YOU’RE EITHER THE BUTCHER OR YOU’RE THE CATTLE

I know many people have no interest in watching the boob tube because 99% of the programming is either mindless drivel or government sanctioned propaganda. It’s the 1% that reflects the deeper themes and moods engulfing our society. Television shows like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead reflect the darkening mood of this intensifying Fourth Turning. I wrote one of my more pessimistic articles called Welcome to Terminus in April regarding the season four finale of the Walking Dead series. I essentially argued we are approaching the end of the line and the world is going to get real nasty.

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In the six short months since I wrote that depressing article, we’ve seen men beheaded on Youtube videos by terrorists no one had ever heard of at the beginning of this year. Somehow a ragtag band of 30,000 Muslim terrorists, using American military equipment supplied to fight Assad in Syria and taken from the Iraqi Army when they turned tail and ran away, have been able to defeat 600,000 Iraqi and Kurd fighters with air support from the vaunted U.S. Air Force. Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan descend into never ending religious based warfare. We’ve even had passenger planes mysteriously disappear in Asia with no trace.

Crimea seceded from Ukraine and rejoined Russia, initiating a plan to punish Russia by the western powers. America supported and planned the overthrow of a democratically elected government in the Ukraine, with a predictable push back response by Russia, leading to a bloody civil war in the Eastern Ukraine. We’ve had a false flag shooting down of an airliner over the Ukraine by the Ukrainian government, blamed on Russia and Putin by Obama and his EU co-conspirators. The American corporate media mouthpieces have ignored the cover-up of missing controller transmissions, black box recordings, and physical evidence regarding the murder of hundreds of innocent people by western politicians. Israel and Hezbollah resumed their endless religious war in Gaza, with thousands of casualties and destruction.

UK fear mongering and financial threats barely averted the secession of Scotland from the UK. Cantalonia continues to push for a secession vote to leave Spain. Violent protests have broken out in Spain, Italy, France and even Sweden. Turmoil, protests and riots in Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina and Mexico have been driven by anger at political corruption, high inflation, and general economic dysfunction. Saber rattling between China and Japan has increased and young people in Hong Kong have been protesting the lack of democratic elections being permitted by China. The world economy, undergoing central bank monetary stimulus withdraw, is headed back into recession as Germany, China and the U.S. join the rest of the world in economic decline. And now the Western Africa outbreak of ebola has gone worldwide, with predictions of an epidemic potentially causing worldwide economic chaos.

What’s happening in the real world makes the dystopian zombie world of Walking Dead seem almost quaint. The writers of this show brilliant use of symbolism and imagery captures the violent, chaotic, inhumane, darkening, brutal world we inhabit as the Fourth Turning crisis period we entered in 2008 deepens on a daily basis. There is a good reason why the first episode of their fifth season drew the biggest cable TV audience in history. The show is clearly tapping into the mood of the masses. Early in the latest episode you realize Terminus has become a processing center run by cannibals. The line between victim and criminal, killer and prey, good and evil, madness and sanity, and moral and immoral is blurred. Everything is relative in the post-pandemic world of the Walking Dead.

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Seeing Wall Street cannibals walk away unscathed after devouring the worldwide economic system in 2008 with their fraudulent financial schemes, corrupt politicians enriched by throwing taxpayers under the bus, militarized police forces trampling the Fourth Amendment, the NSA spying on every American, a private central bank enriching their owners by funneling trillions into their bank vaults, a president trampling on the Constitution by issuing executive orders to bypass the other branches of government, and billions of welfare and tax fraud from the urban ghettos to the penthouse suites in NYC, has convinced a large swath of Americans that everything is relative and nothing matters in our warped dystopian world. Right and wrong no longer matter. Morality is an antiquated concept. Adhering to the Constitution is an outmoded notion. Our society celebrates and condones our dog eat dog economic paradigm. Or zombie eats anything world in the case of Walking Dead.

The Terminus complex is reminiscent of the concentration camp in Schindler’s List. It is complete with railroad cars to hold the prisoners, gates with barbed wire, armed guards, and extermination facilities to “process” the prisoners. Thick black smoke belches into the air. There is a room stacked full of booty, teddy bears, watches, clothes – everything except the gold fillings.The Nazi like precision and attention to detail is reflected in the almost business-like method in which the Terminus administrators go about gutting their prey. The bone chilling efficiency and antiseptic processing facility evoke memories of the holocaust gas chambers. The opening sequence when Rick, Daryl, Glenn and Bob are among a group of men lined up to be gutted like pigs over a trough in place to collect their spilled blood, might have been the most brutal scene ever put on non-premium cable TV.

The callous and dispassionate way in which the prisoners (cattle) are lined up in front of a stainless steel trough is disconcerting and bone chilling. The victims are hit with a baseball bat and then their throats are slit over the trough by men in protective suits. They have become nothing but cattle to be butchered and consumed by the Terminus cannibals. You see another part of the processing plant where human remains are hanging from hooks like sides of beef. Gareth, the leader of Terminus, supervises the operation like a CEO, berating the butchers for not meeting quotas and following standard operating procedures. Not much different than how our mega-corporations are run today.

