from the comments section of JHK's Clusterfuck Nation
from Cougar :
"...I remain skeptical on the issue of revolt. I'm trying to envision our suburbs, currently full of obese Happy Motorist bobbleheads, as future hotbeds of radicalism and am totally failing to do so. They are just too happy being belly up to the trough. Domesticated. Brainwashed. The total tools of the merchant and banking classes. People that are well fed and well entertained do not revolt. Panem et circenses, or give them bread and circuses. Now if you let them starve for a while, maybe a couple years, maybe they'll turn on you. But for a long time you can threaten them with "financial system dislocations", whatever that means, and they'll fall right in line. I think the biggest risk is that the suburban SUV class will find themselves ripe for the picking by some demagogue who is willing to promise them that s/he will rape another group of obviously less useful citizens in an effort to prop up their own end of the pig trough. I'll even go out on a limb and predict that before Americans will have an opportunity to test their revolutionary zeal, they'll have to turn away from the chance to have our very own McFascist experience and a real shot at generational ignominy right alongside an earlier lost generation of Germans. Given the two options -- to fight, or to let someone else be destroyed -- I think we know which way it usually falls. "
From Hokey Pokey:
"America can be totally 'locked down' for the most part in a week or two. The grocery stores have 3-4 days inventory. The feeder warehouses may have several weeks to supply the region but not with all food stuffs. The interstate highway system can be stopped dead in its tracks with a few well placed traffic accidents as it is now, imagine the authorities putting up road blocks at key pinch points. Let's see, no food, no gas, no escape routes. I guess shutting off the lights and water wouldn't be too hard either. Your run of the mill person has about a ten mile maximum walking radius to travel in a day if they are lucky. Add little kids and old or disabled folks and the vast majority of Americans are going No Where in a 'lock down' mode. Will they walk or talk or crawl on their bellies like a reptile? Will they sit up and bark like a dog to get a handout from the government soup kitchen? You bet. Do Americans overestimate their own capabilities? You bet. Are they soft and spoiled and think they are God's gift to the world? You bet. They are in for the Awakening of their lives. The U.S. public (except for the warrior class) has no spine for violence. Do you want fries with your McFascist Double Deluxe Burger?"