Thoughts on Revolutions, and Conspiracy Theories

I wanted to follow up on my previous post on the conspiracy theory that the vaccine is a conspiracy to depopulate the world.

This post will touch on the idea of conspiracy theories more generally, and how governments rise and fall.

There is a great episode of South Park, season 10 episode 9, “The Mystery of the Urinal Deuce.” It’s about 9-11 conspiracies, and the message of the episode is that the government actually promotes the 9-11 conspiracies because they want people to think they’re all-knowing and all-powerful.

In other words, conspiracy theories themselves are the real conspiracy theory.

And it has worked. Many people out there believe that the ruling class is so vast, and possessing such unimaginable power, wielded with such efficiency and cunning, that it can literally affect any outcome it wants.

Wipe out 7.3 billion people? Boom, done. Easy. No sweat.

This is a good thing for the government. It makes people fear the government, and believe it’s way more powerful, all-knowing and omnipotent than it truly is.

All governments seek to project strength. They set examples of people to show others what happens when you rebel. They want to make it appear as if their hold on power is not as fragile and tenuous as it truly is. They want to send the message: don’t even try to challenge us because it’s not possible. We’re too strong. You have zero chance.

At the same time, having the ability to label and discredit opponents as “conspiracy theorists” is very useful to the Establishment.

Yet, if you go back far enough in history, virtually every government in the world has been either overthrown or conquered at some point. America itself was created through violent revolution.

I think we in America don’t fully understand the inherent tenuousness and fragility of governments. We’re a young nation, relatively speaking. Our history only stretches back a few hundred years. We’ve only known one government. We think governments are permanent and entrenched, impossible to overthrow, etc.

And I think this is a big reason why conspiracy theorists in America are so terrified of the government. Sure, they hate the government, but most of these conspiracy theories presuppose an omnipotent and all-knowing government, one of unimaginable power and effectiveness.

But the rest of the world knows better. They know full well how fleeting governments can be.

Let’s just take a look at some of the major governments of the world and provide some examples:

  1. China: Qing dynasty overthrown by Nationalists in 1911. Nationalist government overthrown by Communists in 1949 after Civil War.
  2. Russia: Tsar overthrown by communist revolution in 1918. Soviet Union dissolved in 1991.
  3. India: Ruled by Britain from 1858-1947, when India was granted independence.
  4. Germany: Unified under monarchy in 1871, formed German Empire. Empire replaced by Weimar republic in 1918 after Kaiser’s defeat in World War I. Weimar Republic lasted until being ousted by the Nazis in 1933. Hitler’s Third Reich lasted from 1933-1945, when he was defeated by the Allies in World War II. Germany was split starting in 1945, with the Communists controlling the East and the West being “liberal and democratic.” The country reunified in 1991 after the fall of the Soviet Union, giving way to modern Germany as we know it.
  5. France: Currently under the rule of the Fifth Republic, which has been in place since 1958. The Fourth Republic was short-lived, lasting from 1946-1958. During WW2, France was under German Occupation. Prior to WW2, France was ruled by the Third Republic from 1870-1940. Prior to the French Revolution of 1792, France was a feudal monarchy, called the Ancien Regime, which lasted from the late middle ages until the Revolution. The First French Republic was established in 1792, but was overthrown by Napoleon, who ruled from 1799-1815 when he was defeated by the British at Waterloo. Following Napoleon’s defeat, the Bourbon Dynasty was restored until about 1830, then the July Monarchy until 1848. The Second Republic starting in 1848, under the rule of Napoleon III (the last monarch of France), became the Second Empire and lasted until 1870, when Napoleon III was defeated and captured by the Prussians. France then formed the Third Republic, which saw France become a colonial power, and it lasted until 1940.
  6. Italy: We won’t go all the way back to Ancient Rome. Italy was unified as a single country in 1861. The Fascists led by Mussolini took over in 1922, were defeated in WW2 in 1945, which gave way to the Italian Republic following the war.
  7. Middle East: Mostly under control of the Ottoman Empire from 1453 to its final defeat in World War I in 1918. At its peak, the Ottoman Empire stretched as far into Europe as the Austrian border and ruled the Balkans plus Greece. It also included all of North Africa, all of modern Turkey (the core of the Empire), the Levant and the Holy Land, the coastal parts of the Arabian Peninsula, and went as far east as the Iranian border.
  8. Iran: The Pahlavi dynasty was overthrown by the Islamists in 1979. Iran had been ruled by monarchs for over 2,500 years.

Britain is a bit of a different story. They have not been truly conquered in quite a while–nearly 1000 years, actually. The Normans, led by William the Conqueror, have ruled Britain since 1066. The Royal Family to this day are descendants of William the Conqueror.

