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The Fed’s Catch-22 Taper Is A Weapon, Not A Policy Error

December 24, 2021

By Brandon Smith

Back in 2018 leading up to Christmas the Federal Reserve began publicly flirting with the notion of ending asset purchases, reducing their balance sheet and committing to an all around taper of stimulus. I wrote about it extensively at the time along with my position that the Fed could and would taper, at least for a short period, which would lead to an accelerated crash of stocks. This did in fact happen, but as we all know the Fed reversed course not long after.

This reversal was seen by many as proof that the Fed would “never” actually pursue a full blown taper and that stimulus measures would go on forever. I believed it could be a dry run for a more aggressive taper event down the road. I argued that the fed would continue stimulus until stagflation became evident to the public, and then a careful game of scapegoating would have to be played and another taper would commence.

It is also important to understand that there were many in the economic media that also argued that because the dollar is the preeminent world reserve currency the central bank could print dollars perpetually without inflationary consequences. This notion became a basic fundamental of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT).

Of course, MMT is utter nonsense. There are ALWAYS consequences for overt money creation even for world reserve currencies. It doesn’t matter if you try to price your national currency without comparisons to foreign currencies; under globalism and economic interdependency the velocity of money matters. If a country is printing with wild abandon, those dollars are going to buy less labor, less production and less goods overseas. Nothing defeats the laws of supply and demand, not even strategic debt creation.

We are now at that stage again where price inflation tied to money printing is clashing with the stock market’s complete reliance on stimulus to stay afloat. There are some that continue to claim the Fed will never sacrifice the markets by tapering. I say the Fed does not actually care, it is only waiting for the right time to pull the plug on the US economy.

In previous articles I have described the Federal Reserve as an “ideological suicide bomber.” There are some people out there that still do not grasp this concept and it boggles my mind to see how they rationalize many of the fed’s actions, as if the people running the fed are “oblivious” to the damage they are doing.

First and foremost, no, the Fed is not motivated by profits, at least not primarily. The Fed is able to print wealth at will, they don’t care about profits – They care about power and centralization. Would they sacrifice “the golden goose” of US markets in order to gain more power and full bore globalism? Absolutely. Would central bankers sacrifice the dollar and blow up the Fed as an institution in order to force a global currency system on the masses? There is no doubt; they’ve put the US economy at risk in the past in order to get more centralization.

At the onset of the Great Depression, the Fed increased interest rates into weakness after years of artificially stimulating markets with low cost debt. This prolonged the deflationary crash for many years. It was not until many decades later when former Fed chair Ben Bernanke gave a speech celebrating economist Milton Friedman’s 90th birthday that a central bank official finally admitted that the organization was culpable for the Depression debacle.

In short, according to Friedman and Schwartz, because of institutional changes and misguided doctrines, the banking panics of the Great Contraction were much more severe and widespread than would have normally occurred during a downturn.

Let me end my talk by abusing slightly my status as an official representative of the Federal Reserve. I would like to say to Milton and Anna: Regarding the Great Depression. You’re right, we did it. We’re very sorry. But thanks to you, we won’t do it again.” – Ben Bernanke, 2002

What Ben Bernanke did not admit to was that the engineered deflationary crisis greatly benefited the allies of the Fed – The international corporate bankers. Companies like JP Morgan and Chase National were suddenly in a prime position to seize unlimited power in the US. But how?

Not many Americans today realize that a hundred years ago banking was highly decentralized. In fact, there were thousands of smaller community banks all across the country back then that were not attached to titanic banks like JP Morgan. One of the biggest coups of the Great Depression was that at least 9000 of these small banks were destroyed by the crash or absorbed by the international banks. There was no longer any local competition to the major corporations, they now dominated all lending markets.

If you wanted a loan or if you wanted to open a savings account after the depression, you would have to go through a small handful of mega-conglomerates. Complete centralization of finance had been achieved and the Fed helped to make this happen. Was this purely coincidence and negligence on the part of the Fed, or, did they know exactly what they were doing?

To be clear, the Catch-22 of taper vs stimulus and stagflation vs deflationary collapse is only a trap for the American public, it is NOT a trap for the Fed.

