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Response to Mike Nelson (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 01:06 PM

4. Yes, we are in a crisis.

Will the Courts enforce the subpoenas? If they do, will the people obey them? If they obey them, will they plead the Fifth?

This is now a skirmish for dictatorship. The Declaration of Independence was regarded by some in the Continental Congress as a "skiff made of paper" which is to say without the force to back up laws, governments are nothing. We are closer than ever to being in a meltdown.

Most useful is to study what happened in history when institutions crumbled, for whatever reason. Tuchman's "A Distant Mirror" was about the fallout from the Black Plague. Cromwell's Protectorate was a bit of a meltup. Soviet seizure of power in war-torn Russia was a political coup amidst societal chaos. All have clues as to how to read disorder, if you can figure out what's going on. Upholding the old order doesn't often work during crises. But the current situation is political, law and order. We have no chaos, economic strife, or war, and expect none of those happenstances. Yet we still live in uncertain times.

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