Food riots in America? Yes. It can happen here.
Just as we saw during the food riots of 2008, when people get to the point where they can't even feed themselves anymore, they tend to lose it. In the video posted below, you can really feel the desperation of these young Algerians as they riot in the streets....
This next video is of the food riots in Tunisia. You will not want to let any young children watch this video. In fact, if watching police beat and smash protesters laying on the ground upsets you, then you might not want to watch this video either. The massive food riots that have erupted in Tunisia have left many city streets looking like war zones and at this point it is being reported that the violence has left over 100 people dead. The president of Tunisia has left the country because of the rioting, and an interim president has been sworn in. It is hoped that this will help restore order. This video is absolutely stunning....
You see, the truth is that it is not just in the United States that people are becoming angry at government. All over the world, frustration is boiling over. But unlike the United States, where food is still very plentiful, in many areas of the world it is the deteriorating economic conditions that are sparking many of these riots.
According to the FAO, the global price of food hit a new record high in December. For most Americans and Europeans, a rise in the price of food is just an inconvenience. But in many areas of the world, even a relatively small rise in the price of food can mean that the survival of millions is suddenly threatened.
More than 42 million Americans already struggle to feed themselves ... and it's only getting worse.
This chart shows us that food stamp participation has risen sharply – with no signs of slowing since early 2008. Currently, over 42 million Americans rely on food stamps – or 1/7th of the entire population.
Okay, so the very fact that more people are on food stamps isn’t cause for alarm. But what it means is that 14% of people in the United States already can’t afford to feed themselves – and that number is rising.
I don’t know what number of people it would take to break the camel’s back. The number already seems ludicrously high.
The other side of the coin is that food prices are rising too – for three simple reasons.
The first reason is just plain old bad luck. Bad weather around the world, including heat waves in Russia last summer and flooding in Australia right now continue to put a crimp in global food stocks.
The second reason is sustained levels of higher energy prices. Oil is a vital input to most food production in the developed world. Higher oil prices necessitate higher food prices.
The third is a global currency devaluation race. Trillions of newly minted dollars will increasingly find themselves competing with trillions of yuan, yen, euros, etc. to buy an already diminished supply of food.
Perhaps the most common response to these facts is to say something like, “wow that’s scary!”
Food riots in America? Yes. It can happen here.
You might be tempted to think that the brutal domestic conflict seen in other countries can't happen here. That's nonsense. Americans are not super-humans; we possess the same frailties of other people. If there were a catastrophic economic calamity, I can imagine a political hustler exploiting those frailties, as have other tyrants, blaming it on the Jews, the blacks, the conservatives, the liberals, the Catholics or free trade.
The best thing the president and Congress can do to reduce the potential for conflict and violence is reduce the impact of government on our lives. Doing so will not only produce a less-divided country and greater economic efficiency, but bear greater faith and allegiance to the vision of America held by our founders – a country of limited government. Our founders, in the words of Thomas Paine, recognized that, "Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one."
Food supplies are shrinking.
Strained by rising demand and battered by bad weather, the global food supply chain is stretched to the limit, sending prices soaring and sparking concerns about a repeat of food riots last seen three years ago.
Signs of the strain can be found from Australia to Argentina, Canada to Russia.
On Friday, Tunisia's president fled the country after trying to quell deadly riots in the North African country by slashing prices on food staples.
"We are entering a danger territory," Abdolreza Abbassian, chief economist at the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said last week.
But of course! Another "global solution" ... A New World Food Order?
Soaring food prices and riots in places like Algeria offer Sarkozy ammunition to press for more coordination between G20 governments to combat wild swings in vital commodity prices as well as exchange rates versus the long-dominant U.S. dollar.
The French president wants to use his run at the G20 helm in 2011 to start, if not finish, reforms of the monetary system at a time when many countries are tempted to let their currency drop to promote exports and growth after the worst downturn since World War Two, even if that can be at each others' expense.
Paris is also pressing for international efforts to impose greater transparency in commodity markets trading and pricing, and for tougher regulation of trading in commodity derivatives along the lines pursued for other investment derivatives in the wake of the financial markets crisis that preceded the economic downturn of 2008-2009, and the government debt crisis now.
"As we sense it, more multilateralism is the best answer to the increased instability in the world," a Sarkozy adviser said ...
Our Overlords must seize total control ... it's for the children.
This editorial that just appeared in the Financial Times by World Bank president Robert Zoellick (above left) makes the case that the G20 ought to do more to ensure that people around the world do not suffer from food insecurity. It is actually a perfect example of an elite, fear-based mechanism at work. By creating nation-states, encouraging ethnic rivalries and generally stirring the pot, the Anglosphere has ensured a level of simmering chaos that makes it difficult if not impossible for certain societies to feed themselves on a regular basis. Africa's nation-states obviously come to mind.
Having helped trigger the food-crisis, the Anglosphere is now beginning to make fixing it a priority. But as with so many other endeavors (when it comes to the Anglo-American axis), one has to approach the concept of "fixing" with some trepidation. The axis deals in dominant social themes designed to frighten people into giving up wealth and power to internationalist institutions. Global warming was one-such meme – and we have long been on record as pointing out that global warming was logically supposed to trigger water and food scarcity memes. These elite promotions tend to work as narratives, leading to the observer logically from one point to another.
Right on schedule, then, the food-scarcity promotion is being rolled out. The only trouble is, as we have also pointed out, the global warming theme lies in ruins. Thus the elite is in a position of unveiling its food and water scarcity promotions without the justification of global warming. This is a big problem and we believe it has made it far more difficult to advertise these secondary messages.
Nonetheless, these promotions roll on. The idea is to continually centralize every human endeavor, and Zoellick's message certainly encourages the trend. We would not expect anything less from the head of the World Bank. This organization (like the IMF, the BIS and the UN itself) masquerades as a free-market entity but it is nothing of the sort.
You don't need a crystal ball to see which way the wind blows. Thanks to the stupidity of the public's faith in government, we're heading for some very hard economic times. When will we learn?