Again, they don’t ultimately care about the survival of the US economy. They’ve been destroying our financial system and currency slowly for over 100 years and they have been speeding up the process ever since the crash of 2008; why would they suddenly want to save it now? The Fed may taper or they may not. I predict they will once again officially taper at least for a time. Whether they continue to hold to that taper and for how long is a separate question. In either case, the dollar’s purchasing power still comes under threat and price inflation will still be the result.

If the Fed sticks with asset purchases and ultra-low interest rates, then the current stagflationary crisis will continue to grow. If Biden gets his “Build Back Better Plan” then expect even more price inflation as infrastructure projects turn into helicopter money much like the covid lockdowns turned into months of covid checks. This stimulus only served to undermine the labor market (To this day many states still have some covid welfare programs in place on top of regular unemployment benefits, which has fueled worker shortages – Only in the past month are all benefits starting to run out).

Helicopter money also leads to an explosion in demand for goods which then leads to higher prices as manufacturing cannot keep up. That is to say, more dollars chasing less goods leads to higher prices.

Furthermore, the central bank is the largest investor in US bonds. If the Fed raises interest rates into weakness and tapers asset purchases, then we may see a repeat of 2018 when the yield curve started to flatten. This means that short term treasury bonds will end up with the same yield as long term bonds and investment in long term bonds will fall. A dumping of long term bonds causes a decline in currency value and a flood of dollars back to the US. Result? Inflation.

No matter what the Fed does the consequence will be inflationary/stagflationary. The only difference is that if they taper there will also be an immediate decline in stocks and the overall crash will happen faster. The presumption by some is that a reversal in stocks will lure more money into the dollar, and this might happen for a short period of time. However, as mentioned if the yield curve flattens or there is instability in Treasury bonds there will be no saving the dollar either.

The bigger question is, why would the central bank trigger this crisis deliberately?

The Fed does not serve the purposes of the US, it serves the purposes of international banks and the agenda of globalism. It is openly admitted that national central banks take their marching orders from an entity called the Bank for International Settlements, and this includes the Fed. The BIS is a consortium of central banks from around the world that dictate overall central bank policy. If you have ever wondered how it’s possible for most national central banks to change policy in unison the way they tend to do instead of all of them reacting differently to economic problems, this is how.

There is a very interesting article published by Harpers Magazine in 1983 called ‘Ruling The World Of Money’ which I recommend people read if they want more insight into how the BIS operates and controls the decisions of regular central banks.

Everything the Fed does is to further globalist goals, not American goals or the American economy. The Fed will do as it’s ordered to do. And how do globalists benefit from America’s decline? Let’s not forget about the “Great Reset” agenda which the World Economic Forum, the IMF and other institutions have been so vocal about since the beginning of the pandemic. What the globalists want is to force the public to accept a completely centralized one world system based on socialist ideals, and this will include a one world currency that supplants the dollar. They will use any means at their disposal to get it, whether it be a pandemic crisis or an economic crisis. In fact, they are perfectly willing to engineer both.

It should be noted that the IMF and World bank recently held a “simulation” (war game) of just such a crisis. The game involved a cyber attack on global financial institutions which would then lead to economic collapse. I warned about the propensity for globalist simulations to play out in real life in my article ‘Cyberpolygon: Will The Next Globalist War Game Lead To Another Convenient Catastrophe?’ Even the covid pandemic seems to have been simulated only a couple of months before the real thing happened, as we saw with Event 201 held by the WEF and the Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation.

The covid panic that the establishment has tried to create is waning, at least in the US. I continue to see evidence of their plan failing in America as almost half of all states are now blocking the mandates and Biden’s executive orders are meeting stiff resistance in the courts. Any attempt to actually enforce vax passports or forced vaccination here will lead to a war that the covid cult will lose, it’s that simple. So, the globalists are going to need a different crisis to create further “opportunities”, and an economic crisis would definitely fit the bill.

It’s time for alternative economists to STOP looking at the Fed as a self serving institution struggling to keep the US economy propped up. This is not reality. It is also time to stop pretending as if the Fed is bumbling about and doesn’t have a clue. These people are not stupid, they know exactly what they are doing. The Fed will destroy our economy if they believe the timing is right to create a new world order out of the chaos. When they pull the plug (and they will one way or the other), they need to be held accountable as conspirators seeking to sabotage, not as dunces that “made mistakes.”

