Mark, I have a topic request, if you or any of the blog authors would consider addressing it – to wit, I’d like to see a post/ discussion about your views of what the US – and other countries around the world – may look like five, ten, and twenty years down the line.
Especially I’d like to read your take on Ab’s and MM’s projections, insofar as they’ve sketched them out. Ab has laid out a thumbnail sketch in many recent audios. I think you’ve said you listen while puttering around the workshop so maybe you’re familiar? In a nutshell – Ab sees the US and Canada as destined to be turned into resource colonies for a voracious China, their populations abandoned to the vicissitudes of some flavor of technocratic communism, herded into city centers, and so on (I’m sure he’d tell you himself if you’ve missed his comment on this.)
Miles, meanwhile, has outlined a ramping up of the current pseudo-liberal craziness, followed by a planned “conservative” backlash designed to generate support for a return of Trump (or other front man) to spearhead a more robust totalitarian police state (further details of what he’s projected escape me at the moment, or have not been forthcoming.)
Of course, I’d also be interested in what many of the commenters here have to say about their projections for future conditions – hopefully such a post would spark that discussion.
I’d ask that the post (and discussion) especially might address projected outcomes in the US, and other Western or “developed” nations, vs the “global south” or “developing nations” such as South America, Africa, etc. Western Europe vs Eastern Europe. And so on.
Personally, I find myself very persuaded by Ab’s thumbnail – although, it is very thumbnail – and, while it may be based on WHO or WEF projections, I’m sure their projections of fifty or seventy years ago didn’t always go exactly according to plan, or at least not quite according to timeline (as given out by their oracles at the time.) “There’s oft many any a slip between the lip and the cup.” Miles’ more limited and short-term projection also seems plausible, and compatible with Ab’s projection broadly speaking.
(While I’m making requests, I’d throw this out to Ab as well if he happens to be reading – maybe this would make a good topic for a roundtable discussion on Fakeologist, if he could gather some of the best voices there and get them to opine.)
I leave this open to others, as my predictions of the future have never been right, except for one that I can recall. When I lived in Billings, Montana, the local school district was intent on shutting down a grade school in the poorest section of town, the largely Hispanic/Mexican/Native South Side. Local residents were furious. Their kids would have to be bused or driven to other locations, whereas where they were they could just walk.
There was a group of defenders for the school, named Garfield Elementary, and I suggested to their leader, Joan Hurdle, now deceased, that when the School Board came for the school, they were going to claim that the building was decrepit, even dangerous. I suggested they retain a structural engineer to examine the building. They did so, and the building was found to be in excellent shape, sturdy and well built.
Losing on the building-decrepit element, the School Board simply voted to shut the school down, structural integrity not an issue. End of story. I did not see THAT coming.
I do not know which particular MM articles or Ab episodes TimR is referring to, but no doubt he will chime in and enlighten us. For myself, I am knee-deep in three projects and so cannot participate. This is appropriate anyway, since I do not know the future.