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Not that it was ever a true democracy, but for most of our history, the U.S. has at least kept a semblance of a functioning democratic republic.  That's about to change in a big (and permanent way).

Many seemingly unrelated trends and/or social and economic disruptions are indeed related.  They are the result of a well-orchestrated strategy by a very small group of ideologues who are motivated by neo-fascist instincts based on a world view highly influenced by the philosophies of people like Leo Strauss, and Ayn Rand (Please read about Ayn Rand's influence on people like Alan Greenspan).

This effort to basically take over the levers of power in the country has been led by organizations like The Heritage Foundation, co-founded by the late Paul Weyrich, who also co-founded (or play important roles) in organizations like the corporatist right wing group,  American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and the religious right wing organization, the Moral Majority.

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.” - Sinclair Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here.

It already happened.  For a greater perspective, please also watch the documentary "Inside Job".

The economy will continue to deteriorate (mainly due to the ongoing and worsening housing crisis).  There will be a major (and catastrophic) economic collapse which will mainly affect the poor and the middle class.  This is very similar to what happened with the prelude (of what's to come) of the 2008 world financial crisis, where virtually all the top executives who caused it walked off with an aggregate hundreds of billions of dollars (after having brought the world financial system to its knees).

This thesis (which I'm making a hard prediction) was addressed very aptly by Naomi Klein in The Shock Doctrine.

In a very simplified form, the philosophy behind this upcoming reality is influenced by Social Darwinism, Eugenics, and hard-right religious fundamentalism (which takes advantage of puritanical thought).

Understand something... The Wall Street collapse was a dry run for what's to come.  These people devised a system whereby, in destroying their own companies, they benefited greatly.  They were able to create a system whereby the profits flow to them, and the liabilities and losses flow to you (the citizenry).

That was the dry run.  In the larger scale (that's to come), by creating a national shock via a (catastrophic) economic collapse, that will create the conditions whereby the very fragile, the very poor and vulnerable, will either die, live in squalor, or be incarcerated.

The rest will be in such fear of finding themselves in that situation that they will become slave-like subsistence-level workers.

This in turn will allow the neo-fascist plutocrats to consolidate an incredible amount of (more) wealth and power, and then use the entire world as their financial playing field.  Something similar will happen in Western Europe (do a little reading on the massive protests in Britain, Greece, Spain, and many other countries).

Regarding the current political situation in the U.S., I have two theories.  Either Obama will adhere to this philosophy I describe above, (although I'd like to believe he doesn't), or, perhaps once he came to power, he realized that it was already too late to do anything about it and he decided to play within the system and see what he could do to soften the blow on the citizenry.

If after assessing the situation he realized that the criminals that created the current financial collapse could (with the proverbial push of a button) create an even greater catastrophe without them being affected one bit, he could've determined that it was better to play along and buy some time.

This could explain (to a certain extent) why his government is filled with Goldman Sachs alumni (and other culprits of the 2008 financial collapse).  Please read Matt Taibbi, and watch "Inside Job" for a better perspective on this.

As I mentioned in one of my previous diaries, "It's Official: A Corporatist Police State", the repressive infrastructure is already in place and is now being slowly deployed.

The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists. The American mind simply has not come to a realization of the evil which has been introduced into our midst. It rejects even the assumption that human creatures could espouse a philosophy which must ultimately destroy all that is good and decent. - J. Edgar Hoover

These things are going to happen, and are happening.  It will become clearer as weeks, and months, go by.

The question is whether there is going to be an effective organized resistance.  I hope there will be, but I doubt it.  It would require a massive awakening. And with the deployment of the most effective propaganda machine the world has ever seen (in the form of the U.S. mainstream media), I just don't see how people can be awakened (in mass) to resist this final takeover by these monsters.

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    •  Inside Job is a great film. (3+ / 0-)
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      Ray Pensador, jayden, Louisiana 1976

      I am not certain that all of these things that you note will actually happen, but I have noted that if what is going on now, particularly with Corporate America, continues - this does seem to be the logical conclusion to it all.  

      It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

      by ciganka on Sun Jun 12, 2011 at 02:22:30 PM PDT

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  •  Pretty Much (0+ / 0-)

    Though I give this place 3-5 weeks tops, personally.

