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This post was edited by abramicus at 2015-9-6 07:01|
Everything is spiraling out of control.
The European economy is sinking despite Draghi's quantitative easing. The US economy is trying to achieve two equilibrium states at the same time - having the strongest currency against which all the other currencies are pegged, which will crush its exports to pulp, and being the strongest economy from which all countries will import their food, machineries, cars, electronics, software, and industrial products - which explains why its stock market would one day shoot up to the skies and the next day head down to the pits. And China is having its "China Dream" of flying high above the dollar even, powered with its overvalued Yuan, except that it is using up 10% of its fuel (foreign currency reserve) every six months, 20% every year, for 2 years now, and facing the headwinds of decreased export earnings, the new wave of capital flight from its New Corruption (replacement for the Old Corruption), euphemistically lumped together as the "New Normal", which will likely use up its fuel at an even faster rate. In short, if peace is war by other means, and if the economy is the engine for peace, then the logical conclusion is that when everything falls apart everywhere, the only means for any country of resource is to take by force what it cannot obtain by trade or exchange.
The means of signaling strength, inducing fear and submission, or defiance against aggression, are getting less and less abstract, and becoming more and more concrete, more substantial, qualitatively and quantitatively, and more imminently deployable - again, in preparation for the coming Brave New World. Poroshenko smelled the smoke of war wafting through the air and wisely sought a compromise peace, but is failing because his own hardline backers would not budge an inch. Assad smelled the smoke of gunpowder from his palace and is calling in Russia to save his forces from rout and annihilation. And China is on the cusp of establishing its sovereignty over its islands and peaceful reunification of Taiwan, but its fuel has been spent in an ego-boosting trip of Yuan revaluation, causing its manufacturing sector to meltdown, and may never reach the far shore, even if it were just 100 miles away. And the US markets face the twin sisters of hyperinflation if the Fed does not raise interest rates, and economic recession if it does raise rates. Japan is ready to go to war with China, any day now, having put to sail its second aircraft carrier (for now carrying helicopters, but ready to carry planes at any time). With China gushing blood from its self-inflicted Yuan-overvaluation wounds, its friends, its dearest trading partners, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, Kazakhstan and Russia are all swooning from anemia as well. Where is China's sense of collective responsibility to its closest friends? None! Call it "leadership"? Nada.
Truly, this is the end of the Year of Jubilee, come September 12, 2015, the year closes.
And judgment begins.