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2014 Will Bring More Social Collapse — Paul Craig Roberts

2014 is upon us. For a person who graduated from Georgia Tech in 1961, a year in which the class ring showed the same date right side up or upside down, the 21st century was a science fiction concept associated with Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” To us George Orwell’s 1984 seemed so far in the future we would never get there. Now it is 30 years in the past.

Did we get there in Orwell’s sense? In terms of surveillance technology, we are far beyond Orwell’s imagination. In terms of the unaccountability of government, we exceptional and indispensable people now live a 1984 existence. In his alternative to the Queen’s Christmas speech, Edward Snowden made the point that a person born in the 21st century will never experience privacy. For new generations the word privacy will refer to something mythical, like a unicorn.

Many Americans might never notice or care. I remember when telephone calls were considered to be private. In the 1940s and 1950s the telephone company could not always provide private lines. There were “party lines” in which two or more customers shared the same telephone line. It was considered extremely rude and inappropriate to listen in on someone’s calls and to monopolize the line with long duration conversations.

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Behavior like we see nationwide in the "Knock-Out" game

was so rare it was almost unbelievable. It only happened in some big city, far away.

Now it's almost daily everywhere.

The 'entitlement' culture was also rare. Nobody went around putting on protests because most people were ashamed of being on public assistance. Now millions demand it and MORE.

Back in the

early 70's in our small towns in the County we had a group of white punks that would drive to other towns and wait outside the door of a store or bar. They would wait for someone to come out the door and one of them would sucker punch the person and then they would take off to another town and do it some more. They did this until they ran into a group that was in the bar that caught them before they could take off. Needless to say,, they had their asses handed to them. Some of their teeth was on the sidewalk the next day. No more sucker punch problem in our area!!!


This probably comes off to

This probably comes off to many as an old man just reminiscing about how things were better back in his day, but the life he describes did exist. Where I grew up, in the suburbs of Louisville, there was civility and neighbors looked out for one another's kids, and kids could move around safely without fear and for damn sure no old person ever had to worry about walking down the street and getting robbed or knocked out by thugs playing a game.

When we were kids we had the run of the east end. All my mother asked was that we let her know where we were going, which we did, though we lied half the time. When I was six I was walking a few miles into nearby woods alone to fish. When I was 10 I was riding my bike with friends 5 miles to a movie theater, where we left our bikes outside unlocked without the slightest fear of them being stolen.

If we were late for dinner our parents sent siblings around to find us, or called neighbors, and if we couldn't be found nobody panicked and called the cops because there was no fear that we had been abducted, they knew that we were off somewhere playing or exploring and lost track of time and we'd get a cross word or two from Mom when we finally made it home, but it was for being rude.

Maybe this life still exists for some kids out there, I hope it does, but it's not the childhood I was able to provide for my kids and my grandaughter will grow up in a world that, just as Roberts writes, resembles the 1984 that we read about in high school but that everybody knew would never happen here.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein

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Immoral funding of Military Industrial Complex by Federal Reserve and US taxation system must stop!!!! End illegal/unconstitutional wars! Preserve US currency!

Well, here's an upside!

Of all the people who have ever existed, what other generation has had the privilege of watching, and being immersed in, the "end of the world"? And don't kid yourself, this is the end. As the Jehovah's Witnesses told me during a visit when I asked, "What the heck do you guys mean by the "end of the world", the period of history you are always yammering about?" They replied, "It means the end of the normal system of things." Yes, that is what you and me are in. The end of the Normal System of Things.

Well worth the read and a bump.

Thanks for posting it.

I wish this could hit

every newspaper in the U.S.

Than you for posting this, zzbob, you are on a roll tonight.

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul