Monthly Archives: December 2014
By: Tom Chatham
Recently, Casey Research carried an article on some obscure ideas Thomas Jefferson wrote to colleagues about. When the new constitution was finished he knew they had failed to create a perfect document. By 1810 he felt sure that there would be problems stemming from the constitution they had written and set about to provide ideas to fix the inherent problems with it. It has been called Jefferson’s Hundreds.
The regulatory structure we now have has morphed from the small government one that was created into a behemoth that is all encompassing and intrusive into individuals lives. This has come about due to the large voting blocks that have risen to power that now control the national direction. In Virginia, Fairfax County is a good example. This one county has the power to determine the outcome of state elections regardless of the people in the majority of the rest of the state.
The people in flyover country know this problem well. The politics in this nation have led to a small number of cities and states having a disproportionate amount of control over the rest of society. One of the things that keeps this reasonably in check during national elections is the electoral collage. This helps to keep a handfull of states from controlling all the rest but even that system is under attack.
Many now want to eliminate the electoral collage and go to a simple majority vote. If that happens it is easy to look at population densities and determine that only a handful of coastal states would be sufficient to override the will of the rest of the nation. This is close to becoming reality. It is no secret why the Democrats pour so much money into states like California, New York and Illinois. These states have large populations that are beholden to government handouts and they vote appropriately.
To buttress this type of corruption Jefferson suggested dividing the nation into smaller units than even counties. He suggested breaking it down into units of one hundred people each. This hundred person ward would in effect be its own sovereign entity or republic. It would only give the powers to state and federal governments that IT decided to cede to them. This ward would have its own leadership, school, justice of the peace, constable, captain of the militia and infrastructure that it needed to take care of itself.
While I like the idea, I think a unit of 200-300 would be more functional today but the idea is the same. Small groups that retain their full sovereignty would be difficult to corrupt like they are today. Units that small have the advantage of knowing and living near the leadership and can deal with corrupt officials face to face on a daily basis when necessary. One corrupt ward would have little effect on other wards due to their separate governing bodies.
You could still have counties, states and national governing bodies to deal with larger issues but the power would be retained in the individual units. It would also eliminate the redistribution of wealth from producing units to non-producing units which is a major cause of the corruption in society. Every ward would be responsible for its own well being. I also feel giving these individual wards one electoral vote each would go a long way toward more equitable elections at the state and federal level for offices such as President, U.S. Senator, Governor and state attorney general. State senators and representatives and U.S. Representatives could still be elected by majority votes.
If this nation enters another civil war in the future, I believe this type of governing structure will come about out of necessity as communities struggle to survive the destruction and protect themselves from the inevitable lawlessness that would follow. Small communities creating their own laws and institutions to protect their property and way of life is the only way forward if freedom and private property rights are to survive the current course we are now on.
Crony capitalism and rigged elections have led to the reigns of power being concentrated in a small number of hands. This is not only dangerous to society in terms of freedom but also in financial terms as wealth and hard work are siphoned off for the benefit of the few at the cost of the many. The decentralization of power is the only way to remove the sociopaths that now control our destinies. This was evident to Jefferson in his day.
Letter to William B. Giles, 1825:
I see with the deepest affliction, the rapid strides with which the federal branch of our government is advancing towards the usurpation of all the rights reserved to the States, and the consolidation in itself of all powers, foreign and domestic; and that too, by constructions which, if legitimate, leave no limits to their power.
Today when any county or state attempts to stand up to the corrupt policies dictated to us from national podiums, they are confronted with the only things that can be used against them. They are first threatened with the termination of federal funds and if that does not work the threat of physical force is used. Usually, the simple threat of loss of funds is sufficient to end the revolt as local governments are addicted to federal money like a heroin addict to drugs.
Until local governments free themselves from the financial chains of government subsidies and grants, and they develop their own economies and armed forces, will they be free from the tyranny that seeks to totally subdue them. Only when local communities have the ability to say NO will they regain their birthright.
