The World On The Cusp Of Massive Civil Unrest

 

Although we all knew there would be protests against president Trump in the United States I am surprised that the protests have spread around the globe at such a speed. It seems that anyone with a beef about anything has jumped on the band-wagon and is out there on the streets waving placards decrying the 45th president of the United States.

The problem is, like any good snowball made of squeezed together individual snowflakes is once you start it rolling it gathers speed, picks up more snowflakes along the way and before you know it its thundering down the hill with almost unstoppable force.

I am concerned for the future – not because I think trump is going to cause a world war, nor do i worry because I think he will anger the Iranians to the extent that they will fire one of their supposedly ready nuclear weapons at the States and it lands on the UK instead because they never got the maths right and it dropped out of the sky a little early.

No. I worry because of the amount of people that are taking to the streets supposedly protesting about Trump and his “radical” policies when in fact they really don’t give a shit about him, his policies or the alleged down-trodden poor he is preventing moving to the United States.

They are out there protesting because they are opportunists that didn’t have the balls to go and protest about their little cause that nobody ever heard of so they chose instead to adopt Trump as their figure of hate and head on out to stir up as much trouble as possible.

The real worry though are those who are using the Trump issue to protest about Brexit. The anti-Brexit mob are the UK version of the anti_Trump mob. They refuse to accept that the referendum results didn’t go their way.

They are led by a scruffy, odious little man Called Jeremy Corbyn who couldn’t run a piss up in a brewery let alone the country. A dangerous fantasist who want’s to scrap Trident and thinks we should have open borders so we can shake hands and make friends with all those who wish to do us harm. He seems to be accepting that  extreme Islamists wish to force us into acceptance of Sharia law.

Not while I live and breathe.

So, in the UK at least the anti-Trump protests aren’t always about Trump and I see nothing that convinces me that similar protests in other countries are all about him either. Some yes, but by no means all.

As these protests ebb and flow and morph from one cause to another the prospects of them getting out of hand increases – and that is what bothers me.

We are living in a tinderbox at the moment and all it will take is one spark to set it off. you only have to look at what happened when one vegetable seller in Tunisia staged a one man protest by self-immolation. Mohammed Bouazizi’s set fire to himself on December 17th 2010.

Within a month there were protests in Oman, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco and Syria and before the end of January 2011 the Tunisian government had been overthrown. The International Business Times has an excellent write up of the entire Arab Spring timeline  from the start to December 2016. They list month by month the goings on and it’s an excellent reminder of just how much has happened in just six years.

Such is the death toll in Syria alone, a conflict that started with the Arab Spring, that the United Nations stopped counting in 2013.

Both Amnesty International and The Syrian Center For Policy Research quote the current death toll as over 450,000 with more than 11 million displaced. It should be remembered these figures are for Syria alone…

I’m not suggesting that we are all going to defend into a Syrian style hell but it does serve to highlight how civil unrest leads to civil war.

We are on the brink of major change and there is little we can do about it at this stage. Protest is a freedom we enjoy but it comes with a price and that is accepting the will of the people. Now I know that the people protesting in the United States are saying this wasn’t their will,. that Clinton won more of the popular vote and I don’t dispute that. BUT, and it really is a big but, the people of the United States have been aware all along that the Electoral College would have the final say and nobody protested to do away with the Electoral College prior to the vote not going their way, and that’s because they believed the vote would go their way and by a landslide…we know how that ended.

The United States, if my understanding is correct is a Constitutional Republic and if that no longer suits the purposes of the people then they need to sort out a way of changing that into a system where the candidate who has the most votes, as dictated by the people, gets his, or her feet under the desk in the Oval office.

Until that’s done they remain bound by the Electoral college system and that’s the end of it.

Let’s hope that with so much time and attention focused on anti-Trump protests around the world that there are enough people keeping an eye on those who who wish to kill and maim to forward their agenda that they don’t slip through the net.

