On June 4, 2049, at a meeting of the Unitary Council of Nations, the Royal Schwab, his purple robe tattered, his beard scraggly, presided over a Committee meeting, convened to deal with the fallout from a NY Times front page editorial written by an anonymous professor at an elite Northeastern college. The title of the piece was: THE END OF THIS AND THE BEGINNING OF THAT.
Here is an excerpt:
As we witness the slow crash of modern civilization, in a welter of shocking but unsurprising developments along many fronts, we naturally face the question, how do we put things back together again?
One thing is certain. We’re not going to reassemble Humpty Dumpty. He’s in pieces.
And a great aspect of the collapse is: organizations too big to fail are nevertheless failing. The first of these is central government.
Whatever we do to rebuild isn’t going to be a walk in the park. Those who think or hope it will be…will have no part in the future.
So…let’s begin here. All organizations that exceed a certain size become corrupt. Their leaders take us for one ride after another, to places we don’t want to go. They control too much territory, too many resources, and too many people.
If the leaders were dictating terms on a small scale, we could perhaps ignore them. But that isn’t the case. Their decisions immediately direct all of us toward the loss of freedom and the gain of multiple corruptions and crimes.
Their decisions remove responsibility and accountability from the individual and cater to the cultivated and propagated mob.
The inevitable conclusion is, a new civilization is going to have to be radically decentralized; and not just in one country; in all countries.
This means the rise of thousands, millions of small communities.
However, I’m not painting a picture of people living in caves digging for roots and tubers. These communities can be outfitted with technology. But the underlying platforms won’t be vast landscapes ruled by the few.
Nor am I suggesting that such communities will somehow acquire utopian status merely by the fact of being small. They will have problems. Many of them will fail.
But they will rise or fall on their terms, which means they’ll form their own governments according to their own wishes. They’ll create their own principles, morals, freedoms, limitations.
I know. This doesn’t sound promising. All sorts of questions and objections immediately come to mind. Nevertheless, a planetary patchwork quilt of communities has a better chance of forwarding freedom than does a central government lording it over a few hundred million or a billion people.
And under the heading of gargantuan central government, you can also add its partners: mega-corporations, hugely wealthy foundations, banks.
People desperately need the close-up ongoing experience of running their own affairs, instead of sitting at a great distance from them by voting for representatives, most of whom are incompetent and fatally compromised.
The US Constitution, which established a Republic, was ratified when the population of the country was roughly 5.5 million; and the individual state governments were still strong and made laws for relatively few citizens.
When I say there a new epoch is here, in which decentralization is taking hold, how long will this time period last? I would project the next thousand years, for starters.
Understand: These thousand years are going to occur---no matter what shapes they take. Big government, small government; a thousand years are real. They’re actually a drop in the bucket.
“But that means…a lot of chaos.”
“Can’t we just keep on with what we have now? Relatively smooth sailing?”
I doubt it. The “smooth’ is evaporating before our eyes.
We need small communities that try every kind of self-governing experiment under the sun. Not so that we can select a winner and then install that system for 10 billion people. No. Rather, so people can decide their own fate. And if they don’t like what they’ve decided, they can change their minds. Quickly.
In other words, people channel their whining and screaming and protesting and violence and destruction into ruling themselves, in manageable ways.
We can talk about this now and hopefully bring some sense to what is happening anyway; or we can close our eyes and try to forego our participation in what will demand our participation, come hell or high water.
---end of Times editorial excerpt---
The Royal Schwab stood up and said, “This editorial is treason. We must do something about it. The Paper of Record has lost its mind. We all know global governance by the wisest of us is the only viable response to the current problems we face. We cannot condone desertion in our ranks.”
Now a respected member of the Committee, a Swiss banker whose family had been laundering money for nine generations, rose at the table and spoke.
“O Royal Schwab, the premiere episode of the 31st season of the Paramount series, Yellowstone, just aired, to an audience of 450 million viewers. The series revolves around the effort of one family, the Duttons, to maintain ownership of their ranch in Montana. That ranch IS a small community, decentralized and self-governing. Yellowstone also portrays the state of Montana broken up into hundreds of decentralized privately owned enclaves. And by and large, the state is at peace.”
Schwab: “I’m familiar with Yellowstone. We set our hounds loose to try to have the series canceled. My major concern is this. These small communities tend to thrive in areas where the people have a tradition of self-reliance. Such people are our enemies. In contrast, the whole of Beverly Hills, California, is owned by Amazon Delivery Services, because the residents refuse to leave their homes. Everything must be brought to them. The Beverly Hills people are globalists---our allies and friends. The Yellowstone model is spreading all over the world. People owning land. People owning guns to defend the land. Families ruling their land, finding ways to defeat the corporations that want to take the land and develop it. This is grotesque, hideous. In season 30, the Duttons hired ex-military men as ranch hands. One of the men somehow figured out a way to disable the Western Alliance’s remote surveillance apparatus. We must create more big cities, and drive people into them. Give them benefits. Control them for their own good.”
Swiss Committee member: “We are trying, but it’s not working. People are digging in where they are. They’re adapting traditional ‘rough and ready’ survival instincts and modern technology. In Montana, several hundred communities have signed a mutual peace and trade treaty. And it’s holding firm. They have their own courts and judges. Crude but effective. Their methods of justice are severe and swift. Criminals tend to stay away. Everyone who lives on the land works on the land. They have doctors on call when absolutely necessary, and even a hospital that is now part of the trade treaty.”
Schwab: “I’ve seen the dismembered remains of two men who tried to poison their cattle. These landowners are remorseless. They cling to the notion of private property as if it’s sacred. Everything we know to be true they oppose. Talk about decentralization. The whole country of India is now unrecognizable. I’ve even heard of treaties between Hindu and Muslim communities. It’s horrendous. The world is going mad.”
Swiss Committee member: “Last week in Eastern Oregon, a BLM group tried to invade a ranch owned by a woman calling herself Beth Dutton Two. The whole group vanished for four days. They turned up in a neighborhood of San Francisco nicknamed The Dregs. No one knows how they got there.”
Schwab: “My God. The ranchers attacked a Black Lives Matter group?”
Swiss Committee member: “No. BLM. The federal Bureau of Land Management…”
-- Jon Rappoport