The technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled
society... dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values...Unhindered
by the restraints of traditional liberal values, this elite would not hesitate to
achieve its political ends by using the latest modern techniques for influencing
public behavior and keeping society under close surveillance and control.
- Zbigniew Brzezinski, Between Two Ages: America in the Technetronic Era
Sic transit gloria mundi
A "Dark" look Ahead:
The Potential for an American Revolution
The Current Pandemic Development
1. Global Contamination
As of 3/17/2020, the so-called "Corona Virus" or COVID-19 epidemic
has become a daunting global pandemic. However that develops from here on out,
it has already had a major negative impact on the global community of nations,
including the Chinese culture of the world's second-largest national economy.
We now know that the epidemic has jumped to virtually all other populous countries in an
out-of-control fashion. It has become inevitable that no nation, including
the USA, will escape serious consequences and a drastic economic activity hit.
a. Product Supply Chain Disruption
In today's global marketplace where so many more products are complex
with their components originating in foreign countries, with China being the
premier supplier, the shut down of the China supply link has ALREADY had a
major impact on the global economy. Given that, to "maximize" efficiency and
profits, the manufacturers have universally gone to a JIT (just in time)
production practice, this whole sector involving complex products is a house
of cards with enormous potential to come cascading down.
The pandemic has inaugurated an almost global
intra-national and international quarantine where both social and economic
activity has largely ground to a halt. The world's economic systems are so
complicated with debt loads, derivatives, complex structures, along with
shortsighted supply chains, etc., that they WILL descend into a global
Nature of human vulnerability
Having researched the AIDS pandemic rather
extensively, my studied conclusion is that the Acquired Immune
Deficiency Syndrome was NOT primarily caused by the HIV virus, but an Acquired Immune
Deficiency Syndrome in the body opened the door for an explosive
multiplication of the HIV virus, which THEN became problematic. In other
words, the prevailing thinking had it backwards in that the pre-existing
AIDS allowed the HIV to blossom to levels that became life and health
threatening. There are indications that such may be the case for the most
virulent infections of those contracting the COVID-19 virus. Just as in the
AIDS pandemic, this may never get sorted out properly, because the medical
industry is focused on curative issues rather than health maintenance and
prevention. Focus on the extensive list of largely preventable factors that
may destroy the body's immune system is not a popular approach.
The latest information that I think is accurate is that the
infected percentage in the mobile world of people who normally move around
to other neighborhoods, towns, cities and regions is approximately 50%,
which is actually good news. Significantly, most people--up to over 70%--are/will be
asymptomatic or have symptoms so mild that they will not need medical
attention. This ramifies down to a fatality rate of about 0.1% compared to
0.14% for the 2017-2018 influenza surge.
... there is no universal definition of COVID-19 death. The Centers for
Disease Control, updated from yesterday, April 4th, still states that
mortality, quote unquote, data includes both confirmed and presumptive
positive cases of COVID-19. That’s from their website. -
Dr. Annie Bukacek, MD, is a longtime Montana physician with over 30 years of
experience practicing medicine. Signing death certificates is a routine part
of her job.
line is that eventually virtually every person WILL be exposed, and that
for MOST people, a proper health maintenance regimen may
preclude any seriously adverse effects upon the body. This indicates that
for the sake of the vital economic health of the world we should very soon
return to normal social and economic activity.
General Historical Developments
Looking at the quote above this article, we have to ask, "Was Brzezinski prescient?
How did HE know way back in 1982 about Microsoft's Gates and Allen, Apple's Jobs and Cook, Amazon's Bezos,
Facebook's Zuckerberg, Google's Page and Pichai, Bloomberg, and Soros?
Pursuant to an understanding of what is going to happen in the future, we
hardly need to be reminded that because of personal bias, the myriad of
factors, and always being short of a complete handle on them, it is a very
complex array of information that we have to look at and deal with. To have
much hope of success in building some valid construct, we must identify,
isolate, and analyze the major factors that will prevail. I have organized
these under the 18 major headings of the article.
2. Catastrophic Human Brutalization
The psychological and spiritual aspect of Man was absolutely brutalized
and trashed by the ancient catastrophes and all the perverse, superstitious
and intellectually irresponsible myth that was developed then and since by still
very intelligent and creative people. Yet the vast majority of today have accepted
much of this heritage as the word of God! Not so good, is it?
The Saturnian Reconstruction along with the
explosion of communication technology has given us a
major handle on what really happened in the ancient
times, a handle that allows us to sweep away much of the major confusion in
our cultures. Looking at it gives the biggest and best backdrop we have into
our religious and psychological heritage and thinking, and for asking the
big questions and putting things into a better, more valid big-picture
context. There was just no way I could sort out things without this
knowledge. This is the biggest development for returning to intellectual
integrity that the human race has had in 1300 years, yet almost everyone
wants to deny or ignore it, even the Thunderbolts
Group focuses on the Electric Universe part of its mission instead of the
more important Saturnian Reconstruction.
Does Man have to put in another thousand years before we wake up and deal with the real issues?
Governments and sometimes even countries have a lifespan, come and go, rise and fall.
After the end of the Golden Age and the world destruction of that
cataclysm and the post cataclysmic global catastrophes, things started
getting better every millennium. Then at some point they started getting better by the
century. Then, with the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, by the decade.
Since the Industrial Revolution, about 200 years ago, with some exceptions they
have been getting
better every year. This has been an accelerating, somewhat exponential trend,
but for how long?.
The invention of cheap paper and the printing press has allowed for the
permanent storage and easy dissemination and access to knowledge and
information. This laid
a big part of the foundation for the knowledge explosion.
Of course, another part was the consumption of knowledge through an
explosion in literacy and more advanced education. All part of the
Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and especially the Industrial Revolution.,
which increased lifespan.
Equally important to this accelerating trend was the development of
civil and capitalistic structures: Banks, business and property laws, courts and other civil and
infrastructure agencies, corporations,
economic legal framework, etc. All invigorated by improvements in travel and
communication technology, including a longer productive lifespan in
There are more scientists and engineers alive today in our technological
era than have lived in
all previous eras of human history put together. Technology is exploding at
an exponential rate, which undergirds all the other aspects. Energy
generation, agricultural production, materials development, and information storage
capacity have also leaped ahead. Now we don't
rely so much on paper and its disadvantages for storage and dissemination
because we have electronic digital storage and network transmission
including the internet, with all of its features like email and well over a billion
websites. Every structure – technological, educational, business, wealth
development – that matures adds up to a bigger platform for continued
acceleration in these trends.
In terms of prosperity development:
What is important? From a long-term point of
view, there are really just three things: science, technology, and capital.
Science lets you understand how and why things work. Technology lets you put
the theory into practice. And capital gives you the time and material to
make use of science and technology. - Doug Casey
We may be generally aware of all the factors, but what we don't usually do
is to recognize the synergistic effect of all of the above. This may have an unanticipated effect upon the historical
cycle of periodic revolution.
C. American National
"I served in the U.S. Senate for more than 20
years, and never before have I seen such danger in America as I do today.
When I left Congress in 2012, I warned that big
government, fiat money, ignoring liberty, central economic planning,
welfarism, and warfarism caused our prior crisis.
And that if folks in Washington didn’t wake up and
realize it, then we could expect an even more dangerous crisis in the
Today, that’s exactly the world we face.
The consequences will be severe." - Senator Ron
The American nation of the United States is around 250 years old, 150 years since the War of Secession,
erroneously called the Civil War. This is an advanced age in the context
of the historical average nation only lasting about 200 years between bloody
revolutions. Even granting that the United States was a new and better development
on the stage of human culture, government and politics, there is no
God-given guarantee of its immortality.
Germane to the subject are some fundamental facts to keep in mind:
1. Shortly after the end of WW2, it was an idyllic era to be an American.
The U.S. probably had more wealth than the rest of the world combined.
2. The average citizen accumulated so much stuff that he had to rent a
storage unit, after filling up his two-car garage.
3. The USSR collapsed, and the U.S. government went on to become the world’s
only superpower and establish a political and financial quasi-empire.
