What would the United States be willing to accept if we had a massive famine due to the death of the bees and our mono-cultural agriculture? What would the U.S. be willing to accept if one of the many country’s we’re pissing on actually fought back? What would people be willing to accept if the economic melt down unleashed a tidal wave of rioting, chaos and robberies?
In times of mass uncertainty, people flock to an authority figure to save the day.
As the Roman Republic fell apart, there was a charismatic military leader who marched into the capital and took over the whole system. This man was Julius Caesar. He tossed the Roman Republic into the trash and many Roman citizens said Good Riddance.
Today, it is not all that inconceivable that a popular and charismatic military leader would gain America’s trust in the face of overwhelming disaster – especially given the fact that Americans trust military leadership more than any other institution! Let’s say this military leader overthrows a widely unpopular politician and imposes Martial Law. Of course, this leader would insist that the Martial Law would be a “temporary arrangement” until the threat at hand is neutralized – and then once the threat is averted Democracy would “certainly” be restored.
This leader would gain popularity by giving their supporters jobs, food, shelter and a purpose within their mass military machine. They would also intimidate their opponents by throwing them into prison, having them tortured or simply having them killed altogether: after all, they would have the technology of the impressive U.S. military machine at their disposal.
This military leader would become so popular with their supporters that they would end up having the “presidency” for life – and that’s just the beginning of how a U.S. Dictatorship could emerge.
HUMAN RIGHTS CANNOT EXIST WITHOUT HUMAN RESPONSIBILITIES
IF DEMOCRACY CANNOT ENFORCE RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR
MARTIAL LAW WILL DO THE JOB
People in America like to talk about “Human Rights.” Yet human rights cannot exist without human responsibilities. If our current leaders can’t make the drastic reforms necessary to truly improve the system, then the scenarios I outlined above could be unleashed and a brutal authority figure may take the reins of a fading Democratic Order.