Charts of US Government Debt & Doom: Descent and Reaction
50 Charts From Marc Faber
Most citizens may submit to an overbearing government, but others -- who worked hard, sacrificed, and saved all their lives only to see governments confiscate and diminish their assets -- may consider other actions and reactions.
The recent popularity of "secession from the union" petitions in the US demonstrate that some citizens are unhappy with the growth of government power & debt, and the consequent curtailment of individual rights and opportunity.
Another reaction to the recent explosion in government arrogance toward productive citizens, is the movement to acquire personal weapons and other survival tools and materials.
Several weeks ago, there was much excitement over the demonstrated ability to "print" a gun -- actually the receiver of a firearm -- with a 3D printer. But it has been possible for individuals to make their own firearms for several centuries. And with modern machine shops, it has become much easier. And in the US, it is also legal.
Dmitri Harris runs the Ares Armor store, along with his buddies, some Marine Corps infantry veterans. The shop is busy because more people are finding out about the chance to build your own gun without having to go through any registration or government signups of any kind.
It is possible because of the Gun Control Act of 1968. It reads, "an unlicensed individual may make a firearm," but also says it has to be for personal use and cannot be for sale or distribution.
...Team 10 purchased a piece of aluminum and watched as it was turned into a receiver for an AR-15. It can take four or five hours to do this, depending on how busy the shop is. Inside that machine shop is a computer-controlled milling machine that cuts out the aluminum.
What Team 10 ended up with was a receiver that can have parts added to it, such as the trigger, the barrel, the stock and the magazine. Team 10 fired the AR-15 at a nearby range when the receiver was finished and it worked just fine.
... _Untraceable Firearms
Not all the economic news for the US is bad. Several state and local governments are benefiting enormously from the boom in shale oil & gas -- and the boom's secondary benefits within US industry. US President Obama probably owes part of his re-selection to the shale booms in Ohio and Pennsylvania -- although many inside of Obama's administration would have gleefully shut down shale fracking and its economic benefits if they were given a free hand. Watch them very closely.
The economic effects of Obamacare were cleverly deferred until after the Obama Outfit's re-selection. But now, US employment is likely to take a severe hit from the many provisions of the Obama - Pelosi - Reid health care plan from hell. And that is just the beginning of the economic problems that will be exacerbated by the progressive enforcement of Obama era policies.
Without an amazing level of organisation, the Obama Outfit -- comprising organised labour, organised community actists, organised academics, organised news media, organised faux environmentalists, organised vote "handlers" ( and of course elements of organised crime ;-) etc. -- Obama would be hiring a moving van in the near future.
There is nothing preventing US citizens from organising themselves. While government possesses a monopoly on the organised use of force, the US Constitution has provisions for the private use of force for self defense etc.
But organisation is far more useful for other things than the use of force. In fact, as new technologies are developed which will allow citizens to make many of the things they need to survive at home -- cheaply and with little effort -- the need to support an oppressive and deeply indebted government will appear less and less necessary to growing numbers of citizens.
Organising to provide for the needs of one's family and community -- apart from official government -- is the type of organisation which US citizens should be contemplating, very seriously.
Not all citizens possess the aptitudes or competencies for working along those lines, of course. But that has always been the case. 10% of people at the most, do 90% of the work at the least. In some areas it seems closer to 5% / 95%.
The smart fraction -- better known as the competent fraction -- is incredibly important to the present, and to the future. Perhaps it is time for the competent fraction to learn how to be truly dangerous, in a peaceful but efficacious way.
It is never too late to have a dangerous childhood.
Heiner Rindermann's paper on the impact of smart fractions on social development (PDF)
Steve Sailer's analysis of Rindermann's paper