By: Tom Chatham
A recent article by Dave Hodges shines a light on a little thought of situation that many people may find themselves in during some future war or civil disturbance. That situation is you coming up against superior technology that you have no defense against. So, how do you deal with this threat?
Lets get right to the chase. Every weapons system is designed to operate in a certain environment and do a certain task within that environment. Because of that, every weapons system has weak points that it cannot hide from once you change that environment.
In WWII Sherman tanks were outmatched by German Tiger tanks. They were able to overcome this disadvantage by superior numbers and by putting the Tigers in situations that gave the Sherman the advantage. The Shermans were smaller and more maneuverable so they would try to engage tigers in dense areas where they could not maneuver and turn their guns because of obstacles. This allowed the Shermans to get behind the tigers and shoot them in their only weak point, their ass. The Tiger might get three Shermans but there was usually a fourth one that managed to get the Tiger.
When radar began to be used in WWII the RAF soon came up against German flak batteries that had radar. To get past this threat they came up with a simple solution. They deployed strips of aluminum foil, code named windows, that confused the radars and allowed the planes to get through. The Germans soon figured out how to deal with this but for a time it made their systems almost useless.
When you are faced with superior weapons you need to do two things.
Determine what its limitations are.
Determine how to attack it in that weak spot.
Those two things are the basis of counter weapons development for centuries. Not long after we got the tank we then developed anti-tank weapons. It’s the same with any new weapons system. Sometimes you need to develop your own superior technology to use against it and sometimes you need to resort to caveman technology.
Killer robots may come after us one day and be able to outrun us but how well do they rappel down a mountain or swim? They may be impervious to rifle bullets but what happens when they are hit by a 6 lb. steel ball from a cannon? A solid object traveling at high speed can do a lot of damage when it hits something. Just look at the DUC rounds the M1 Abrams fires or when a large meteor hits Earth. How do robots handle the bumper of a large truck traveling at high speeds? I have two words for the backyard inventors out there, rail gun.
New optical systems may be able to scan our retinas a mile away and tell who we are but how well do those optical systems work in fog, smoke or covered with mud or paint?
Those new MRAPs may be hard but how well do they operate in woods that have no roads? How well can they drive when all of the windows are covered with paint or other materials that blind them? How fast can they go when they are laying on their side or sitting in three feet of mud? The people in that vehicle must get in at some point and get out at some time. That is a weak point. That vehicle must be refueled at some time. That is a weak point. Are you getting the picture?
How well does any weapons system work when it is hosed down with fuel and ignited? How well does it work without fuel? How well does it work without ammo? How well does it work without repair parts or human operators? How well does it work when it cannot “see”? How well can it operate when it has no traction? How well can it operate in bad weather? What does it take to disable its electronics? What does it take to put a hole in it? What happens to an attack helicopter when a steel cable is suddenly propelled up into its rotors? How well can the operators function when they have no air to breathe?
Every system has a certain environment it works well in. Your job is to get it into a situation that is outside of its operating box so you have the advantage. That is the advantage that humans have over technology. We have the ability to adapt to new situations and learn new tricks. Most weapons systems cannot do that. Even if they can adapt they do not have our imagination. How many weapons systems would think of giving a group of enemy fighters diarrhea to reduce their combat effectiveness?
Our ability to think outside of the box is our greatest advantage. That is what we need to depend on in the days to come. Having weapon systems to fight back with will be important but the most destructive thing we have is our mind. Remember, it was a human that made that new weapon and it will be a human that designs the countermeasure to it.
By: Tom Chatham
The events of the past few months seem astounding when taken in all at once. The plan to destroy the U.S. dollar and the American middle class is moving at an ever increasing speed.
At the recent G20 meeting the nations agreed that bank deposits would no longer be considered money. These bank deposits become the property of the banking institution and as such can be used any way the bank wants. This means that any money you deposit in a bank now is no longer yours but makes you an investor in the bank and subject to lose that money if a banking crisis takes down the bank.
