BY JOHN HAWKINS
This is an old story that has recently resurfaced — and it does make you think. On the one hand, the Pentagon does need to be prepared for any contingency, including a breakdown of order in the country. On the other hand, it makes you wonder if the Pentagon knows something we don’t.
A new US Department of Defense (DoD) research program admits that the Pentagon has long been concerned about widespread social break down. Even more striking of an admission is the fact that they have been funding universities to create models of the dynamics, risks and tipping points that would all be part of large-scale civil unrest in the United States.
The DoD program was funded under the overarching authority of a number of US military agencies.
….This program, costing millions of dollars, has been designed for the purposes of immediate and long-term “warfighter-relevant insights” development. The Pentagon explains that the purpose is for senior officials and decision makers in “the defense policy community” to form a contingency plan in the event of wide scale social unrest.
The recently revealed documents add that the purpose is further to inform policy implemented by “combatant commands.”
This all started back in 2008 when the global banking crisis formed the impetus for the DoD “Minerva Research Initiative“.
The DoD then decided to partner with universities in order “to improve DoD’s basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the US.”
One of the products of this was a Cornell University-led study which was managed by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research. It aimed to develop a model “of the dynamics of social movement mobilization and contagions.”
…This project is being managed by the US Army Research Office, and focuses on “large-scale movements involving more than 1,000 participants in enduring activity.” It will cover 58 countries in total.
The DoD’s Minerva Initiative funded a project last year as well, in order to determine “Who Does Not Become a Terrorist, and Why?”
It’s interesting that this started after the global banking crisis because the most likely source of a mass civil breakdown in America would be a debt-driven financial crisis. Let’s say America can’t pay the interest on its debt. Then afterwards, we couldn’t borrow any more money, which would mean that welfare, social security and Medicare checks could slow down, stop or be inflated into irrelevance. Local law enforcement could be dramatically underfunded and the Left’s “The world owes you a living” mentality could come back to bite us in the behind. It’s not a pretty picture and if things started getting really far out of hand, yes, we might need the Pentagon to quell the violence.
MAY 5, 2015
Sociologist Tony Brown has it all figured out. He’s going to let you know how to tell if you’re a racist.
Blaming “white privilege” for the Baltimore riots, Brown lays the responsibility precisely where it isn’t: You white people.
So how did you – rotten white person – cause the Baltimore riots? Here’s Dr. Brown’s list of “signs you’re a racist,” courtesy his op-ed in the Tennessean:
Your child’s behavior is racist and it’s your fault (mostly).
- You never intentionally read children’s books with main characters of color, but you raised Sarah to appreciate diversity.
- You lived in a residentially segregated neighborhood, and thought that fact sent no implicit messages to Evan.
- You chose to worship in a church or synagogue where Katey was surrounded by white people, and she understood that way of life to be normal.
- You choose the best schools for Chase, but never considered the fact that those schools were racially homogenous.
- You talked to Isabelle about poverty but implied that all poor people are black and it’s their own fault.
- You let grandma say n***** at Thanksgiving in front of Elizabeth because grandma is old and doesn’t know any better.
- You told a racially insensitive joke in front of Liam, condoning symbolic violence.
Isn’t it cute how Dr. Brown threw in first names that are stereotypically white? But hey, that’s OK. Nothing like a little good-natured “microaggression” here.
Dr. Brown then has a call to action: He wants “black and brown” people – and what he calls “doubting whites” to video record everything.
“Record the discourteous way co-workers or service industry workers or police officers treat you. Record your friends talking about the indignities and micro-aggressions you as a person of color, for example, face in all- or mostly-white spaces,” he writes. “If you happen to identify as white, then record Uncle Roy talking at a private family gathering about the good old days when blacks knew their place (what sociologists call backstage racism). Record how pleasant your interactions are with police officers doing routine traffic stops. Record whether and how the conversation changes when people of color enter the room.”
You first, Dr. Brown. If you want “black and brown” people being treated unfairly by white people, turn that camera around and record the culture of victimization that has been perpetuated in the black community by a ubiquitous welfare state.