We’re ruled by a cosy elite who all go to the same dinner parties, says former No10 policy guru chief Steve Hilton

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Courtesy of Daniel Martin @ The Daily Mail:

David Cameron’s former chief strategist has launched a stinging attack on the ‘insular ruling class’ threatening Britain’s democracy.

Steve Hilton said too many of those at the heart of government go to the same dinner parties and send their children to the same schools.

He said the UK’s political system is now in ‘crisis’ because the same type of people stay in charge whatever the outcome of the elections.

In what will be seen as a criticism of the ‘chumocracy’ of his former boss, Mr Hilton warned: ‘Our democracies are increasingly captured by a ruling class that seeks to perpetuate its privileges.

‘Regardless of who’s in office, the same people are in power.

‘It is a democracy in name only, operating on behalf of a tiny elite no matter the electoral outcome.’

This situation adds to disenchantment and has led to the rise of the SNP in Scotland and Ukip in England, he said. Mr Hilton also attacked the influence of political donors, saying: ‘It seems today that political legitimacy stems not from votes, but money. The more of it you have, the more that government pays attention to your concerns.’

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The Revolution Must Occur At A Time And Place Of Our Choosing

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Courtesy of Dave Hodges @ The Sleuth Journal:

After publishing the article which detailed the frightening extent to which the globalist super-weapons have reached, the display of resistance was admirable, but misguided. On their own, the American people cannot fight the globalists on their terms and expect to prevail. David did not engage Goliath on Goliath’s terms. David employed a weapon at a relatively safe distance. If David had been within an arms length of Goliath, David would have been destroyed. In the same light, if one thinks that they are going to successfully engage a Micro Aerial Vehicle in their driveway armed with their 12 gauge shotgun and win, that person is both naive and mistaken. This is not to suggest that Americans should not be prepared to fight against the unfolding and unprecedented levels of tyranny that we will be dealing with in a short amount of time.

Truisms Regarding Revolution

No military coup has even been successful in the long run, in the complete overthrow of a powerful and tyrannical government, without the popular support of the people. In that regard, we the people still hold the power in this situation and may ultimately decide the final outcome.

If one thinks they are going to engage the coming “Killer Robots” in their doorway and win a majority of these confrontations, then that person clearly does not understand either technology and/or military strategy. Conversely, no grass-roots revolution led by the people will ever be successful without the overwhelming assistance from the military. The globalists control every single pressure point of military power. The only way to unseat that power is to get the military to change sides and join with the people. We nearly had that moment at Benghazi. However, the military learned a very painful lesson when General Hamm and his colleagues were stopped from rescuing Ambassador Stevens and exposing the criminality of this administration to the public. When Hamm et al were arrested, most of the people of this country were unaware of what was at stake and failed to speak up and subsequently act. The military will not likely make this kind of move again without the support of the public. Continue reading

The Economics Of Perpetual War

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Courtesy of Matt McCaffrey @ Mises Economics Blog:

The 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I seems like an ideal opportunity to spread a message of peace and economic cooperation; sadly, 2014 has so far been a year of new and renewed conflict far more than one of reconciliation.

By now, talk of the horrors of war is nothing new. Everyone knows about the total destruction war brings; in fact, we’ve known for millennia. As Lew Rockwell points out, “just about everyone makes the perfunctory nod to the tragedy of war, that war is a last resort only, and that everyone sincerely regrets having to go to war”—but war continues all the same. Even classical military strategists like Sun Tzu believed war should only be used only as a last resort, and argued that military campaigns could bankrupt states and ultimately, destroy them. Art of War actually states that “no country has ever profited from protracted warfare,” and cautions generals to “fight under Heaven with the paramount aim of ‘preservation.’” Yet as far back as we have historical records, these sorts of ideas have fallen on deaf ears among governments and military organizations alike.

Economics offers many insights into war making and why it persists, but the most fundamental explanation is an institutional one. It’s tragically simple: warnings about the horrors of war go unheeded because the power to make war—as well as “justify” it in the eyes of those forced to fight and finance it—lies in the hands of the state and its business and intellectual allies. States are monopolists of organized force, and as such decide when and how to use their power on a grand scale, especially when they wish to confront other monopolists. Continue reading