If this ended up being the year of the first North Korean nuclear attack or the rise of a neo-Communist insurgency in the West or an all-out cyberwar between major powers or a fake alien invasion, who would even be surprised at this point? We've lost our sense of normal. There is only chaos.
Well, we've all survived inauguration weekend...so far. That's a start, right? It's certainly a sign of something when we take some measure of comfort in the fact that the world hasn't quite ended yet, but you don't need me to tell you that. Everyone can feel it deep down.
Whether it's the fake news squawking their propaganda louder than ever, or protests and riots mixed with rumors of protests and riots, or wars of words between the newly-crowned president and...well, almost everyone, things seem to be full-on crazy and getting crazier by the minute.
Don't you just wish for some "normality" right now? Wouldn't it be nice to go back to that bygone time of a couple of decades ago when the world didn't seem so insane?
That's the trick. That's exactly what you're supposed to be feeling right now. Allow me to explain.
You see, everyone in "conspiracyland" is familiar with that old Masonic dictum, ordo ab chao. For those who stumbled onto this article from "Fakenewsestablishmentland," that's Latin for "order out of chaos" and it refers to the tried-and-true method of would-be tyrants everywhere for moving society in a given direction. In short: generate chaos in order to provide the type of "order" you wanted all along.
In order to pass a PATRIOT Act, you need a 9/11. So, if you were a would-be tyrant who wanted to gain total control over the internet via an i-PATRIOT Act, what would you do? If you answered "Stage a cyber 9/11!" then give yourself a cookie; you get the idea. (Bonus points if you suggested appointing one of the key 9/11 cover up artists to the position of "cyberczar.")
But there's a corollary to "order out of chaos" that often gets overlooked: If you want to transition from one order to the next (an "old word order" to a "new world order," if you will), then you need to create chaos. And the bigger the transition, the more havoc needs to be generated in order to bring it about.
It would be difficult to argue that we're not going through such a transition right now. We are...
So trading the first year of the Trump presidency tends to boil down to this: Do you think Trump can perform the miracle he's promising...? If so, then invest away! If not, then you might have another year or two left before the chickens that were hatched by the Fed in 2008 start coming home to roost.
...the good news is that the era of physible guns is already here, and it has made the Second Amendment debate effectively moot. The bad news is that the era of physible guns is here and it has made gun control into a First Amendment debate.
... on a positive note, we can take McFatfood’s woes as a sign that, try as they might with their considerable propaganda resources, the corporate chieftains can’t put their egg McMuffin back together again.
Sadly, I could go on with the worrying tech trends that will be gaining steam in 2017... the technocratic control grid is here and there's nothing we can do about it.
Whatever kind of con is being played here, it's still likely that Trump will be using Beijing as an easy punching bag to mollify his angry, working-class base.
Strangely, though, there is no word yet out of Tel Aviv on whether Israel will be declining the record-setting $38 billion aid package the Obama administration promised earlier this year.
But still, given the off-the-wall craziness we've seen transpire in the 2016 (s)election race so far, can anyone really rule out such an unprecedented turn of events?
The most intriguing possibility, and one that would immediately turn around and bite the Trump administration in the posterior is that it would open up the space for including China in the deal. And a TPP with China as the star signatory would be a very different deal...
But in fact, Henry Kissinger is notable among the unindicted war criminal jetset in having not one, not two, not three, but four separate legal systems with outstanding requests to answer for his participation in various atrocities.
It’s still too early to know how this will play out, or even when an election is likely to be called. Italians could be heading to the polls right away if a snap election is called... As Bloomberg notes on Grillo, this biding of time may be necessary to give the establishment time to rig the election against the Five Star Movement.
So if not economics, then what? How do we describe the study of the order that undeniably arises from the sum total of human activities? How do we understand this nearly unfathomably complex web of activities that bind humanity together if not through "economics?"
Yes, the global liberal order as envisioned by the banksters and their puppet politicians is collapsing. And yes, it is going to be messy, chaotic and violent.
The great step toward the cashless and completely controlled economy is underway. It's a trial run for the process of demonetization itself. It causes counter-economic activity to come under bank scrutiny.
A president may have a different plan for creating jobs and getting industry going again, but there is no magic wand that will solve this central-bank created bubble problem.