The Looting Conspiracy

08/28/202346 Comments

If you've been following the news, you'll know that shoplifting and looting have been on the rise across the US in recent months, with retailers from San Francisco to Portland to Washington, D.C., forced to close up shop in the face of mounting losses from the spate of increasingly brazen burglaries.

And you'll probably also be aware that the phenomenon is not confined to the US, with businesses in Canada and the UK and France and Australia and elsewhere similarly reporting an increase in robberies and theft since the scamdemic.

And you'll doubtless have heard the various explanations for this phenomenon doled out by the faithful media mouthpieces of the controlled two-party paradigm:

It's soaring inflation and the cost of living crisis that's causing desperate people to turn to crime!

No, it's the godless Commifornia politicians and the "woke" defund-the-police mob who are to blame!

No, it's the scamdemic lockdowns that caused people to forget basic civility!

No, it's the illegal immigrants!

No, it's an organized conspiracy of retail workers!


Of course, there are grains of truth in all of these explanations, but none of them get to the real heart of the matter. So, what's really behind this explosion in retail theft? And, more to the point, what do the powers-that-shouldn't-be have in store as their "solution" to this (generated) problem? The answers may surprise you.

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  1. mkey says:

    We need to start taking it back a notch. Less trash in our homes, less trash on the streets. Shopping is heroin for the masses.

  2. Ectorshire Wolf says:

    I would like to see brick and mortar stores start requiring appointments to enter their store. Initially it would seem an inconvenience, until you compare it to having to wait for someone come unlock the container so you can buy a toothbrush. Two days ago a friend asked why Walmart, in a city that is probably purple, was locking up toothbrushes; prior to that point I didn’t know they were.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      The U.S. is having an epidemic of theft (“shrink”).
      All the retailers are talking about it.
      I think that California paved the road for this new cultural phenomena, along with the inflation and poor economy for the working man.

      That said, U.S. retailers also have dramatically cut customer service personnel.
      Self-checkout and self-serve has become the new norm standard.
      Retailers might as well have a sign which says: “We don’t care about you, because you are only profit-cattle. Please don’t steal, because it is easy now.”

      • Duck says:

        Home Remedy Supply

        The thing is that in a ‘High Trust’ Society you really could trust that most people wont make off with things just because its easy to steal…. there is probably a level on which the retail stores have not yet adapted to the new environment of low social cohesion that a super mobile native population and mass migration create.

        The adaptation would be slow anyway because there is not a mass of incentive for anyone to do something about the problem- esp. when its politically dangerous to point out who is doing the crime and the store executives and politicians themselves dont suffer any immediate cost to their own pockets.

        • HomeRemedySupply says:

          ‘High Trust’ Society

          That is an extremely important point that you made Duck.
          From reviewing the past decades (an era where front doors were unlocked), we have really seen how society has degraded.

  3. arkk says:

    Brilliant synopsis.

  4. G. Jingping says:

    Spot on, JC. The parasite class and their minions in the intelligence agencies and governments are only good at creating chaos and death. They create little that is good while acting as if they are responsible for all that is good. If I’m not mistaken, Lavrentiy Beria (head of the USSR secret police) ordered common criminals released from prison when he heard that Stalin had died. He knew that Stalin’s death would create a power vacuum, and it would be to his advantage to sow chaos. Fortunately, he failed and was shot.

    • Duck says:

      Bio-Lenisism…. using the dregs of society in an alliance with the Elite to crush the middle.

      “….. And they are fanatically loyal to the Party because they are literal human garbage without the party. Without the ideology of woke and the massive power of the state to protect them, the bioleninist clients would be shit out of luck …”

      • generalbottlewasher says:

        There you go again! You have delivered the answer to the question that has evaded me here for years. The laboratory they have been building here in Tulsa, Ok- now has a definite name, a qualifier,a description. It has had a Teflon coated shell on it for the last ten years. Something was always being shielded from view and parts always where obfuscated to scrutiny. Now I know it for what it is.


        Textbook laboratory. What a classic case of ,” just trust us “, ” Plan-it ( Planet) Tulsa” Sustainable, inclusive, freaks and fairies. Without remorse the homeless where moved to the fringes so the real garbage of the Party can urban renew the playpin of ideology.
        Well, now I find relief, thanks Duck. Quack. I can sleep better knowing why I moved away.

