When tyrants push people far enough, fast enough, people rebel. These rebellions are usually short and limited in scope.
But every 80 to 100 years, the tyrants push harder and faster, and the people revolt.
And not all revolutions look alike.
When we hear “revolution,” we think of the American colonies or French in the 18th century. But the US Civil War and World War II were revolutions as well.
That means the last revolution was . . . 82 years ago.
We are overdue.
The End of America: a Refresher
I wrote a post titled “The End of America” on July 21, 2020. It predicted a civil war leading to the disintegration of the United States into three countries—two smaller, left-leaning countries in the northeast and west with one larger right-leaning country in the middle and southeast. Those boundaries, in my view, are already forming.
The specifics I laid out were more speculative and somewhat optimistic—the best-case scenario.
I might adjust the dates a bit, but everything since July 2020 only supports my prediction. Of course, I did not see the stolen election coming, but that certainly advances the idea of a break-up. Nor did I expect John Durham to begin indicting conspirators of the attempt to steal the 2016 election.
(If you still believe the 2020 election was on the up-and-up, consider this: if the FBI and CIA were willing to conspire with Big Tech and the Hillary campaign to steal the 2016 election, what makes you think they would not team up again in 2020, a little older and a little wiser?)
What I missed in 2020 was the possibility of a global revolution.
I expected the revolution to be a uniquely American event as a prejudiced American. Still, signs now point to Canada being “he “damn thing in the Balkans” that sparks the powder keg.
Canadian truckers, now joined by Canadian farmers, are blockading cities and border crossing demanding freedom from government and medical tyranny. Justin Trudeau has responded by declaring martial law.
In support of Trudeau’s crackdown on freedom, the US intel community hacked the Christian funding site GiveSendGo and published the donors’ names, addresses, and emails. As a result, the Canadian government is freezing bank accounts of those who have donated the truckers.
I expect US authorities to freeze my bank account, as well, along with those of millions of other Americans who donated to the cause of freedom. I also expect the US and Canada to “nudge” the donors’ employers in the direction of dismissing the troublemakers the same way they nudged employers to fire the unvaccinated.
If the US and Canadian governments get their way, millions of English-speaking North Americans will soon lose everything—their jobs, homes, savings, and futures.
The only thing more dangerous than a man with unlimited resources is a man with nothing to lose.
The optimists believe that enough protests will inspire the authoritarians to reverse course and give up their “emergency” powers. A few believe that the 2022 elections in the US will restore the status quo ante of 2019.
The pessimists believe we are in for an extended period of a single world government that reduces the population to what’s needed for the maximum comfort of the ruling class.
Both of those scenarios are possible, but neither is the likeliest case. Optimists and pessimists are usually wrong.
The pessimists’ case is pretty much in place, though somewhat covert. For the most part, a small number of billionaires run the world—heads of government function as their administrators, imposing the billionaires will through the mechanisms of government. And pessimists’ case could play out, but not without a war.
The Russian Revolution on a Global Scale
The Russian Revolution could have gone either way, but it could not have gone bloodless. This one won’t, either.
Had it not been for 19th-century Russian reforms, the rural masses in Russia would have fought the Bolsheviks in more significant numbers. But Russian attempts at modernization in 1861 abolished serfdom. Unfortunately, like most government reforms, the abolition of serfdom made life worse for the serfs. From Russian Agrarian History and Soviet Debates on Peasantry:
Serfdom was abolished in 1861. The 1861 settlement divided the land between landlord and peasant in a way which peasants in the agrarian ‘core' of Russia rejected ideologically. The lords had theoretically held domain over lands by virtue of their role as government officials, not as absolute private property. Furthermore, the Russian peasants had to pay for the land they received, to redeem themselves from serfdom. And not only did the peasants have to pay — once they'd paid, many could not, in practice, become full private small-holders, because they continued to be subject to the obshchina system of the peasant commune, where village lands were periodically redistributed to even out variations in household demography. There were, however, large parts of Russia where communal village landholding had either never existed or was already in a state of decay before 1905, and there is a lot of debate about how far the obshchina system actually functioned in practice even where it did exist: there is some evidence of processes of land concentration which were not linked to the fact that some households in a village were inevitably bigger than others. On the other hand, it is important to note that the degree of commercialisation of both landlord and peasant agriculture remained more limited in the Central Black Earth/Middle Volga zones: commercialisation mainly impacted on the peasant commune to the North, especially in the Central Industrial Province near the big cities. Nevertheless, on balance, it's an acceptable rough generalisation to say that ‘land hunger' became an increasingly important source of peasant unrest in the later 19th century. Furthermore, discontent with the fruits of ‘emancipation' was hardened by the introduction of new tax policies designed to make the peasants pay for Russia's industrialisation.
A series of misguided attempts to move the rural peasants to industrialized urban centers followed. By the time Lenin departed St. Gallen, Switzerland, to spark the revolution, the natural base of anti-Bolshevism was fed up with the Czar.
By 1917, Russia’s peasants, who would normally support the prevailing system, were ready for revolution, just as North American truckers are today.
But truckers are not alone in their disaffection for the ruling class. Truckers are the pioneers, the trailblazers. Familiar with moving forward and completing their missions, truckers refuse to sit by until things get worse. So they moved out at great risk. They’re sacrificing income to inspire a revolution.
The Oligarchs Will Push Back Twice as Hard
The optimists are wrong. The ruling class will not give an inch. A new article on Brownstone Institute describes why the oligarchs will fight to the finish using every weapon at their disposal:
These elites will not relinquish their position, irrespective of how many times they pivot and warp the Covid narratives. Elites in power never let go of the reins voluntarily, and certainly not after committing the egregious crimes they have just perpetrated. They are all-in now, and they will do whatever is needed to remain in power and avoid justice, making the next few years inevitably a long slog for most Western countries. Censorship will continue. Divide-and-rule will continue. Inalienable rights will not be returned. There will simply be new excuses and a further erosion of democratic practices.
