The risk of such sacrificed civil liberties under government authoritarianism as detailed in Part 1 of this series was also foreseen by the brilliant English novelist George Orwell, who had endured the heartache, delusion, fears, and cultural shocks of the pre- and post-World War II Britain and portrayed the ultimate goals of such totalitarianism and total government surveillance through his novels 1984 and Animal Farm.
Orwell died in January of 1950, long before the actual emergence of the very society he so feared: a world of mechanized eyes and software slogans; a realm of memespeak, thought police, and the false perception of universal exceptionalism (which by its very nature makes everyone the same—except for “protected classes”). However, this oppressive and fear-based environment predicted by Strauss, Howe, and Orwell is but the harbinger of darker worlds still to come.
Ordo ab chao. Order out of chaos. Apophis. Set. The return of old Saturn’s reign.
If this phrase is new to some of you, you’re not alone, but it has percolated through elitist brains for centuries in one form or another. In 2010, Richard Florida, a sociologist who studies economic cycles in city systems, authored a seminal book called The Great Reset. The primary thesis of this sleeper seed-book is that major paradigm and organizational shifts occur in economic systems when cities lose sight of diversity and creativity. For Florida, it’s the creative classes of individuals who stoke the engine of innovation and hence drive invention and industry. Without such big thinkers, Florida would assert, mankind’s forward momentum grinds to a halt.
Of course, critics of Florida’s metropolitan model disagree on the grounds that he insists this so-called creative class must be composed of a high percentage of gender-fluid individuals. Yes, you read that correctly. To achieve the “great reset” of mankind, cities must be restructured with a new elitist class whose ideologies skew heavily to socialism. Florida’s logical end, therefore, is socialist Darwinism. Such a philosophy paints mankind as ever striving towards greater levels of achievement and centralized organization. First, he moves from living alone in caves to hunter-gatherer tribes, followed by agrarian communities, then to industrialized cities where farming is no longer required, to today’s information-addicted, hashtag-loving big thinkers who can’t fix their own flat tires, much less grow a tomato—and finally, the cities die and the community disbands. The only way to fix this, Florida asserts, is to inject cities with socialists, who will kick us into a new age of innovation.
We are being forced into this very shift right now. Don’t believe it? Just recall the social-media-driven hashtag revolution that was and is currently overwhelming cities and law-enforcement agencies across the globe. At present, thousands of protesters bearing slogans and signs, neatly printed with the most fashionable hashtags (#fillintheblank), have taken to the streets—with Molotov cocktails in hand—ready to defend their right to desecrate our homes and sow destruction in our towns. They seek to erase more than history, more than statues—the current age itself. And in an era in which nearly all learning is digital, it’s easy to imagine how history might be changed to suit a rising dictator. Like the Nazis, book-burning removes old ideas and brands them heretical or damaging, but if a child’s only source of information is the Internet, then all knowledge is subject to editorial alteration and erasure.
With the loss of printed history and commemorative structures and statues—without a hard copy of humanity’s flawed past—future generations will have to rely upon the plays, poetry, and propaganda written by government-approved authors via online sources and the approved tech oligarchs that can instantly be updated to reflect the ideology of the moment. With a single keystroke, what has been will cease to be.
In Orwell’s dystopian 1984, the fictional setting of Oceania depicted the era we’ve now entered and the four “Ministries” he envisioned under the figurehead of Big Brother: Love, Peace, Plenty, and Truth.
The Ministry of Peace actually perpetuated unending wars; the Ministry of Love oversaw suffering and torture against those who would not adhere to the Party line; and the Ministry of Plenty weaponized starvation through socialism. Then there was the Ministry of Truth—the propaganda arm of the government media that employed fake-news “Doublethink” and “Newspeak” as the official dialectic of the state.