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The other fascinating similarity between the dystopian “nightmare of want” setting of Terminus and our modern day dystopian “empire of excess” is the use of false advertising and propaganda to lure “customers” into their web. Their version of billboard advertising was plywood with the hand written messages of “Sanctuary for All”, “Community for All”, and “Those Who Arrive Survive”. The Terminus cannibals would have fit in well on Madison Avenue with the highly paid spin artists, propagandists, and whores for the corporate oligarchs.

The signs along train tracks and radio transmissions from a call center like facility showed the calculated business-like efficiency of the cannibals in systematically and methodically luring victims to their slaughterhouse. It is the same techniques used by the apostles of Edward Bernays to consciously and intelligently manipulate the habits, opinions, tastes, ideas and actions of the masses, in order to control and influence their buying habits, voting decisions, and support of their rulers. The unseen men who constitute the “invisible government” use these techniques to keep the cattle docile, fed, and ignorant, as they are led to slaughter.

The government and lack thereof is always lurking in the murky background of how and why the United States has devolved into an infected world of the walking dead. This episode provided some clues about government labs producing viruses as weapons to be used against some unexplained enemy. The insinuation is that the government somehow lost control of the virus and the ensuing pandemic destroyed our modern world and left the survivors to battle the biters and each other for the remaining scraps. The Federal government caused the societal collapse and is nowhere to be found in rebuilding the nation.

It is unclear how the apocalypse went down, but you can assume it began with fear, which led to panic, chaos, economic collapse, violent upheaval, war, and total breakdown of governmental authority and control. It is ironic that today fear of a worldwide ebola pandemic is coinciding with an inevitable economic implosion, wars raging in the Middle East, violent protests raging around the globe, and trust in governmental authority plunging to all-time lows. The Walking Dead has wittingly or unwittingly captured the ambiance of our turbulent times.

When you are faced with desperate circumstances you can either do whatever you need to survive or you can submissively accept your fate and die. Gareth and his cannibalistic cohorts had been in the same situation as Rick and his posse, but they had somehow turned the tables on their captors. Gareth’s survival of the fittest creed was “either you’re the butcher or you’re the cattle”. Human beings react to intense pressure and life threatening situations in different ways. Some people snap and turn into monsters, like Gareth. Some people snap and lose their minds. Others, like Rick and Carol, summon an inner strength to do whatever it takes to survive while barely maintaining their humanity. Others turn into blind followers of a strong forceful leader, not questioning the morality, legality or humanity of what they are ordered to do. The line between right and wrong, necessary versus unnecessary, vengeance versus justice, and butcher versus cattle is blurred in a world without rules, government or accepted norms.

I believe the “butcher or cattle” analogy is sadly a valid meme for the world we currently inhabit. In the Walking Dead world, individuals must choose to be butcher or cattle. It’s a Darwinian world of kill or be killed. Like minded individuals with common values and goals form communities to protect themselves, provide for themselves, and attempt to bring a semblance of order in a chaotic world. The community of Westbury, led by the governor and the community of Terminus, led by Gareth, are founded upon a foundation of evil and ultimately destroyed. Rick’s community of liberty minded freedom fighters do whatever is necessary to survive, but retain their humanity, decency and desire to create a better world.

Our present day world may not be as brutish as the Walking Dead world, though the line between reality and fiction is often indistinguishable when you turn on the news, but the distinction between butchers and cattle is clear. The elected and non-elected rulers of the deep state are the butchers, sending young men off to die for oil companies and arms dealers, impoverishing the masses through inflation and their control of the currency, and enriching themselves through their complete control of the political, financial, judicial, and economic systems. This establishment, or invisible government as Bernays described, is committed to its own enrichment and perpetuation. Its scope, financial resources, and global reach put it in a predator class all by itself.

The common people are the cattle being led to slaughter. We are kept docile with incessant propaganda from the mainstream media; marketing messages to consume from Madison Avenue; filtered, adjusted, manipulated economic data fed to us by government agencies; an endless supply of iGadgets and other electronic distractions; government education designed to keep us ignorant; 24/7 reality TV on six hundred stations to keep us entertained; corporate toxic processed food to keep us obese and tame; and an endless supply of Wall Street supplied debt to keep us caged in our pens with no hope of escape. The butchers of the deep state have maintained control for decades, but we’re entering a new era.

Fourth Turnings result in the tables being turned on the butchers. Some cattle are awakening from their stupor. They can see the bloody writing on the slaughterhouse wall. Anyone who isn’t sensing a dramatic mood change in this country is either a mindless zombie or a functionary of the deep state. The financial shenanigans of the ruling class are again being revealed as nothing but a Ponzi scheme built on a foundation of debt and propped up by delusions and ignorance. When the house of cards collapses in the near future, the tables will turn. When people have nothing left to lose, they will lose it. The butchers will become the cattle. There will be no sanctuary for these evil men. Their reign of terror will be swept away in a whirlwind of retribution, death and destruction. It might even make the Walking Dead look like a walk in the park.