    Find me fast on Daily Kos by following me.

    by bink on Sun Jun 12, 2011 at 02:18:41 PM PDT

    •  Thank your local fundamentalist Christian (2+ / 0-)
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      rimstalker, ciganka

      those dumb, blind bastards actually see the worst we can imagine as the sign that their wettest dreams are about to come true.

      Of course to the atheists in the room, it's gonna suck when we burn it all to the ground thinking that it is all part of "G"od's plan and it turns out the atheists are right - there is neither a "G"od nor a plan.

      Ooops.

      George Orwell is banging on the lid of his coffin and screaming, "1984 was a cautionary tale, you dolts, not a motivational speech!"

      by snafubar on Sun Jun 12, 2011 at 02:41:49 PM PDT

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  •  I see conservatism as 4-pronged. (3+ / 0-)

    The Randian/libertarians, the Straussians, the Christian Fundamantalists and Joe Lieberman.

    The only exercise I take is walking behind the coffins of friends who took exercise. -- Peter O'Toole

    by dov12348 on Sun Jun 12, 2011 at 02:25:57 PM PDT

  •  Hoover? (1+ / 0-)
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    radmul

    I'm not sure J. Edgar Hoover--whose anti-communist fervor led him to authorize spying on American dissenters, and even attempts to get Martin Luther King Jr. to commit suicide--is the best choice if one is looking for an example of someone warning of an insidious conspiracy.

    •  Forget for a moment who said it - he's right (5+ / 0-)

      look at the Clinton years vs the Bush years.

      We impeached a man for a real estate deal that lost money, a travel office firing that was legal, a state trooper scandal smaller than Sarah Palin's, a suicide that was nothing more than a sucide, and ultimately a lie about a question that ten years earlier no American would have ever bothered to ask.

      Bush comes along and we ignore the lies to get us into war, we ignore the war crimes, we ignore the renditions, we ignore the laws that were passed which brought about the financial collapse and blame a bailout on Obama that took place on Bush's watch.

      The worse it gets, most of this country falls back to rule #1 -

      America is great and never fucks up.
      If it looks like America might have fucked up, see Rule #1 and keep your goddamned mouth shut.

      Therefore

      Make whatever sins you're going to commit so incomprehensibly unbelievable

      ...that the average American simply refuses to believe that America would ever do such a thing.

      We impeached Clinton because we thought it was the slaying of the Fire Breathing Dragon.

      We didn't have the balls to even hold a single hearing about Bush et al, because nobody had the courage to admit that America had allowed that much evil to get past the radar. When it comes to real Fire-Breathing dragons that actually wear an American Jersey, most of the country goes blind.

      Seriously -

      birth certificate, or war crimes

      take a look around you

      Anthony Wiener will be on the front pages for at least a year, even if he does resign. Economic collapse? We'll blame it on an invisible monkey before we accept that America built it's own house of cards when it finally collapses.

      Everyone has forgotten that most of Bush's Cabinet for two administrations is a war criminal.

      Shock Doctrine.  

      George Orwell is banging on the lid of his coffin and screaming, "1984 was a cautionary tale, you dolts, not a motivational speech!"

      by snafubar on Sun Jun 12, 2011 at 02:52:31 PM PDT

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    •  Maybe he know what he was talking about? (1+ / 0-)
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      Louisiana 1976
  •  Anyway I absolutely agree. (1+ / 0-)
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    LLPete

    The only thing that has a chance in hell of saving this thing is if the US Govt starts printing and giving away multi-trillions to jump-start everybody to start spending and loaning again.  And that ain't gonna happen.

    The only exercise I take is walking behind the coffins of friends who took exercise. -- Peter O'Toole

    by dov12348 on Sun Jun 12, 2011 at 02:29:34 PM PDT

  •  I voted NO because diarest if being an optomist. (0+ / 0-)

    Don't think we'll make it that far. Democracy as we knew and loved disappeared with GWB.

  •  I thought that (6+ / 0-)

    the failure of the rapture would stop these sorts of predictions for at least a few weeks.  Sadly, I was mistaken.

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Sun Jun 12, 2011 at 02:31:25 PM PDT

  •  Obviously, (2+ / 0-)
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    VClib, arpear

    we are DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision -- Bertrand Russell

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Sun Jun 12, 2011 at 02:35:22 PM PDT

  •  It was obvious to me the day the market (3+ / 0-)
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    Louisiana 1976, Paolo, DelilahOhMy

    crashed in 2008.