4. The last couple of generations of prosperity were financed mostly with
3. Psychological Forces
Those that understand the psychological forces that shape human history
may easily think that America is on a course to a violent revolution. Almost no one
understands that class resentment is one, if not the major, factor that drives
disenchantment to the point of revolt. People do not have to undergo harsh
oppression to become angry and upset. Americans can endure austerity, sacrifice,
natural disasters and war, but they have gotten a good taste of equality
and liberty, and they will chafe under restriction and oppression, and egregious artificial or
arbitrary inequality of opportunity and rewards.
Society is basically held together by peer pressure, social
opprobrium, and moral approbation. Not laws and police. When the average
guy feels his leaders are unworthy, hypocrites, and not to be trusted,
the civil society can fall apart. - Doug Casey
The crippling or destruction of the United States by bloody revolution?
Unthinkable, but not unprecedented. Remember the so-called Civil War of 150 years ago.
What WOULD be unusual would be a nation
that lasts much longer than 150 years between violent revolutions. To entertain this possibility
for the near future of the USA is to not just look at
the historical pattern but to understand the plethora of problems that have
developed in America that challenge political stability. The United States
has lost much of its middle-class, and residential neighborhoods are becoming
even more Balkanized, with the extremes being gated communities versus ghettos. The
rich or quasi-ruling class are segregating themselves into "more secure"
enclaves of high-end residences.
4. American Societal Factors
In his book Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class is Bringing
America to the Brink of Revolution, Tucker Carlson itemizes and
describes a long list of ultimately fatal sins that are being fostered by
America's economic and social ruling elite. (He) "tells the story of the new
American elites, a group whose power and wealth has grown beyond imagination
[think in terms of 1000 to 5000 tons of gold]
even as the rest of the country has somewhat withered. The people who run America now
barely interact with it. They fly on their own planes, ski on their own
mountains, watch sporting events far from the stands in skyboxes. They have
total contempt for the common man)."
The litany of disastrous developments is long. The news media has largely lost
its ethical balance and perspective, is heavily weighted to the liberal political
philosophy, is hopelessly biased and corrupt with a destructive
political agenda instead of a faithful reporting agenda.
If you can't see this you might as well stop reading this article and go do
something more productive or fun.
a. Middle and Lower Class
has now overwhelmingly been concentrated into the hands of the few, with 90%
controlled by one percent of the population. The discrepancy between the
wealth and income of the middle and lower classes and the "elite" has become
obscene and dangerous, and even some of the elite are recognizing that.
The REAL economic situation in America is that the Middle and Lower
Classes have languished economically while the cost of the major components
of living have gone up, yet this has not been made clear by the media. The five major expenses—housing, healthcare,
transportation, food, and education—back in the 80’s would have taken 30 weeks
of wages to cover, with 22 weeks worth of labor to cover the other aspects of living
costs, savings and investments. Now, these five take 53 weeks of wages to cover comfortably, and
these classes are thus falling behind. The shortfall is made up by scrimping on some of the major expenses and foregoing some of the other aspects. Meanwhile the billionaire oligarchs
flaunt their wealth with obscene opulence and abuse of political power.
Despite some turn-around developments by Trump in some areas of the spectrum, America is
NOT healthy as long as this “hidden” inequality exists.
Predation in Modern Capitalistic Society
From one perspective, the coming decade looks grim for the highly visible
"super-elite" commonly referred to as the "1%". US society has stratified
with a thin layer at the top of this 1% made up of quasi-oligarch
multibillionaires, who have an inordinate share of the wealth, technological
influence and political power. These competitors in our society indulging in
"soft predation" are outnumbered over 300 to 1, and are vulnerable to some
populist backlash. For example:
"The current generation of corporate and political winners have blatantly
and systematically exploited nearly everyone else. Amazon, for instance,
staffs its hellscape warehouses with RV caravans of migrant senior citizens
working long, hard days for subsistence wages. Apple makes its high-margin
phones in Chinese sweatshop factories where suicide is the biggest
occupational health hazard.
"Manufacturing company CEOs close their domestic factories and ship the jobs
overseas, then pay themselves massive year-end bonuses to reflect the
resulting slight uptick in profit margins. Banks hijack the political
process to get themselves deregulated and then pass laws that make borrowers
lifetime slaves of creditors. Politicians enter public life with modest bank
accounts and retire multi-millionaires. Pretty much the entire
political/corporate class favors more-or-less open borders, guaranteeing
themselves cheap nannies and gardeners while American wages stagnate.
"And they do all this publicly, apparently so sure of their virtue that they
see no need to hide their predation."
And now, as debts mount and anger builds, the typical response of this
“breakaway civilization” is to buy compounds in New Zealand in which to
weather the end of the financial world. - Authored by John Rubino via
America's physical infrastructure has not been maintained adequately but has been
allowed to become old and decrepit. Bridges, dams, rails, harbors, roads,
water and sewer systems need crucial attention. Our electrical grid system is old
and far too vulnerable to system failure, and this is a national security
concern. For example, in northern
California, Pacific Gas & Electric (PGE) has failed miserably to maintain
its infrastructure, and has gone bankrupt. The whole of northern California
is now subject to massive blackouts, which are going to have widespread
negative effects. If the entire electrical grid system in the U.S. goes
down, our modern civilization goes down, and we
are back in the dark ages overnight! Only the military can operate
temporarily for a time, but the overall system probably cannot recover. The
ensuing chaos–and extensive lead times for components and parts for the
electrical grid that are
made ONLY by India and China and are NOT stocked–would be too great.
What in the big picture is even worse is that America is no longer a
classless society or a meritocracy. The upper or ruling class relate to the
lower class of people more as necessary resources instead of equal fellow
citizens; kind of like sheep to be sheared but not slaughtered. As long as
they keep their place. This has long been the way of the world and is
nothing new. HOWEVER, this was NOT supposed to be the American way, the way
of equality. If you worked hard or were smart, prudent or successful at a
wealth-contributing enterprise, you were expected to enjoy the fruits and
benefits, but NOT to belong to a snobbish elite higher class with advantaged privileges.
Now, the upper class have a strong sense of
entitlement to better education for their offspring, better neighborhoods,
better representation, more influence, ad nauseam, and they have significantly
"rigged" the system in some subtle and non-obvious ways to ensure all this. The recent
university enrollment admission bribing and false credentials scandal is a
prime example, and is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Of course, now
we have a volunteer military, but even in times of war, no scion of this
class ever need worry about getting drafted into the military to face
battle, at least at the grunt level. There are a myriad of ways around this
that can be arranged.
middle class is shown to have shrunk in most OECD countries as it has become
more difficult for younger generations to make it there: while
almost 70% of baby boomers were part of middle-income households in their
twenties, only 60% of Millennials are today. Moreover, except for a few
countries, middle incomes are barely higher today than they were ten years
ago, increasing by just 0.3% per year, a third less than the average income
of the richest 10%. More than 1 in 5 middle-income households spend more
than they earn and over-indebtedness is higher for them than for both
low-income and high-income households. In addition, labour market prospects
have become increasingly uncertain: 1 in 6 middle-income workers are in jobs
that are at high risk of automation, compared to 1 in 5 low-income and 1 in
10 high-income workers. “Today the middle class looks increasingly like
a boat in rocky waters,” says the OECD Secretary-General." -
Michael Every of Rabobank
Bill Shaw speaking for the Stansberry Research group says that "the
rich keep getting richer, the poor keep getting poorer." He sees this wide
gap between the rich and the rest of American citizens as the NUMBER ONE
problem in the U.S., "worse than the national debt" and that "it is only going to get worse".
"From 1973 to 2016 net productivity rose 74%, while
essentially stagnated...This means although
Americans are working
more productively...the fruits of
their labor have accrued to those
at the top. - Economic Policy Institute
The median family income would be nearly double had it kept up with the
wage versus productivity pattern of the past decades. Shaw reports that 78%
of the U.S. population now lives paycheck to paycheck. About 0.3% of the
families own 20% of the wealth.
"The top 1% in America captured just 4.9
percent of total U.S. income growth in 1945-1973, but since then the
country’s richest classes has gobbled up an astonishing 58.7% of all new
wealth in the U.S., and 41.8 percent of total income growth during 2009-2015
alone…" - Joel Kotkin, as quoted by Bill Bonner
What is happening is actually very simple. Every time the Federal Reserve
Bank opens the spigot and increases the money supply, the overwhelming bulk
of that money goes rather directly into the hands of the already rich and
powerful, further increasing the imbalance of wealth ownership in the USA.
