Law and Disorder: Even Tyranny Has Cracks

05/12/201937 Comments

As Corbett Report members who have watched the latest subscriber-only video will know, I spent the last two weeks in Vietnam visiting Corbett Report video editor Broc West for some fun in the tropical Asian sun. As you will also know from the video, it was a hot and humid trip, but it was definitely worth sweating it out for the chance to see another part of the globe.

As Broc observes in our chat about day-to-day life in Vietnam, the police presence in the country is neither as prevalent nor as ominous as one would expect in an officially communist state. It's not a boots-on-the-ground military dictatorship so much as a place where you're apt to see a communist propaganda billboard hanging right beside a Starbucks-like coffee shop, and unless you're causing trouble you're unlikely to have run-ins with the police.

Of course, "causing trouble" is open to a wide range of interpretation. Just ask the two journalists who exposed a major corruption scandal in the Vietnamese government's Ministry of Transport (and who were subsequently arrested), or the Vietnamese blogger reporting on government corruption who fled to Thailand earlier this year seeking political asylum (and who was subsequently abducted and transported back to Vietnam for imprisonment). Contrast those dramatic interventions with the myriad scams and swindles one is likely to encounter in day-to-day life in a place like Vietnam, where bribes of petty officials will often ensure swift processing of applications and where groups of foreigners openly smoke "controlled substances" without interference from local police.

But counterintuitive as it might seem, this is how tyrannies operate: They leave a lot of wiggle room for low-level, everyday rule-breaking to occur without intervention, but move swiftly and decisively when someone angers the tyrant. Naturally, my readers will know by now that I do not just implicate the Vietnamese government in this statement, but all governmental tyrannies of all stripes. They all play this game to some extent or other.

In this week's edition of The Corbett Report Subscriber James breaks down the reasons for the cracks in the tyrannical system and how we can take advantage of them. Also, join Broc and James for this month's subscriber-only video from the sunny climes of Vietnam. For full access to the subscriber newsletter and to support this website, please become a member.

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  1. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Gosh! It was warming to watch Good afternoon, Vietnam! – Subscriber Exclusive #087.
    A few weeks ago, I suspected that the Corbett Family would make a visit to Nam. Sure enuf.

    For those who are unfamiliar with the movie “Good Morning Vietnam”, below is an 8 minute clip…

  2. n4x5 says:

    I think most people recognize at some level that “the law” is in reality a collection of frequently contradictory, incompatible, inconsistently enforced mandates with no inherent necessary correlation with right and wrong. But as is so often the case, they revert to the hackneyed forms of discussion and criticism (e.g. “it’s illegal!”), mainly because they haven’t seriously explored the possibility of another system that could serve the legitimate functions that statutory law systems are currently supposed to fulfill (restitution for damage to persons and property, etc.). The knowledge and vocabulary to articulate these ideas in an efficient way is lacking in the popular consciousness.

    Also, intimately connected to law is the question of enforcement, a sort of euphemism for the ugly reality of a certain kind of application of violence, which opens its own Pandora’s box of complex difficult questions. And typically when violence is involved, fear follows soon thereafter. With fear comes a diminution of people’s faculties for critical reasoning.

    • mkey says:

      What’s complex about them? People just don’t want to think about it, they cling to the social contract and insist that it’s how it has to be.

    • mik says:

      “…..“the law” is in reality a collection of frequently contradictory, incompatible,….”

      It can’t be otherwise and for the proof I’m using Goedel’s theorems, i.e. mathematical theory can’t be complete and consistent at the same time. There will never be one all encompassing mathematical theory (even physics show the same tendencies) .

      Therefore, if it is not possible in pure abstraction (mathematics), then it’s not possible in real life.

      Recently it came to my mind how to beautifully incorporate anarchy to this line of thinking.

      Goedel’s theorems are valid for mathematical theories that are powerful enough to express algebra.
      For anarchy we don’t need many rules, certainly less then ten (commandments).
      I think these rules wouldn’t be sufficient “to express algebra” but they would establish a complete and non-contradictory system.

  3. Richard says:

    As many know, Frederic Bastiat in 1850 France wrote a good treatise on the abuse of laws by governments. I wonder if tyrants read “The Law” by Bastiat to get ideas for their regimes?

