Will 2011 Become 1848?


By Phil Giraldi

Violence erupted throughout Europe in 1848, a time that was later dubbed the “year of revolution.”  Though the motives and perpetrators varied from country to country and even from region to region, the frequently violent protests sought major changes in the status quo, to include political emancipation and economic reform.  The revolutionaries were eventually suppressed by use of military force, but the ideas of national rebirth and political change lived on to resurface in Italy, Germany, and France later in the century.

What drove the revolutionaries was the principle that the old system that had for centuries regulated the lives of Europeans was broken beyond repair.  The old land-based economy had produced starvation and the control of the political structure by what amounted to oligarchies in most countries meant that few felt any kind of connection to the state, which was increasingly seen as a taxation machine backed up by the brute force of soldiers. Alexis de Tocqueville described the turmoil in his native France as “society was cut in two: those who had nothing united in common envy, and those who had anything united in common terror.”

How much different will 2011 be?  The world’s economies are in danger of sinking, dragged down by a US economy which is on the verge of insolvency.  President Barack Obama and his cheerleaders boast of the Administration’s successes, but apart from a badly needed START treaty with Russia, which was clearly in the national interest, there is little enough to show.  The US is failing to produce jobs for its people, is awash with debt, and is mired down in two wars that it cannot and will not be able to finish with a third and larger conflict waiting in the wings.

As in 1848, there is a clear division between the people and their leaders.  In Europe, opinion polls indicate that the voters want nothing to do with wars like Afghanistan, but the respective governments continue in their folly, even when they recognize that the conflict is unwinnable.  In the United States, support for the wars being fought by the White House and Congress is both low and sinking, but no voters had a chance to express dissatisfaction in the November elections because war was not on the ballot and few candidates even bothered to mention it.  The media, which should be exposing the lemming-like march over a cliff, is instead a cheerleader for the catastrophe, fully embracing the concept that the United States has some kind of God-given obligation to intervene everywhere in the world and at any time for the good of mankind.

And then there are what Lenin used to describe as the “useful idiots” who grease the wheels of the official narrative machine.  Sarah Palin recently paused in her campaign to amass as much money in as short a time as possible to inveigh against Iran in December 23rd’s USA Today.  Mamma Grizzly, who in all probability had the article written for her by some neocon hack like Bill Kristol, opens up with “Iran continues to defy the international community in its drive to acquire nuclear weapons” and goes downhill from there.  “Israel would face the gravest threat to its existence…Iran’s leaders have repeatedly called for Israel’s destruction”…“a second Holocaust”…“Iran has provided arms used to kill American soldiers”…she is the “biggest state sponsor of terrorism.”  Palin advocates crippling sanctions and encouraging the Iranian people to rise up against their leaders.

Puhleeze, Sarah.  Everything you write is nonsense.  Iran is hardly a role model for the rest of the world, but there is no evidence that it has a weapons program, its leaders have not threatened to destroy Israel, and there is no reliable information indicating that it has colluded to kill American soldiers.  Its support of terrorism is pretty much limited to Hezbollah and Hamas, which many would regard as national liberation groups, and neither of which actually threatens the United States in any way, only Israel.  Crippling sanctions, including a cut off of refined petroleum products which Palin recommends, would only devastate the economy and hurt the Iranian people while not bringing about regime change.  In all likelihood it would actually strengthen the government.  There is no evidence that the Iranian people are about to rise up against their leaders and to invite such action would undoubtedly result in a blood bath.  Leave it alone, Sarah, we all know you are a shill for Israel but we have been hearing this song for a long time and it hasn’t gotten any better.

And then there is the Washington Post’s house enabler, David Ignatius.  Ignatius is as much a part of the know-nothing establishment as Palin, but at least he majored in something serious in college and writes his own stuff.  He is now a born again enthusiast for the Obama foreign policy, asserting that it has been a “bracing” holiday season as the President has been able to “rally support at home and abroad for a strong foreign policy.”  It makes one wonder what Ignatius has been using to spike his eggnog.  What does he see?  “Strengthening key alliances” and “firmness…in contingency plans for North Korea.”  Throw into the hopper a trip to India that was not embarrassing, a trade pact with South Korea that did little for US manufacturers, a timetable for leaving Afghanistan in 2014, “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and the formation of an Iraqi government.  Some success – Obama once promised to leave Afghanistan in 2011.  On the Middle East Ignatius notes a policy that was “Sadly…undone partly by his growing political weakness.”  Meaning that Obama cannot confront the Israel Lobby, though Ignatius is not about to say that in so many words.