Take care

Liz

10 thoughts on “The World On The Cusp Of Massive Civil Unrest”

  1. Can I make a point?
    When you see people rioting DO NOT JOIN IN. No matter how justified you feel it isn’t worth stealing a water bottle and ending up in prison with your career chances totally ruined. It happened in Tottenham.
    I am 52 and I bear the scars of no end of fights. It just isn’t worth it.
    If someone threatens me in a pub I just go “I’m just going to the toilet. Be right back.” Then I make straight for the door.
    From 1980 to 2003 I averaged 1 mugging a year in rough areas of Bristol, Birmingham and Glasgow. Then CCTV was put up everywhere and crime vanished. Or did I just get old? LOL.
    Either way I know I must avoid trouble. I would defend a friend, family member or elderly person but I am not waking up in a police cell over something I can’t remember from last night.
    Please run the other way from any sort of civil disturbance and don’t hold up your smartphone taking photos. When the cops come they just arrest anyone on site. Worse, they might bash your head in with a truncheon.
    Stay safe👍🏼

  2. I was as much enriched by reading the comments as I was by reading the article itself. Thank you all for your wisdom.

    1. Hi Sue,

      People make some brilliant comments on here, I’m very lucky that people chose to interact. I try to answer as well which kind of makes life more balanced.

      Thanks for joining in, your voice is very welcome.

      Liz

  3. This concerns me also. An unpleasant thought occurred to me yesterday for the first time.

    I have always voted Conservative (I’m no longer young, but certainly young enough for this to have always been acutely unfashionable); I voted Leave; and I refuse to form an opinion on Trump because it is difficult to think with the 24/7 cacophony of hysteria playing in the background and the foreground.

    When I was at uni I accepted that I was in a small political minority; disagreements were profound but there seemed to be an underlying respect, or at least acceptance of, the validity of holding a different point of view. I noticed this changing as years went on; by the time of the 2015 election, and even more so during the referendum, I had retreated from political debate because the tone was more “if you disagree with us you are obviously thick or evil”. I did this for a quiet life, I don’t have much energy or inclination to engage any more. I felt that that was bad enough, but with Trump it has got even worse. It occurred to me yesterday that I should continue to keep my head down, not for an easy life but for my own PERSONAL SAFETY. I have no reason to suspect any particular issue, person, or incident could cause me any harm; but the fact that – for the first time ever – it even occurred to me tells me how bad things have got.

    As you say, stay safe!! Pete

    1. Evening Pete.

      Yup I get what you are saying. May I ask are you of the preparedness mindset or did you just kind of find the site and stick around? I ask because most people consider those who take action to ensure they can cope in a crisis are considered nutty as a fruit cake.

      UK preppers are rare in comparison to the numbers elsewhere, but when you have the German government warning their people to have three weeks of emergency supplies I start to get nervous.

      I would value your views on this type of thing

      Liz

      1. Ha, so far only of the I-must-get-around-to-that variety of mindset! It’s all just excuses but we’ve been running on fumes for a while now so I’ve not had the time or energy. However that is all about to abruptly change as we get the last of a long line of hurdles out of the way very soon indeed. After that my aim this year is to just lay some groundwork for being prepared.

        Albeit without an extensive skill set we are moderately resourceful and robust, and I reckon we pretty much have the wherewithal to withstand some of the gentler short term scenarios (power out for a few days etc), a few tactical acquisitions aside. One useful post I read somewhere spoke about “layering” your preparedness. First get together what you need to operate for a day without power/water/etc; then look at how you would cope for three days; then a week; then a month; and so on. I think I need to systematise what we probably already have for the first few layers (e.g. we do have candles and matches and torches and batteries, but they are all scattered around and I wouldn’t know where to find them in the dark).

        Anyway, really like your website; the American ones are often a bit gung-ho for me, and the totally different situations regarding self-defence and availability of isolated wilderness mean they often aren’t that relevant. I think in this country the best cover for prepping is if you come across as really keen on camping!