This gap in wealth is now already obscene, and this is likely to become more
apparent and objectionable in the minds of the voters. He (Shaw) thinks that this
will become the leading political issue in the next election, and may very
well drive America into the hands of the socialists, thereby electing a
socialist president and regime as a remedy. Needless to say, this is not a
happy solution, and supports a revolutionary mindset. The unfortunate
reality is that there does NOT seem to be any other apparent solution short
of the rich becoming benevolent and focusing on uplifting society instead of
increasing their own wealth. How likely is that to happen?
Thus the wealth of the nation is now significantly concentrated in
the hands of the few. Because of the lag of wages compared to productivity
gains and the enormous debt of the lower classes, 50% of Americans now have
a negative net worth..
Millennials are in "worse financial shape than every
generation that came before them." - Wall Street Journal
The average Millennial now has debt worth $60,000. "It's impossible to
break into the middle class. For Millennials the American dream is dead,"
says Shaw. "The only hope for this generation is a politician who will free
them from this financial nightmare...63 million Millennials are looking to
the government to solve this problem."
c. American Political
Even at the beginning of our nation politics was a contact sport, but at
least back then there was a prominent common cause and a vibrant common dream, the
establishment of a nation with a new form, one that was free from the old world dominance and
The U.S. has established essentially the two party system, yet this
system tends to develop the mentality of us against them. The pertinent line
that should never get crossed is that of deciding in favor for the power or
the win of the party at the expense of the good for the nation or the common
cause. The efficacy of this line cannot be established by law but only by
the idealism and integrity of the individual politicians. Partly because of
the loss of the vibrant dream and consequent cynicism, the moral fiber of
our time has fallen so low that it is impossible to find a politician that
has not crossed this line, and most politicians can no longer even recognize the
line, and operate as if what is good for themselves and/or their party is good for the nation.
It would seem that the lack of term limits has exacerbated this syndrome.
Politically the country has become bitterly partisan and polarized, where
the primary goal is to militate against the other party rather than to do the right
thing for the country. The vision for America is increasingly different for
the two parties, with heavily populated New England states along with West
Coast urban areas and most of
Southern California becoming one Democratic bloc more and more out of sync
with the "Heartland". The Press is currently allied with the liberal party
and heavily over-weighted with liberal reporters, writers and editors. The
leaders are not only openly advocating an influx of immigrants from Latin
America, but even thinking about grabbing more power by
changing the constitution by eliminating the Electoral College and revising
the Supreme Court makeup.
A wise, very famous man in the history of the world once
said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
America is suffering from a bloated government and bureaucracy, and the
vitality of the nation seemingly is at risk of being sapped by 19 million
public employees costing a TRILLION dollars. That's just in salaries and
benefits. Meanwhile the system as a whole is racking up runaway unfunded
pension liability that generally can never be covered without the pain of
some kind of revolution. The now and future taxpayer is on the hook.
There is a strong component of pervasive despair.
Suicide has become a major problem even in the military. In 2015 the death
rates for Americans rose for the first time since 1993. Future social unrest
WILL come from further focus on class, racial and religious polarization
exacerbated by armed gangs, underground or ragtag militias, and general
social paranoia fostered by certain politicians and the sensation hungry
d. The Demise of
the Fourth Estate
A free, independent of government press is such and important piece of
the American experiment that it is called the "Fourth Estate".
The news media seems to have lost any mooring to truth and objectivity,
and have trashed their general reputation beyond repair by becoming
partisan. The big city newspapers have lost subscription rates and are now
owned by large, rich corporations run by the new moguls representing the
likes of Amazon and Comcast.
5. American Educational Factors
President Eisenhower warned us about the military-industrial complex.
Someone of equal stature should have warned us about the
educational-union complex, which is far more insidious in its affect on
The public education system has lost sight of its mandate to produce good
civic minded citizens educated with the philosophy of the founders, and now
just concentrates on producing good producers and workers. Public education
through high school is a tragedy, and now firmly in the grip of the "evil
empire" called the National Education Association (NEA). Most of our vaunted
colleges and universities, while leaving philosophical education far behind,
have become propaganda mills for ideas that are dangerous and destructive to
our republic, our capitalistic system, our culture and longtime viability.
Let's look at some disturbing facts. The average proficiency rating of
GRADUATING high school senior in the major categories consisting of American
History, Civics, Math, Geography, Reading, and Writing, are all in the low
20 percentile, with the average at 22%. This is a travesty, a scam, a crime,
a disaster for our nation, and there is literally no sign that it is going
to improve. The education system has lost its way and failed us, and can do
nothing but point fingers and offer excuses. The system at large really has
no clue as to how to motivate the students to learn, and the endemic
societal problems of homelessness, broken families, alcoholism, drug
addiction, absentee parents, latchkey children, etc., and now restrictive
laws have left the educators without even much of a toehold for doing the
right thing and being effective. The schools have largely turned into
disintegrating day care centers. Educations is the cornerstone for a
thriving society, and this foundation piece has crumbled before our very eyes.
Higher education and medicine have turned into disgraceful scams. The
cost of a university education has skyrocketed, through bad programs but
mostly through higher salaries for administrators and professors. They are
militating for a minimum salary of $200,000 per year, and, because of
federal dollars through student loans and other programs, some are already
gaming the system for $500,000 to $20,000,000 per year. Unbelievable? Check
it out. The level of student loan debt has hit 1.7 trillion, and two thirds
of that will NEVER be paid back. The AVERAGE debt for graduating students
from 4 year colleges is around $30,000. Many students are coming out of
"colleges" where they receive a license to cut hair or trim nails laden with
$100,000 in debt, and some with twice that amount. The now and future
taxpayer is on the hook,
Medical Education, Focus and Service
While medical science has marched on, medical education, focus and
service are in the dark ages, and the modern citizen is becoming more
disturbed. But what is more immediate and impactful is the dreadful state of
medical insurance because of the sweeping changes inaugurated by the
ill-advised "Obama care". The whole philosophy and approach to insurance
needs to be overhauled, and until then medical care and insurance will be a
source of festering unease. Slim to no chance our political polarization
will allow that.
Meanwhile, so many of our hospitals have become monstrous
competing institutions that have lost their focus on human service and have
hecome dedicated primarily to making money.
American health care, as we call it today, and for all its high-tech
miracles, has evolved into one of the most atrocious rackets the world has
ever seen. By racket, I mean an enterprise organized explicitly to make
money dishonestly. This is what we’ve become, and the fact that we seem
to be okay with that tells you more about what we have become. The
advent of Covid-19, along with the extreme economic disorders it has
triggered, will probably be the beginning of the end of that racket. We
have no idea how medicine will re-organize itself, but I’d guess that it
will happen at a much more primitive scale – because that’s usually what
happens when human societies overshoot badly. Alas, history is not exactly
symmetrical. - James Howard Kunstler
6. Religious Factors
a Renaissance and Reformation
In classical times, the philosophers of the Greco-Roman empire and the
Parthian empire sought fulfillment for Man largely "in the search for
beauty, for life, for value, for position and reward...Then
Christianity had burst upon the ancient world and turned it upside down..."
After several hundred years, the Western world had turned dark with
religious oppression from the amalgamation of Christendom with the empirical
structure, resulting in the Pagan Roman empire being succeeded by the Papal Roman
Empire, which held sway until the Reformation..
