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Category Archives: Status Quo

Checking In On Five Long-Term Cycles

This article was originally published by Charles Hugh Smith at Of Two Minds Blog.  The decline phase of S-Curves can be gradual or a cliff-dive. Way back in 2007 I charted five long-wave cycles that I reckoned consequential: 1. Public debt (accumulating federal deficits) 2. Inflation 3. Oil (energy) 4. Interest rates 5. Speculative fever […]

Is One Reason Why the Status Quo Disdains Bitcoin Is the “Wrong People Are Getting Rich”? / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2017 The wrong people–rebels, outsiders, nerds and techies– got on the cryptocurrency boat while their insider/rentier “betters” blew it and are now raging bitterly onshore. The psychology of money, wealth and speculative manias is endlessly fascinating. Most of what’s written on these subjects focus on the process of building […]

What Few Expect: Inflation Will Surge, Destablizing the Status Quo / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / OCT 3, 2017 Few seem to ponder what global shortages in key commodities might do to prices. If there is any economic truism that is accepted by virtually everyone, it’s that inflation is low and will stay low into the foreseeable future. The reasons are numerous: technology is deflationary, globalization is deflationary, […]

Gold Standard Resulted In “Fewer Catastrophes” – FT / By janskoyles / September 28, 2017 Editor Mark O’Byrne – “Going off gold did the opposite of what many people think” – FT Alphaville – “Surprising” findings show benefits of Gold Standard –  Study by former Obama advisor in 1999 and speech by Bank of England economist in 2017 make case for gold – UK economy […]

Does the World End in Fire or Ice? Thoughts on Japan and the Inflation/Deflation Debate / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017 Japan has managed to offset decades of deflationary dynamics, but at a cost that is hidden beneath the surface of apparent stability. Do we implode in a deflationary death spiral (ice) or in an inflationary death spiral (fire)? Debating the question has been a popular parlor game for […]

Is It Time to Tar and Feather the Minions of the Deep State? / By Dave Hodges / May 21st, 2017 Americans are on the verge of losing everything. We can point to literally dozens of reasons related to our demise, but for this article, we will just point to mainstream pedophilia, the deliberate disintegration of the American middle class and the disenfranchisement of the American voter who […]

Japan, Inc.: Optimized to 1960, Stumbling in the 21st Century / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2017 If an ossified, self-serving status quo refuses to adapt, collapse is the only way forward. When everything’s going great, nobody questions the nation’s core institutions:they must be doing a great job because everything’s going great. The temptation to extend positive expansion to the moon is ever-present. Take Japan’s […]

The Democratic Party is Out of Ideas and is About to Quadruple Down on Failed Identity Politics / Michael Krieger / Tuesday Jan 24, 2017 Yes, of course, Trump winning the GOP nomination marks the end of the party as we know it. After all, some neocons are already publicly and actively throwing their support behind Hillary. While this undoubtably represents a major turning point in U.S. political history, many pundits have yet to appreciate […]

Michael Moore: People Voting Trump As “Ultimate F–– You… A Human Molotov Cocktail”

A tidal wave is coming. Michael Moore, a liberal’s liberal who holds die-hard loyalty to Hillary Clinton, is acknowledging what everyone with a clear head recognizes: that she doesn’t even remotely connect with the average voter, doesn’t understand their problems – and above all, doesn’t care about them. Although Moore can’t support Donald Trump, he […]

Please Assume Crash Positions / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2016 That few believe Mr. Market can possibly stumble only increases the odds of a stumble. You know how to get into crash positions, correct? Here’s your guide: *** Very few punters expect a real downturn here in stocks. The reasons for confidence are many: the Fed has our back, […]