  5. Davinna says:

    “My readers will already know what this peer-to-peer economy entails: people transacting in cash or survival currencies in the free market, supporting local growers in REKO rings and farm shares, getting to know local businesses and choosing to support sellers who have shown that they will stand up against the authoritarians.

    And you will already know how to do this: by meeting like-minded people, building community with them and engaging in buycotts to direct your resources (be that in the form of cash or complementary or alternative currency or precious metals or decentralized currency) toward those businesses you wish to support.”

    I was trying to take James’ advice and build or participate in parallel societies and economies in the state I was living in, Georgia. I mainly used The Freedom Cell Network and Unjected (which has options for friendship and community, not just dating). I reached out to many people on those sites who lived within a couple hours of me. I met several like-minded souls online. But apart from one person who lived far away and met up with me only once, never really got traction with anyone to try to build the type of community James suggests.

    So, why reinvent the wheel? I finally decided to just join a community that has already implemented these solutions: the Free State Project in New Hampshire.

    I recently met a couple who purchased their home using only Bitcoin and another who bought their camping trailer completely in crypto. My first landlords here were Free Staters who only accepted cash or crypto for rent payments. There are Free State market days in various towns where people trade goods or buy and sell using only cash, crypto, silver, gold, or goldbacks. They have an active social and political events calendar, so they’re constantly creating community in person. There are many Free State Signal groups where people plan out activism and share information like businesses to support or not support. It’s really exciting to experience these ideas in action.

    • generalbottlewasher says:


      Nice report of your experience there in N.H.. It must be a beautiful place in the summer time. Keep us posted when fall arrives.

    • palama says:

      Congratulations to New Hampshire, the most free state in the union.

  6. Steve Smith says:

    “So, on the personal level, taking a cue from Jason Aldean’s recent surprise number one hit song, perhaps one way to insulate yourself from this problem is to relocate out of the big cities.”

    This is probably a good idea for those who have the means and opportunity to do it. But for those who don’t, those who for whatever reasons are going to continue living in large urban centers. Maybe adopting a small town attitude to some extent would be a step in the right direction.

    Now and then we hear about an individual who will stand up to criminal and antisocial behavior when they are a witness to it even at the risk of personal injury. Even in the cities.
    Sometimes their actions motivate others to stand with them. More often they probably stand alone.
    I’m sure that often they pay a costly price for doing whats right.
    Each of us has to decide what price is too high I suppose.

    We are living in a day when we are likely to be faced with risky decisions more and more often.
    Whether its being told that we’re not going to be allowed freedom of movement unless we are vaxxed and muzzled.
    Or whether its watching some lowlife blatantly commit a crime before our eyes.
    We have a choice as to how we react. With cowardice or courage.
    In our hearts we know how we should react.
    Not as if we were just another anonymous face in the crowd. But rather the same way we would if we lived in a small town where everyone knew us personally.

    What Price Freedom. What Sacrifice Honor

  7. cymro says:

    In response to the first sentence of this article, I clearly have not been following the news as it’s the first time I’ve heard of this looting contagion.

    But then I’m from Smalltown, Nowhere, Wales and I’m not too concerned with things outside of our valley that don’t effect us. Mainstream Media is just a waste of time.

    Regarding solutions, I’m currently working on my land to accommodate small scale homesteads, free of charge. The demand has not yet materialised but I think it may come.

    Regarding the future, I’m reminded of the book by Arthur C Clark – The City and the Stars. A story about sealed technocratic cities were most people live and fit into the system. Outside the cities the “wild people” live, making their living and communities the natural way. Two societies living side by side but foreign to each other.

    • Davinna says:

      I’ve thought about this too with Game of Thrones Free Folk who live beyond the Wall and are called wildlings by those who live inside the Wall. Free Folk have no political authorities except leaders they choose to follow. They call those who live inside the Wall “kneelers”.

  8. MeowKing says:

    The “everything goes in lockable cabinets” thing is definitely a trend in NZ. The newest supermarkets have more cabinets with doors than ever before. They are building a big new one near my house now which is of a brand that traditionally had almost nothing in cabinets, everything in an open warehouse style format. Will be facinated to see what this new one is like.