The authors stopped short, though, in their list of tactics the elites will employ. We’ve already seen that doctors have murdered patients through intentional malpractice. Let’s jump to the chase, then, and admit that summary executions are in America’s future. Police in major cities have already shown they’d rather arrest maskless 12-year-olds than prevent a rape a block away—to please the oligarchs.
In short, the elites will stop at nothing to maintain their power and avoid justice.
The Life Expectancy of an Empire is 250 Years
America’s 250th birthday is July 4, 2026. You haven’t heard about it because the elites don’t want a celebration. They want America’s birth to be forgotten.
The majority of America’s schoolchildren know the date 1619 better than 1776. (If your child lives in a state with mandatory state and US history classes, you probably don’t realize this.) America began planning the Bicentennial celebration in 1966—a decade before the event. Neither the United States nor any state has begun planning for 250, which is four years away.
Try to start a 250th celebration in your state. You will be opposed at every level—school district, city, county, state. Your federal representatives will ignore you.
Why? Because borders are going away, and a 250-year celebration of a nation would serve to reinforce borders.
The goal of the great reset is to erase the idea of nationhood and statehood from the minds of the people. One world government, the brotherhood of man.
“Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications and to watch over their fate. That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood: it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing. For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the sole agent and the only arbiter of that happiness; it provides for their security, foresees and supplies their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principal concerns, directs their industry, regulates the descent of property, and subdivides their inheritances: what remains, but to spare them all the care of thinking and all the trouble of living?”
—Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1840
Tocqueville likely expected that government to be a national government. It turns out he was wrong. That ‘immense and tutelary power” standing over us is global in nature, and that race of men is not a race but a species.
History condemns empires to 250-year lives. Like the Roman Empire, America’s started sometime after 1776. We weren’t born an empire. We became one. Some point to World War II as the end of the republic and the birth of the empire. Others point to the Civil War. I would favor the Louisianna Purchase.
I don’t know exactly when America became an empire, but it’s safe to assume we’re getting close to the end. World War II is way too late to mark the end of the republic. Rome was not as divided as America just 80 years after Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon. America’s political, cultural, and social disintegration in 2022 is on par with Rome's of about 300. Trust in institutions is near zero. Trust in our neighbors is a little higher, but that’s due to optimism. If you can see three homes from your front porch, the occupants of at least one of those homes are looking a for a reason to turn you in right now.
Whether by a peasant’s uprising or the imposition of a new world order, America’s existence is near its end.
We Will Decide What Comes Next
By passive submission or active resistance, we will decide what emerges from the rubble. I don’t know when the shooting starts or how many will fall, but fall they will.
Submission is easy at first. You simply go along with whatever others impose on you. You will probably get to keep your Disney Plus account and your TikTok videos—all approved by the authorities for your happiness. You might grumble when the local commissar denies your application to host a birthday party for your six-year-old, but the authorities know best, right?
Resistance is hard. You could get killed. To make a decent showing, you will have to into the fight strong in body and soul. (There are no atheists in foxholes.) You will need a tribe of strong people around you. You will need more hours preparing, stockpiling, practicing, and strengthening which means little television or reading or, in my case, writing. You’ll need to accumulate the tools of resistance and train with them. You and your tribe will need to master multiple forms of transportation—land, air, and water. And you will need practice living in privation—cold baths and showers, days without food, the water you can carry on your back. You will need species for barter—gold, silver, eggs, milk, meat—anything someone else might value more than he values the commodities he has.
Most of all, if you choose to fight, you must prepare for battle while carrying on in the dying culture. You don’t know when the fighting will begin in earnest. If you withdraw too soon, your strength and supplies will be depleted before you can put them to good use. But if you wait too long in preparing, the storm will catch you in the field far from cover.
Consider this extended quote from Democracy in America. You should recognize our country in these words.
“What good does it do me, after all, if an ever-watchful authority keeps an eye out to ensure that my pleasures will be tranquil and races ahead of me to ward off all danger, sparing me the need even to think about such things, if that authority, even as it removes the smallest thorns from my path, is also absolute master of my liberty and my life; if it monopolizes vitality and existence to such a degree that when it languishes, everything around it must also languish; when it sleeps, everything must also sleep; and when it dies, everything must also perish?
There are some nations in Europe whose inhabitants think of themselves in a sense as colonists, indifferent to the fate of the place they live in. The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved. They are so divorced from their own interests that even when their own security and that of their children is finally compromised, they do not seek to avert the danger themselves but cross their arms and wait for the nation as a whole to come to their aid. Yet as utterly as they sacrifice their own free will, they are no fonder of obedience than anyone else. They submit, it is true, to the whims of a clerk, but no sooner is force removed than they are glad to defy the law as a defeated enemy. Thus one finds them ever wavering between servitude and license.
When a nation has reached this point, it must either change its laws and mores or perish, for the well of public virtue has run dry: in such a place one no longer finds citizens but only subjects.”
― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Austria, Germany . . . the list is long of countries described in the second paragraph of this quote. Canadian truckers and farmers are trying to change their nation’s laws and mores because, like America, its well of public virtue has run dry. Another term for ‘changing laws and mores’ is ‘revolution.’
Tocqueville didn’t tell us what would happen when the people pulled back the power their overseers had usurped, but he didn’t have to. Throughout history, stumbling tyrants have tried to maintain their power by eliminating the people.
I wouldn’t bet this revolution to look any different.