Isn’t it strange that no matter how many financial catastrophes central bankers have their hands in they never seem to face any consequences and always seem to enjoy more power afterwards instead of less? Even when the institutions they operate collapse, the bankers themselves always land on their feet with the goals of globalism intact. This needs to end, and the the only way to make that happen is to visit punishment on the people behind the banks for their treachery and conspiracy instead of chalking it all up to gullibility or simple greed.



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  • David December 24, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you Brandon for another great article! The message needs to be put out now throughout the country so that the central bankers are removed from power and held accountable for their treachery. As you have mentioned in the past, the crisis will continue until these psychopaths are physically removed from power. Thanks again!

    • jon stempa December 25, 2021 at 6:38 am

      Yes, but WHO is going to remove them???

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        Brandon Smith December 25, 2021 at 4:45 pm

        There will be many who step forward when the time is right. We are not ready yet, but organization is happening across the country.

        • wappy-john December 26, 2021 at 4:01 pm

          How are they finding each other??

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            Brandon Smith December 27, 2021 at 8:55 am

            Someone steps up in a community and organizes public meetings for preppers. It’s not that hard. Anyone who claims there’s no one in their area that is on the same page has never really tried to organize. I say this with 15 years of organizational experience under my belt.

  • Rob December 24, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    The reason the FED is being forced to deliberately destroy the current fiat cash system is because they are the economic arm of the harlot and her beast being used to usher in the cashless digital system that will control who can buy and sell just as was foretold long ago:

  • Serge December 24, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    Great Article, Brandon! Again. Indeed, “…the globalists are going to need a different crisis to create further “opportunities”, and an economic crisis would definitely fit the bill.”.
    To my mind, 2022 should be a decisive year for globalists in order to speed up their Reset and keep control.

  • Farmer December 24, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    Good article, Brandon.

    There is talk about the “Powell Put”, and exercise level – as a euphemism for the idea that the taper will only be allowed to drop the markets down a certain percentage (10% – 20% or so), after which taper talk would be replaced by more QE, and then the markets would melt up along with precious metals, which have not reflected true inflation.

    It seems to me that would give a justification for a final blowout bubble that would end the dollar after the bond market implodes, followed by the equities market, and be an excuse for bailout with a new reserve currency.

    A scenario like that might take 2022 to complete..

    Your thoughts?

    • J Sam December 25, 2021 at 6:41 pm

      Brandon- what I am still confused about is that if what you imply actually happens, it will further erode the democrats and the Democratic Party as the crash would happen on their watch. Why would they do that in advance of the 2022 elections? They are getting crushed anyway, but something like this would be the end of the Democratic Party. Unless you don’t think there are going to be 2022 elections, and if not, how would they engineer that.

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        Brandon Smith December 25, 2021 at 7:01 pm

        The democrats are unimportant, the globalists are the issue. Elections are also mostly irrelevant at this point to the elitists. Either they collapse the economy before the elections and the democrats use the resulting panic as an excuse for martial law measures, or they crash things after the elections with conservatives “in power” and then blame us for everything. The globalists are planning at least ten years ahead; we need to stop worrying about near term elections and start thinking about what our country will actually look like in a few years and if elections will even be plausible. Beyond that, just because a GOP candidate claims they are conservative does not mean it’s true. There are PLENTY of GOP leaders that are cozy with the globalists. Trump’s cabinet was loaded with them…

        • J Sam December 25, 2021 at 7:12 pm

          As depressing as that sounds, I agree with you. Although I do think that CBDC are key to this NWO and don’t think the Fed will be ready with CBDC being rolled out in 2022. It’s still a few years away.

          What can we do?

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            Brandon Smith December 25, 2021 at 10:21 pm

            Organize locally for economic independence and security. Get ready for a fight, because a fight is coming soon.

  • Wayne Reeves December 24, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    How can this ever be? Weren’t we promised with the advent of the Federal Reserve there would no more “depressions” or “boom or bust cycles” in the economy? You mean they LIED to us? I am shocked. And here we go again.

  • David Homer December 24, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    I agree completely with this article. I have been waiting for the Fed to trigger a total collapse since 2008. Some people think it isn’t going to happen because quite a few years have passed. I think it’s just the opposite. They have been preparing for quite some time now and should be ready for the collapse at any time. They are blaming the spread of new Covid variants on the unvaxxed even though the opposite is true. They will blame the collapse of fiat money on those who save in particular and conservatives in general. They might even want a war for an excuse. It will be miserable times for most of us ordinary people.