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  • Bite It Gen X

    The only upside to the breakout of ebola is that the travesl of the Clinton Cult and it’s leader will be shut down… No more going around to colleges collecting $250,000 per + expenses and no brown M&Ms… (All paid for from predatory student loans + interest.)

    • tate matson

      Wasn’t it them and their friends who appointed those people to run those colleges who are now using the colleges money to make them Multi-Million nares? Except with the coming “zombie” thing Paper money is worthless

      • Bite It Gen X

        Yeah buddy, I know. Glad I can’t afford basic cable. Think of all I’m not missing.

  • mijj

    tangent …

    … speaking of Breaking Bad, i was disappointed that Walter didn’t solve the problem of being under scrutiny and needing to launder vast quantities of loot in a real-world way. Ie. convert to Zionism and go into politics.

    • tate matson

      Well, in a year or two if there is still a Hollywood I am sure they will make 4 or so more episodes. If not, it was still a pretty good show.

      Obama and his supporters are pretty sick indivuduals aren’t they? They literally want the planet to become basic de-populated to around 100 million people. And of course the bulk of those people in one completely planned and controlled city. And the Ruling Elite will allow some people to work at the hundreds of Palaces and minor estates for the ROYALS……..or Government Adminstrators whichever you prefer……You know if it really is headed that way–ofcourse we will fight–and if anyone thinks that this hasn’t been know for awhile and that their are not HIGH Yield weapons OFF the books but positioned to be used at MULITPLE areas–obviously we are not talking about the the Inner or Outer HEBRIDES ISLANDS….For some reason just because the REAL JEWS oh I mean the CELTS live and they are great and smart people–apparently they turned their back to some people who offered them POWER, DIAMONDS,anyway Horslips a celtic group sings about their peoples history through the last 2500 years–the band used ancient writings stored in the HEBRIDE ISLANDS……..anyway–I was thinking maybe jay-z and Beyoncé could remake the Book of Invasions Sound trek–I can see them singing the KING of Morning, and Queen of Afternoon song very well. I would hope they remade the other songs too. So they could understand and SING about life and how even though some PEOPLE who have made similar promises to people through history–Diamonds, power, ROYALs, servants, etc. well when you turn your back they “stab you in the back” and even claim your History, your bible, I am not say the PEOPLE who live on the HEBRIDES ISLANDS in Scotland are the real JEWS–I mean sure their history and songs completely tell the story, but its not like the JEWS we all know and love today sure they are originally from Asian and the REAL Jews are not–but that does not mean they are not the real Jews. I mean obviously they are good and kind people who strict to the bibles teachings very obviously 🙂 Its not like they have ever stabbed anyone throughout history in the back over and over again. No. And Sure, the people who live on the HEBRIDES Island’s talk about the people from the land of the Sun who stabbed them in the back, and they had to escape, blah blah. Anyway its just a made up story. But it is one dam great story. Anyway–that is my comment regarding the NEW WORLD ORDER we are living in under the wonderful PEOPLE who are in charge 🙂
      Oh yeah if anyone in Washington state wants a ally to fight the coming Zombies, I am available and I even have all of the Horslips Albums downloaded!!! 🙂

      • David Jewett

        Tate, though you go off on a tangent, there are some good kernels of truth in your post. Thanks.

  • David Jewett

    I really am happy to see a reference to the book The Fourth Turning. I’ve read it (and will have to dust off my copy to read again soon). I highly recommend it to everybody interested in how these generational cycles play out. A book with some hard pondering’s…

  • MOLON LABE

    These 5 Censored Books Tell a History the Establishment Wants Hidden Jun 25, 2014

    Abby Martin speaks with NYU media studies professor, Mark Crispin Miller, about five historical books that have been actively suppressed and hidden from the American public.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcHRaxN-u5U

  • Rob w.

    Good stuff, but…there were no gas chambers…a post war myth like soap and lampshades or who killrd the Poles in the Katyn Forest. History is written by the victors. Which is why so few know of allied treatment of Gernan pows wnd civilians – mass rapeand starvation by the victors passing judgment at Nuremburg. The six million number, avTalmudic sacred number, was mentioned repeatedly before and during the war. There is no proof of six million Jews dead, let alone 6 million executed. It is as much a lie as the official 9/11 narrative… a thought control device which, alone, one qurstions at risk of jail.

  • Rob w.

    Good stuff, but…there were no gas chambers…a post war myth like soap and lampshades or who killrd the Poles in the Katyn Forest. History is written by the victors. Which is why so few know of allied treatment of Gernan pows wnd civilians – mass rapeand starvation by the victors passing judgment at Nuremburg. The six million number, avTalmudic sacred number, was mentioned repeatedly before and during the war. There is no proof of six million Jews dead, let alone 6 million executed. It is as much a lie as the official 9/11 narrative… a thought control device which, alone, one qurstions at risk of jail.