by Gerald Celente
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track record to prove it, no one has a more accurate inside scoop on
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Wake-Up Call -
Top 11 Trends of 2011
After the tumultuous years of the Great Recession, a battered people
may wish that 2011 will bring a return to kinder, gentler times. But
that is not what we are predicting. Instead, the fruits of
government and institutional action and inaction on many fronts
will ripen in unplanned-for fashions.
Trends we have
previously identified, and that have been brewing for some time,
will reach maturity in 2011, impacting just about everyone in the
In 2011, the
people of all nations will fully recognize how grave
economic conditions have become, how ineffectual and
self-serving the so-called solutions have been, and how dire
the consequences will be.
Having become convinced of the inability of leaders and
know-it-all "arbiters of everything" to fulfill their
promises, the people will do more than just question
authority, they will defy authority.
The seeds of
revolution will be sown.
Among our Top
Trends for last year was the "Crash of 2010." What happened?
The stock market didn't crash. We know.
We made it clear in our Autumn Trends Journal that we were
not forecasting a stock market crash the equity markets
were no longer a legitimate indicator of recovery or the
real state of the economy. Yet the reliable indicators
(employment numbers, the real estate market, currency
pressures, sovereign debt problems) all bordered between
crisis and disaster.
In 2011, with the arsenal of schemes to prop them up
depleted, we predict "Crack-Up 2011":
teetering economies will collapse
wars will ensue
barriers will be erected
unions will splinter
onset of the "Greatest Depression" will be
recognized by everyone
Screw the People
As times get
even tougher and people get even poorer, the "authorities"
will intensify their efforts to extract the funds needed to
meet fiscal obligations.
While there will
be variations on the theme, the governments' song will be
the same: cut what you give, raise what you take.
No job + no
money + compounding debt = high stress, strained relations,
short fuses. In 2011, with the fuse lit, it will be prime
time for Crime Time.
crimes will be committed across the socioeconomic spectrum
by legions of the on-the-edge desperate who will do
whatever they must to keep a roof over their heads and put
food on the table.
As crime rates
rise, so will the voices demanding a crackdown. A national
crusade to "Get Tough on Crime" will be waged against the
And just as in
on Terror," where "suspected terrorists" are
killed before proven guilty or jailed without trial, in the
"War on Crime" everyone is a suspect until proven innocent.
and workshops unnoticed by mainstream analysts, scientific
visionaries and entrepreneurs are forging a
new physics incorporating
principles once thought impossible, working to create
devices that liberate more energy than they consume.
What are they, and how long will it be before they can be
brought to market? Shrewd investors will ignore the "can't
be done" skepticism, and examine the
newly emerging energy trend
opportunities that will come of age in 2011.
Though the trend
has been in the making since the dawn of the Internet
Revolution, 2011 will mark the year that new methods of news
and information distribution will render the 20th
century model obsolete.
With its unparalleled reach across borders and language
barriers, "Journalism 2.0" has the potential to influence
and educate citizens in a way that governments and
corporate media moguls
would never permit.
Of the hundreds
of trends we have forecast over three decades, few have the
possibility of such far-reaching effects.
Just a decade
ago, when the digital age was blooming and hackers were
looked upon as annoying geeks, we forecast that the
intrinsic fragility of the Internet and the vulnerability of
the data it carried made it ripe for cyber-crime and
cyber-warfare to flourish.
In 2010, every major government acknowledged that Cyberwar
was a clear and present danger and, in fact, had already
begun. The demonstrable effects of Cyberwar and its
companion, Cybercrime, are already significant and will
come of age in 2011.
disruptive will be the harsh measures taken by global
control free access to the web,
identify its users, and literally shut down computers that
it considers a threat to national security.
Youth of the
degrees in hand yet out of work, in debt and with no
prospects on the horizon, feeling betrayed and angry, forced
to live back at home, young adults and 20-somethings are mad
as hell, and
they're not going to take it anymore.
vigor, rife with passion, but not mature enough to control
their impulses, the confrontations they engage in will often
Government efforts to exert control and return the youth to
quiet complacency will be ham-fisted and ineffectual. The
Revolution will be televised blogged, YouTubed, Twittered
End of The
The closer we
2012, the louder the calls
will be that the "End is Near!"
always been sects, at any time in history, that saw signs
and portents proving the end of the world was imminent. But
2012 seems to hold a special meaning across a wide segment
of "End-time" believers.
Among the Armageddonites, the actual end of the world and
annihilation of the Earth in 2012 is a matter of certainty.
Even the rational and informed that carefully follow the
news of never-ending global crises, may sometimes feel the
world is in a perilous state.
Both streams of
thought are leading many to reevaluate their chances for
personal survival, be it in heaven or on earth.
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