    Rich people might lose a house, a plane, a yacht, or a trip to the Greek islands,

    but from inside their gated residence, with the nanny and the maid the only ones to have to stand in the grocery store next to the rest of us, they could wait out any collapse.

    Meanwhile, what better outcome could there be for the unconscionably rich than to see the rest of us on our knees?

    Please, sir, may I have some more?

    And thus, they can do what the unions would not allow; to reset wages across the nation to the level of third - at least second - world countries - and then we MIGHT be allowed to have a job back but with far, far less

    ...after all, if it all collapses, what are we going to do about it?

    The golden rule  -  fuck the "do unto others" version

    the golden rule has always been

    "He who has the gold, makes the rules"


    The super rich, the power elite, surely want it to - need it to - get much much worse, so we'll be more compliant, complacent - and fucking grateful, they presume - to have anything at all.

    There will be have to be rocks and bottles and molotov coctails in the streets before they feel anything, and make no mistake, their only great fear at that point really will be that the National Guard that would be needed to quell the riots is for the most part in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    That would be a fascinating way to get our troops home, I'll grant you that.

    Yep.

    It will get much worse before it gets better.

    and nobody is such a fool to say it will necessarily get better.

    George Orwell is banging on the lid of his coffin and screaming, "1984 was a cautionary tale, you dolts, not a motivational speech!"

    by snafubar on Sun Jun 12, 2011 at 02:39:56 PM PDT

  •  So let see (3+ / 0-)

    Over the course of our history I wonder how many others have
    predicted the demise of democracy or the Republic for very similar reasons. Just different names and different players.

    In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

    by jsfox on Sun Jun 12, 2011 at 02:43:35 PM PDT

    •  We Have Similar Reasons? (3+ / 0-)
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      notdarkyet, vzfk3s, ciganka

      When did we have a large comfortable wealthy middle class 20-30 years into a decline? We never had one before, nothing remotely resembling the 2nd half of the 20th century.

      We never had anything like this much of our economy offshore. When Smoot-Halley "wrecked" our trade, trade was 5-7% of the economy. Most American shipbuilding was for the Great Lakes not the seas.

      We've only triggered global financial crash twice, both times within living memory. And last time our economy was almost all onshore dependent on citizens for essentially all its labor and consumption. Restarting it was tough but it was here to restart.

      This is virgin territory in many of the biggest ways.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Jun 12, 2011 at 04:12:17 PM PDT

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  •  Too many variables in the mix (3+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador, arpear, terabytes

    to predict anything and, as history has taught us, movements towards any extreme usually have a short shelf life.

    It may be another decade or more and cause a lot of pain in the short-term but history will record this as just another spike on the graph.

    Life as we knew it, pre-crash, is gone and the future looks shaky but twenty years from now...

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Sun Jun 12, 2011 at 02:44:00 PM PDT

    •  I guess a little optimism doesn't hurt anything... (1+ / 0-)
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      •  I'm not an optimist. (1+ / 0-)
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        ciganka

        I expect things to get a lot worse but things have a tendency to self-correct, over time.

         

        "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

        by sceptical observer on Sun Jun 12, 2011 at 02:51:22 PM PDT

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        •  That tendency is over. We are in a new world now. (0+ / 0-)
          •  You're only the latest in a long, long line... (4+ / 0-)

            ...of people who said exactly that, only to see things revert back to the mean of the same old world.

            What makes your prediction different from theirs?

            •  Since mankind became mankind (0+ / 0-)

              there have been prophets of doom and gloom -- those who could read the signs and symptoms of decline and fall.  And they have been proven right innumerable times.  Empires, economies, nations, dynasties, provinces, towns, villages, tribes, clans, and families have been visited by destruction in the form of famine, plague, war, pestilence, volcanoes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis; name your favorite disaster.  "Prepare," has been their message.  And there have always been those who sought to comfort and lull and reassure.  "Don't worry, be happy, every little thing is going to turn out fine."
              The world is not going to end, at least not until for 4 or 5 billion years.  But the world as we know it will, and it won't be the same old world on the other side.  But don't count on surviving the transition.  None of us will.  Neither we, nor our children, nor our children's children will survive, even if we all should be so lucky to die of old age surrounded by our loved ones.  The transition ahead will take decades and probably centuries.  Tighten your lug nuts 'cause it's gonna be a bumpy road ahead.  