“Newspeak” is the term Orwell invented for controlled language: restricted grammar and limited vocabulary as “a linguistic design meant to limit the freedom of thought—personal identity, self-expression, free will—that ideologically threatens the régime of Big Brother and the Party, who thus criminalized such concepts as ‘thoughtcrime’ contradictions of the English Socialist Party orthodoxy” (INGSOC).[i]
Today, in America, the nonfiction version of the Ministry of Truth has materialized and is fully operational through the Orwellian tools of modern Marxists and social media manipulators including Twitter, Google, Facebook, YouTube [note we moved from YouTube to Rumble and to understand why READ THIS SHOCKER: https://www.skywatchtv.com/2021/06/06/ytblocks/] and “news” organizations that blacklist Christian and conservative commentary by burying search results and exhibiting bias in their artificial-intelligence, shadow-banning algorithms and reporting.
Like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) and other Democrats are now openly pushing even against conservative Democrats,[ii] INGSOC controlled her citizens’ thoughts and activities by requiring each to communicate using only Newspeak. The concept of free speech had vanished in Oceania in favor of ironically positive and often self-contradictory words and phrases.
Joycamps replaced labor camps, presumably making them “fun” (not).
Goodthink was any thought that supported the ruling political Party.
Oldspeak was the former English language (one can see our current trends towards shorthand communication—i.e., emoji—replacing actual, cogent expression through entire sentences).
Oldthink was outdated ideas held by individuals before the rise of the current regime.
Thinkpol was the thought police, who used false-flag operations to lure unsuspecting renegades into “outing” themselves.
Teledep, was the Ministry of Truth’s telecommunications department of the regime, which broadcast Big Brother’s daily briefings and propaganda.
Telescreens provided two-way communication between government entities and citizens.
Thus, Orwell foresaw our current society, where social media and twenty-four-hour news cycles invigorate the cancel mob into tyrannizing anyone who holds what they consider to be the wrong opinions, says the wrong words, or points out the dangers of progressive (regressive) ideology’s new “truths.” Think of how the hashtag generation is using peer pressure to force netizens to rethink their positions and beliefs. We are being changed, dear friends, and we will dive deeper into that investigation in the next chapter. But for now, recognize that we’re slowly being moved toward a new paradigm by a maniacal minority of keyboard, “cancel culture” warriors who have metastasized in the American sociopolitical environment via Stalin-like efforts to purge anyone they consider a threat to their position. If your dialogue doesn’t bend to their will, you will be removed. Depending on how large your audience is, you may even just disappear or conveniently commit “suicide.” Power is being concentrated into the hands of fewer and fewer individuals, and soon it will reside in only one.
R. R. Tolkien would call it the “One Ring to rule them all.” Today’s community organizers might paraphrase it as “One Meme to rule them all.”
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But before you can restructure society—before you can design a new Tower of Babel, raise Sauron’s Dark Tower, or lay the foundations for Orwell’s Oceania—all the old foundations must be destroyed and forever removed from memory. That is what’s happening right now, the most vivid recent example being the burning down of all things Donald Trump, his brand, and anything or anybody that appeared to support him.
As Bob Weir for American Thinker said when reminiscing about racketeers who will do anything to keep from being exposed:
From the moment [President Trump] declared war on the corruption in D.C., he became a target of all those entrenched power brokers who have been able to hide their venal activities from an unsuspecting public. Trump became the loudest whistleblower in history when he talked about draining the swamp that had been operating like an organized crime family for generations. In order for a Mafia-like mob to operate effectively, it must keep its nefarious pursuits from public exposure. Hence, President Trump had to be destroyed![iii]
This is reflected by Florida’s “Great Reset” and today’s hashtag movement, which is intent on destroying all of humanity’s past, leaving behind a void that requires filling. Think of this as societal brainwashing that leaves the formerly filled and “prejudicial” brain empty and ready for Orwell’s Newspeak to take hold.
