Let me peek at my crystal ball and take a quick look into the foreseeable future.
Disclaimer: I've got no clue if it's true. I'm just reorganising the information to tell a different story. This is completely for entertainment purposes.
Ok kids, the story goes like this:
Entering into 2016, the wheels of the worldwide economy were falling off. America had just observed one of the greatest transfers of assets from governmental to private hands in history- as Quantitative Easing removed money from future generations and funnelled it into the marketplaces.
In doing this, it generated a massive stock market bubble, as corporations used affordable credit to procure their own shares, lining bank profits all along the way.
Banks were more than happy. Customers, less so.
The corrective steps that had followed the economic offenses of the GFC actually proved quite profitable for the crooks, as it happened.
Additionally, the European project was coming to pieces. An economic union that forced vastly different economies into bed with each other had been a nightmare for smaller economies. But for the some of the more prominent economies, like Germany, who were now effectively operating with a massively underrated foreign exchange rate, and had unconfined access to increased consumer and work markets, it had certainly been amazing.
But it was all coming undone.
And all over the world, anger against global trade deals such as the TPP, which made it possible for corporations to sue government if they did anything that decreased earnings, was growing. Both Republican and Democrat candidates in the United States were campaigning in opposition to it.
People felt like they were getting screwed. They were enraged and starting to wake-up and push back.
They didn't want folks feeling like they were entitled to anything like actual democracy. They didn't want trade barriers to go up and for the cash flows to stop.
Proving that every problem is an opportunity, they made the case for MORE globalisation, not less.
Consequently, they stired up the fires of a populist retaliation. The energised and invigorated their adversaries.
And it allowed them to have a few big wins. To begin with, it gave them Brexit in an unexpected, almost questionable, win that nobody saw coming.
Britain, as a nation, was allowed to turn its back on the new world order. Through 2017, populist groups in Italy and France also continued to have large wins.
Then there was Trump. In another shock win, Trump defeated his rivals for the Republican nomination with surprising and devastating ease. With a very unusual free-kick from the FBI just 11 days out of the election, he took his campaign platform of people-focused trade deals and groping women directly into the white house.
Because at the same time as the space-lizards were energising resistance, they were also controlling the media to create a very specific narrative.
That plot said that populists like Donald were nothing more than just racist, simple minded cave men. It went to great lengths to explain that their worries were not legitimate objections with the distribution of resources and wealth, but just a psychologically dysfunctional aversion of brown people.
Flower children drank it up like kitties on babycinos.
And keeping that, all the pins were in place.
And with that, the whole show was allowed to fall over.
It started off with one of the EU banks. Surprize, surpize, they were bankrupt. From there, one at a time banks throughout Europe fell. Then America. Then China. Governments threw a shit can of cash at them in the process, and their CEOs were all put out to a charming pasture in the Italian countryside.
The US stock exchange which had been jittery all through 2016 headed into a spectacular nose dive. A number of large super funds went to the wall.
It became named The Great Evaporation.
We left you alone for 5 minutes and looked what happened. You pushed back on globalisation and look where it got you.
You thought you wanted more equality of opportunity, fairer trade rules, proper protection of the local environment and individual sovereignty. You thought you wanted global corporations to pay tax and to stay out of local politics ... Well, have you learnt anything now?
This is why you can't have nice things.
And don't blame us, we weren't driving when the entire show proceeded off the cliff. Blame Brexit. Blame Trump.
And with that, resistance to unfettered globalisation became permanently linked with the smell of racism and economic disaster.
You simply just couldn't get it off your shoes. You couldn't even talk about it without someone comparing you to Hitler.
Effective opposition to their plan for international supremacy was completely scuttled. And the space lizards laughed and giggled.
They protected their investments by hording gold, that they sold off when the markets collapsed. Other can do the same. The task of creating a 401k to Gold IRA Rollover has certainly become simple. The IRS ruled in 2007 that IRAs can invest in bullion that falls under particular conditions, without any tax issues. Employing a Gold IRA Rollover is for that reason especially wise.
What do you think children? Good story?
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