Justin’s note: Over the past few months, we’ve shared a handful of essays from Doug Casey’s longtime friend and business partner Bill Bonner on what’s really going on behind the scenes with Donald Trump and the “Deep State.”
In Bill’s new essay below, he shares the latest update…
By Bill Bonner, chairman, Bonner & Partners
Last week, we were sitting in the hotel restaurant in Miami Beach having breakfast…
A man—about 30—was leaning on the counter. His dirty pants were falling down. He wore a black t-shirt with a skeleton on it. He put his head down on the counter… and said something incomprehensible.
He got a cup of coffee… and staggered over to a chair and flopped down, talking to himself.
After a few minutes, he got up. He clutched his pants, which were almost around his knees. He wobbled. He lurched. He headed for the door and disappeared out through it.
Then, a woman… voluptuous… pretty… dressed in white jeans, with a very low-cut t-shirt came in the same door.
She looked in our direction. She said something. We couldn’t make it out… Was she asking the time of day? Directions? We smiled.
She came towards us and sat down next to us on the couch.
“Would you like a massage?”
Two young men came in. Shorts. T-shirts. Almost identical outfits. But one wore his baseball cap backwards. They held hands. Smiled at each other. They got cappuccinos.
But let’s turn to our familiar beat—the world of money. Or, more particularly, the world of deceit and delusion known as “economics.” Unromantic. Tawdry. But fascinating.
Last week, we were looking at fake wars. As you know, these are wars that no one wants to win, since their real purpose is to shift wealth from the public to the war-fighting industries.
Our point was that even fake wars sometimes spin out of control—when people forget what kind of war they’re fighting, for example.
Early last week, U.S. President Donald J. Trump was taking the trade war far too seriously. Then, his Deep State handlers must have straightened him out on that; before the week was over, he declared that he wanted to get back into the Trans-Pacific Partnership!
Then, he went off message again… this time, on the war on terrorism. A gas attack against civilians in Syria had been alleged; the president wanted to retaliate.
As you know, no sparrow can fall anywhere on the planet without inviting a U.S. counterattack against the starlings. Observers wondered why the president didn’t wait to find out who had actually perpetrated the attack… if anyone. But they failed to understand the nature of fake war.
It didn’t really matter whether any atrocities had been committed… or who had committed them. As it turned out, the gas attack was most likely fake. Perfect; the U.S. could stage a fake revenge attack, too!
Russia was notified in advance of where and when the U.S. would attack, allowing time for the “enemy”—whoever they are—to make themselves scarce.
The Donald had an opportunity to show what a tough, decisive leader he is without doing any real harm. It was all for the benefit of the fans… and, of course, the Deep State.
So far, so good.
Deep State War
Then, no sooner had we all relaxed when, on Sunday, a new war flared up—the war between Donald J. Trump and the Deep State itself.
Many people think this war is real. Donald J. Trump, they believe, is fighting for “the people”… and the Deep State is trying to stop him. He really wants to drain the swamp, they say; it’s not his fault the water is getting deeper.
Anything is possible.
Mr. Trump’s instincts are clearly “populist”—he certainly understands the showbiz side much better than most politicians. But he is no fool.
Hardly had the sun set on the polling stations in November 2016 when he invited the Wall Street insiders from Goldman Sachs… and a trio of retired generals… to join him in the White House.
But there are many different factions in the Deep State. Like sows at a feeding trough, they bump into each other trying to get at the swill. And the winners are usually those that are most heavily armed.
Leaping ahead, we notice that whenever there is a “populist” movement in politics, it almost always leads to the military wing of the Deep State taking control.
Caesar, Lenin, Mao, Mussolini, Hitler, Perón, Castro—revolutions begun in the name of the “people” tend to degrade into military dictatorships.
Why? Because government is always a way for the few to take advantage of the many… and the fraud is easier to pull off when you can invoke those atavistic “us versus them” emotions.
The lumpen naturally rally ‘round the flag and support the military—no matter how absurd the situation.
And if they don’t, you shoot them.
Chairman, Bonner & Partners
Justin’s note: For years, Bill has warned about the “Deep State,” America’s unelected shadow government. But who is the Deep State? And how far does their reach extend? In this urgent video briefing, Bill shows you precisely what America’s shadowy insiders have planned… Watch it here.
Today, a reader shares his thoughts on Doug Casey’s interview on the coming comfortable dystopia…
This is already being done in Canada. A person who refused to pay moving traffic violations and drove for five years without another one was pulled over for moving cats from his old address to his new address while one cat sat on his lap (he had 4 cats in the car—none of them in cages). Thus, his license to drive has been revoked until he pays the fines. Further, any moving traffic violation automatically increases his car insurance.
I find it fiendishly clever for the rich and powerful to enshrine themselves confidentially into our political structure, which is currently destroying our Society. When communication and distance were major impediments to slavery, Society could survive. Such is no longer the case. This is why no matter what the government does, it will fail. Entropy has taken over. Further, China, doing what it is doing, is, in reality, preparing for the inevitable War.
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Right now, a technology is being tested that has the potential to permanently cure thousands of diseases. It could even guarantee America’s energy independence for decades to come. It sounded too good to be true. But then we watched this presentation.