"The most obvious effect of the Reformation
– which celebrates its 500th
anniversary this year – is division. It is estimated that more than 33,000
different Christian denominations now exist throughout the world, and much of
this is blamed on the Reformation. While some are making the case that
difference does not necessarily constitute division in Protestantism and the
global church, the plethora of denominations is a source of concern for
Protestants, who are the heirs of Martin Luther's movement that has tended to
create new churches rather than reform existing ones." - Caleb Lindgren,
"Protestants: The Most 'Catholic' of Christians",
Christianity Today, 2017-09-15
More yet smaller denominations and more local control may be a good
Currently, the Notre Dame fire has sparked a significant increase
in vandalism and desecration of Christian churches throughout France. If
this turns into a greater backlash against Christendom that spreads to other
countries, it could be a contributing
factor for wider destabilization. Here are some disturbing statistics:
- 1 in 9 Christians suffer persecution, mostly in Islamic countries or
- In Iraq, since the war, 75% of the Christians are gone
- Christians are under a death sentence in Afghanistan
- On average, over 340 Christians are killed per month
- On average, over 100 Christian churches are attacked and or burned
- On average, over 200 Christians are detained and imprisoned without
trial per month
According to a Gallup poll, already 37% –
up from 22% 16 years ago – of
Catholics in the USA are considering leaving their identification with this branch of
Christendom, primarily because of the rampant sexual abuse and the attendant
cover-up attempts. Mostly, because it became big news, did a previously
hushed up press turn its attention upon thousands of accused priests,
unknown numbers of victims – naturally mostly women and children – , million
dollar settlements, bankrupted churches, and decades if not centuries of
tolerance, turning a blind eye or taking defensive measures such as
relocating guilty pastors and priests.
Meanwhile, we have a new source of potential surcease from our latest
round of troubles; you can order a booklet containing 20 specially designed
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your faith completely in God, and IF you take all the precautions that you
possibly can, you will probably be all right!
Islam has failed to incorporate a healthy dose of humanism into its
universe, and has largely turned sour and militant. For far too long it has
nursed resentment against Israel and Judeo-Christianity. A large percentage
of its governmental regimes are dictatorships. Its culture and religion
do NOT foster productivity, scientific or technological development, and true
wealth production in its population in the same way that protestant
Christianity does, and consequently its economies lag in terms of
infrastructure, manufacturing, and civil amenities such as water and
electrical power delivery, sewage disposal, health care and education. Its
families do not have the ready access to products that foster better
hygiene, and an unseemly percentage of its population have chronic
dysentery. Islam does not foster healthy capitalistic competition and
economic development in its population.
In this general environment young men, frustrated by the lack of career and job–and
thereby marriage and sexual–opportunities, fester with resentment. The biggest, easiest,
safest target for aggression, generally fostered by their clergy and or
leadership, is Judeo-Christianity. Such direction of unrest is actually
being used as a safety valve in several countries. Attacks
on Christian structures are increasing significantly if not spiking. In
reference to the above Christian persecution, most of this is coming from
What SOME of its nations have is enormous petroleum income, but this is
concentrated in the hands of the few, the royalty or powerful, and is not
used wisely, many times being devoted to sponsoring terrorism. These nations
largely BUY both the technical services and products that they need; they do
not produce them. The health and longevity of its populations do not compare
well with those of industrialized nations. More nourishment for its resentment
problem. A late development is that the United State has gone from being a
huge consumer and customer to being a net producer of oil and natural gas
7. USA Financial Factors
We have recently had major industrial and banking crises–caused by a
form of risk-taking which is actually subtle, irresponsible speculation or
gambling–for which the federal
government, the taxpayer, has had to intervene and pay the price.
How would you like to gamble, and then if you win, look good and enjoy your
winnings; and if you lose get bailed out by the taxpayer? Such
What should be readily evident is that the money/currency supply should
keep up with population increases, and the government should create this
increase for its own budget in lieu of comparable tax collection. However, America has
over-inflated its monetary supply, debased its currency, wasted its
financial health on foreign wars and huge social programs and become deeply indebted to other foreign nations.
"But like the masses themselves, the elite–the feds, their cronies, Wall
Street, special interests, lobbyists, the Pentagon, the social welfare
complex, the Deep State, and (generally) the rich–have been corrupted by
fake money. They’ve grown accustomed to spending money neither they nor
anyone else ever earned. And it’s a hard habit to break.
" Fake money came from the Fed – $3.6 trillion of it
between 2009 and 2019. Under the guise of “quantitative easing,” the Fed
bought financial assets, mostly Treasuries. Yields sank. Stocks climbed. The
ultra-rich got richer." - Bill Bonner
"The American economy has benefitted from huge gains in productivity, but
those gains have gone to the wealthy and the middle and poor class have not
shared in this largess. Real wages have been decoupled from productivity,
and adjusted for inflation and other factors have remained stagnant. BTW,
the official figures for the rate of inflation have also been decoupled from
the real rate, and are now artificial.
"The debt load for the working poor has nearly quadrupled in the past 20
years as a percentage of their income. And this debt can never,
ever be repaid." - Porter Stansberry
Some troubling statistics:
- Student loan debt is over $1.5 trillion... as many as one in five —
almost $350 billion worth — may already be in default...
- The riskiest grade of corporate debt is now almost $1.2 trillion... and
most of these companies have no hope of meeting their obligations — even
if interest rates remain at historical all-time lows...
- And hundreds of companies are teetering on the edge of bankruptcy...
with millions of American jobs hanging in the balance.
What led to the "Mortgage Crisis" of a few decades ago, was essentially
unsecured debt with exorbitant and unsound loans made on houses more
expensive than many homeowners could service. These mortgages got repackaged
in a variety of "derivatives" and resold to a wide variety of institutions.
Now, there is a huge unsecured credit card and automobile debt load. The
credit card debt can't be collected and even if the vehicles are reclaimed,
their value will be significantly less that the amount owed.
What this means is that there WILL be some kind of debt Jubilee!
Impossible, you say? Not really. It is a time honored solution, and several
countries have done this in modern times in one form or another. Pope
Boniface VIII proclaimed the first Christian Jubilee in 1300. Unprecedented
in the USA, you say? Some form of this was instituted in the 1840s, 1930s
The job with the largest employment is truck driving, and this is being
threatened by the technology of AI vehicle control. The full implementation
of the 5G (5th Generation communication technology) will no doubt mostly
eliminate much of human driving in truck and automobile transportation, and
replace it in the trucking industry with mechanical and electronic function
monitor and repair personnel who will be able to sleep, educate or amuse
themselves until they are needed.
These are only SOME of
the major problems. Probably the worst development of them all is that
America has shifted over from essentially a cash economy to a credit
economy, and the amount of credit and debt is obscenely, dangerously high,
and at a level of 38 TRILLION dollars. This is an amount greater than the sum total
of all the residential real estate, and
makes the whole enterprise extremely unstable. Within the next five years
there is also a TRILLION dollars of junk bonds from weak, shaky corporations coming
due that will have to be renegotiated and discounted, or produce default and
GDP is increasing at 2.5% per year. Federal
debt is increasing twice as fast. No way is that going to have a happy
ending. - Bill Bonner
Now 25% of Federal government spending,
Social Security outlay also is rising faster than GDP, and the gap between
public worker pension fund assets and liabilities has widened, and the
deficit over the last 10 years has been running at about one TRILLION
dollars. Social Security reserves are on a path to hit zero in 15 years.
Probably the very worst is the hardly curtailed spending of the politicians.
There seems to be no moorage to common sense, Spend, spend, spend! "No
way is that going to have a happy ending."
Over the last 10 years, for every stock bought
– in net terms – by the public, foreigners, pension funds, investment funds,
or other institutional buyers (the normal buyers of stocks, in other words),
the corporations themselves bought nearly 50 of them. - Bill Bonner
This is REALLY unhealthy, in that it is
a form of corporate incest, further concentrating the wealth and power of
the few, and reducing the stake of the average citizen in the true value of
American production. The true wealth of America lies in its companies that
produce and distribute the products and services that are necessary for
living in an industrial society versus a hunter-gatherer one.
Corporate debt has more than doubled
since the last recession, and it is now more than 9 trillion dollars.
Apparently, the ratio of nonfinancial corporate debt to U.S. GDP is now at
nearly 50 percent. Over the last 11 years, total outstanding corporate debt
is up 86% while the U.S. economy grew just 18%. In the last 30 years firms in the USA
unable or making enough money to barely be able to pay interest on their debt has
gone from 2% to 16%. Apparently, 12% of the world’s companies are in the
same state of earnings dearth. With any serious jolt to the economy, these teetering
companies fall over like dominoes!
America’s economy is not really capitalist. It is a form of late,
degenerate state-controlled, crony-manipulated, empire-addled, pseudo-capitalist claptrap...