  • JustOneGuy December 24, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    “There was no longer any competition to the major Corporations, they now dominated all lending markets.”
    Indeed…and it is here that the Truth finally outs itself, for when actions and words disagree the sole truth lies only in one’s actions. For more than 100 years the Federal Reserve has served as nothing more than a vehicle for the Hyper-Wealthy to quasi-cyclically shear – at first Americans, then the World – of it’s hard won Wealth in a near continuous game of ‘Pump and Dump’ where at the end of every despicable cycle those swoop in like Raptors at a fish kill buying up everything in sight. The net result of this truly predatory practice is that today a mere handful – literally – of ‘Americans’ own more than 90 per cent of EVERYTHING.
    Being succinct here, “WTF?”
    Night will shortly Fall when the punchbowl is withdrawn from the table…and I wholly concur with Brandon’s analysis thereof; why do you think the PTB have been at such pains over the last 50 years to outsource everything – especially heavy manufacturing – as broadly as possible? The answer lies in everything you see around you today…once the Greatest Nation on Earth, the US is little more than hollowed-out shell of consumerism…of OTHER countries products. The PTB were keenly aware of America’s astonishing performance through WWII and thereby knew apriori what the greatest obstacle they would face in their quest for utter Dominion would be; the (previously)United States of America. Period. Supra-National Corporations are for all intents and purposes, today, beyond the reach of almost any merely National Laws. Dwell on that salient for a bit and the picture it paints will be sufficient to begin pointing you on the right heading.
    In all time since those of the ilk of Rockefeller, Morgan, Vanderbilt, Gugenheim, et al, have almost flawlessly executed a slow erosion of every last good thing this country once stood for. However, as is commonly the case with megalomaniacs they – when so near to their final goal – over-reached themselves in engineering the entire farce which was COVID and subsequently ‘Let the Cat out of the Bag’. Klaus Schwab’s various attempts to promulgate the notion of “Stake-holder Capitalism” whose capstone was the advertisements reading, ” You’ll own NOTHING…and be HAPPY.” is – in fact nothing but a thinly veiled attempt to convert the overwhelming bulk of Humanity into little more than Corporate Sharecroppers. HERE is where the over-reach occurred; thier notion was publicised prematurely, so smug they were in their surmise that people broadly had succumbed to despair sufficient to accept Schwab’s proposal at face value. Few – if any who I know – have regarded that tripe as anything other than sublimely beneath contempt so blatantly transparent it is now to a daily growing number of awakened minds…though there are yet many societal parasites whostill seem to be prepared to accept almost anything IF they can but continue receiving without DOING.
    The hollowing out of America has fully set the stage for the Final Act of this play…and the Fed will unhesitatingly yank the rug out from under every last single person who has been foolish enough to believe that the ‘Fed Put’ would continue forever…because they simply don’t need US anymore; their manufacturing base is GLOBAL and we’re incapable of producing doodle-doo.
    Certainly, “A long Dark Winter.” is en route, possibly this Winter even since this how they intend to pin their potential pursuers down…without electricity, without food, without warmth the Sheeple are FAR more concerned with their immediate needs than in tracking down Criminals.
    Be at peace…the Reckoning will come, and far sooner than anyone might expect. And after Night falls yet still Dawn will come again. Rest assured…be there to see that, it will be a Glory.

    “Peace on Earth and Goodwill towards Men.”…pause briefly and rest for a time.


    • Gotheart December 25, 2021 at 11:38 am

      Thank you Brandon for educating me. Thank you JOG for your insight too. I have had so much fun in preparing. I’ll be there! Lookin forward to it!👊🏻

  • John Thornton December 24, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    Fascinating article. Another problem with MMT in any one country (especially the US) is the exchange rate. If say the US prints money like no tomorrow the dollar value can be quickly highlighted against gold, yen, SWF, euro — there are only so many lies you can tell when other players are around to expose them. Plus it is still the reseve currency, so that gets manipulated and hidden to an extent. Enter a self-reserving global currency with no tangible ‘peg’ like say gold. Money becomes virtual — truly fiat — uber-whim. Who’s gonna know? So it can be made to create the illusion of solving anything, by having nothing tangible to solve — perpetuating the illusion for a time. The world has never had that situation before. Weimar hyperinflation occurred because Germany had run up colossal WW1 debts (c. $60T in today’s terms) that then had to be paid for in gold or hard foreign currency. But with no standard or controls — or better a programmable digital currency — generate, whoof, gone. So a global currency with bells ‘n whistles woudl be the ultimate con that would only be uncovered after the planet has been plundered, resulting in mass starvation, death, economic meldown, war and social destruction. Climate crisis? Not even close as a global threat!

