They've already done it on a small scale, and it works.
On the 4th of July, I wrote a blog post (see "Our next Monetary System and the End of Freedom") that pointed out a way for unscrupulous and power-hungry leaders to use a couple of natural or man-made disasters to take away our freedom and make us veritable slaves of the government. Believe it or not, hundreds, perhaps thousands of U.S. citizens have already had a taste of this, right here in the good old U.S. of A.
I am personally acquainted with a corrections officer at the Utah State prison. This officer told me of a fascinating conversation he had with an inmate there. In 2005, before becoming a convict, this man was living in Louisiana, working at an oil refinery there. When hurricane Katrina struck, the refinery was shut down, and he and his wife and two children were evacuated to a school gymnasium along with 2,000 other refugees. He said that the bathroom facilities were far from adequate and the sanitary conditions were deplorable, and he described how there was never enough food or water for everyone. Whenever the government brought in pallets of food and water, mobs of refugees grabbed as much as they could carry away and hoarded it.
Ultimately, the government relocated the refugees to a tent city, like this one that the federal government constructed in Biloxi, Mississippi, in the wake of Katrina.
The corrections officer asked this man if the refugees could come and go as they pleased from the tent city. He said no, they were prisoners there. The place was basically a concentration camp. He said that if someone came from the outside and promised to take care of you and keep you out of trouble, only then were you allowed to leave the camp.
In this situation, if the federal government had ordered these people to work on government projects in order to receive aid, they would have done it. If the federal government had ordered these people to get ID chips implanted in their bodies, they would have done it. (FYI, the VeriChip has been approved by the FDA for implanting in humans. The company that owns the technology is touting some compelling benefits for people who are implanted with the VeriChip. See here, here, here, here, and here.)
Ultimately, the experiment ended before these people completely forfeited their individual liberty. Some officials from government showed up at the camp and started arranging for the refugees to leave the tent city by giving them a few bucks and assigning them each a place to relocate throughout the country. They give this man and his family $1500 and "suggested" that Salt Lake City would be a good place for them to move.
As ordered, this man used the money to move his family to Salt Lake. The only job he could find was a minimum wage job at a dog food factory in Ogden. He couldn't support his family on that, so he started forging checks. He was arrested, tried, and convicted, and is now serving his sentence in the Utah State prison. I asked, but the corrections officer did not know what has happened to this man's family.
Now imagine a couple of disasters that could affect you personally -- maybe a biological terrorist attack that spreads throughout the country and the world. Now imagine in the year following the pandemic that there is a spate of severe weather. We could see winter weather that lingers into spring, severe hailstorms, droughts, etc. After the combination of these two disasters, it would be very difficult for the spring crops to get planted.
People would get desperate for food. We are just nine meals away from chaos. Without the essentials for people to survive, there would be chaos in the streets, like what happened in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Now consider another potential disaster. What happens when people lose their faith in the U.S. dollar? Imagine the widespread chaos that will ensue. Everyone will need food because all commerce will grind to a halt. Everyone will need medical care. Everyone will need clothing. In short, everyone will lack the resources necessary for life, and the only way for them to get the things they need to stay alive will be to move into a camp where government aid is being distributed.
Would it be possible for unscrupulous and power-hungry leaders to seize power in this way? Well, if a layman like me can see that our current monetary system is destined to collapse, powerful and evil people can no doubt see that as well. They have to know that the U.S. dollar is doomed, so they no doubt have plans in place to capitalize on the collapse of our monetary system and this singular opportunity to seize a great deal of power.
Preserving your own freedom means never allowing a catastrophe or a chain of catastrophes to put you in a position where you are dependent on the government for your life and well-being.
We are all survivalists now.