If you’ve seen some of my posts on Twitter this morning, you’ll know that I discount the idea of a totalitarian state apparatus squeezing us all to death as average Americans all knuckle down under the fear of being marginalized. I fear this too, however, I do not see this as an end state. (Please note I don’t entirely disagree, but I don’t think we’re headed for this perpetually as a 1984 style world or forever).
Why? First of all because Americans are too independent and we have a culture rooted in resistance against this kind of thing. Our culture actively celebrates and prepares for rebellion against tyranny. Even with leftward shifts among city folks and the third world immigrants who would do anything to eat, there are too many people in this country who won’t comply, even if it means death.
There are enough willing resistors who would break our already fragile system if true tyranny tried to squeeze. What I see is an already brittle and polarized society becoming dysfunctional. I don’t see much capacity for our system to become much more totalitarian without breaking. We cannot assume that because the average American now is soft and weak that they will gladly allow this shitshow to get worse because they love Netflix so much.
For resistance in modern times, I point to the unarmed farmers in the Netherlands pushing back. The trucker protest in Canada. Average French people rioting Antifa-style over welfare. And we haven’t even seen freezing Europeans this winter flip out on their governments for virtue signaling over Ukraine!
The resistance becomes a duel of who can outlast the other and what damage is done in the process. If the trucks and food stops coming, cities riot. You can’t train truck drivers and reap idle fields overnight. The carrot and stick approach of “just give us the guns and let the teachers brainwash & rape your children and you can have some food and Netflix” only works if you can carry it out.
The idea that Soviet style tyranny will just gradually happen one day is predicated on the idea that we all go blindly into the cattle chute. We won’t. The ones that push back will, God willing, break the system. In short, there aren’t enough dedicated cops who will stick around and defend that kind of thing or make it possible. Once our complex modern system (government, logistics, and financial) breaks, so do the bonds of red flag orders, no credit, no welfare, etc.
Pockets of tyranny and freedom will exist. There will be plenty of people who will go along with the government at any cost, even if betrays how they feel, to east, just like there will be someone shit posting a comment about how most people are cowards and will comply, etc.
If New York can keep its cops fed and compliant (the stick) it can dangle the carrot of Netflix, heating in the winter, and open food stores to the public who goes along with it all. In much of America, resistance to tyranny will be active or impossible.
These nightmarish fantasies of living in a perpetual state of gun confiscations, cut-off credit cards, and your child being taken away to live with tranny foster parents because they drew a gun at school can’t exist forever. Americans aren’t going to sit and take it, even if stopping it means a self-destructive end in the process.
What scares me is the phase I believe we currently entered; when repression is manageable. We’re comfortable enough not to resist to not desperate enough to make the necessary sacrifices. Thomas Jefferson called this bit of human nature perfectly. We are in the gaslighting stage where the normies, the brainwashed leftists/liberals, and the stupid FoxNews boomers thing everything is nothing more than just 1970s weird.
I see a period of manageable tyranny where they CAN do the things predicted in some of the tweets, like gun confiscation and financial un-personing. Weak people will surrender to this but those people are not going to make it when the SHTF. This is the scary part, like being a Jew during Hitler’s rise to power. They can repress you at will and going weapons free is not a plausible defense yet.
This is the period where we suffer in silence, keep our heads down, and wait for things to break. It’ll be some psycho, probably, that gets the ball rolling on whatever beast is slouching in our direction. This is the dangerous part when the state is functionally normally enough to be weaponized against us. This is when we must be most wary. I just don’t see this phase lasting for long or forever.
My predictions: things continue to get gradually worse until after the 2024 election. In 2025, the Democrats are in control and go full retard. The glove starts to really squeeze at that point, but the economy and national mood is so poor that people aren’t having it. The dam breaks, we have a Fort Sumter moment, and it’s on. A short period of tyranny to get control, but that worsens the problem, and then suddenly you’ve got your SHTF wish.
I see a “do as we say or starve” situation coming as the solution to SHTF. A powerful guy promises safety and food in exchange for peace and obedience. Then all the scary stuff can happen when people are so tired of war, but unwilling to fix stuff themselves, that they cave. And they turn on anyone who wants freedom. Some of you heathens see this as an American Caesar, but I see this as the Antichrist who can bring his end-times religion (Islam) together with what he promises to smother everybody. But it all has to break first.
So the bad times are just beginning, but tyranny will go away, but only as the really bad times of SHTF/collapse happen. And if I’m wrong?
PS: I see Dems winning 2024 (not honestly) because of massive fraud or an 1860 election situation occurs where Republicans basically sit it out because the system is illegitimate at that point and essentially cede the election to the left. If Trump gets arrested in October 2024, you really think people are going to vote for the emergency Mitt Romney GOP ringer candidate? The left then sees their “win” and the conservative non-participation as a victorious mandate rather than a big caution flag. They go hard and stupid and as a result the system breaks as above.
PPS: In 1860, there was a four-way split ballot. Lincoln wasn’t even on the ballot in many Southern states. Much of the South did not consider Lincoln to be legitimately elected.
Author Don Shift
Don Shift is a veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office and avid fan of post-apocalyptic literature and film who has pushed a black and white for a mile or two. He is a student of disasters, history, and current events.