There has been a lot of talk lately about the United States, and really the entire world as a whole, headed towards a crisis point in the near future.
Some folks are suggesting a coming World War III, some are suggesting a second American Civil War, some are suggesting another Great Depression, or
even a coup/revolution.
Although I am in agreement that there is a major crisis coming within the next few years, and in fact we are likely already well into the lead up to
that crisis, I don't believe it will be another world war, or another revolution, or another civil war. Because history, in fact, does NOT repeat
itself, at least not exactly. Let me explain...
I'm a big supporter of the Strauss-Howe Generational Theory
shows that the United States goes through a major crisis period once per generation, or roughly every 70-90 years, known as the Fourth Turning. 1776,
The American Revolution. 1861, The American Civil War. 1941, U.S. entry into World War II. These three events are undoubtedly the three most impactful
events in our country's history, and they are all spaced about 80 years apart. A bit of simple math will show you that 75-85 years from the start of
WWII brings us to the period between 2016 & 2026 as the rough time frame for the next major re-alignment for our country. In this way, history does
indeed repeat itself.
On the other hand, every crisis period in our country's history is completely unique. There are no examples of an actual repeat of history per se -
the American Revolution, the Civil War, and the Great Depression/WWII were all very different from each other, so why would anyone assume that we're
headed for another Civil War, or another World War, or another Great Depression? There is no historical evidence to suggest that we will repeat the
past in that sort of specific manner. Whatever we're heading to will be a new and unique crisis, unlike anything this country has previously
That being said, here's what I think is likely to occur, and the catalyst for this next crisis will be none other than Social Media. Here's
Social Media as a Voice for the Masses
In all the history of the world, the vast, unwashed masses have never really had a voice, a way for one person to be heard by millions. Even in a
Democracy or a Representative Republic like in the U.S., an individual's voice has been limited to the voting booth, and beyond that, it was nearly
impossible for anyone outside of that individual's very small personal sphere of influence to be heard by the rest of the world. For all of human
history, the only people that actually had the ability to spread their message to the masses and be heard by millions were the rich and powerful. That
has now changed with Social Media.
With the advent of the internet and more recently, Social Media, for the first time in human history a regular Joe actually has a way to speak to the
world, and be heard by millions. It happens every day now, and it's shaking our culture to its core, and fundamentally changing the way we see the
world. No longer do the rich and powerful have a complete monopoly on communication to the masses, and I believe it scares them to death.
The Destruction of the Politico-Economic Class
What we are seeing today is a systematic dismantling of the power and influence of the Politico-economic elite class and the rejection of their
messaging they have been working to control for decades. It's clear that there is a very powerful Populist movement happening today. We see it in the
U.S. with the election of a populist President in Trump, the success of a populist (on the other end of the spectrum) Democratic Socialist in Bernie
Sanders, social movements born out of grassroots communication made possible by Social Media including BLM, the Tea Party, the Women's March, you
name it. It's even happening in Europe with Brexit.
In addition to Populist movements growing out of social media, we are seeing more and more of the REAL truth coming out to the public of how the power
brokers of the world run things, and what they really think of us peons. Wikileaks, hackers attacking political and corporate entities for social
justice purposes, even the new fake news movement are all efforts to shed light into all those previously hidden corners of power that the masses have
never been privy to before. And we REALLY don't like what we're seeing...
I believe that what we are going to experience in the next few years as the coming crisis (The Fourth Turning) is going to be a complete rejection of
the existing power structure in Western Society due to the newfound power of the common man to finally be able to communicate freely, share
information freely, and the ability to learn the REAL truth about the world through the power of Social Media. We're going to see not one, but both
political parties become completely dismantled. We'll see a literal witch hunt (and probably some blood being spilled) of the uber-rich and powerful,
an uprising of the poor (and what's left of the middle class) against the very rich. We're going to see a complete realignment of our financial and
banking system, probably with an accompanying economic disaster (initiated and purposely designed by TPTB to cripple the populace's ability to fight
back). We may even see a radically new interpretation, or even a completely rewritten U.S. Constitution to more accurately reflect the reality of the
modern world. I also believe that this will be a mostly bloodless uprising, as again everything will be streamed in real time on Social Media and the
public has no patience for real, actual violence anymore. Violent injustices perpetrated against the common man will NOT be tolerated by Social Media
and will be immediately responded to with the full fury and power of the 99%. The revolution will, in fact, be televised.
In the end though, we'll come out of this as a better world, as we always have in the past. We'll live in a more open, honest society, a more
equitable society, and one in which any attempt at a re-centralization of power or wealth will be dealt with immediately by the masses via Social
Media justice. We'll be OK friends, but please be prepared, we're going to be going through an awful lot in the next few years, so buckle up.