Do you ever look around and think, "This is not the country that I grew up in..."?

via Simon Black

So many people are making this realization. They're utterly disgusted by what they see happening at home. And they feel powerless to stop it.

Think about what's happened just in the past year:

  • The US government has brazenly continued its arrogant domestic spying program despite overwhelming public opposition. So much for a government "for the people"...
  • Banks in Italy and the UK have begun limiting how much customers can withdraw. Banks in the United States have begun restricting their customers' international wire transfers. And of course, banks in Cyprus completely froze people out of their accounts.
  • Everyone from the International Monetary Fund to leading Harvard economists have been calling for capital controls (which could lock your money inside a failing banking system).
  • "Wealth taxes" are also being proposed... again by the IMF, as well as the German central bank.
  • They’re coming for your retirement savings as well. Poland nationalized private pension funds last year, and the brand new US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has already hinted at “helping” Americans manage their IRA accounts.
  • Brand spanking new taxes were rolled out on 1/1/2014 in the Land of the Free, including a capital gains tax increase from 15% to 23.8%. This is a proportional increase of over 58%.
  • President Obama quietly signed an Executive Order that gives Homeland Security the ability to control and shut down the nation's communications systems upon the President's request.
  • As of January 10, 2014, 47.4 million Americans were receiving food stamps. That's more than 15% of the entire population. And it's 70% higher than in 2008 when the financial crisis began.
  • According to a recent IRS report, "tax requirements have become so confusing and the compliance burden so great that taxpayers are giving up their U.S. citizenship in record numbers"
  • 2013 already saw violent unrest in some of the most stable countries in the world like Sweden, all underpinned by absolute disgust for the status quo.

The list goes on and on. But the big picture trend is crystal clear: most of the West is in terminal decline.

They have reached the point of no return with respect to their massive debt burdens. Greece. Italy. The United States. Japan. They have absolutely no hope of paying down their debts without resorting to some destructive tactic.

And we're seeing it all unfold in front of our very eyes. Capital controls. Bank withdrawal limitations. Wealth taxes. Etc.

This is what happens when nations go bankrupt. They almost always resort to plundering their citizens. Deep down, you know it's already happening.

But there's something critical that most people don't realize.

Most folks watch this unfold... and shake their heads in disgust thinking that there's nothing they can do about it.

And it's true, there really is no 'saving' the system.

Look at a situation like Japan, where the government is already spending over 25% of its tax revenue just to pay interest on its debt... at a time when interest rates are basically zero!

This is not a system that can simply be fixed. There is no adjustment, no lever that can be pulled for a soft landing.

History is generous with examples going all the way back to the ancient Sumerians through the French Bourbon monarchy-- whenever things get too far out of control, the system resets itself.

This isn't about fear. It's about facts, uncomfortable as they may be.

We are programmed practically from birth to deny this. We grow up thinking that "this is the greatest country in the world, that could never happen here."

Look around. It's not the country you grew up in. And it's already happening.

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