    • Duck says:

      Its probably partially organic results of bad incentives- as long as the Executives and politicians and Upper Middle Class hipsters do not have to pay a PERSONAL price then virtue signaling how much you love the ‘down trodden poor’ (that you never have to see) pays off….the fact that its the down trodden poor (who are not drug addicted scumbags) and middle class who suffer lower quality of life is just a bonus, a kind of class war (see Revolt of the Elites, by Chris LAsch ) I actually think Mr Corbett said something like that when he wrote about Hillbilly Elegy but I may be confused.

      As well as being popular with the management class types it also is probably popular with the Elites since it destroys social cohesion and neighborhoods
      This is kinda like was with Black migration to break up Ethnic Catholic neighborhoods and drive those people into the suburbs where they became generic “white people” without a political identity. (seeo EM Jones book ‘slaughter of cities’)

      Diversity (acc. to Robert Putnam) lowers civic engagement and makes everyone distrust even members of ‘their own’ group….the way that Soros systematically funded D.A. s who were soft on crime and who harshly and very publically punish citizens for protecting themselves from crime creates the situation Mr Corbett describes where people cry out for the Gov to save them….. a good term for the use of this protected class of scum people is “Bio-Leninism”

      “…..Bioleninism is that same basic model of building a ruling coalition — a revolutionary army turned ruling party — from the losers and dregs of society. This time, however, mobilizing the working class didn’t quite work out. The working class in the mid-to-late 20th century in Western Europe and North America was well-off and well-respected. ……. (Dregs of society chosen)
      …..And they are fanatically loyal to the Party because they are literal human garbage without the party. Without the ideology of woke and the massive power of the state to protect them, the bioleninist clients would be shit out of luck ….”

  9. Duck says:

    LOL, I just read that Postman Essay some days ago…. It was not bad but TBH I do not think he said better, or even as well, as CS Lewis did in “Abolition of Man”,

    I liked that he noted that the PRESTIGE of science is often used to cover ideology and personal preferences- a good study of that thru biography is EM Jones ‘Degenerate Moderns’, which explains why the modern world is so bad, being mostly the product of perverse minds.

    I also liked how he designated Science and Pseudo-Science- his desire for creators and narrators rather harks back to Lewises desire for a new kind of science even though Lewis “knows not what he is asking for”

    IMO in the essay Postman sounded like he was writing from ‘outside’ the ‘Tao’ that Lewis described, and was just grasping bits of it and holding them up as ‘good’ because of personal preference… he gives no actual reason for WHY anyone should care about anything, but maybe he does that in some other work- I have not read the other essays yet.

    He had some good quotes worth copying though- esp the one about the Brain not feeling pain….made me think of how Normalcy Bias is one of the biggest Psycolgical weapons. An example being that I know someone who PERSONALLY witnessed THIS YEAR a 60% rise in Autism in little kids over LAST YEAR and has been seeing a frightening rise over 20 plus years and NO ONE knows because no one told them to….I kinda think people could be dropping like flies from vaxx induced heart attacks and as long as the rise happens slowly people will just think its normal. 🙁

  10. jo-ann says:

    Masterfully done, James.

    Best wishes to those who are building or patronizing alternative market places and forming networks of like-minded people.

  11. Gavinm says:

    When ever my wife forces me to go to Walmart to get some big heavy thing she cannot carry and we end up in their self-checkout human coral set up (where about 500 cameras are pointed at you from all angles, you get told to line up in metal fenced lines in single file and some robot voice tells you when to move and how to scan your items I always think of this scene ( ) from a Terminator movie where the skynet robots have humans being processed into some kinda concentration camp.

    They usually have like one or two humans running the whole 20 person self checkout set up (typically a person from India that the corporation can abuse and coerce to work long hours via the threat of revoking their visa who speaks very little English). They are trained to scurry around and hover over your shoulder when you scan things, treating you like you are a convicted felon.

    I find the whole experience to be very demeaning, creepy and to be a substantial test of my patience.

