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originally posted by: neo96
a reply to: ScepticScot
Gun control is Fascist and communist.
But hey repeat after me.
Who cares and pick when it suits your agenda.
Our economy is poised to become the world's most gargantuan domestic market.
I look forward not to an economic depression but a deep change in the American character. A change in our attitude toward how we engage in the world, and a government that more reflects the values of Americans in the 21st Century.
In this, we have discovered how much of our regulatory structure is just a weapon against the working and middle-class families looking for opportunities to break out.
We are far more entangled than any economic arrangement ever need be.
It's time to discover who is responsible for this global chicanery and uproot them as they have uprooted every one of us.
Cancers are hard to kill. They seem so prone to coming back.
We PAY FOR IT.
It's time for us to stop supporting hostile nations like China.
The one thing you got right is that we did it to ourselves.
But we're about to undo it.
But we're about to undo it.
I believe that the times ahead will be radically different from the times we have experienced so far in our lifetimes, though similar to many other times in history.
I believe this because about 18 months ago I undertook a study of the rises and declines of empires, their reserve currencies, and their markets, prompted by my seeing a number of unusual developments that hadn’t happened before in my lifetime but that I knew had occurred numerous times in history. Most importantly, I was seeing the confluence of 1) high levels of indebtedness and extremely low interest rates, which limits central banks’ powers to stimulate the economy, 2) large wealth gaps and political divisions within countries, which leads to increased social and political conflicts, and 3) a rising world power (China) challenging the overextended existing world power (the US), which causes external conflict. The most recent analogous time was the period from 1930 to 1945. This was very concerning to me.
As I studied history, I saw that this confluence of events was typical of periods that existed as roughly 10- to 20-year transition phases between big economic and political cycles that occurred over many years (e.g., 50-100 years). These big cycles were comprised of swings between 1) happy and prosperous periods in which wealth is pursued and created productively and those with power work harmoniously to facilitate this and 2) miserable, depressing periods in which there are fights over wealth and power that disrupt harmony and productivity and sometimes lead to revolutions/wars. These bad periods were like cleansing storms that got rid of weaknesses and excesses, such as too much debt, and returned the fundamentals to a sounder footing, albeit painfully. They eventually caused adaptations that made the whole stronger, though they typically changed who was on top and the prevailing world order.
The answers to this question can only be found by studying the mechanics behind similar cases in history—the 1930-45 period but also the rise and fall of the British and Dutch empires, the rise and fall of Chinese dynasties, and others—to unlock an understanding of what is happening and what is likely to happen. That was the purpose of this study. Then the pandemic came along, which was another one of those big events that never happened to me but happened many times before my lifetime that I needed to understand better.
originally posted by: Forensick
We, the consumers have driven this with our demand for low prices.