A quarter of the economy is directly run by the feds. Another
quarter – including medical care and education – is guided and approved by them. And the
remainder is chock-a-block with rules and regulations… All of them intended to upgrade, or at
least to genetically modify, the fruits of naked capitalism. - Bill Bonner
When it is all said and done, the total USA governmental–federal and
state–unfunded debt liability for legally promised social programs add up to
a staggering 165 trillion dollars. According to the latest big-picture
estimates of national wealth from Credit Suisse, the USA has a value of 106
trillion dollars, although it is the wealthiest nation in the world with a
value slightly less than all of Europe and about equal to China, India and
Japan combined. Even if these estimates are somewhat flawed, you can see,
the unfunded debt is completely beyond the bounds of realistically ever
being honored. Increasing taxes upon future earners may temporarily fund a
small portion of this, but the bulk will simply be subject to default. Of
course, a revolution will wipe all of this out, and be a kind of starting
over, but it will be ugly AND bloody.
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U.S. Treasury Manipulation in commodities and futures markets
“Presumably, the U.S. Treasury is secretly trading in any number of markets
and refuses to say which markets they are.... I think we have established
this now to the satisfaction of any reasonable person.... Especially since
the CME Group, which operates the major futures exchanges in the United
States, has just renewed what it calls its central bank incentive program,
which gives enormous volume trading discounts to governments and central
banks for surreptitiously trading all the futures markets. . . . “At some
point, manipulations do fail . . . . Manipulations only work because of
deception.” - Chris Powell, Treasurer and Secretary of the Gold Anti-Trust
Action Committee (GATA)
Such manipulation is foolish in the extreme and has to be viewed as an
act of desperation. It opens one more door to the corruption chamber of
horrors, and it will leave somebody holding the bag, the American taxpayer
again, not to mention all those speculators getting caught wrong-footed.
Future financial distress WILL come from: poverty, unemployment,
entitlement trust fund bankruptcy, trade wars, public debt defaults,
collapsing financial markets, the growing disparity of wealth, and severe
price increases from the hyperinflation of the money supply.
Interesting fact: According to the Federal Reserve, there are more U.S.
$100 bills in circulation than any other denomination INCLUDING $1s!
b. A sea change in currency
"How well money serves as a unit of exchange
and as a store of wealth has huge implications in whether or not it will
succeed and be adopted.
"One thing all the critics get wrong about Bitcoin, for
example, is that they don't understand why it's the perfect form of money
for the digital, computer-driven world." - Porter Stansberry
"Good" money and "Bad": money are always in a struggle.
Bad money (money that can be created irresponsibly) always wins in the
beginning, but good money
naturally always wins in the end. Good money or wealth is that which cannot be debased
by inflation or loss of value. Bad money can be debased through
irresponsible spending by government states, confiscated or otherwise
destroyed by fiat or arbitrary monetary expansion. Certain assets, generally
like the stock market and real estate, automatically adjust and increase in
corresponding value. The "bad" drives the "good" out of circulation, and the
"good" drives the bad out of wealth storage. The point is that as soon as
people have a choice in storing their wealth between good and bad money,
they opt for the good!
What this means is that a nation that debases its currency will be
ultimately brought down by wealth fleeing to "good" money often
only available in other countries.
"The system is rotten to the core with intervention, manipulation, fake
money, fake trades, fake deals, fake news, and robotic trading. The system
has become very, very fragile." - By Tom Dyson, Editor, Postcards
From the Fringe
"Gresham's Law explains what happens,
throughout history, when there are two or more different types of money (of
different values) in an economy–like the dollar and Bitcoin today.
"Gresham's Law says that inevitably people spend the
"bad" money, of lesser value... and hoard the "good" money (as savings),
because it will be worth much more in the future...
"Paper money is going to be forced out–Gresham's Law
proves it over centuries of history. It can't be stopped." - Porter Stansberry
What is being developed and is called a "hard turn" (one that cannot be
undone) in the march of societal change–often called progress–is an
independent-from-governments form of digital currency platforms like Bitcoin
that are being adopted by the rich, powerful and well-connected corporate
moguls and major players. This represent a sweeping change in monetary transaction
As Venture Capitalist Marc Andreessen described it in The New York Times:
“For the first time, a way for one
internet user to transfer a unique piece of digital property to
another internet user, such that the transfer is guaranteed to
be safe and secure, everyone knows that the transfer has taken
place, and nobody can challenge the legitimacy of the transfer.
The consequences of this breakthrough are hard to overstate...
It is a way to exchange money or assets between parties with
no pre-existing trust.”
But–and here’s the critical
thing–instead of being run by a company or a government,
it runs on a “distributed network” of computers. In other
words, basically a collection of all the computers that are
using it. - Porter Stansberry
Most governments around the world have been irresponsible–for
understandable, time-honored and unchangeable reasons–by "printing" money
with "monetary easing", which is done by bookkeeping entries in federal
banks. This has
globally debased the value of the national monies and currencies. The new
Electronic Currency is essentially immune to an inflationary increase in
the national monies supply and attendant loss of value, because it is
being adopted by an independent, international cabal of powerful business
players that together are becoming more powerful and controlling than any
one government state. It allows transactions that
are not only free from sudden or inflationary changes in the value of the currency,
but also free from governmental, interference and control.
Also, here is a crucial aspect: The new money exchange will be tracked and documented which will
make all transactions apparent to those authorized to access and view them.
Criminal activity in the new currency will not be obscurant but transparent
to the crime-fighting agencies, while more and more the exchange of
traditional currency will be largely untracked as usual.
8. USA Substance Abuse Factors
Substance abuse problems have become endemic, and it is well known that
there is a prominent link or correlation between substance abuse and both
crime and violation of civil ordinance. This continues to be a HUGE drag
upon the nation's health and welfare. Not to mention the personal tragedy and suffering.
China and other nations have taken "draconian" measures to subdue this
problem with marked success. Not only are we facing an opioid crisis but we have
prosecuted a losing war against the illicit narcotics trade, have endured serious
ongoing alcoholism, and now face a new dimension of legalized marijuana use.
Law and punishment may not be the best approach or antidote, but at least
law makes a statement, sends a constant message that proper society does NOT
approve. Violent crime is up sharply in the four states since the
legalization of "pot". Actually, the death rates from drugs, alcohol and
suicide IN America are at their highest levels EVER!
9. 60 Year Cycle of Warfare
Another factor is the historical 60 year cycle of warfare that has
somehow been imposed on the United States. We are just entering this cycle,
and the possibilities of civil war or war with other nations/cultures have
long turned into probabilities. The big liberal states of California, New
York and Washington are in the grasp of political machines that are openly
contemptuous of national borders, values and goals.
If all this above is not a formula for revolution I don't know what is! If or
when the United States starts tp melt down toward revolution,
don't you think that several other nations will try to contribute to the
trouble and exacerbate the situation and maximize the damage?
Unless the chips are really down and we are threatened by an external
agency where we can see that we can mutually benefit by cooperation, in most
countries and cultures religious and cultural factors suppress or overwhelm
the commonality that we share as homo sapiens. What could be clearer than
that? Regardless of the validity and merits of any one culture and belief
system, life is hard enough without the aggravation of dealing with people
with different values, alien ways, or incompatible behaviors.
A recent infusion of people with a radically different religion and
culture have not only reduced the charm of Sweden, France, England, parts of
the USA, etc., but have increased the usual turmoil, friction, and crime,
and seemingly threaten the very fabric of these country's societies.
Even in the great melting pot of the USA, multiculturalism can hardly be
defended. Chinese immigrants have largely NEVER assimilated, it is hard to imagine
the new influx of Islamics to do so, and there are troublesome enclaves of
various races and cultures, including the Hispanic. Even with a CONCERTED
effort since the Civil War, assimilation of Blacks is still somewhat problematic.
Even if they don't take intellectual responsibility for their religion,
most people take it seriously when it comes to their "salvation". A
different culture is most often correlated with a different religion, and
that exacerbates the incompatibility and retards assimilation.
Regardless of the merits of multiculturalism, the downside seems too
great, the price too
D. Global Developments
11. Geopolitical Factors
The implications of all of the above reach far beyond the American public and
into the global community. What could the world possibly look like now
without a strong and healthy America? The vision that comes to mind is frightening.
You have no doubt heard of the ugly American, and there is a lot of truth
buried in the epithet. While being the greatest nation on earth – essentially
a powerful empire in many respects – , the USA has crossed over the line several times and meddled
with, declared war on, invaded, and taken territory from other "sovereign" nations.