    • generalbottlewasher says:

      Thank you Richard!😁👍

    • BbobKS says:

      One of the three oldest books in my collection, and how amazing is it that the Law and government have changed so little with the century’s ! The other books that I have been toting for the last 40 years are None Dare Call it Conspiracy by Gary Allen, and The Media is the Massage , or Message , I would have to find it to know the author and can’t spend this day reading still a good short read and relevant today .

      • candlelight says:


        Could your book be “The Medium is the Massage”, by Marshall McLuhan?

        From a quick google search (bless their hearts), McLuhan, a Canadian thinker and writer loved the typesetting error – he had purportedly intended to name his work “The Medium is the Message”.

        It’s easy to understand given McLuhan’s views, why “massage” is way more apropos than simply “message”. “Massage” says it all in a nut shell!

        You mentioned in another post that you had been ousted, so to speak, from Boiling Frogs Post. Or did you mean to say you were banished from Newsbud? At any rate, when did that happen, was it last year when Sibel Edmunds was freaking out over Corbett’s exposé of the falsity of her take down of Vanessa Beeley and Eva Bartlett and began “purging” Newsbud of all its undesirable subscribers, e.g., Corbett supporters, or anyone else taking sides?

        I would still like to know who in hell she really is, because the entire incident – talk about “raising suspicions!” – raised my suspicions to the nth degree, and I’m still quite disheartened the matter was fully and completely muted on this here open source intelligence news site…… Yup. How often is it “mimed” – “Move along folks, there’s nothing to see here”, eh?

        By the way, for anyone who doesn’t know what it is I’m talking about, please visit the link below. It’s a link to James’ video that set in motion the entire debacle fracturing his relationship with Sibel, and contains a whopping 786 comments, to boot!

        A re-examination, anyone?

  4. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Mr. Corbett,
    I think the auto-spellchecker software missed something.
    It should be “there”, not “their”.
    “This is as true in the technological tyrannies of the 21st century… …but their will always be quasi-legal tax havens for the elite (and those in the know) to take advantage of.

  5. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Texas Tyrants – Criminal Informant doing FBI stings through his company

    Clyde Scott is a long time, violent criminal felon, thief, arson for profit and cattle stealing slimeball who also is an informant for the FBI.
    Gary Lynch works with Clyde Scott.
    Clyde runs a company called Rising S Bunkers (based in east Texas), which sells underground bunkers to people who are preppers or to people who want a storm shelter. CNBC once did an interview with him.

    Steve Pruitt was the victim in an FBI sting operation designed by Clyde Scott. Steve went to the Big Springs Federal Prison for almost 3 years and lost tons of money. It could had been 30 years, or maybe 10 years. (Around the video 55:00 mark)
    Steve Pruitt is interviewed at his place near the Ft Worth area in the video below. Sometimes the interviewer interrupts too much.
    Steve had a big spread out in far, far west Texas (near Balmorhea). He has a lot of personal interests, including guns and racing boats. He had some “technically” illegal guns and some explosives on his property out in west Texas.

    (I grew up in Texas with friends like Steve. Heck, when in High School, some of my friends in the country would blow things up with dynamite. It sounded like great fun. I’d hear all kinds of cool stories about different guns. The High School parking lot was full of pickup trucks with rifles on the back window gun rack. I am saying all this, because it is not uncommon for good ole Texas boys to do what Steve did.)

    Currently, guns are not my bailiwick. But like most Corbett folks here, I believe that what a person does on his own property is his business as long as it doesn’t hurt someone else.

    Here is the video. It is kind of long. You can skip along. The interviewer interrupts too much.
    Texas Man Spends 33 Months in Prison After Buying Shelter From Rising S Bunkers
    Around the 38 minute mark, you see Clyde Scott’s criminal record (and again around the 112 mark)

    While listening to the video, I kept thinking of strong similarities to Waco or Oklahoma City.
    (Watch Corbett’s ”Interview 1441 – Ripple Effect On OKC And Why It Matters”)
    For Example:
    50:35 mark – “It sounds like Waco” “He made up a story about a militia?!”
    56::38 mark – Money and cash, then you hear about the potential set-up regarding the Aryan Brotherhood.