Palin and Ignatius are today’s oligarchs and the system they support is every bit as corrupt as any rotten borough in Georgian England.  When governments do all the wrong things and then dissemble and rely on a fictitious narrative bolstered by their fellow travelers in the media that has no connection with reality and that is actually hurting the people, isn’t it time for a little revolution?  If the peasants and workers of 1848, relatively powerless against heavily armed governments, could do it, so can we.  Thomas Jefferson believed that every generation needed a new revolution which he described admiringly as “the spirit of resistance to government,” arguing that “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government) those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”

Can it be that Obama is a tyrant on the order of the kings and princes of the nineteenth century?  He is in fact worse, far worse, because he has the technology and means to monitor and punish every citizen through an acquiescent judiciary and congress, national security letters, military commissions, and Patriot Acts.  Guantánamo is still open and Attorney General Holder will undoubtedly be sending more prisoners there in the new year, possibly to include Julian Assange of WikiLeaks fame.  If you want to travel on an airplane President Obama even has a machine that can see you naked and if you reject the treatment don’t try to leave the airport because you can be arrested.  And when the president imprisons the innocent or strips someone of his or her rights he can cover up the crime, not through citation of the divine right of kings, but through the state secrets privilege.   The United States badly need a change of course, and 2011 will be a good opportunity to see if the American people will take up the challenge and march to the barricades.  If they do not, there is evil in the air and we have a long and dreary future ahead of us.

  1. #1 by George Reichel on December 30, 2010 - 6:29 pm

    I’m not optimistic to say the least.

  2. #2 by Onion on December 30, 2010 - 7:00 pm

    We have a long and dreary future ahead of us.

  3. #3 by delanastraub on December 30, 2010 - 7:13 pm

    Good article.

  4. #4 by delanastraub on December 30, 2010 - 7:43 pm

    If, however, I could add a few comments of my own. Even if Iran DID…and this is a big if, acquire nuclear weapons, they WILL NOT use them to attack anyone. it would not be in their interests, they’re certainly not going to attack Israel with them, because, there are Palestinians there and around there, which Iran WILL NOT want to harm with a nuke. Would they use one as a detourent to keep Israel and the United States from attacking them? Sure, who wouldn’t? They’d be fools not to. As far as Caraboo Barbie, or if you prefer, Grizzly Mama is concerned, I wouldn’t worry much about her. Firstly, we know she’s deaf, dumb, blind and stupid, so she’s not worth paying much attention to. And besides, we really don’t have to seriously deal with her until 2012, and even if she does run, the solution is very simple, just don’t vote for her. It seems to me likely that the riots will be in Europe more then here, unless Obama or Congress do something really stupid, which is not out of the relm of possibility, since they don’t have to worry about elections for a year. Who knows? 2 more things….One: We just find out from Press TV, yet another British doccument, comming off the heels of the Guardian reporting Israel trying to sell nukes to South Africa. We also hear from this same source that they’re saying No State, No Refugee Return, meaning they won’t recognize a Palestinian State, and we also hear that their army officers are telling the BBC that another Cast Lead isn’t an if, it’s a question of when. We hear in the Press TV piece that according to Carter, Israel has 150 nukes, Vanunu says closer to 200. We hear in this same source that the British are afraid Israel will use these nukes in the event of another war with the Arabs. And we also know Netenyahoo is going to officially request that Johnathan Pollard be released. This is the most dangerous terrorist that the U.S. has locked up. If you have any questions or comments on what I said here, you can email me at doutchess_72@yahoo.com. Or I have a blog page on wordpress too. Mine is delanastraub.wordpress.com. Thanks and have a happy New Year.

  5. #5 by Perry L on December 30, 2010 - 7:59 pm

    I,as usual, have a whole different take on the “revolutions” of 1848 which indeed did usher in what I call “the age of Nations” (which is now being ended).

    I think the PTB WANTED a bunch of separate “Nations” all under the illusion they were sovereign in order to set up and execute The Spanish-American War (the 1st “global” war), WWI and WWII…plus all the other hullabaloo since WWII (including and especially the creation of the “Nation-State” of Israel). The idea that ANY country has been “sovereign” (for more then 5 minutes) from the International Money Powers in the last 500 years is PURE FANTASY…total nonsense which in no way fits the reality on the ground.

    Philip rightly points out that the PTB “put down” the uprisings with military force in 1848 (and pretty much ever since). I SAY “they ain’t gonna let the plebes get out of control this time!”.Indeed the “big idea” NOW is to get the remaining “Nation-States” (Russia, USA maybe China etc.) to utterly destroy each other (and their annoying plebiscites) in a desperate struggle for the survival of their individual “sovereign” [sic] “Nations”. YES, “the age of Nations” will end with a bang providing the final horrifying impetus for “Global Government”, headquartered in Israel with only one nuclear super power, Israel (to “keep the peace” of course) and a permanent “JEW World Order” which IS “the great project” which they intend to complete.