You can’t stop the fall of a great empire by streaming
dirty movies, hailing a cab with a smart phone, or
buying cheap stuff over the internet. - Bill Bonner
On the other hand, the U.S. government has acted as the police force much of the time,
it has stood as the defense against oppressive regimes angling to dominate the world,
but it has tried politically and economically as well as militarily to impose its will
unnecessarily and unproductively. Thus, America is simultaneously feared, loved, despised and admired
around the world.
Meanwhile, Japan and Russia, erstwhile power players on
the international stage, have populations and economies that have all but
stagnated, especially Japan. Russia is being drained by trying to maintain
an imposing military capability, while Japan has had the advantage of NOT
doing this. Nevertheless, Japan has suffered literally zero population and
economic growth for some time now.
The recent collapse in world trade volume is the worst since the
financial crisis and is as dangerous as during the dot-com bobble of the
early 2000s, according to The Telegraph. We are well
into a trade war, what with all the tariffs that are being bandied
about between the USA and other nations, particularly China But this may
only be temporary, because negotiations between the USA
and China may yet stagger to some kind of finish line. However, free enterprise and free trade are
antithetical to Chinese communism power structure, yet a huge plum for China
and its economy is Hong Kong with its powerful free trade economy. IF these negotiations
are successful, world trade will blossom again in a big way.
b. Russian Hegemony in Iran
Iran's current religious leadership council has made such a spectacular
failure of decent government and good management that Iran is now firmly on
the verge of a widespread, violent and bloody revolution. The ONLY way this
can be avoided and these evil men can cling to their power and position is
to go to bed with the Russians, who see this as a time-tested way to expand
their otherwise shrinking empire. Unless some huge and unforeseen
development comes upon the stage, this WILL happen just the way it happened
in Syria and other places, but to a markedly greater degree. As of today,
the dominant religion in Russia is Islam, and Russia WILL move in with
significant military resources and try to control the region and its
resources. This will exact a heavy price from the Iranians, and and impose
turmoil upon the rest of the world.
c. Iran at War with Israel
One of the most immanent and serious developments is the current all but
declared war between Iran and Israel. The leadership of Iran has such a deep
seated religious hatred of Israel that there can NEVER be peace until either
that leadership is replaced or one of the nations is destroyed. The
leadership of Iran, given their failure to improve the lives of its people,
absolutely now needs Israel as an enemy to focus the attention of its
population away from Iran's pitiful condition. To really resolve this underlying
state of affairs, it would be necessary for the greater population of Iran
to renounce Islam, something not about to happen. The validity of their
whole belief system or religion now hinges upon supremacy over Israel and
other religions of the world, including Western Christianity.
Russian and Chinese Incursion into the Western Hemisphere
One of Poland's top former military commander's is highly
concerned about Russian incursion and hegemony in Europe, and is even
envisioning a time when western allies deploy nuclear weapons in a
pre-emptive strike. Of course, that represents one extreme end of the range of thinking.
What cannot be denied is that Russia has made a successful incursion with
its involvement and domination of Cuba, and now both it and China are
meddling in Venezuela.
Besides stealing America's Technology and trade secrets, the Chinese are
paying full tuition for a significant number of students to learn our Artificial Intelligence
research and approach at our leading universities..
Here is one take on China from an opinionator:
"China has risen explosively, from being
clearly a “Third World” country forty years ago to become a very serious and
rapidly advancing competitor to America. Anyone who has seen today’s China
(I recently spent two weeks there, traveling muchly) will have been
astonished by the ubiquitous construction, the quality of planning, the
roads and airports and high-speed rail, the sense of confidence and
modernity. Compare this with America’s rotting and dangerous cities, swarms
of homeless people, deteriorating education, antique rail, de-industrialized
midlands, loony government, and the military sucking blood from the economy
like some vast leech, and America will seem yesterday’s country. The phrase
“national suicide” comes to mind." - Fred Reed
Reed goes on to document a long list of China's accomplishments in
research, innovation, construction, planning, technology, mass transit,
communication, etc. His conclusions is that Asia is where it's at:
But this is not necessarily true, and China has huge systemic problems.
12 Anthropogenic Global
WarmingOne of the most significant factors that has already had, and can further have, a
deleterious affect upon the stability and well-being of American society is the AGW
scare scam that is being perpetrated upon the current thinking. Michael
Mann's famous "hockey stick" chart has been very influential, but is a false
construct that does NOT really fit the data and information that we have.
This issue has the most fertile ground for using the most effective
influence on public policy–almost global fear–and it is further
polarizing people and ripping apart unity and good will amongst the
civilized populations of the world. We now have academic institutions and
private organizations that are wrongly invested in promoting this false,
baseless AGW agenda. Global warming or cooling is caused by external factors
and currently there is NOTHING we can do about it, yet there is a lot of
political influence and money that is prone to get involved, and the motivations are hardly less
than thoroughly impure. Worst of all, the regulatory bureaucrats, always
looking to extend their reach and realm, have sunk their teeth into this fertile
ground for irrational concern!
Not only is this issue, sometimes called "climate change",
significantly emotionally polarizing people, but it has enormous potential
to be incredibly counterproductive and damaging, and it IS influencing officials and governments to
foster and institute massive programs that are misguided, repressive and wasteful of resources.
It has given many alarmists a new platform to induce religious fervor in ignorant but
otherwise well meaning people to become involved and militate for destructive policies, because
the claim is that we are all doomed within 20 years if we don't repent and radically change our
ways, life styles, and industrial practices immediately.
The whole rationale of climate change is predicated upon a
denial that the climate around the earth is ALWAYS changing, and the whole
edifice of AGW is built in ignorance of the relatively recent changes in the solar
system, and the overwhelming role of electricity in our cosmos and the
dominant effect of the sun–and the current that feeds the solar system–for the earth's climate and weather. And it is
all conflated with "pollution" which we are all against, but really is
a separate matter entirely. Even the anti AGW faction is confused about the
miniscule role of CO2 in contributing to a largely non-existent
"greenhouse effect", and don't realize that not only is more CO2
actually beneficial to plant growth and food crop production, but mother
nature keeps locking up increases through forest and grassland growth.
However, given the current norm, warmer temperatures are
easier and less expensive to protect against than colder temperatures, and
the world is getting a break for that. Given the increasingly ideal growing
conditions for food crops due to warmer climes and elevated CO2 levels,
large scale starvation has been almost eliminated. WHEN the globe turns cold
again, a development expected by the author within the next ten years or so, we will be
caught unaware and unprepared on a global scale. IF we enter a new mini-ice
age for some reason, crops will have to be changed and there will be massive
disruption, starvation and desperation.
The disturbing thing is that the statistics of the last year
are already indicating that we may have reversed direction and are heading
into a cooling period. If so, this will catch the world flat-footed with dire
destabilizing results. Given the true facts and MY understanding of what
causes the cycles that effect global climate and weather, 10 years from now,
if not sooner, everyone will be praying for global warming!
Mark Levin interviews Dr.
Patrick Michael in a short, hard-hitting exposé of the Global Warming scam:
John Stossel looks at Global Warming:
Anthony Watts talks about urbanization of the last century
and the "Heat sink" effect upon the temperature recording stations, and the
implications for the AGW data:
13. Other Factors
The AP (Associated Press) puts out a stylebook
every year that includes universal guidelines for stylistic matters like
punctuation, capitalization, and even word choice. In a recent version, it
encouraged writers to not use words such as “pro-life,” “migrant,”
“refugee,” “Islamist,” and “terrorist.”...
Words enable thought. So if you corrupt words, you can
alter and corrupt people’s thoughts. Words are the parents of thought. And
thought is the father to action. There’s a reason the Bible speaks of “the
word” with such respect.
If you don’t have a word for something, it makes it
hard to think about it. And it’s worse if you have the wrong word. They’re
trying to corrupt the language to limit what people think and do. - Doug
The underlying values polarization, which becomes obvious with the
screaming political polarization, threatens not only the long-term vitality
and stability of America, but now the shorter term viability. The current
American population has become stupid, stupid being defined by Doug Casey as: "the
inability to predict not just the immediate and direct consequences of
actions, but the indirect and delayed consequences of your actions.”