    • Robert Smith says:

      We should completely abolish the FBI, CIA, NSA, and all the rest of those despicable Government Thug Groups plus especially the Federal Reserve Menace. We shall strike at the root!
      Welcome back, James Corbett, cheers!

  6. Camille says:

    Thanks again, James, for helping to spread the word on this high-tech takeover of the food system!

    Glad to have you back to work.

  7. candlelight says:

    A request and a question for Brock!!

    I would love to hear you speak openly, freely and candidly on your experience working at Newsbud last year as to what your take on its operation is and your feelings about Sibel Edmunds, herself. I believe you left the website shortly before the big fiasco, i.e., the rather vitriolic split between James and his one time close associate and colleague of many years, Sibel Edmunds.

    Such a request would be stymied as a matter of course, naturally, were you party to a non-disclosure agreement with Newsbud. If so, your silence on the matter is understandable, as is the fact that your boss, er, James, in the intervening months – going on about 15 months, or so – certainly hasn’t thought to “interview” you about your time at Newsbud, at least not publicly.

    However, your story sure would be interesting, for you have always emanated a strong and pervasive sense of trustworthiness, straightforwardness and honesty, and anything you were to say in candid fashion of your experience at dear old Newsbud would be taken to heart….

    For Corbett subscribers who are aware of the goings on from last year with James and Sibel, please realize I know full well that the matter has long been put to bed. Nonetheless, the event to my mind represented, or was indicative of, a very large and scathing chasm that “opened up” suddenly and inexplicably, and though the wound was bandaged just as fast, the lack of a valid explanation from one who is extremely excellent at explaining all that is worthy of explaining and in ways that are in general, highly intuitive and informative, has unfortunately left, however now out of sight, or some minds, a question mark spanning, still, the entirety, such gulf and rend, that no cover-up nor bandage mend.


    To James:

    After literally several months of off and on reading, and off and on rereading what it was I was reading, then rereading some more, finally, finally, finally finished “Absalom, Absalom!”…. Difficult is not the word.

    Thanks for the recommendation.


    • BbobKS says:

      I was also banished from the BFP Queendom ! Still not sure if it was comment about shiny golden globe interview shot , screeching sound from computer , or defending Vanessa Beeley , or perhaps spelling Sibell with a Y , I actually believe that BFP has a new sponsor and funding comes through the Open Society Foundation ! They apparently don’t need my money anymore or just thought they would raise my rate when I came groveling back !

  8. Octium says:

    I’d say there is another reason for cracks in the Tyranny.

    Tyrannies need some level of anarchism in order to be sustainable. Eventually a strict rule based tyranny will collapse because there will be no creative people to solve the kind of problems that every civilisation has to face.

    Tyrants are not creative people, neither are the people who surround them like the police. In a complete Tyranny people who think outside the box disappear.

    It’s a fine balance, too much anarchy and the general population will realise they do not need to obey the tyants, not enough and it collapses under oppression.

    • n2abstract says:

      It is the state of our universe. From chaos comes order, then from order comes chaos. Our universe, or this plane of existence, is one that favors the average… the bell curve. Outside of 3 sigma and universal, natural law will undoubtedly tries to pull one back.

  9. terrorintel says:

    Hey There Group!

    John Cote here,
    you can learn all you need to know about me on my LinkedIn profile

    I am really looking forward to becoming an active member of the community.
    If anyone has any questions dealing with terrorism tactics and techniques and terrorism history don’t hesitate to give me a shout.

    [No email addresses in the comments section, please.- JC]

    • generalbottlewasher says:

      Why John? What happened at the pentagon 09-11-01? Im just an observer and don’t know anything about terror, especially by our own homegrown terrorists. Can you expand on what we don’t know?

  10. HomeRemedySupply says:

    On March 5th, 2019, James Corbett had an episode Positive Propaganda? – #PropagandaWatch.

    One of the issues surrounding propaganda is the use of children in promoting the message.

    As Corbett typically does… under his article are some “Recommended Viewing” links.

    One of them is Propaganda Music Video Celebrates China’s Social Credit System.
    Holy Cow! Reading and watching that link, along with its associated links made me re-think my perspectives on children being used to forward a message.