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      Brandon Smith December 24, 2021 at 8:04 pm

      I think that’s why they need a global economic crisis BEFORE they introduce MMT – If the masses are already stricken with hard poverty then the introduction of a global currency system which would otherwise require extreme declines in the standard of living in order to function would be easier for the public to digest. That is to say, the globalists will cause a collapse environment so their “Reset” economy will seem comfortable by comparison. This is generally what communist regimes do when they take power: They starve out the population, kill or imprison the malcontents and then introduce collectivism when people are sufficiently desperate enough to see it as preferable. The problem with any centralization Ponzi scheme is that they all rely on the producers to keep producing for inadequate or diminishing compensation while living under tyranny; even MMT does not solve the problem of incentive. Basically, in order for the Reset to succeed, they need to enslave the producers and make them work for virtually nothing so that the Ponzi scheme can continue for the rest of the population.

  • Serge December 25, 2021 at 2:15 am
  • Dennis December 25, 2021 at 7:47 am

    Great article Brandon, they are preparing the sheep for plan B, “The foot-in-the-door’ strategy”

    “I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies,” -Thomas Jefferson-

  • Berserker December 25, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    They should have been punished long ago. We outnumber these demons 100 million to one.
    Who is truly at the top of the pyramid? I’m not talking about the easily replaceable gopher minions at the head of globalist institutions and think tanks. Who are the select few hidden people pulling the string? Can we even ever find out?

    • JustOneGuy December 26, 2021 at 11:28 am

      If I may, I can speak your question directly, however, to answer your question adequately what follows will – necessarily be verbose, likely all but to excess.
      The Apex of the pyramid is the Giga-Wealthy…who operate completely behind the scenes and whose extreme wealth facilitates the propagation of their designs. Immediately below that level is the ‘Enablers” level…those who are effectively collaborators – bought and paid for entirely by the aforementioned wealth – foremost amongst whom are the various Military/Intelligence institutions, regardless of nationality. Recently we have seen a few of these come out of the woodwork, foremost of which is Bill Gates…whose hubris is monumental.
      Mao Tse Tung shrewdly observed long ago that “ALL Power flows from the barrel of a Gun.” and it is no simple coincidence that firearms ownership in China is STRICTLY prohibited in toto. That more than suffices to explain why Donald Trump was utterly stymied in nearly every effort he exerted…recall what Schumer (taken as synonymous with ‘bowel movement’) stated publically…” The Intelligence services can get AT YOU six ways from Sunday.”, eh? Since the time of the original “Robber Barons” I listed previously (previous comment above), the entire flow of information – now globally! – has been carefully tailored to provide the Apex with every shred of information technology allowed for (especially hair-raising in the current digital age!) with the various militaries of the World standing ready to enforce the Agenda through manifold methods far beyond the scope of their stated missions, always at the ready to apply FORCE if needed…or at the least, the implied THREAT thereof. The scope of the Enabler class is far more vast than you might expect ranging from those listed above all the way down to LEO’s, Medical personnel (the collusion in promulgating the entire COVID illusion) and many others but especially the unelected Bureaucracy…which serves to mire any efforts at real change in quicksand…as we have so clearly seen these past several years.
      Already, we are long past the point of Nationality being an impediment to the “Grand Design” our would-be Masters have in mind – far from it – instead, that tier now maneuvers behind and around any local or national laws as easily as a fish swimming around a boulder in a stream. Today we see the outline of the ‘Bridle’ intended to muzzle humanity for all time once fully integrated into the control system they intend: Social Media, whose tentacles are now intertwined throughout modern life, which the Chinese have elevated to a new, unique level…a ‘Social Credit System’ which serves to force thier population to COMPLY or be denied even the most basic Freedoms. Dwell on it for a bit and you’ll see the exact same thing – in it’s nascent form currently – being constructed here in the US. If that proceeds unimpeded into the future the PTB will amass so much information about the population that they’ll KNOW every potential person who represents the slightest threat to their plans…and it is effectively “Game OVER” at that point without a 100% Kinetic response on the part of “We, the PEOPLE”.
      Brandon’s observations and analysis – which are so spot-on as to seem prescient – arise from his formidable analytical skills certainly…but moreso, from his unique ability to sift the Wheat from the Chaff.
      In conclusion, a quote is illuminating here methinks,
      ” Those who fail to remember their History are DOOMED to repeat it.”….surely.