The spending bill just passed by congress makes the American taxpayer responsible for any derivatives loses that banks may suffer. These derivative holders now have first priority when any funds are paid out and depositors are relegated to last place. FDIC insurance will have to pay out these funds but it has no where near enough money to pay the more than 300 trillion in losses that will be suffered in a banking crisis. That means any depositor has little hope of getting anything back. In order for depositors to get anything back massive money printing would have to take place making any payout amount to only pennies on the dollar.
And if you don’t think there is any danger of a banking crisis in America you may want to keep in mind that the Treasury Dept. has recently ordered $200k worth of 72 hr emergency kits for dispersion to every major bank in America. These are known by many as bug-out-bags and are used to support individuals when disaster strikes and they have to care for themselves for the first few days of crisis.
New legislation now gives pension plans the ability to cut benefits to pensioners in the future making the future welfare of these people uncertain. They say it is necessary to prevent these funds from going bankrupt. It will “apply to multi-employer pensions, where a group of businesses in the same industry join forces with unions to provide pension coverage for employees. The plans cover some 10 million U.S. workers,” You may be happy to know this will not affect congressional pensions, as long as they are funded by the taxpayers.
The sanctions being placed on Russia are beginning to destabilize the world in many ways. The sudden drop in oil prices will send ripples through many foreign nations and cause an already tense situation to become highly flammable. It seems this is what is wanted to provoke a new world war and hide the complicity of bankers and politicians in the coming destruction of the economy.
For the past few years those elite with knowledge of the coming monetary destruction have been putting their fiat dollars into any hard assets they can find. The recent record prices paid at auction for collectables is just one more indication that those in the know are moving into hard assets as fast as they can to preserve their wealth.
This diversification includes precious metals and land as well. I believe when there are no more metals or suitable properties available for purchase, these entities in control of this game will pull the plug and let everything collapse. Those holding fiat paper, electrons or other paper promises will be devastated as those assets evaporate into thin air.
You may feel some security knowing you have a good job but among the deposits that disappear will be billions in commercial accounts that belong to businesses. When these businesses lose this money, many will likely close destroying many jobs in the process. This will send ripples through the transportation, production and distribution system when it happens. In an economy made up of 70% consumer spending, this will be fast and devastating to those with few resources to fall back on when it happens.
There are three lessons that many people will learn in the coming months. If you do not have it already you may not be able to get it. If you do not have it physically in your hands you do not own it. If you cannot protect it you will not have it for long.
By: Tom Chatham
In the opening scenes of Gone With The Wind, Rhett Butler stated that the only things the south had plenty of was slaves and cotton. As inflammatory as that may sound, he was only stating an unspoken truth. The north had massive steel mills, factories, rail roads and raw materials to wage an effective fight. The south was lacking in all of these areas. To anyone contemplating a civil war, these lessons should not be lost to history.
As I’ve written about before, you need more than just soldiers to fight a war. You need a good logistics base to support those fighters. For every trigger puller on the front line you have ten to fifteen support troops behind the lines supplying those troops. Behind those support troops you have many civilians that produce the goods that are used by the troops.
I keep hearing people ask why these so called patriots are not out protesting the government and trying to change things in this country. I think the answer may be that these patriots know history and do not want to repeat past failures. They know this will probably end in all out war with the government before it is over. That means these people are using this lull before the storm to actively prepare their logistics base and coordinate future needs while they can. They cannot do that if they put a target on their back by being out in public saying what they really think.
When the south finally capitulated, they were short of war materials and literally starving to death. That fact needs to sink in real good with those that don’t know history and expect some sort of conflict in this nation in the future. This is why prepping is so important today. Simply having some food and ammo may not be enough if you are one of the many that will become the front line in the future.
If another civil war breaks out in America, the front line fighters may not have the luxury of large support elements. They may be forced to be their own support and as such need to store and develop the necessary logistics base they can draw on when the time comes. This includes the ability to produce basic and critical supplies from scratch at their location.