There was a brief period in the 1650s where the Monarchy was overthrown after a civil war–by a man named Oliver Cromwell–but this period (known as the “Interregnum”) only lasted a few years, and the Monarchy was restored to power.

There was also the Glorious Revolution of 1688, but it was more like an family squabble in which the Catholic side of the Royal Family was ousted and replaced by the Protestant side. It was not some full-blown civil war or insurrection where the whole monarchy itself was in jeopardy.

The thing about Britain, though, is that over the past 500 years or so, they have gone from an empire upon which the sun never set, to just an island. The British Empire at its peak was massive:

But not anymore.

The British Empire is now just Britain and a bunch of tiny islands scattered around the world.

So while Britain has not been conquered since the Normans (thanks largely to American intervention in both World Wars), it has seen its power rise and fall dramatically over the past 500 years or so.

Plus, the power of the crown began waning in comparison to Parliament starting after the Glorious Revolution, and by the mid-19th century, the political power was virtually all in Parliament’s hands, with the Monarchy becoming largely symbolic by that time. The way it is explained is that Queen Victoria (1837-1901) was the first Monarch to “reign” instead of “rule,” and it’s been that way ever since.

Britain has been pretty stable, relatively speaking, for the past 200 years or so, and in terms of great powers, they’re the only nation that really even comes close to matching the overall stability of the United States over the past 200 years.

I don’t think Americans fully appreciate just how remarkably politically stable this country has been, and for such a long period of time, too.

Obviously it has been far from perfect, and even I would say the US experienced a coup as recently as 1963 (many would argue 2020 as well). We had a Civil War from 1861-1865.

But when you compare it to what so many other major countries have gone through over the past 200 or so years in terms of conquest and rebellion, America has been remarkably stable.

And it has gotten to the point where people basically think the US government is invincible.

The government wants to keep it that way. They want us to think they are invincible.

The way they’ve been able to maintain this belief among the people is not through any one single method, but through a variety of means:

  1. Maintaining the public’s faith in the electoral system. If the electoral system is viewed as free and fair, then people won’t revolt. It’s as simple as that. They don’t need to.
    1. Now, of course this doesn’t mean the government does not manipulate or influence the elections. Of course it does. But it must do so in a delicate way, so that the public does not begin to think the electoral system is a sham.
    2. When the public’s faith in the electoral system falters, it absolutely must be restored. However, if this is not possible, there are two primary fail-safes.
  2. Divide and conquer: When a government realizes it is incapable of winning the trust and support of the people, it will divide the people and encourage them to fight amongst themselves. This way the government can distract the people from the fact that it is the government causing all the problems. The government wants the left blaming the right and the right blaming the left. The whole point is to make sure the left and the right don’t come together and start to blame the government. Because then, the government is in trouble. Big trouble.
  3. Military Propaganda: Promote the belief among the public (and the world) that the US military possesses an ungodly level of power and no other military even comes anywhere close. Emphasize the fact that the military has nukes, drones, tanks, aircraft carriers, Navy Seals, Marines, F-15s, GPS satellites, space-based weapons, the CIA, etc. Just the most untouchable and deadly military ever conceived. The message is clear: don’t even think about it. You have no chance at all against us. We will crush you.
    1. Please ignore, however, the fact that the US military lost in Afghanistan, lost in the Second Iraq War (which was only necessary because the First Iraq War was unsuccessful), lost in Vietnam, and lost in Korea to the Chinese. And also that 9-11 happened, and that it took the US 10 years to find Osama Bin Laden.
    2. But OTHER THAN ALL THAT STUFF, the US military is just unfathomably powerful and efficient and all-knowing.

As they said in South Park, it might be that the government wants a large segment of the population to believe 9-11 was an inside job.

Because if it wasn’t, then, well, maybe the the US government isn’t quite as invincible as you thought

People start getting ideas. And that ain’t good.

I think we ought to view the recent crackdowns and increasingly erratic behavior by the government as products of fear and desperation more than anything. The media turning into a full-blown state propaganda organ, the censorship of dissent, the theft of elections, the weaponization of the Intelligence Community, the massive power grab that has happened during Covid, the lawlessness being permitted in the streets, etc.

A government that suddenly turns to blatant authoritarianism is literally telling you that it is weak and wounded and dying.

A government that has never been authoritarian but suddenly becomes authoritarian is a government that is obviously hanging by a thread.

I don’t think the American public fully realizes just how rotted and decrepit the government is these days.

Trump was the moment they nearly lost control, but they were able to regroup and get rid of him.

They had to portray Trump as an “authoritarian” even though he was nothing of the sort, because this gave them a free pass to become authoritarians themselves–in the name of protecting us from Trump, of course!