      Best Holiday wishes…JOG

      • Berserker December 26, 2021 at 4:20 pm

        Thank you!

        • JustOneGuy December 26, 2021 at 4:49 pm

          Certainly, happy to oblige!

          I neglected to mention single point of extreme importance in the foregoing; the Politicians are BELOW their respective Militaries in the hierarchy above…only mouthpieces to pacify the populations they ostensibly GOVERN. That fact is one of the best concealed secrets of daily existence on planet Earth. Witness what China did to it’s own population at the outset of the COVID incident and the truth of my assertion becomes evident. As well, note that NO MATTER who gets elected, the song remains the same, eh?

          Enjoy the current Peace we have; I haven’t a clue when the rug will get yanked out from under us…ALL, after that it will be pure, unadulterated Chaos by DESIGN.


  • Black Cat December 25, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    “One of the biggest coups of the Great Depression was that at least 9000 of these small banks were destroyed by the crash or absorbed by the international banks. There was no longer any local competition to the major corporations, they now dominated all lending markets.”

    This in my opinion is very similar to what’s going now with the struggle many small business are experiencing, monopolize and remove competition. The other benefits to market collapse is insiders reclaiming global assets for pennies on the dollar. This appears to be what has always happened historically in engineered markets.

  • JANE December 25, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    The military cooperation of China and Russia is the only concern to the globalists. China and Russia are resisting the Great Reset while expanding their powers globally, which is risky for the globalists to trigger an economic collapse. Without China and Russia, the one-world government is a dream that will never come true.

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      Brandon Smith December 25, 2021 at 10:17 pm

      China is NOT resisting the Reset. They sold out to it years ago when the joined the IMF SDR global currency basket. They took on trillions in debt as part of the deal. China has been begging for a seat at the table of the NWO for DECADES. They were the first to implement the Reset directives on the covid response, including the vax passports. Putin is also close friends with Henry Kissinger since well before he became leader of Russia, so don’t look for too much resistance there either. The Russian Parliament has been pushing for vaccine passports as well, but there has been public resistance from the public, which is the only reason it has not happened there yet, just like the US. The people are stopping the NWO, there is no resistance from foreign governments.

      • JANE December 25, 2021 at 11:33 pm

        Brandon, thanks for your reply. I agree that China and Russia used to obey the globalists. But they are no longer obeying the directions from the globalists since the military cooperation between China and Russia. That’s why they didn’t show up at the COP 26 climate talk. Yes, both countries are pushing for vaccine passports, but it is just because communist countries always want to increase the control over their own people. China is undergoing its own great reset now. In China, they are using health codes (based on covid test results) to control people, rather than vaccine passports. Unlike in North American countries, people are advised not to take a vaccine if they are 70 or above, pregnant, or with medical conditions. They are mandating covid tests, but not vaccines. The unvaccinated enjoy their lives the same as the vaccinated such as access to the workplace, shopping malls, hospitals, and schools, as long as their health codes (based on covid test results) remain green. The government openly expressed they are against compulsory vaccination and never used propaganda to divide the unvaccinated and the vaccinated.

  • James D Matlock December 26, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Brandon, great information. Thanks for your article and additional inputs on the thread.

  • helot December 26, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Never once – since before or after – the fall of The Soviet Union, did I ever think, ” Gun ownership is widespread in Russia”.

    Interesting bit, I had no idea, I suspect most Americans don’t either:

    Via nationalinterest:

    … “Russian gun owners are only allowed to buy rifles after owning smoothbore guns for five years.

    As a result, the Russian cartridge manufacturer “Техкрим” (Techkrim) created the .366 TKM (TKM being an abbreviation of TechKriM) cartridge around 2015. Technically, the .366 TKM is a smoothbore cartridge, as firearms chambered in it are smooth for the majority of the bore. However, the last 140mm or so of a barrel will be rifled, resulting in a barrel that’s “paradox rifled.” As these are still technically smoothbore weapons under Russian law, weapons in .366 TKM are legal to own without the five year waiting period.” …

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      Brandon Smith December 27, 2021 at 12:17 am

      I should say – Compared to most OTHER nations in that part of the world private gun ownership is widespread, with over 17.6 million firearms in public circulation. I believe they do make it very difficult to obtain pistols, though.