        Pete

        1. Evening Pete…

          I took that approach, a personal crisis left me totally broke, fell through the cracks of “the system” for 8 weeks and ended up ‘borrowing’ some stuff from a local supermarket to feed my kid…lost a shitload of weight myself which was good lol. Anyway, I vowed never ever again would I go hungry or worry about my child eating. I was never a shop every day type but once that had gone which was about a week things got pretty dire.

          So, as soon as I was on my feet I set about making sure it never happened again. It grew out of that really. I just extended the time we could survive, added a few things that could get me out of a tight spot and before you know it, five years on here we are.

          I agree being lead deprived does mean a good deal of stuff of US sites doesn’t apply…except a close friend has licensed guns and I learned to shoot as a kid…

          Anyway moving swiftly on you do what you can do, get a few boxes and chuck related stuff into them as you acquire it…torches, batteries etc in a box, candles matches firelighters and bic lighters in another box. We’re Brits…it’s common sense, providing you aren’t a politician coz they have no sense of any kind you’ll sort it.

          Thanks for there kind words re the site, I really appreciate it
          Take care

          Liz

  4. Liz, you are right to be concerned about this rise in the general level of violence. I believe this level will continue to rise. My image for what is going on is that of the tsunami after the Fukushima-related earthquake. Did you ever see a video of how the water just kept coming in and coming in, slowly but unstoppably?

    As the tide of events rises, we get used to what we see. We think that tomorrow will be like today but just a little worse. However, the structure of the Old System of the World has limits, and at some unpredictable moment, this rising tide will overtop a levee or with its weight break something critical. Then the speed with which other parts of the Old System will fail will both startle and terrify.

    A massive and dangerous delusion is spreading, that one’s opponent is no longer an opponent to be debated but an existential enemy to be feared and to be fought with every weapon at one’s disposal. The only real alternative is to let go of the Old System and not get caught up in this delusion.

    If my thesis is correct, everything in the Old System that we are attached to will be taken from us by events over which we will have no control. Each time this happens, we can choose to let that attachment go and remain outside this spreading delusion, or we can succumb to the anger and fear and become part of the delusion, part of the rising Mob, fighting everyone for … what, exactly?

    If the Old System does truly collapse, a new world will need to be built to take its place. I’d rather spend my energies building that new world than fighting everyone else to keep my bit of an old world that is dying before our eyes. Ultimately, the more people who detach from the old world and dedicate themselves to creating the new world, who “live it” now, the more likely it is to come quickly and more easily.

    What kind of new world would you like to live in, Liz? Who would you want to be in this world? What would you want to be like? How would you choose to behave? Live that way now, and you unleash a powerful influence on everyone’s future.

    1. Evening Steve,

      Thank you so much for sharing that. There are some pretty hard things to be considered but they will have to be faced one day that’s for sure.

      What kind of world would I like to live in? A mutually beneficial one. One where we all have access to clean drinking water, where the knowledge we have can be disseminated without political obstruction to those that need it.A world where food aid is not provided except for an interim period until tools are in place and soil improved so that people are empowered to grow their own food instead of losing generations of knowledge whilst they stand in queues for handouts. A world where we sink the wells and have rainwater harvesting in position so that drought prone countries have water when they need it.
      Who would I want in this new world? Those willing to help themselves. Those who don’t expect to sit back and have their needs met by the rest of us. those who have values and morals and honesty and decency. those willing to pass their valuable knowledge onto the next generation so they to learn to be decent and independent people.
      What would I like to be like? Competent, caring and willing to help those who genuinely need help. I would like to have more skills than I have and explore other ways of doing things, less toxic ways. I would like to be more wholesome I think.
      How would I chose to behave?With repeat to others. Accepting of those who have different views to me. with honesty and integrity. I would like to think I mostly accomplish these things already but there is always room for improvement.

      Thanks for making me think Steve.

      Take care

      Liz

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