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Gutfeld: ‘Knockout Game’ A Symptom Of Our Modern Decline


Greg Gutfeld Knockout Game




   The crowd at The Five call much needed attention to the growing frequency of a brutal street fad called the  “knockout game” or as it is increasingly being referred to , “polar bear hunting” . Over all we find it a very refreshing dose of sunshine on an otherwise deliberately media obscured act of sheer barbarism . For his part Gutfeld makes the obvious connection between the random acts of violence by these , mostly , young men against total strangers with the cheapening of society as a whole . He’s absolutely correct as anyone with half a mind and a data connection can see .

   While overall crime has been decreasing for years , the crimes that do occur have taken on a much more brutal and yet casual manifestation and Mr Gutfeld puts forth the undeniable proposition that the callous disregard for human rights , liberty and plain old common decency exhibited by these present day trolls is a direct reflection of the mores (or lack of) within our society today . 

    The money quote of the clip however belongs to Bob Bechel , who , believe it or not takes the harshest line of the lot against these savages and actually uses the word barbaric . The rest of the cast and the theme in general , though , take a somewhat PC stance in tiptoeing around the issue of race , motivations and the fact that the victims are predominantly white and the perpetrators mostly black . Still worth a view for both Gutfeld’s moralizing and Bechel’s demands for retribution .









The Tea Party




” Each of the great civilizations in the world passed through a series of stages from their birth to their decline to their death. Historians have listed these in ten stages.”

1) The first stage moves from bondage to spiritual faith. 

2) The second from spiritual faith to great courage. 

3) The third stage moves from great courage to liberty. 

4) The fourth stage moves from liberty to abundance.

5) The fifth stage moves from abundance to selfishness.

6) The sixth stage moves from selfishness to complacency.

7) The seventh stage moves from complacency to apathy. 

8) The eighth stage moves from apathy to moral decay. 

9) The ninth stage moves from moral decay to dependence. 

10) And the tenth and last stage moves from dependence to bondage.

Where would you say America is?

     In doing a bit of research we have found the range of stages of societal decline to be anywhere from 7 to 10 with 9 being the most commonly agreed upon number . The list itself seems to be attributable to Sir Alex Fraser Tytler: (1742-1813) Scottish jurist and historian.

 The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been two hundred years.
These nations have progressed through this sequence:

1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
2. from spiritual faith to great courage;
3. from courage to liberty;
4. from liberty to abundance;
5. from abundance to selfishness;
6. from selfishness to complacency;
7. from complacency to apathy;
8. from apathy to dependence;
9. from dependency back again into bondage.”

Wikipedia , however , offers this refutation of the claim that Tyler originated this progression of decline :

” There is no reliable record of Alexander Tytler’s having made the statement.[12] In fact, this passage actually comprises two quotations, which didn’t begin to appear together until the 1970s. The first portion (italicized above) first appeared on December 9, 1951,[13] as part of what appears to be an op-ed piece in The Daily Oklahoman under the byline Elmer T. Peterson.[14] The original version from Peterson’s op-ed is as follows:

Two centuries ago, a somewhat obscure Scotsman named Tytler made this profound observation: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy.”

The list beginning “From bondage to spiritual faith” is commonly known as the “Tytler Cycle” or the “Fatal Sequence”. Its first known appearance is in a 1943 speech “Industrial Management in a Republic”[15] by H. W. Prentis, president of the Armstrong Cork Company and former president of the National Association of Manufacturers, and appears to be original to him.”

    Here we have a more comprehensive examination of the history of the above quote from Loren CollinsThe Truth About Tytler.

    It would appear to us however , that regardless of who is responsible for formulating the aforementioned progression of man’s continual cycle of bondage to freedom to bondage , there is no denying the facts of the progression itself . Nor is there any basis for denial of where the United States happens to be in the downward spiral back to barbarism and serfdom .

   Reasonable people may argue whether we are in stage 6 or stage 8 but there is no doubt whatsoever that we are coasting along the downward path and the times of courage and liberty and abundance are only visible in the rearview mirror and getting smaller by the day .