John Whitehead is one of the very best critics of the police state out there.
The System’s response to the insurrection has been interesting. Clearly, substantial sectors of the rising ruling class (the techno-oligarch/financier/new clerisy alliance) are trying to co-opt the insurrection, perhaps most of them. Lower to medium level sectors of the managerial class (for example, mayors and governors) have simply been irrelevant (I would agree with Trump’s description of them as “weaklings” but for different reasons). The Trumpists (from the carnival barker Prez himself to flunkies like Tom Cotton) want to call out the military, which the actual Deep State and military-industrial complex opposes. Substantial sectors of the cops are gangsters staging riots of their own.
My best guess is that the upper strata of the power elite not only does not feel threatened by the insurrection, but regards it as a pretext for strengthening the police state to an even greater degree, and continuing to maintain the facade of “democracy,” while working to co-opt the latest wave of “wokeness” and continuing to wage class war against the subordinated classes. In other words, business as usual. As long as the stock market is soaring, the System is still winning.
By John W. Whitehead
“When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you—pull your beard, flick your face—to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you.”—John Lennon
There is something being concocted in the dens of power, far beyond the public eye, and it doesn’t bode well for the future of this country.
Anytime you have an entire nation so mesmerized by political theater and public spectacle that they are oblivious to all else, you’d better beware.
Anytime you have a government that operates in the shadows, speaks in a language of force, and rules by fiat, you’d better beware.
And anytime you have a government so far removed from its people as to ensure that they are never seen, heard or heeded by those elected to represent them, you’d better beware.
What is unfolding before us is not a revolution.
The looting, the burning, the rioting, the violence: this is an anti-revolution.