"The free market, individualism, personal
liberty, personal responsibility, hard work, rationality, free speech – the
values of western civilization – are being washed away, everywhere. But it’s
hard to defend them, because the argument for them is intellectual,
economic, and historical. While the mob, the capita censi, the
“head count” as the Romans called them, is swayed by emotions. They feel,
they don’t think...
When somebody says, for instance, “Why can’t
we have free school for everybody? The university buildings are already
built. The professors are already there. So why can’t everybody just go to
class, and learn about gender studies?” The same arguments are made for
food, shelter, clothing, entertainment, communication – everything in fact.
To counter that, you have to come up with
specific reasons for why not. You end up sounding like a Negative Nelly
because you’re telling people they can’t have something...
I guess I’ve given too much credit to the
goodwill and the common sense of the average American...
It’s exactly the type of thing the Founders
tried to guard against by restricting the vote to property owners over 21,
going through the Electoral College. Now, welfare recipients who are only 18
can vote, and the Electoral College is toothless. Some want to totally
abolish the College, and have even 16-year-olds and illegal aliens voting.
Nobody, except for a few libertarians and
conservatives, is countering the ideas..." - Doug Casey
Casey goes on to say that he thinks the collapse is imminent and he
doesn't see any way out!
Here is what another analyst says:
"Whatever the reason, the desperation of the
left only grows, and you can see it in their increasingly brazen statements
and actions. Anti-Semitism, open socialism and overwhelming political
corruption are no longer secret shames on the left. They are celebrated.
This desperation will reach a tipping point, and bloodshed is almost
Note that global economic growth is slowing, and that puts a negative
backdrop to everything. The German economy, the erstwhile champion of the
European community of nations, is currently in the toilet. Deutsche Bank
looks like it is in serious trouble, and it with most of the other banks are
bloated with derivatives. It looks like all the dominoes are again lined
up to fall. A default by Deutsche Bank would probably start a cascade down.
Another significant factor is the economic and cultural collapse of
America's major cities. Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City,
Houston, Miami, Denver, Seattle and Portland because of disastrous policies
are all now magnets for homelessness, drug addiction, disease, filth, and
starvation. The populations are now so corrupt and irresponsible that they can only elect
corrupt, pandering civic leaders and are slated to spiral down to devastation,
to becoming the new Calcuttas.
Another threatening factor for the stability of America is symptomatic of
the kind of instabilities that a high-tech, big corporate economy can
introduce. The Boeing 737 Max-8 aircraft has experienced two recent tragic
crashes, and this model has been taken almost totally offline by the world's
airline industry. Boeing has 5000 orders for these aircraft–the next 3-1/2
years of production–and if these orders get decimated by cancellation, that
alone could send the USA economy into recession.
Other threatening factors could be the joker in the deck of "mother
nature". The globe is
probably at the end of a warming period, which, along with the increase in
CO2, has been great for forestation, crops and food production.
If we go into a mini ice age, that will be devastating for the burgeoning
population of the world. Always another threat is drought in key areas, and
there is the possibility of a serious epidemic of the latest or new largely
intractable diseases. We now know that this "mother" will continue to
throw these at us, and we have the possibility of the return of past horrors like
measles, smallpox, tuberculosis, etc.
Japan is helplessly watching itself literally die because of a shrinking
and aging population that is not getting replaced. Future political distress
for America WILL come from de facto altered borders, secessionism, tax
revolts, institutional collapses, and any deleterious constitutional changes. Future
military angst WILL come from empirically minded foreign countries, those
threatening to acquire weapons of mass destruction, or those fostering
terrorism because of a religio-political agenda.
a. Recent Significant Factors
A simple list of 10 plagues that are currently troubling the world.
Source: Michael Snyder via The End of The American Dream blog.
- Armies of Locusts - Huge swarms have been devastating farms in
Africa and the Middle East, and now threaten China.
- Bizarre Weather Patterns - Unusually severe storms and drought
around the world in all continents.
- Unprecedented Flooding - Unusual flooding around the world in all
- Major Earthquakes - High incidence of big magnitude earthquakes
around the world
- Unusual Volcanic Activity - Sharp rise of seismic activity seems to
have triggered a corresponding surge in violent volcanic activity.
- Corona Virus Epidemic - The COVID-19 spread threatens to turn into a global pandemic.
- African Swine Fever Epidemic - This disease has already decimated
pig populations in China and some other countries.
- H1N1 Swine Flu - This threatens to not only exacerbate the swine
destruction but also can infect and kill humans.
- H5N1 Bird Flu - The resurgence of this flu threatens the poultry
industry once again.
- H5N8 Bird Flu - Many expect this strain to be even worse for the
world's avian population.
Setting aside nuclear weapons, the U.S. government has developed and deployed cannons that fire
projectiles to targets 1000 miles away. It has developed space platforms
with laser weapons, drones, robots and electric rail guns to add to the
arsenal for the next conflict.
The U.S. government has spent many billions of dollars since the end of
World War II developing biological agents. No doubt they’ll use them at some
point. They have lots of advantages over either conventional
or nuclear weapons. They don’t destroy material, you can inoculate your own
troops against them, they’re super cheap, they can wipe out the enemy before
he even knows he’s under attack, and there’s plausible deniability about who
Taking this further, bio agents can be bred to zero-in
on particular racial groups. This would be convenient for the U.S.
government, should there be a major war with China. Perhaps agents will be
used to just wipe out major crops to cause global famine – easy since most
crops today are giant monocultures. I suspect World War III will have a big
bio element. - Doug Casey
The bottom line:
14. Vanishing of the Big Dream
"The money is fake. The companies are fake, too. GDP is fake. Inflation
is fake. Interest rates are fake. And the president gets up and says fake
things about a fake economy to the fake news media.” - Bill Bonner
I would say that the world of today is jaded, and that the dreams and
movements of the past have largely played out
and shown themselves as being incapable of really delivering the dream.
The American Dream is lost" by Ray Dalio
"It's not redistributing opportunity...there's a growing wealth gap and a
growing income gap...If I was president of the United States what I would do
is recognize that this is a national emergency...Capitalism needs to
be reformed...it doesn't need to be abandoned, it needs to be
reformed in order to work better. American capitalism isn't sustainable."
The founding of America was a really big dream, one that in the
minds of many went all the way to being the kingdom of heaven!
Thanks to widespread news and opinion on TV and dissemination via the
internet, many people are being exposed to the "dreams" of other nations or
cultures, and they are not impressed with what they see. Not only not impressed, but alarmed.
There seems to be no credible big dream
out there to pull people globally together anymore, and maybe not one to be
effective within individual cultures. The American dream has largely
played out. The largest dream in the Western world would now seem to be: “Make America
great again!” The Russian government dreams of making the Soviet Union great
again. The largest dream in the Far-Eastern world would seem to be: “Make China great again!”,
while other far-eastern nations are feeling the heavy presence of China's military.
The largest dream in the Middle-Eastern world would seem to be: “Islam is destined to dominate and
control the world, its people and its thinking for the glory of Allah!”,
they have a heavy presence in Africa, and they have established enclaves of Sharia Law
in many European countries as well as Australia and the U.S. Need I mention that Zionism
hasn't gone away? Is there ANYBODY except ostensible nut cases that REALLY BELIEVES in
something more magnificent than these religious or quasi-religious visions?
And so it goes. Christendom, usually so eager to proselytize, would seem to
have gone largely stagnant, shrinking in the "Western" world. It has lost its
inspiration to make THE difference, while doing not much
else than holding on and waiting for the “Lord” to come, and only enlarging its
numbers primarily by adding multitudes of Third World adherents primarily in
the southern hemisphere.
15. The Information Age
"The Information Age turned out to be a flop.
You can’t stop the fall of a great empire by streaming dirty movies, hailing a cab with a
smartphone, or buying cheap stuff over the internet.
The internet was supposed to send the
economy into a new cycle of invention and
wealth creation. Instead, it sent it into a
frenzy of time-wasting – chatting online…
texting… spending hours answering emails…
and more hours staying in touch on Facebook.
The technology of the Industrial Revolution,
by contrast, was powerful.
