“The evangelists of freedom did all they could to sound the alarm amidst a fog of competing narratives, confusion, propaganda, and misinformation.” – Robert Lyman
I read Robert Lyman’s Under a Darkening Sky the other day about Americans living in Europe before WWII, who tried to warn all what was coming. Darkening Sky presents two lessons from history:
One, don’t ignore the lone voices in the wilderness just because they are not anointed by the mainstream. Second, when a country’s population and leadership are so completely divided, it doesn’t take much of a disaster (manmade or natural) to initiate their collapse (as France learned).
It’s like the past gave us all the answers to the test, and yet we keep failing.
“The Ruling Class have only one abiding belief: they are superior beings placed on earth to be its rulers.” – Lawrence Lindsey
It’s amazing, no matter how much debt they accumulate, how many wars they begin, how much corruption they cover up, the Ruling Class manages to convince the population to keep them in power. Through false promises, obfuscation, deception, and turning people against each other, the Ruling Class tricks people into preserving corruption, oppression and erosion of liberties.
Will me make the mistakes of the past and not wake up until the apocalyptic collapse of economies, or the rise of dystopian rulers, wake us from our slumber?
Christopher Rufo, director of America Lost, presents this documentary short on what happened in Seattle: Mob Rule in Seattle. He speaks to various citizens of Seattle including police officers, street czar Andre Taylor (whose brother and been killed by police in 2016), and Horace Anderson who lost his son in the riots.
Had [the people] been awake instead of asleep, at other times would have seen even stranger things. Some day, but not at this time, I shall make an announcement of something that I never once dreamed of. – Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla was the father of the electric age, but the genius had much more in store for the world. Had he figured out how to access unlimited energy from the fabric of spacetime? What were in the papers confiscated from his apartment after his death? Did he really hide trunks of his papers around New York?
Think about it. Tesla was able to imagine the truths of electricity in his mind. If he had truly been on the threshold of conquering unlimited energy for all the world, where would be at? Never an energy crisis? Never a lack of food? We see the past hundred years as producing the most forward progress in technology in human history.
What if all of that was nothing compared to what could have been?
…tanks eventually burst through burning debris and headed down the avenue towards Tiananmen. Afterward, I went into the street to comfort some of the locals. Their faces were filled with horror and voices with anguished cries. Various sources suggest that death casualties among the locals ranged several hundred to several thousand – but no one knows for sure because of the communist government’s tight control of information. In a span of just a few short hours, I witnessed the spark of freedom, and saw it extinguished. – Fred Gedrich
If you are too young to remember the Tiananmen Square Massacre, then please read this. The situation in China hasn’t improved in the succeeding decades. Remember that when you hear people defending the Chinese government.
“Washington doesn’t represent the American people anymore, because the bureaucrats and elected officials in Washington pursue their own self-serving agendas rather than doing what is objectively right for the country…Congress [has] only one problem that they’re serious about solving — and that’s getting reelected.”
Those are strong words from Congressman Ken Buck. In his book Drain the Swamp, he gives an insider’s look into the rampant corruption in Congress. From outright ignoring the Constitution, to dead laws that never die, passing laws through intimidation, to purposefully creating problems so they can cash in.
It’s troubling how easily people are distracted by the smoke and mirrors, the staged drama, and the promise of money, from our government. If only more would look behind the curtain. Buck writes:
“The federal government is supposed to be small. Its power is supposed to limited. The United States is supposed to be a union of largely sovereign states…Our founder’s default position was to keep power as far from Washington as possible.”
The scary truth is that they don’t want you to know this. Why? Then they lose the power they gave themselves. The power we turned a blind eye to.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction,” Ronald Reagan warned. “We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same.”
How do civilizations collapse? Congressman Ken Buck explains in Drain the Swamp what lessons history has left for us:
They spend too much. Budget crises have always been early warning signs of the collapse of an empire or regime, and the bigger the government, the harder it falls.
Their people stop producing. Civilizations grow when their people are hard-working, self-sacrificing, and entrepreneurial — and they collapse when the become lazy and self-centered and dependent on the state.
They become corrupt. As the power of the state grows, so does official corruption, which people are expected to overlook.
They lose their why. Eventually, civilizations lose sight of why they came to exist in the first place — their identity, their purpose. When a nation loses its sense of shared identity, the end is near, because no one is all that interested in fighting or sacrificing for a cause or an identity long forgotten.
Sound familiar? Will we listen to our ancestors? Or will make the same mistakes?
At the end of World War II, the Allies picked and chose which Nazis would prosecuted, and which would have their pasts scrubbed so their knowledge could be used in the coming Cold War.
And one of the most notorious Nazis vanished; his name virtually erased from history.
Hans Kammler was the personification of evil, having overseen the Final Solution. He also held the keys to every advanced technology program the Nazis had. The conflicting stories of his death never sounded credible. Even Martin Borman had been tried in absentia, but Kammler was forgotten.
After decades of investigation, Dean Reuter and his co-researchers have uncovered evidence that will have to be answered to. Yet, if I were to guess, The Hidden Nazi has only scratched the surface of what all has been hidden from us.
History warns us. Legend fascinates us. Imagination drives us. Authors take these and create worlds that entertain, provoke and warn. Ultimately, even fiction is about the Story we all find ourselves in.