This is why, although the authors of The Fourth Turning note that the events described in their thesis are not absolute, they also insist that the cycles, these Turnings, cannot be interrupted. As summer follows spring, an Unraveling precedes a crisis of Faustian proportions:
It will require us to lend a new seasonal interpretation to our revered American Dream. And it will require us to admit that our faith in linear progress has often amounted to a Faustian bargain with our children.
Faust always ups the ante, and every bet is double-or-nothing. Through much of the Third Turning, we have managed to postpone the reckoning. But history warns that we can’t defer it beyond the next bend in time.[iv]
In Strauss and Howe’s vision, Faust’s “deal with the devil” ultimately includes the arrival of an unexpected national leader who will emerge during this current Fourth Turning from an older generation and lead the globe into a New World Order, which they envisioned developing by 2025. This commander—whom they call the “Grey Champion” (and who some of us might worry could be—or could pave the way for—Antichrist)—would come to power as a result of the nation losing faith in existing government and desperate for a political savior to arrive and “calm” nerves by offering to “Build Back Better” a socialist governance with welfare for the masses. This leadership would seize what can only be described as a cancel-culture crusade warm to promulgating Oceania-like suppression of unapproved dialogue in order to rein in any and all challenges to the new social construct.
Is this starting to sound familiar?
On November 3, 2020, after most had gone to bed with incumbent US President Donald J. Trump on track to handily win reelection including in so-called swing states, around two o’clock in the morning, a phenomenon unfolded, and votes seemed to magically appear from out of nowhere in astonishing numbers favoring Joe Biden.
Within forty-eight hours, claims of voter fraud erupted across the nation, including in Georgia, where, after observers were told to go home, video cameras mounted in the building recorded suitcases of votes being pulled from under tables by three Democratic operatives who were filmed running the ballots through counting machines over and over. This was followed in the days ahead by allegations of hundreds of thousands of late-night votes arriving for Joe Biden in states like Pennsylvania, where GOP poll Watchers had been blocked from observing tallies.
Other anomalies quickly emerged. Forensic examination of Dominion vote-counting machines determined the devices may have been used to flip votes from one party to another, and more than two thousand eyewitnesses lined up to testify in sworn affidavits of various irregularities they saw, which appeared to them to be obvious acts of fraud on Election Night and the day after.
That list goes on and in fact continues to evolve in various states with evidence of tampering, but it doesn’t matter. Even though Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) says you are a fool if you doubt there was a “great deal of evidence of fraud”[v] and illegal election law changes, it’s now forbidden for you to question anything regarding the veracity of the above claims, even if at one time this was a nation known as “the land of the free” that cherished the First Amendment (“Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”). Just ask Mandalorian star Gina Carano,[vi] conservative actor, and pro-life advocate Kevin Sorbo,[vii] or the alt-tech microblogging and social networking service Parler. It’s a very good way to get de-platformed, shadow banned, publicly scorned, or worse under the new Oceania rules. At SkyWatch TV, we are all too familiar with such shadow and outright banning of our reports, getting kicked off YouTube with our quarter-million subscribers for working to protect children from child sex-trafficking and other conservative Christian positions, and I myself once more being mislabeled by Professor S. Jonathon O’Donnell[viii] (a Fellow in the Clinton Institute for American Studies) in the peer-reviewed journal Religion as a “Christian nationalist,” which USA Today calls “a threat…embedded throughout our governing institutions—courts, military, legislatures, agencies, police,”[ix] which I certainly am not. As anybody who has read my warnings against Dominionism could attest, I am a patriotic American and I vote. But first and foremost, I am a born-again believer committed to advancing the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.