    If they start asking me to scan my hand or my face or something I think I might snap and go all John Connar on the machine with the bossy robot voice

    • Duck says:


      Well…if you lived in one of “the right” places you could just by pass that and walk out without paying 😉 Just make sure its below your allotted ‘theft limit’….lol

      More seriously, its a serious question as to when “normal” people in those areas will realize that paying the ‘make up losses’ prices for goods, when you can steal them is silly. That would lead to a total moral decay of whole classes of people

      • cu.h.j says:

        The “theft limit” is a real thing in some cities. Petty crime isn’t prosecuted and if you steal under some number (I think it’s a thousand dollars or maybe even two thousand).

        I’m sure people know that you could probably steal without legal penalty but it’s not worth the cost.

        There is value to a fair trade that some people don’t understand. This is why knowing where products come from and a local economy is better, more ethical and more rewarding at least for people who have a conscience.

        But making up for the theft, essentially subsidizing the dregs of society in high and low places becomes draining.

  12. Gavinm says:

    Great article James, thanks for tying all these threads together in such a cogent fashion.

  13. Chasicakes says:

    A legitimate movement would be called de-militarize the police, but TPTSB would not find that has the same utilization as defund the police.

  14. vadoum says:

    our self-honing hologram, an unethical luncheon: the have-less’ steal. the have more’s stole. Those in the middle who get things done, are the meat in the sandwich.

    whether you steal with a shopping cart or a smile, whether its stolen handbags or stolen faith or stolen life, all point to the desperate worst that a human can be.

    I’m guessing that seeing whats driving humanity, as an expression of hyperdimensional conflict, may short circuit our already narrowed band of awareness. and so we trundle on, blind leading blind, bent and broke.

    • Gavinm says:


      Perhaps we can offer a remedy to the hyper-dimensional conflict through consciously engaging in the opposite of theft and stealing. Through discovering the gifts we were imbued with via the essence of our higher dimensional Self and the will of Creator and then sharing them with this world, we can become the embodiments of abundance, generosity, kindness, love, courage, truth and resilience.

      I just sent out a few dozen malus sieversii seeds to gardeners, permaculture designers and food forest creators in communities all over (that were freshly harvested from fruit produced by a tree I grew form seed). I did this to bring life and substance to the saying, you can count the seeds in an apple, but you cannot count the apples in a handful of apple seeds.

      Through recognizing and aligning with nature’s abundance (and encouraging it to proliferate) we are offered the opportunity to provide the antidote for a world living in the illusion of lack, want and scarcity.

    • Gavinm says:

      If you are curious where I got that apple seed quote/saying, watch :

  15. vadoum says:

    oops, nowhere to comment on the “who sponsors corbett” vignette? this comment is for that post.

    The question that continues to surface: how James do you crank out that much content alone ? Chapeau. (I give benefit of doubt and assume that all your practice keeps adding up, and when I’m focused on pounding nails, you put stacks of that time towards crafting syntax. I’d probably be able to complete poignant sentences too if I stopped spending so much time whacking stuff with a hammer. I did know a Uni english professor who would speak in well composed paragraphs.


    yeah, the pepsi logo is red white and blue, so is the brit, th’usa, the rusquero too (flags). lets not forget the corbett report logo, what couldn’t that impossibly mean?

    It is through you James that Ive considered that people can preach an anti-narrative, year after year without being censored (much), so long as the bigger agenda is getting served in some way: (controlled opposition)

    honey pot yielding a nice concise list of resisters?
    pointing at one bunch of idiots to avoid focus on another
    lotsa other dumb ways people try to hide their dirty tracks or bend public opinion/perception

    the boundary between critical thought and paranoia can blur mighty quick these days

  16. rbuse says:

    In my local WalMart (the most luxurious of our luxury stores), the only items kept under lock and key that I saw are computer/cellphone/games related and the aisle where minority beauty products are kept.

  17. Davinna says:

    This Remy parody on Aldean’s hit called “Try That in a Large Town” made me laugh:

  18. cu.h.j says:

    What a great article that ties back into the paradigm level social engineering project going on. Their solution to every problem seems to be slavery. I wish criminals could figure this out too. People just play right into their hands. So glad I live outside of a city (most of the time). It’s sad though because it used to be a really fun place to live.