  6. #6 by restinpieces on December 30, 2010 - 8:47 pm

  7. #7 by spktruth on December 30, 2010 - 9:17 pm

    We all with two brain cells know that Iran is not a threat to anyone. Anyone that is thats not a zionist and an american ultra right winger who believe our government is only for waging of wars. America has become the most hated country because of our stand with Israel. Israel has nuclear weapons, and never signed off on the Profileration Treaty, continue to deny they have them. Israel is good at pointing the finger at everyone else, while they do exactly what they accuse other of doing. We are in 6 wars right now, and right WAR wasnt on the table for either party, nor the corporate controlled media, who also are embedded with the government. Its not just FAUX news spreads the vile heinous treasonous comments from the GOP, but literally every other corporate owned media do as well. Even MSNBC doesnt tell the whole story because every ONE of their hosts are zionists or Jews. We must depend on alternative media and other international media to begin to piece together what is closest to the truth. NYTimes and Wash Post are just as evil as Faux choosing what to inform and wht not leaving out all the meat of the story. I am so fearful of the next few years, as I believe there will be a revolution. The police state of america that destroys our civil rights everyday, that puts fear into our hearts, is not better than the bush regime. Under Janet Napoltano and Eric Holder they seem to see a “nut” under every rock. We are spied on, the american people have become the new possible terrorists. The use of the Espionage Act which convicted an electocuted the Rosenbergs, should sent chills down the spine of every activist in this country. If this government can go after Assange and Wiki, they can do whatever they want to the general public who supports transparency in government, and end to these illegal wars. Since Kent State when they shot students a huge chill effect came over the anti war and peace communities. Unless we build a massive demonstration like millions marching in DC, nothing is going to change. No elections until 2012…and who knows what can happen with repukes in charge. War and endless wars…no peace, no jobs, foreclosures and police state. I fear for my children and grandchildren and the Plutocracy we gave them instead of a democracy. Obama is following in the footsteps of bush on foreign policy, needs to reign in the CLINTONS, and Lanny Davis, all 100% zionist.

  8. #8 by Doug on December 30, 2010 - 11:25 pm

    Perry L,
    You are a wise man. That IS the plan. When they come up out of their underground bunkers, to greet the dazed and confused Plebes, running about trying to stay out of the radio active breeze while finding some food, they will have the predetermined answer for humanity.
    And to their delight, there will still be just enough Plebes to wait on them in their huge playground/hunting lodge/ski resort, the former United States.
    That is the plan.

  9. #9 by E Lucidi on December 31, 2010 - 1:35 am

    In accordance with the talmudic concepts of Tikhun Olam and the two pillars of Jachin/Boaz, China is being transformed into a financial & industrial powerhouse while the US & Europe are being downsized & weakened morally, politically & economically. The aspirations of the royal house of Rothschild and their masonic agents Pike and Mazzini to create World War III with an ensuing servile global plantation ruled by King Rothschild and the anti-Gentile Noahide “laws” are coming dangerously close to fruition. Now is the time for all men of goodwill to unite, learn, teach and act.

  10. #10 by RickB on December 31, 2010 - 2:03 am

    Amen to all of what Perry said above. I hope against hope that the FEMA camps will be filled with those on whose behalf they are being built, even if originally they’ll be filled with “anti-Semites,”i.e., the conscientious patriots. When they’re filled with the “anti-Semites,” at least the conversion will be more intelligent in the camps than outside them.

  11. #11 by Perry L on January 1, 2011 - 12:12 am

    “They” have already done all the radiation exposure experiments and studies in St. George, Utah which is directly east of the “Nevada Test Range” where they detonated about 900 nukes between 1951 and 1992, 99 above ground (i.e. open air) “officially” and somewhere around 800 below ground “tests”. PLUS long term study of Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors (YES people survived those bombs) AND the long term study of Australian Aborigines who were exposed (and sometimes vaporized!) without warning or consent during the British “testing” period which also involved dozens of above ground “tests” AND finally those unfortunates in the Pacific Atolls where the largest “tests”…long sentence eh? I suppose “they” have combined their “data” with the Soviet’s “data” from their “tests”..

    Step ONE…get out of the city! Trust me you can struggle to survive in 2010 America out in the “countryside” cheaper in most cases then in “the big city”, I’ve done both.

  12. #12 by Perry L on January 1, 2011 - 12:14 am

    BTW I forgot to mention the “studies” done in Las Vegas, Nevada which is even closer to the “test range” then St. George, Utah only Vegas is South-Southwest of the “test range”. Long term exposure to either city is not recommended.

  13. #13 by Bob on February 21, 2011 - 12:26 am

    Got-damn you nailed this one

  14. #14 by Government Fema Camps on February 8, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    Following a crackdown by police on Occupy Wall Street protesters around the nation, Oakland, California, mayor Jean Quan mentioned during an interview with the BBC that she was on a conference call with leaders of 18 US cities shortly before a wave of raids broke up Occupy Wall Street encampments across the country. It was later discovered that the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and other federal police agencies had coordinated the often violent response to the protests.

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