But Trump was not the real problem. Trump was the symptom of the real problem: the people no longer trust the government. And when that happens, it is not easy to turn things around.

The real problem for the elites is that an increasing number of people in this country have completely lost confidence in the government, to the point that probably a majority now actively despise the government.

I have said before on this site that the real driver behind the increasing political instability in this country is the fact that the economy is not in good shape and has not been in good shape for a very long time.

The last time this country had a true, genuine economic boom was the 1990s. Ever since then, it has varied between decent at best and downright horrible at its worst.

In their greed, the megacorporations have plundered the country and hollowed out the middle class. They’ve shipped jobs overseas, and replaced American workers here with immigrants, whether legal or illegal.

Corporations are always looking to cut costs, and labor is the biggest cost.

Why don’t we build iPhones here in America? Because it’s cheaper for Apple to outsource the manufacturing to Foxconn in Taiwan. There are thousands more examples like this.

Why do you think America’s trade deficit is so massive year after year after year?

Because we don’t produce anything! We simply buy what other countries produce for us.

Most of these companies, however, claim to be American.

Yet they don’t make their products here in America. They have outsourced their production to foreign countries, and it has left Americans in the dust.

If you close down a factory in America to move production overseas, that hurts so many Americans. Some towns were even built solely because of factories–the factory was the source of the town’s livelihood. And then it gets moved overseas, and everyone’s out of work.

What are you supposed to do if you live in a town that was based around a factory, but then the factory shuts down?

These multinational corporations are effectively waging economic warfare on Americans. And the government is letting them, because the government is largely in their pockets.

It’s pure greed on the part of the ruling class.

They are going to have to relent here if they want to remain in power. At least somewhat.

There is no way around it. There is no way to paper over the economic problems in this country.

The government is going to have to deliver real, broad-based and widespread economic prosperity if it is going to survive. People need jobs, and not only jobs but good jobs that enable them to provide for their families. There is no way around this.

Why do you think Trump was so popular? Because he talked about bringing jobs back; bringing back manufacturing; winning the trade war with China so that we are not merely the buyers of the things China produces.

It all goes back to the economy.

You have Trump on the right and Bernie Sanders on the left, and they’re both basically saying the same thing: the game is rigged.

Government welfare and handouts will only placate the masses for a little while. The elites are now pitching this idea of the “Universal Basic Income” as if that is an effective substitute for good, well-paying jobs. They even tested it out with the stimulus checks last year.

But it’s not going to work.

People need jobs. People need fulfillment, they need a purpose. Sure, for some it’s about simply making an income. But for a lot of people it’s about doing something productive, contributing a valuable service or good to society, and being recognized and rewarded for it.

The government cannot just cut people checks and expect them to sit on their asses all day. People will get bored and restless, and depressed, and angry–because their lives are pointless. They’re not doing anything!

There is no substitute for quality, well-paying jobs. If the government cannot realize this, it will be their downfall. This is not a prediction.

It is a certainty. An inevitability.

The one thing people will not tolerate for very long is when the government hampers or outright destroys their livelihoods.

If the people of the country are poor, unemployed and generally economically dissatisfied, a revolution is not only possible but inevitable.

Why did the French Revolution happen? Because the people were starving and the government’s response was “Let them eat cake.”

Every single communist revolution of the past century-plus has been primarily driven by economic factors.

And what do you think provoked the American Revolution right here in this country? We all know the famous motto “No Taxation without Representation.” They were being taxed to death and didn’t have the power to do a damn thing about it, because they weren’t represented in Parliament. It was the taxes that pushed the Founding Fathers over the edge: the Stamp Act, the Sugar Act, the Currency Act (which prohibited the colonies from printing their own money), the Tea taxes, etc. Why do you think they dumped the tea into Boston Harbor? The taxes.

Why do you think the US government was so vehemently opposed to communism in the aftermath of World War II? The Cold War was not caused by the US government’s supposed noble commitment to the ideals of the free market.

The US government hated communism because they saw it as a threat. Governments all around the world were falling to communist uprisings, and the US government didn’t want to be next.

Every populist rebellion in history is caused by one of two factors:

  1. Prolonged, widespread economic hardship
  2. The widespread feeling among the people that they are powerless, that the ruling class is out of touch, and that the people have no way of affecting change.
  3. Or both. Usually it’s both.

Both of these necessary conditions for popular rebellion exist in America today: economic distress and widespread feelings of powerless.

Now the one notable exception is a religious revolution, which is what happened in Iran in 1979. But this is the exception to the rule.