It allowed people to use the condensed
energy in coal, gas, and oil to get more
output from every hour they spent on the
job. And it was reflected in the great
wealth produced from the mid-1800s up the
1970s, not just for the rich, but for
But wage gains for most people petered out
in the ’70s. Then, the “financialization”
trend – financed with funny money – shifted
the economy’s focus from the Motor City… to
Manhattan. That is, from producing wealth…
to extracting it.
And the dark trends already underway in a
decaying empire – concentration of wealth,
more power in the Deep State, more debt,
slower growth, fewer business start-ups,
more regulation – continued unmolested.
And despite all the lessons learned by
mankind over thousands of years, now
available for free on the internet, humans
continued to do very dumb things… such as
inflate the currency and start wars." - Bill Bonner
16. The Thunderbolts Group
Meanwhile, the Thunderbolts/Kronia group has one of the largest dreams
around, and that is to re-educate and revolutionize the world in a
significant way regarding the Saturnian Reconstruction understanding and the
Electric Universe paradigm, nothing short of changing the overall scientific
and academic worldview.
But as big as it is, this dream is not in the same ballpark as delivering us from the human
condition, eliminating evil, and bringing mankind back to an Edenic state or
To quote one of my favorite “authorities” in the world, David Talbott,
“The message that comes to us from the experience of the physical universe
is one of relentless indifference!” Yet, that is the focus of the group, as if understanding
physical science better will be our salvation. Meanwhile the religious,
academic, cultural, political, and psychological world gets creepier
and crazier, more dis-unified, meaningless and dangerous.
It IS ONLY the big picture that has real meaning, that makes THE
difference. But we are so jaded, so full of demeaning sentiment towards
ourselves, that we BELIEVE beyond all other things that either there IS NO
big picture that has real meaning, or that we are incapable of grasping it
within reasonable effort. We are like sinking ships full of lazy thinking,
apathy, and time-honored but rotten religious and scientific myth which
obscures our vision. Not to mention all the personal psychological,
emotional and physical wounds we have incurred and all the stigma and
scarring we carry around like a carapace.
The new high priests in American culture are the scientists. Given that
"scientism" has marginalized if not replaced the traditional religions in
much of the world, if and when a significant percentage of the American public wakes
up and realizes how corrupt science and academia really are, will this not
undergird and contribute to any socio-political revolution? How could it not?
17. More Questions
What nation would you like to take the place of the USA in
leading / dominating / policing the world? China? Russia? Iran? Like any
agency that is tasked with responding to an emergency, the U.S. military has
stayed somewhat sharp for this through the recent string of foreign wars. For the
immediate future the U.S. military will remain the most powerful in the
world, but some analysts see this soon coming to an end. What role will
it play in any such developments as are likely to
happen? Will a threat come along with such different strategy, tactics, and
weaponry that it will catch the military flat-footed? Would it ever willingly become a police agency
to deal with the citizenry, or use its
force in suppressing dissent?
If the great experiment of a multicultural
democratic republic fails, what will take its place? Will that fracture any
semblance of global stability? Will this mean that a
major light in the world will go out, and the world will descend into
greater darkness for, say, another thousand years? What will then happen to
Christianity with its incompatible Northern and Southern hemispheric
versions, and Islam with its Sunni and Shia versions? Will this undermine or thwart any progress toward world
enlightenment and the resolution of the human condition? Is there a God
that would intervene, or continue to be uninvolved, which has apparently
been the case for the last
If we get too fixated upon worrying
about all this, we can remind ourselves that a direct hit by either a major class X
CME or a nearby gamma ray burst would make all of this moot, and could do even
more damage, even to sterilizing the surface of the earth.
18. The "Bright" Side
ON THE OTHER HAND, the full implementation of 5G technology WILL have a
revolutionary, and MAY have a salutary, effect upon human enterprise in
general, BECAUSE it will be a jump in magnitude of capability for distant communication.
It will enable any two people on earth – with virtually no "dead spots" – to
seamlessly communicate with TV-like video capability over just a pocket CELL
PHONE with computer-network-like capability. It will allow remote control of
crucial activity to the point of medical examination and even surgery, not
to mention all other areas that require special expertise. It will have a
transformational affect upon education and information access, and may even
overwhelm the NSA's attempt to monitor virtually EVERY telephonic or
Like in any new level of "empowerment" there is the potential for good or
evil, an upside and a downside. Improvement in communicational capability has been of crucial benefit to
invigorating civilization in the past. Why should this one be any different?
Unless, of course, it proves to have some fundamental deleterious affect
like further concentrating wealth, power and control into the hands
of the few, OR, like frying our brains! Who knows?
Another significant positive development: in the Western world is that rates of
violent crime have plummeted. In the previous decade, the rate of absolute
poverty fell almost as much as 50%. Also, "The poor in the world are getting
richer at a rate that absolutely is unparalleled in all of human
history,..." says Jordan Peterson, "The child mortality rate in Africa is
now the same as it was in Europe in 1952... This is a miracle!"
IF the United States continues to handle the Corona Virus pandemic
successfully and with full transparency, the world WILL notice one more
benefit of having a democratic republic form of government in contrast to
socialism and other repressive government paradigms.
19. The Perfect Storm
There are 7 major negative factors that are coming together to make what
is called a perfect storm.
a. Global power confrontation between
the USA and China
China's president Xi obviously has a vision of becoming a global
dictator with China pre-eminent, and until the Corona virus pandemic, he had made good progress in
his quest for Chinese dominance in the world. Now, his progress has been
halted by a weakened economy, and a somewhat deserved status as China being
a pariah nation. The USA is slapping enormous tariffs upon Chinese goods,
and USA corporations with corporations in other nations, are actively
removing reliance upon Chinese supply lines and locating manufacturing
facilities in alternate third-world countries. This is tantamount ot a
technology war between the two super powers. In 20 to 30 years, this may
not matter too much, but Xi doesn't have that long. Arguably, he has only
about a half dozen years to see his dream fulfilled, and has transitioned
from a stealthy or "quiet" campaign to a much more aggressive one. He is liable to push
and make more drastic mistakes, which will make him even more dangerous.
b. The concentration of wealth in the
We may soon see the world's first trillionaire. This has already been
characterized by some as the "greatest' problem" in the USA if not
the world, a development which is only going to get
c. Intransigent political polarization
in most developed countries
It seems that more and more, the politicians are corrupted by the
partisan power struggle and less inclined to do the right thing for the
d. Corona Virus pandemic
Now that the Covid-19 virus has run most of its course in the various
countries of the world, it has winnowed out some of the weakest and least
productive members of society. The lasting major impacts may be a lingering
fear of social interaction, change of cultural behavior, and more more
e. Global destruction of economies
The world is now in the beginning throes of a major global depression and
f. Commerce transition to blockchain
technology and crypto-currencies
The ramifications of this are that transactions will ostensible be easier
and more secure, and that there will be a record of all such transactions
available to the governmental authorities. Who or what is in ultimate
control of this technology is still up in the air. For it to work most
efficiently it may have to be a one one-world currency. Beyond these
considerations, I wish I knew what the ramifications are.
g. Astronomically high debt levels
Debt levels for private citizens, corporations, and public governmental
entities are dangerously high and unwieldy. The dominos are set up for a
destructive chain reaction.
h. Solar System entering a solar
minimum period with cooler temperatures
The two most important impacts of this are a shorter growing season and
reduced crop yields, and colder temperature and increased need for heating
 America HAS undergone a
violent and very bloody revolution in what is called
the "Civil War", which should be called the "War of Secession".
This debacle changed the tenor of the
nation more than most people realize today. Abraham Lincoln, one of
America's top two revered, sacred, premier heroes, may have done more long
term damage – through federalization – than any other president. The
Lincoln administration and the "successful"
prosecution of this war laid the foundation for a
much more powerful and intrusive federal government.
 So much so that an op-ed writer, Luke O’Neil, for the
prominent Boston Globe in an editorial openly urged waiters to
contaminate the food of Trump administration officials when presented with the
 Jack D. Zwemer, "Birth and Death of the Renaissance"
 In the past two decades the USA has incurred an unhealthy influx of would-be immigrants
that were trying to abandon their Central American countries. This wave has
NOT brought people in line with our language, culture and values, but
rather overwhelmingly low wage workers at best, and criminals or quasi victims and welfare recipients at worst.