Prepare for Social Unrest
Doug Casey: Prepare for Social Upheaval
Interviewed by Louis James
L: Tatich, I’m in Minsk, where I just recorded/participated in an illegal march through the city. Opposition supporters rallied… there has been some violence… I hear they’ve broken into a government building, but I have not been able to confirm that yet.
Editor’s Note: For new readers, “tatich” is Mayan for “big chief.”
Doug: Sounds like fun. Maybe some appropriate music should accompany the festivities. The Marseillaise worked for the French in the 1790s… let me think… you should play them Street Fighting Man on your iPhone.
L: I should have stayed longer. The crowd seemed to be breaking up, so I came back to my flat, and now I’m seeing reports that the “special police” have turned violent. I left friends there…
Doug: Big group. It’s always an interesting question what it takes to get people out in the streets, and then what controls their mood.
L: I’ve got a bunch more pictures like that. Too bad they don’t have V masks, as in the film, V for Vendetta.
Doug: I’m a huge fan of Guy Fawkes, who is said to be the only man who ever entered Parliament with honest intentions. But even more so of V, his near-future alter ego. We should get them some V masks for next time. Everyone, everywhere, should have a V mask hanging in the closet, awaiting the signal to put it on.
L: My friend is back – thank goodness! She says she was on the front line, as the police formed up and pushed people off the square. She says she shouted at them, “What are you doing? We’re your brothers and sisters!” and that they were ashamed – but they followed their orders…
Doug: I’m glad she’s okay. That’s the only problem with these things, they’re inherently volatile, unpredictable, and can be very dangerous. Sometimes it goes the way of Tiananmen Square in 1989.