I really enjoyed this article over on ZeroHedge. The author was overly melodramatic for my tastes (I’ve learned no to trust that so much) but the book he was quoting, Stauss & Howe’s The Fourth Turning, had ideas I really liked. I love anything that can compare where we are now to previous times in history, and I often think in terms of literary archetypes. So the idea that events can [...]
From Jim Quinn’s The Burning Platform:
“Human history seems logical in afterthought but a mystery in forethought. Writers of history have a way of describing interwar societies as coursing from postwar to prewar as though people alive at the time knew when that transition occurred.” – Strauss & Howe - The Fourth Turning
Watching pompous politicians, egotistical economists, arrogant investment geniuses, clueless media pundits, and self-proclaimed experts on the Great Depression predict an economic [...]
Has the centralized nation-state model of global capitalism finally reached its autumn?
Predicting the end of Capitalism has been a popular pastime since the term was coined. The reason why this particular parlor game is so fruitless is that Capitalism is not monolithic or static–and neither is socialism, the other great ideological umbrella that covers a variety of systems and iterations of State/collective ownership of assets.
If we take the long-term historical perspective [...]
by Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform
Unforgiven – Part Five
“You’d be William Munny out of Missouri, killer of women and children”. – Little Bill Daggett – Unforgiven
”That’s right, I’ve killed women and children, I’ve killed just about everything that walked or crawled at one time or another, and I’m here to kill you Little Bill, for what you did to Ned” – Willam [...]
From Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds
Beyond the False Dawn: Global Crisis 2020-2022
Four long-wave cycles will likely intersect around 2020-2022.
Longtime correspondent Ken R. asked me to elaborate on my recent reference to the “real crisis being pushed forward to 2020” ( A 5-Year Scenario: 2011-2016 February 15, 2011). The long answer would fill entire volumes, so I’ll attempt a shorthand version.
Let’s start with the chart I prepared for [...]