  • Chris December 26, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Hi Brandon, great article as always. I have been thinking about selling my house and temporarily RVing it for a while as I suspect the housing market could collapse soon if a major “event” happens. I would hate to lose the value that I currently have in my house. What do you think about this? Thank you.

    • Chris December 26, 2021 at 10:48 pm

      PS, I am currently working for a lib state gov and riding on a religious exception, so that also makes me worry about losing the equity built up in my home. If I were to lose my job and weren’t able to sell it for a profit…that would not be good.

    • wappy-john December 28, 2021 at 1:54 am

      I have a similar question. But I’m afraid to be RVing and “houseless” if collapse happens…

      • Chris December 30, 2021 at 6:05 pm

        But if the collapse happens, won’t you lose your house or at least the value in it anyway? If you take the money now and save it or use it for preps, that might be the smart thing to do. Timing is the hard part.

  • Going Dark Soon December 27, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Since these things can not be stopped, I think a study of the TIMELINE for hyperinflation would be more useful than predicting what the criminals will do next. When I need a prediction like that, I come here. Brandon, what predictions do you have for the hyperinflation timeline?

    Hyperinflations do not last very long, using history as a guide. Weimer took three years to complete, so we can use that to gauge what may happen here. At least as far as speed of the process goes.

    I think the plug has already been pulled, and the time is VERY limited. Regardless of what the Fed does, it will be nothing more than attempting to control the hyperinflation. That has never been done in history, so it is pointless to worry about what the fed does. I think the Fed is capable of initiating a hyperinflation, but stands little chance of controlling it in real time.

    I say that the first half of 2022 will be the window for you to spend every FRN dollar that you have in savings, etc, on FOOD for storage and other things you will need to bring you through to the other side. By the middle of 2022 the inflation will be OBVIOUSLY out of control even to the most brainwashed.

    By the start of 2024, the dollar will be GONE and dead. As will tens of millions or Americans.

    Use your time and money wisely. Both are running out…..

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      Brandon Smith December 27, 2021 at 8:51 am

      Yes, the damage is already done, but many people don’t understand that concept – I still get arguments constantly from people that think the Fed can drag the situation out for another decade. So, it’s important to remember to step outside your own shoes and realize that just because you are educated on the dynamics of the situation, you are not necessarily my only audience. Talking about what the criminals will do next is vitally important in understanding how much time we have, as well as engaging people who are still on the fence about preparedness. As far as an inflation timeline goes, it’s impossible to say. We are not in the same situation as Weimar, Germeny; ours is unique. We are looking at a stagflationary environment, not a pure hyperinflationary environment, and we have the world reserve currency. I think politically we will be more like Yugoslavia, which broke into pieces through Balkanization and ultimately civil war. The problem is that this division will be necessary for the fight ahead, because we CANNOT stay tied to majority blue regions. We’ll have to separate to organize and reinforce, and then take them back when the time is right. Prepping and organization are the key. Blue states will not survive the crash; they will see mass poverty and starvation because those people have no clue what is coming. Red states will fare better. I do agree that price inflation will be out of control by the end of 2022. I have no predictions yet for the time frame of events after that.

      • Thomas yole December 27, 2021 at 10:55 pm

        Certain counties in blue states have been slowly “breaking off.” I think many slightly left and centrist people are starting to get sick of the liberals.

  • Dennis December 27, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Paris 2021. Police interrupt a movie (Matrix 4 here, what an irony!) to control health passes and IDs of people INSIDE the cinema. Is this the society you want to live in?

  • Greg B December 28, 2021 at 10:52 am

    I’ve heard recently that the IRS has recently hired hundred of new agents for ferreting out “tax cheats” as Biden gets ready to put his Build Back Better plan into effect. What do you make of this?

