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Inhabitants of Spaceship Earth are suffering through an ongoing economic crisis. I say “crisis,” only because my mind cannot grasp the enormity of total worldwide economic “collapse.” Whatever you call it, we are living in a period of economic change and dislocation.
Now begins Phase II of the crisis, in which the pain from economic dislocation begets social and political unrest. Some obvious symptoms:
- Failure of the United States political system to compromise on universal health care, or on immigration policy.
- Rise of the Tea Party protest movement in the U.S.
- States in the U.S., and nations in Europe, on the brink of insolvency.
- Rioting in Greece against government austerity measures.
- Demonstrations in Arizona against a state crackdown on Mexican immigrants.
Unpredictable acts of nature — such as Hurricane Katrina and the volcano in Iceland — or manmade disasters — such as an offshore oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico — send shock waves through the unstable economy.
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On all sides, people remain in determined denial and resist acknowledging or sharing culpability for economic damage. Wall Street arrogantly resists financial restrictions. Voters everywhere reject tax increases.
Social cohesion breaks down as elites withdraw, militias form, terrorism spreads. Groups and individuals protect self-interest, rather than support community interest. Social and political divisions harden, willingness to cooperate or compromise evaporates, battle lines are drawn. The governing emotions are anger, and fear.
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Economic fear could turn into panic on any given day. But perhaps the economic crisis will subside over time, and lead to needed reforms. Meanwhile, the ride will be bumpy. We may be seeing only the beginning of protests and riots. Social and political unrest might continue and intensify for a long time, possibly leading to localized violence, chaos, or anarchy.
No one can predict the future. Fasten your seatbelt and hope for the best.
— John Hayden
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