I do want to quickly make a distinction between two types of revolution:

  1. Power struggle: This is where the elites fight amongst themselves for control of government. The Glorious Revolution of 1688 was a power struggle. Julius Caesar’s civil war was a power struggle between him and the Roman Senate. The Kennedy Assassination was the result of a power struggle in the US government. Turkey during the 20th century used to have military coups every decade or so.
  2. Insurrection: Where the people rise up and overthrow the government. They will have a leader, and possibly even a political dogma (like communism with Lenin and Mao). But the primary causes of insurrection are economic trouble and feelings of powerlessness. Communism’s appeal is that it purports to have all the answers to the economic troubles and feelings of powerlessness.

Governments rise and fall based on the economic fortunes of their citizens.

You do not need conspiracy theories to understand this. It is all plainly obvious; it’s right in front of our noses.

In fact, I think most conspiracy theories are the distraction.

None of this is very complicated at all. It’s plain as day.

Yet the conspiracy theorists are over here like:



It is not that complicated.

It’s all about money and power. Power enables the accumulation of wealth, and power is desirable in its own right. Wealth itself is also power.

Everything the government is doing today can be explained by the fact that they are losing their grip on power in the face of growing economic frustrations among the masses.

The elites are too greedy to ever consider making any meaningful changes that would facilitate a healthy and booming economy that brings prosperity to all. The elites only care about themselves.

So instead they crack down on dissent, but this only increases the level of frustration and disaffection among the masses.

It cannot go on much longer.

I really do believe the US ruling class is currently trapped in a death spiral right now.

The only way they’ll ever get out of it is if they were to, even momentarily, just stop being so greedy and say, “Okay, we’re rich enough, for now. We can allow some reforms to the system that will allow the masses to experience some genuine prosperity.”

But the elites will never do this. They’re just too greedy. They will never accept a “pay cut,” or a situation in which they have less power than they used to have. It’s unacceptable to them.

Perhaps some politician who truly understands this, and truly cares about the American people, can come along and salvage the whole system.

But it’s a major uphill battle to do so. The elites have the political system pretty well fenced-off to any potential troublemakers. It’s hard to even get in unless you’re willing to Play Ball.

The necessary conditions for a popular revolution are currently present in this country.

If nothing changes, it’s only a matter of time before the disaffected masses rise up and overthrow the government.

It sounds unthinkable. It sounds impossible. But I promise you, it’s not. It’s only impossible until it happens.

Revolutions happen all around the world, and have been happening all around the world since the dawn of man.

Revolt and rebellion is the norm throughout human history. There is not one country in the world that has not experienced a revolution.

Revolution is a natural and unavoidable feature in human affairs. There’s no way you can look at the history of the world and conclude otherwise.

Governments want you to believe otherwise. They want you to believe they are powerful and have a permanent, iron grip on power.

But they don’t.

Do you realize how many more of us there are than them?

If we define the ruling class as the top 1% of the country, that’s about 3.3 million people that comprise the elite, and about 328 million people that comprise the masses.

If the masses truly wanted to revolt, there would not be a single thing the government could do to stop it from happening. Not a thing.

All governments know this. This is the power dynamic that has existed between people and governments since the the very beginning.

This is why the government always tries to project strength: to make it seem like it’s impossible to challenge them. This is why they divide us: because if we were united, we could overthrow them in a day.

And this is why revolutions are such common occurrences all throughout history: because people have consistently displayed a tendency to, sooner or later, realize their strength in numbers and revolt.

Look at this list–there are hundreds upon hundreds of revolutions that have taken place all around the world all throughout history.

Only in America is revolution not a fact of life. At least, it has not been for a very long time.

But if this country continues down the road it’s on, a revolution is not only a possibility, it is guaranteed.

Disclaimer: this is not me saying I want a revolution or trying to organize an insurrection. I do not want a revolution. I like peace, and normalcy and stability and prosperity.

I hope we can get back to a situation where America is peaceful, prosperous, stable and normal. I want order. I don’t want chaos.

I’m really just saying here that I have zero faith in the government to change course so that we avoid revolution.

The actions our government is taking, and has taken, will lead to a revolution. This is not a threat; it is a frank acknowledgement of the obvious.

You’d have to be ridiculously naïve and totally unfamiliar with history to believe that people will just go on being mistreated and exploited indefinitely.

The reality of the world is that things go in cycles. We have four seasons; day turns to night, night turns to day. It’s how the world works.

Nations are no different. They rise, they peak, they decline, and they eventually collapse.

It’s just how the world works.

I don’t want a revolution. War is terrible. I prefer peace and prosperity.

But I don’t see how this country doesn’t have a revolution at some point in the next 5-10 years.

I hope I’m wrong, and that things can somehow be turned around. But it’s hard to see it happening.

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