It would be so nice if people would just read the Federalist Papers, including the tenth one, in which James Madison argues that “faction” is what motivates Americans. Our strength lies in passions and opinions on different things, and it is (or should be) our ability to learn from one another and compromise or peacefully disagree that lies at the foundation of greater resolution and civility. But alas, it seems political commentator Dennis Prager may have been correct when, at the time he was watching unfolding events at the close of 2020, including the subsequent actions by Big Tech to censor commentary from the sitting president, he said: “This is the Reichstag fire relived. We’re living in a gigantic lie that is reminiscent of the Reichstag fire!”[x]
If you don’t know what Prager was talking about, the Reichstag fire was an arson attack on the Reichstag building, “home of the German parliament in Berlin, on Monday 27 February 1933, precisely four weeks after Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany. Hitler’s government stated that Marinus van der Lubbe, a Dutch council communist, was the culprit, and it attributed the fire to communist agitators. A German court decided later that year that Van der Lubbe had acted alone, as he had claimed. The day after the fire, the Reichstag Fire Decree was passed. The Nazi Party used the fire as a pretext to claim that communists were plotting against the German government, which made the fire pivotal in the establishment of Nazi Germany.”[xi]
The Nazis capitalized on the fire and quickly moved with a vengeance to cement their authority and grant the state unprecedented power (in the name of “public safety”), which resulted in suspending “most civil liberties in Germany, including habeas corpus, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, the right of free association and public assembly, and the secrecy of the post and telephone. These rights were not reinstated during Nazi reign. The decree was used by the Nazis to ban publications not considered ‘friendly’ to the Nazi cause.
With Communist electoral participation also suppressed (the Communists previously polled 17% of the vote), the Nazis were able to increase their share of the vote in the 5 March 1933 Reichstag elections from 33% to 44%. This gave the Nazis and their allies, the German National People’s Party (who won 8% of the vote), a majority of 52% in the Reichstag.[xii]
Strauss and Howe, when they wrote their thesis over twenty-five years ago, were convinced something very similar would unfold in the years immediately before Zeitgeist 2025. They saw the United States in the Third Turning then, and that the next crisis period or Fourth Turning would erupt around 2025, which I contend more likely than not represents the start of what dispensationalist Christians call the “Great Tribulation” period (more on that later).
Will the suppression of free speech under the new administration’s tech oligarchy and the George Soros and Barack Obama-backed agitators who continue to threaten havoc across America ignite the circumstances that lead to the Grey Champion’s authoritarian rule? America has experienced three such major crises before—the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the Great Depression and World War II, each followed by their respective periods of reconstruction. These times were marked by social decay and civil dread that required Americans to carry a tremendous burden after massive conflict and substantial loss in order to try and rebuild a better future.
And don’t forget, it was Barack Obama who, after designating America as “no longer a Christian nation,” declared just days before his election in 2008: “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”[xiii] His wife, Michelle Obama, echoed these sentiments earlier, saying, “We’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.”[xiv]
This intentional redefining of the nation and attempt at changing the course of the United States was partly what Donald Trump was determined to stop and why, in his State of the Union address (February 2019), he declared that, so long as he was president, “America will never be a socialist country.”
Did all that change January 20, 2021, with the inauguration of Joe Biden? As the oldest American president ever, is he Strauss and Howe’s Grey Champion? According to the Christian end-times blog, Signposts of the Times:
We as Christians, and in particular, those that understand and follow Bible prophecy will be watching with much interest over the next days, weeks and months ahead to see how God will use President Joe Biden to put in place the final pieces of the Last Days puzzle that will usher in the Tribulation period and the system of Antichrist.[xv]
Are they right? Are we nearing the trigger event(s) or chaos stage of a final Fourth Turning?
Besides professors of history like those above who foresaw what the actions and reactions of policy makers and social engineers would generate, behind such political players and master manipulators at cultural helms, an invisible order—vividly described in Scripture—holds deeper insight into where we are today and the influences guiding us to where we wind up next.
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[viii] S. Jonathon O’Donnell (2020), “The Deliverance of the Administrative State: Deep State Conspiracism, Charismatic Demonology, and the Post-truth Politics of American Christian Nationalism, Religion, 50:4, 696–719, DOI: 10.1080/0048721X.2020.1810817.
[xii] Andre RavenSkul Venas, Big Black Book of Government Conspiracies, 2018.