Mao stated that there were three phases to a communist revolution. The third and final phase he called the “crisis phase.” Scholars have identified signals of this crisis state to include a decisive loss of legitimacy by the government, financial collapse, breakdown in authority, strong symbolic actions, and perception of dual sovereignty or provisional authority, among others.
Once this last phase begins, totalitarian elites let loose their inclination to brutally eliminate their perceived enemies. Once this phase begins, things happen very quickly. The entire country will collapse in a matter of weeks.
Violence is considered a means to achieving the goal of centralized power. There is not even a pretense of due process or respect for free speech. Yes, there are pretexts given for eliminating perceived enemies, excuses that have the perpetrators projecting their own intentions upon their victims, but the accusations are merely for show.
We are seeing the beginnings of eliminating enemies now. They are already looking at eliminating Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Donald Trump will be arrested and jailed soon after the inauguration. They are talking about getting rid of conservative media pundits as well, like this call for Sean Hannity AND Trump to be jailed.
Even sitting members of Congress are demanding that Speaker Pelosi remove Republicans from the house:
I call on you to exercise the power of your offices to evaluate steps you can take to address these constitutional violations this Congress and, if possible, refuse to seat in the 117th Congress any Members-elect seeking to make Donald Trump an unelected dictator
Far fetched? Don’t you remember the IRS targeting conservatives during the Obama administration? Fast and Furious? They are playing for all the marbles.
At any rate, people disappearing was always my tripwire for knowing that we were officially in a dictatorship. Once that begins, it will be time to shut down this blog. I am not egotistical enough to think that I am important enough to be disappeared along with the likes of Trump, Hannity, or Paxton. However, I plan on melting away before they work too far down the list.