            •  I understand your skepticism. Let me give you a (0+ / 0-)

              little bit of a hint... If I were to characterize my own writing style, I would call it as one of a polemicist.  I write expressing very strong opinions, and the purpose of that is to elicit certain reaction from the reader.

              I'm not interested in having you agreed with me as much as in having you think about something in a different way.  I want to challenge the conventional wisdom hoping to stimulate intellectual discourse.

              I know I may fall way short of achieving that, but hey, I'll keep trying.

              Now, getting back to your point... I think there may be some possibilities regarding you reaction.  One is that you believe what I wrote about is quackery, and therefore you don't trust it.  Ok, that's a possibility.

              Another one is that you know that there is a problem with the government, but that is not really that bad (as I describe it), and that things will continue moving along more or less as they had the past.

              Another one is that you are afraid to contemplate the possibility that there may be some truth to what I wrote.

              Either way, they are all legitimate responses.  I understand.

              To clarify, so there is no confusion, I do believe in the premise of what I wrote.  I understand is a pretty bold assessment, but I stand by it.  

              But I'll have no problem admitting that I was wrong if things don't turn out the way I thought.

              Finally, the reason I come up with those conclusion is because I observe what's happening (I'm a news junkie; I read a lot, etc.), and make conclusions on what I'm seeing happening.

              I believe in empiricism and evidence, etc., so I'm always willing to revise my views about things according to evidence.

          •  As may be, (1+ / 0-)
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            sceptical observer

            but we have farther to go than you'd think.

            The two things Teabaggers hate most are: being called racists; and black people.

            by Punditus Maximus on Sun Jun 12, 2011 at 04:40:06 PM PDT

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  •  Controlled demolition... (0+ / 0-)

    Antemedius | Liberally Critical Thinking

    by Edger on Sun Jun 12, 2011 at 03:20:47 PM PDT

  •  I voted yes, but (1+ / 0-)
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    Punditus Maximus

    I'm just being pessimistic today. I know, and you do, too, that when Obama is reelected in 2012, all will be well. He will finally have the inclination to keep all his promises of the 2008 campaign. I'm reassured, aren't you?

    •  I'm afraid I'm not reassured--if Obama is (3+ / 0-)
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      nchristine, LLPete, Ray Pensador

      re-elected he will continue his current policies because then he'll be thinking of his "legacy."

      The only reason I'm going to vote to re-elect Obama is that the thought of a President Romney, Gingrich, or Palin sends chills down my spine.

      "We are all New Orleans now."--Barbara O'Brien Economic -7.88 Social -6.97

      by Louisiana 1976 on Sun Jun 12, 2011 at 04:12:19 PM PDT

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  •  my concerns (7+ / 0-)

    have been building for quite some time now, as well...and the recent decision by five of the most corrupt Supreme Court Inustices in American history to allow corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money for political purposes...was pretty much the final straw, in my book.

    With that decision, in addition to all of the things you mentioned in this diary, it has been making me wonder, too, if the Republicans are simply going to purchase themselves permanent control of the federal government starting in 2012 (followed by the purchase of those state governments they don't already control, one at a time), until such time that progressives will simply be unable to compete, resource-wise.

    Speaking of "dry run," that's exactly what the 2010 election appeared to me to be, as well. A corporate-funded shill of a grassroots movement (The Tea Partiers) appears to have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams in simply purchasing themselves control of the House of Representatives with unlimited amounts of secret corporate cash, thanks to those five corrupt Supreme Court Inustices.

    My guess is that what we saw in 2010 is nothing compared to what's planned for 2012.

    •  I'm more concerned with the Supreme Court (2+ / 0-)
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      vzfk3s, wdrath

      if Obama doesn't win.

      I personally wish Ruth Bader Ginsberg would retire NOW just in case Obama loses. She isn't in the best of health, and making it another 4-8-12 years is going against the actuarial charts.

      Oh, look.....I get a tagline. I better not waste it. I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

      by sd4david on Sun Jun 12, 2011 at 05:42:29 PM PDT

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      •  I think RBG will retire before the first Monday in (1+ / 0-)
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        wdrath

        October of 2011.

        •  what we also need is (1+ / 0-)
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          vzfk3s

          for one of those radical right-wing extremists to retire (i.e. Thomas, Scalia, Alito, Kennedy or Roberts) so we can restore reason and sanity to the Supreme Court again. Too bad we couldn't convince one of them to move on to something else.

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