    I highly recommend that Corbett Members take a look at that “Recommended Viewing” link.

  11. nawk says:

    Welcome back!

    “Ergo, any tyrant knows that he needs to enact a dizzying array of laws (especially contradictory ones) in order to have a legal justification at the ready for arresting [or fining] any would-be dissenters at any time.”

    To your point here is just one example from today –

    Check out the picture.

  12. zyxzevn says:

    Thanks for the link on the CIA drugs running:
    It describes how the secret agencies were primarily designed to
    do the criminal work, including the trade and securing of drugs.
    With a reference to “Poppy” Bush.

    Found this link

    Prescott Bush’s 1933 fascist coup attempt in the US – Business Coup stopped by Smedley Butler

    The “Business Plot” (also the Plot Against FDR and the White House Putsch) was an alleged political conspiracy in 1933 wherein wealthy businessmen and corporations plotted a coup détat to overthrow United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1934, the Business Plot was publicly revealed by retired Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler testifying to the McCormack-Dickstein Congressional Committee. In his testimony, Butler claimed that a group of men had approached him as part of a plot to overthrow Roosevelt in a military coup. One of the alleged plotters, Gerald MacGuire, vehemently denied any such plot. In their final report, the Congressional committee supported Butler’s allegations of the existence of the plot, but no prosecutions or further investigations followed, and the matter was mostly forgotten. On July 17, 1932, thousands of World War I veterans converged on Washington, D.C., set up tent camps, and demanded immediate payment of bonuses due them according to the Adjusted Service Certificate Law of 1924. This “Bonus Army” was led by Walter W. Waters, a former Army sergeant. The Army was encouraged by an appearance from retired Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler, who had considerable influence over the veterans, being one of the most popular military figures of the time. A few days after Butler’s arrival, President Herbert Hoover ordered the marchers removed, and their camps were destroyed by US Army cavalry troops under the command of General Douglas MacArthur. Butler, although a self-described Republican, responded by supporting Roosevelt in that year’s election. In a 1995 History Today article Clayton Cramer argued that the devastation of the Great Depression had caused many Americans to question the foundations of liberal democracy. “Many traditionalists, here and in Europe, toyed with the ideas of Fascism and National Socialism; many liberals dallied with Socialism and Communism.” Cramer argues that this explains why some American business leaders viewed fascism as a viable system to both preserve their interests and end the economic woes of the Depression.

    George H W Bush was involved in the conspiracy to assassinate President Kennedy in 1963, that was a successful coup d’etat. The CIA has been in charge ever since.

  13. scpat says:

    Monsanto hit with staggering $2 billion verdict in Roundup cancer suit


    EPA Takes Next Step in Review Process for Herbicide Glyphosate, Reaffirms No Risk to Public Health
    “EPA has found no risks to public health from the current registered uses of glyphosate,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Today’s proposed action includes new management measures that will help farmers use glyphosate in the most effective and efficient way possible, including pollinator protections. We look forward to input from farmers and other stakeholders to ensure that the draft management measures are workable, realistic, and effective.”

    “If we are going to feed 10 billion people by 2050, we are going to need all the tools at our disposal, which includes the use the glyphosate,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said. “USDA applauds EPA’s proposed registration decision as it is science-based and consistent with the findings of other regulatory authorities that glyphosate does not pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans.”

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      Good reporting scpat!
      Thanks so much.

      Bayer (Stock “BAYRY”) was at $35 a share in October 2017.
      Currently it stands around $15.91.

      The folks who are shorting this stock ought to be smiling.

      • scpat says:

        That’s a very relevant figure that I didn’t find in any of the articles I read. Only one article I read mentioned a drop in stock price, and it was over a shorter span with only a matter of cents dropping.

    • mkey says:

      If I were a smart business guy, I’d purchase some Bayer stocks and start shilling for Mon-satan-o.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      (It helps when you own government agencies…)

      May 16, 2019 Reuters
      Bayer bets on ‘silver bullet’ defense in Roundup litigation; experts see hurdles


      Bayer AG plans to argue that a $2 billion jury award and thousands of U.S. lawsuits claiming its glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer should be tossed because a U.S. regulatory agency (EPA) said the herbicide is not a public health risk…

      …Bayer has a better shot if a business-friendly U.S. Supreme Court takes up the case, experts said. But that could take years…

      …Bayer, which inherited the Roundup litigation with its $63 billion acquisition of Monsanto last year, faces lawsuits by more than 13,400 plaintiffs nationwide, alleging the product causes cancer.