  19. TimmyTaes says:

    Damn, lawyers! All this litigation is killing liberty.
    When I was in Belem, Brazil for six months in 1990 I noticed that every store had an armed guard at the door. This armed guard would shoot shoplifters or any troublemakers. It was the Wild West.
    I suppose in the USA, a business could install a high-temperature incinerator in the back. If a shoplifter was caught red-handed, he or she would be dealt with and incinerated. No body. No crime.
    In Las Vegas theft is dealt with in many ways, mostly including a grave in the desert.

    • Duck says:

      Timmy Taes
      “….In Las Vegas theft is dealt with in many ways, mostly including a grave in the desert….”

      Thats a good point that shows how Governments start off as thugs providing the service of security.

    • cu.h.j says:

      Lol. You make a good point about how the state impedes justice. I know Vegas in a moderate sized city now but there are smaller towns out there where I’m sure if the wrong person is messed with someone could vanish without a trace.

      In smaller towns there is a different attitude towards crime and smart people will be on better behavior than they might in other places. I’m usually careful not to cut people off when driving and also never intrude on private property. I don’t do this anyway, but I’m more cognizant of people’s greater power to exact justice away from civilization. And, I have noticed a similar degree of respect I’ve had in places like those.

    • Valuedcustomer says:

      Same way in the Philippines but the shotguns of most security guards didn’t have bullets

  20. Kate says:

    Should be interesting if and when they implement mask mandates again 🙂

  21. Kate says:

    I had no idea this is happening, and am grateful for your article.

    Since the big retailers are standing down on shoplifters, I wonder if the police are as well, like the firefighters are standing down on fighting fires?

    Keeping a good supply of basic necessities is a good idea in case the shelves are bare like they have been in the recent past.

  22. Valuedcustomer says:

    Just wanted to share something that might give many hope.
    I am sure many of you have heard of this

    The Rich Men North of Richmond

    Oliver Anthony Music

    James I am sure you will enjoy this. Hope it inspires you to write some great songs.

    • Davinna says:

      I enjoy his music and lyrics. I’m a little skeptical of his overnight success. There seems to be a well-oiled PR machine behind him with the millions of views, being #1 on iTunes, dogs strategically placed in the performances, red truck chats etc. Maybe I’m wrong.

      At any rate, Remy did a parody of this song too, which is fun:

  23. HomeRemedySupply says:

    I really enjoyed the 2 minute video: Fun With Facts by Tom Nicholson.

    Link is provided to Corbett Report Subscribers under this week’s article at “Recommended Listening and Viewing” – “Just For Fun”.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      The COVID Lie That Started It All (4 minute video by Matt Orfalea) is pretty good.
      It underscores how corrupt and malicious the MainStreamMedia is, intentionally straining to paint a false narrative.

      This video link is also under “Recommended Listening and Viewing”.

  24. torbz says:

    Thank you James for my first subscriber read! Astute and spot on! I saw this coming too, it’s the ‘create chaos by any means strategy’ for ‘making ze great reset’ more possible in the minds of the poeple…

    Keep sharing and keep loving folks,
    We are the ones we’ve been looking for.

  25. jcal says:

    After working 8 years at a Kroger grocery there was definitely significant theft happening all the time from youth to elders. I stopped as much as I could because it just pissed me off, but we didn’t have good in store security personnel and were also told just to let the thieves walk. Cameras everywhere apparently were doing nothing. I finally quit in disgust of their entire outfit.

  26. jcal says:

    I worked for a major retailer for a while as a cashier and refused to let people steal. I didn’t care about the people’s reaction or my employer’s. The locals who regularly stole went to other cashiers. I’ve busted my ass my entire life to be a positive part of society in as many ways as possible. I’m not perfect by a long shot, but I get tired of drugged up, smart phone staring meat suits making our amazing planet a hell hole. And sorry technocrats, I will never comply.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      I often shop at Kroger for their selection of organic stuff, and because I really like many of the people working there.

      I feel ya, jcal.
      I think that often management does not appreciate employees who have a genuine concern.

      I’ve owned businesses in the past, and theft would really tick me off.
      Once, back in the mid-1980’s, I had some ladies working a women’s clothing store of mine in a rough section of Dallas. A guy came in and started shoplifting. The girls hovered, planned, then went out the front door as if they were checking the window displays (which had bars on them).
      Then they locked the front door (barred but with glass) with the thief inside and called the cops. He couldn’t get out. Fine ladies. I gave them some free merchandise.

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