- In 1980, pioneer trends strategist Gerald Celente founded
The Trends Research Institute. He also authored Trends 2000 and publishes
quarterly Trends Journal updates, providing timely, comprehensive, accurate
business, economic, political, social, technology, and other forecasts
on "over 300 different trend categories."
- His "1st Great War of the 21st Century" was
just released, a comprehensive analysis discussed below, including facts
like "(o)nly 45.4 percent of Americans had jobs in 2010, the lowest
rate since 1983 and down from a 49.3 percent in 2000. Last year, just 66.8
percent of American men had jobs, the lowest on record."
- Because of high unemployment and rising prices, especially
affecting food, energy and healthcare, "the natives were more than
just restless, they were in revolt." No longer believing rosy scenarios,
"they took to the streets and manned the barricades," more abroad
than at home.
- It fulfilled the beginning of a Trends Journal prediction:
"Off With Their Heads 2.0," saying:
- "As long as economies decline, unemployment rises,
taxes are raised while services are cut, and those at the top get richer
and ever more powerful, what happened in Tunisia" will spread globally.
- Years from now, this tiny MENA nation (Middle East/North
Africa) fired "the first real shot of 'The 1st Great War of the 21st
Century' " over poverty and democratic reform, not religion. Except
for an insurgency/now imperial war in Libya, popular uprisings then engulfed
the entire region.
- In fact, however, in 2010, public outrage erupted earlier
in, and continued sporadically in Greece, France, Britain, Iceland, and
elsewhere over bread and butter issues, the same ones affecting billions.
- However, the common "recipe for social upheaval"
exists globally, including poverty, unemployment, rising prices, high-level
corruption, and unresponsive governance has billions around the world near
the breaking point, even in America and Western democracies.
- It's one of several reasons for Obama's strategically
timed bin Laden death announcement, despite clear evidence he died in December
2001 from kidney failure. Nonetheless, claiming a key "war on terror"
victory bolsters his approval rating when it's sagging, and provides a
timely boost to keep waging it across Eurasia, including perhaps against
other countries yet to be attacked.
- "By the time 'The 1st Great War of the 21st Century'
is officially declared,' said Celente before Obama's May day announcement,
"why it happened and who was behind it will have been obscured. Scapegoats
will be found and sacrificed, as the underlying causes will be twisted
to inflame patriotic fervor to rally nations against a 'common' enemy.'
- Will this "war to end all wars" be so widespread
and deadly enough to convince people that no others can be tolerated. So
far, however, life goes on, especially in America where people obsess more
over bread and circuses than events affecting their lives. For how long
is at issue as public despair and depravation grow.
- Up to now, "the public....by and large, buys (official
deception) to the predictable unhappy ending. Until, or unless, this vicious
cycle is broken and the fraud is exposed for what it is: no 'Change that
Anyone Can Believe In' is possible." For sure, not with Obama as president,
in bed with big money wanting more of it.
- In other words, no matter how often they're fooled, as
long as majorities buy the big lie, politicians will pursue policies harming
their welfare and futures. Only sustained US popular uprisings can change
things - not protests, strong public anger expressing real demands for
sweeping change, accepting nothing less.
- So far, "the 1st great war of the 21st century"
is ongoing mainly across Middle East and North African countries, being
treated "largely (as an) Arab Awakening (from) decades of torpor"
into yearning for social democracy.
- For economist Paul Craig Roberts, its ingredients include
"rising food and energy prices, high unemployment, and corrupt, unresponsive
governments," explaining them as follows:
- -- rising food and energy prices stem from Federal Reserve-caused
dollar debasement, eliminating "position limits on speculators, and
globalism, which replaced viable agricultural communities with monocultures."
- -- creating unemployment by waging war on US workers,
eroding unionism, offshoring jobs to low wage countries, privatizing public
services, cutting wages and benefits while transferring massive wealth
amounts to America's super-rich already with too much, and public officials
remaining unresponsive to growing needs.
- Roberts says "retrogress(ing)....America into one-class-rule
lit another fuse." It remains for the spark to ignite it.
- Calling the global economy fragile and interdependent,
Celente says another "9/11 magnitude strike anywhere would cause a
financial panic everywhere. Governments could (declare) a bank holiday,"
limiting money access and withdrawals. "Or a cyber attack (or natural
disaster) could sabotage the entire system," crashing it altogether.
- "Taken separately, the facts and stats were already
sufficiently alarming, but" connecting them "add(s) up to the
Great War." It won't simply be "a conflict between two great,
polarized powers and their allies," though that may be part of it.
- Instead, it "will be manifest as the World at War:
class wars, tax wars, ethnic wars, civil wars, territorial wars, resource
wars," and in some places perhaps "religious wars," among
other reasons why intolerable conditions provoke extreme reactions.
- Currently, events are developing in plain sight, but
aren't recognized for what they are, including "(s)tudents on the
ground, protesters in the square, fighter jets in the air, drones from
afar," and sooner or later "bio-chem weapons, dirty bombs and
nuclear" ones with far more destructive power than against Hiroshima
- Celente's advice: "Prepare, Survive, Prevail"
- Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at
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