      The Germany-based company’s shares have been hammered since the first Roundup cancer verdict against it last August, wiping out some 40 billion euros ($44.76 billion) in market value and leaving Bayer worth less than the price it paid for Monsanto

      …On April 30, the EPA reaffirmed prior guidance saying that glyphosate is not a carcinogen and not a risk to public health when used in accordance with its current label.

      Citing the EPA decision, Bayer has repeatedly rebuked plaintiffs’ calls to add a cancer warning to Roundup, saying the agency would reject that change.

      Under the legal doctrine of preemption, state law claims are barred if they conflict with federal law.

      “We have very strong arguments that the claims here are preempted and the recent EPA registration decision is an important aspect of that defense,” William Hoffman, one of Bayer’s lawyers, said during a call with reporters on Wednesday. Hoffman said the argument applied to all U.S. Roundup lawsuits.

      Preemption is generally regarded as a “silver bullet defense” because it stops claims across the board, said Adam Zimmerman, a law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles…

      …Lars Noah, a law professor at the University of Florida, said Bayer’s chances of success would increase significantly if the Supreme Court takes up the Roundup appeals…

      …Since 2005, the high court has decided at least three preemption cases in favor of companies, none of which involved the EPA.

      The Supreme Court will soon rule in another case that rests on whether a U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval preempts tort claims.
      In that case, plaintiffs sued Merck & Co….

    • BbobKS says:

      The worlds worst industrial accident and the precedents set by American Government and Corporations.Bhopal ,India, Dec 2 1984.
      Dose anyone actually believe that the current corporate technocracy will fare any worse then the citizens of Bhopal !

  14. mkey says:

    The site is going to cause some extreme loss of productivity. Thanks for that.

  15. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Today, I was listening to Jason Burak talk about China, the Trade War, Bitcoin, laundering money by CCP (Chinese Communist Party) elites, criminals or whoever, etc.

    Jason’s talk somewhat tied into Corbett’s recent article Law and Disorder: Even Tyranny Has Cracks, but also the “Recommended Viewing” link Propaganda Music Video Celebrates China’s Social Credit System helped me a lot.
    That “Recommended Viewing” link also links to other articles, such as the Chinese version of democracy with its “Two Sessions” (enter NBA player Yao Ming, actor Jackie Chan and others.)

    And in tune with James’ article is this other linked link Chinese debtors named and shamed on cinema screens during Avengers: Endgame film premiere. These are small fry, while the Chinese elite make off with the big money.

    Jason Burak hypothesizes that CCP elites are buying Bitcoin (Bitcoin has been going up), partly due to the Trade War.

    He also cites the Twitter of a top Chinese publication, which has become more combative towards the U.S.

    During my listening to Jason, I couldn’t help but to think of Corbett’s presentation in September 2017
    Episode 320 – Echoes of WWI: China, the US, and the Next “Great” War

    Go to the 35 second mark of this Chinese Tweet from the “China Global Television Network”, where the teacher shifts gears and talks about Kiron Skinner, the State Department’s Director of Policy Planning.
    There is some sabre rattling going on.

    Here is the original video (around the first part of May) of Kiron Skinner, who also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State, providing essential long-term, high-level guidance.
    (Personally, I thought it was a rather dry “white paper” conversation.)

    The Press highlighted this…
    “When we think about the Soviet Union in that competition [the Cold War], in a way, it was a fight within the Western family,” she said. “This is a fight with a really different civilization, and a different ideology, and the United States hasn’t had that before. Nor has it had an economic competitor the way that we have. The Soviet Union was a country with nuclear weapons and the Red Army but a backwards economy.

    “In China we have an economic competitor, we have an ideological competitor, one that really does seek a kind of global reach that many of us didn’t expect a couple of decades ago. And I think it’s also striking that it’s the first time that we will have a great power competitor that is not Caucasian,” Skinner added.

    Interesting times.

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