  • Hubbs December 28, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    One thing for sure, you have to at least be aware of possibilities. The latest prediction which has some historic precedent is that the government may resort to an “easy out” solution to the inflation problem with price controls like Nixon tried- with unsuccessful results. (George Gammon on Kerry Lutz’s Financial Survival network). This strategy might offer only a temporary slowdown of inflation, but it would lead to even worse shortages- an end result which the Globalists seem to be angling for. In the end, it doesn’t matter what the dollar is worth in hyperinflation and perhaps even gold if there is nothing to buy. I suspect very small denominations of silver might be a better strategy, as it may eventually re emerge as a useful medium of exchange from a bottoms up underground economy of barter. Gold may be too concentrated a form of wealth to serve in the early stages of monetary restoration following a hyperinflationary currency collapse. Civilizations evolved around the use of silver.

    • Davido Davido January 2, 2022 at 6:04 pm

      “In the end, it doesn’t matter what the dollar is worth in hyperinflation and perhaps even gold if there is nothing to buy.” Hubbs, In a highly inflationary economic collapse, energy and new items will indeed be in short supply. Yet, the U.S. still has the world’s largest accumulated stock of tools, machinery, and materials. For those with the knowledge and will to create, there will remain plenty to buy, and it will be inexpensive. There will be many people trading what they own for what they need.

  • Dennis December 29, 2021 at 9:28 pm
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      Brandon Smith December 29, 2021 at 9:31 pm

      Impossible to execute or enforce today – People will shoot to defend their savings.

      • Dennis December 30, 2021 at 7:20 am

        Happy New Year 2U and all the readers, Mr Smith! 🙂

  • Yerfej December 30, 2021 at 6:53 am

    When many people have no allegiance to a country then the only way to deal with the group is to destroy them. The US needs to elect someone who has the balls to immediately terminate most of the federal bureaucracy on day one, and then return all responsibilities to the states (outside of the military and international relations). Otherwise nothing changes, especially in an electronic world where everyone is held at ransom by government bureaucrats who have access to control of people’s wealth.

  • Capthank December 30, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    Price and wage controls are coming in 2022. Guaranteed.

  • Pologrounds January 1, 2022 at 10:30 am

    How do they (the globalists) pull off a massive hack of banks/grid shutdown/internet shutdown in actuality? I can see the media running with the given story communicated from the supranational organizations……but in terms of how a shutdown of the digital infrastructure could happen, are there any clues/telltale signs?

    We knew (yourself and your readers) about the ‘reset’ as far back as 2015, just not the how of it. I remember commenting on your old page about it being frustrating not knowing what the ‘reset’ consisted of that LaGarde of the IMF kept mentioning. Well, now we know of it for sure. Just, what is the next trigger in the plan?

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      Brandon Smith January 1, 2022 at 10:53 am

      An attack on CDNs (Content Delivery Networks and cloud providers). There are only 3 major CDNS worldwide and bringing down just one of them for two weeks would cause massive economic crisis. I wrote about this in an article a while back:

      • dipdooo January 3, 2022 at 10:53 am

        3 major CDNs or cloud providers? The major cloud providers are amazon, azure, and google, in that order. Is that what you were referring to?

  • Pologrounds January 2, 2022 at 5:14 am

    Thanks. Which are the other 2 besides Fastly? Amazon, Google and Microsoft seem to be the heavy hitters there. I know that Google, Microsoft and Facebook have been major players in the fiberoptic cable laying market (Google connecting a deep sea fiberopric cable line to South America from the west coast).

  • Davido Davido January 2, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Thank you Brandon! This article is clear and succinct. Well done. Hard to say it any better than this.

    “The Fed will destroy our economy if they believe the timing is right to create a new world order out of the chaos. …. they need to be held accountable as conspirators seeking to sabotage, not as dunces that “made mistakes.”

  • Jack January 15, 2022 at 6:24 am

    Hi Brandon = great article. Two observations/questions:

    1) In the event of any kind of staged attack on the power grid/internet wouldn’t one issue be the inability to then feed propaganda to the masses? Therefore, isn’t this a less likely event?

    2) If the Fed crashes the markets, don’t the 1% lose the most money?


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      Brandon Smith January 15, 2022 at 10:50 pm

      1) No, not really. You’re assuming that they would take the whole internet down. They might do that for a short time, and then bring back the pieces they like while blocking the pieces they don’t (like the alternative media). I don’t think such a plan would work in the end, but a cyberattack is not an all or nothing affair. It can be selective, just as the government can be selective about which parts of the internet are filtered.

      2) It’s no the “1%” that are the issue, it’s the .001% of power elites. And no, they won’t lose any money, they PRINT the money.

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