This is one reason I believe the government is trying very hard to prevent self sufficiency in this nation at this time. They want to take the guns, stop the storing of food and medical supplies and stop people from growing their own food. These are the logistics that will be needed in a national conflagration.
It is also important for those future fighters to realize that these are the things that the government fighters will also need. A large mechanized force requires food, fuel and ammo on a continuous basis. If that logistics train is disrupted or stopped, that force becomes an ineffective rabble with limited ability. If you don’t understand that just ask any German that fought at Stalingrad. Once they lost their ability to resupply their troops the men were finished.
The south did not lose the war because they were not dedicated enough or brave enough, they lost because they were overwhelmed by the enemy’s superior logistics. This is how a future aggressor will attempt to take control of this country. They will attempt to wear us down and bleed us dry until we no longer have the ability to fight. The only way to prevent that type of scenario is for Americans to have their own logistics base in place to maintain a fighting ability for an indefinite period of time. That will take planning and investment of time and resources. So, to all of you who are not busy protesting on the latest outrage from Washington, I understand. Just keep building and stacking.
By: Tom Chatham
So, you’ve got all of your supplies ready for anything that happens in the future. You have plans and backup plans and you feel ready for anything. You have an ample supply of food and the means to produce more. You have weapons, land, communication systems, backup power systems and alternative energy supplies. You have a good library, precious metals and ample medical resources. So, you think you have everything covered within reason, right?
What will you do when your generator stops? Do you have spare parts to fix it? Do you have plugs and oil and supplies to do routine maintenance on it for years to come to keep it operating?
You have a good rifle and a pile of ammo and you can hit targets out to 500 yards with ease. What will you do if your firing pin or a spring breaks? Do you have critical repair parts to insure that weapon will continue to be useful when you need it most?
Something as simple as wheel bearing grease can cause a catastrophic failure if you don’t have any to keep your equipment lubricated. Sure you have fuel and alternative fuel systems to power your equipment but do you have the repair parts to keep those machines running or rebuild the engine if necessary?
Some years ago you could not drive down the road without getting a windshield full of bugs but because of all of the pesticides in use today the bug population has been almost eliminated. When everything stops and those pesticides are no longer available on large scale those bug populations will suddenly increase to previous levels. Do you have the materials to protect your garden from this threat?
Many people now have the bug guy spray around their home every year to prevent roaches and termites from getting a foothold and causing serious damage. What will you do when you can no longer get those services?
You did a lot of planning and you know your water will still flow no matter what happens in the world but did you stop planning there? What will you do when your faucet or your pipe starts leaking? Do you have washers, extra pipe or connectors to fix that problem?
When a storm blows through in the future and breaks a window or makes a hole in the roof, can you fix that? You have a woodstove and a good supply of wood and everything to cut that wood but what happens when your ax handle breaks? Can you fix that?
In the future, if you are using your woodstove every day, will you be able to keep your chimney clean? A chimney fire is unusual but can be devastating if it happens and you have no fire dept. to call.
It is impossible for the average person to plan for everything but there are certain things that you need to think about in depth and be aware of in the event you cannot get replacement parts or services in the future.
Simply having some woodworking tools and some hardware items can go a long way to maintaining your tools and home. Having a few key repair parts for your machines can be a lifesaver in a drawn out situation where you cannot find the parts you need. The fact that many parts are now made overseas will make any transportation or supply disruptions even worse. A loss of currency reserve status for the U.S. would make any imports much more expensive even if you could still get them.
There are so many weak links in our current supply system that it should make the average American very uneasy. No one knows for sure what the future holds in store for us but the trends are developing and the picture they are forming is not good.
Some economists have predicted a period of deflation prior to a hyperinflation developing in America. The current drop in commodity prices should be taken with a grain of salt and people should use this drop to bulk up their supplies just in case the current “prosperity” does not last.
When disaster strikes, many realize there was something else they should have had to get through it. Even a prepared person never has everything they would like to have during difficult times but that list can be minimized by careful reflection on their future needs in the dysfunctional world they may one day find themselves in.