MOORE: Think gated communities. I mean, you were talking about this before. You know, those countries you were talking about like cities like Mexico City. Those are — the rich people live in fortresses, right? With armed guards and the masses are — as you said, people get kidnapped when they go outside the fortress, and you essentially privatize security and all the other kind of government functions because government breaks down. Isn’t that what happens.

CELENTE: And the other thing, even these — even these gated communities won’t be safe, because you’re going to see criminality — you’re going to see gangs like you’ve never seen before… I mean, you look at high school graduation rates — you have under 50 percent in major cities. So, now you have all these people — I’m not a classist, I’m a guy that was born in the Bronx, you know…

You have people that are ignorant, functionally illiterate, and whacked out on drugs, Hillbilly heroin, well, you name it, meth, go down the line, and they have nothing to lose.

Not a “classist”— just classy. Celente helpfully adds:

You know, I’m a practitioner, a close combat practitioner, is my instructing — teachers, John Perkins, and he’s a self defense expert. He’s a close combat. Number one, anybody that wants to look him up, he’s there. You know what he teaches us? He teaches us to prepare for the worst — survival. And then you back off from that.

I’m sure your close-combat kung fu skills will come in handy in the Hobbesian nightmare that you predict, Gerald. Us, we favor a sawed-off in that situation. Of course, I personally live in the District of Columbia where until very recently it was illegal to have any guns at all, so I don’t have one. I’m not exactly quaking in fear.

Beck conjures something he calls the “Bubba Effect,” which he thinks “is likely to happen.” The Bubba effect is, apparently, the rise of some sort of patriot militia movement, plus.

Here, a retired Army command sergeant major adds some more, ahem, subtext:

STRONG: They’ll be very conscious of who enters their own community and it’s almost going to be a commune-based society, but they won’t project that based on the fact that they want to project normalcy.


STRONG: but those that enter their space that are threatening to them. And again, we don’t want to use the word “profiling,” but that’s — you are definitely going to stand out. You are not going to look like a bubba.

My favorite part is when Beck keeps saying “we’re not predicting this will happen.” Not at all! No worries. Here’s Beck’s talking about Mexican drug gangs: (emphasis mine):

BECK: Right. And it will lead to, I believe it will play into, at least, the disenfranchisement and a possible uprising here in the United States with — God forbid — please, everybody, have a seat and relax just a little bit.

I would take a seat, Glenn, but I’m too busy hiding under it.

Another Glenn, this one Greenwald at Salon, puts all this lunacy in historical context and makes some very sharp points:

Bill Clinton’s election in 1992 gave rise to the American “militia movement”: hordes of overwhelmingly white, middle-aged men from suburban and rural areas who convinced themselves they were defending the American way of life from the “liberals” and “leftists” running the country by dressing up in military costumes on weekends, wobbling around together with guns, and play-acting the role of patriot-warriors. Those theater groups… spawned the decade of the so-called “Angry White Male,” the movement behind the 1994 takeover of the U.S. Congress by Newt Gingrich and his band of federal-government-cursing, pseudo-revolutionary, play-acting tough guys.

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