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Thinking the Unthinkable | Mauldin Economics

Losing was unthinkable to the British, but lose they did; and that is what we are going to talk about today: thinking the unthinkable.

If I had come on to this stage four years ago and told you, my friends, that we were going to have 40% of the world’s governmental debt at negative interest rates, $10 trillion on central bank balance sheets, and $10 trillion worth of dollar-denominated emerging-market debt, and that global GDP growth would average only 2%, unemployment would be below 5%, and interest rates would be negative in much of the world and less than 50 basis points in the US, you would have laughed me out of the room. You would have all hit the unsubscribe button. Today’s world was unthinkable a mere four to five years ago.

But now, given what has happened and what I think is likely to happen, we have to start thinking the unthinkable. When I say this, I mean in the next 2–5–10 or 20 years, not next quarter. I have great news for you, too: we are going to get through this. Yes, we face potentially disastrous problems, but we’ll survive to be better than ever. Like my friend George Friedman said yesterday, “The world is going to hell… but we’re okay.”

Thinking the Unthinkable | Mauldin Economics

“The world is going to hell… but we’re okay.”

Don’t count on it. We, in fact, may not be okay.

The problem is that too many people are thinking two-dimensionally, not three-dimensionally. In other words, bad financial problems simply stay as bad financial problems. They don’t jump to something else unthinkable.

Why Young Americans Are Giving Up on Capitalism

Is it any wonder over half of 18- to 29-year-olds in America say they do not support capitalism?

Why Young Americans Are Giving Up on Capitalism | Foreign Policy

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That something else is the collapse of capitalism and the West. Young Americans increasingly don’t support capitalism, but we already don’t have capitalism – much too much government interference. Women are being led by feminists who are really Marxists. They just want equality (of outcome) for everybody. There is a word for that – communism.

Now there are discussions present that didn’t happen before: Nato vs Russia in war.

How a Russia vs. NATO war would really go down

Last week saw a flurry of news reports that Putin’s Russia could “steamroll” NATO forces in just five days, winning a quick victory in the Baltics that would drag Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania — and perhaps even Poland — kicking and screaming behind a new Iron Curtain.

Is it really possible that Russia, a shadow of the former Soviet Union, could accomplish this? As always, the truth is more complicated.

How a Russia vs. NATO war would really go down

Why is anybody even thinking about this?

On the Brink of Oblivion

But former Defense Secretary William Perry’s authoritative memoir, “My Journey at the Nuclear Brink,” is a clear, sobering and, for many, surprising warning that the danger of a nuclear catastrophe today is actually greater than it was during that era of U.S.-Soviet competition

Four Paths to Nuclear Disaster | US News Opinion

Some people are thinking about war because the danger is real.

We just might not be okay because too many people think we will always be okay.

Democrats’ new line on gun control: Do it for national security | Reuters

That prompted Democrats to clamor for legislation to expand background checks and prevent people on U.S. terrorism watch lists from buying guns. Votes on four measures were scheduled Monday in the U.S. Senate, two sponsored by Democrats and two by Republicans. Many Republicans, and some Democrats, oppose strict gun curbs partly on constitutional grounds.

“Every senator is now going to have to say, whether they’re for terrorists getting guns or against terrorists getting guns,” Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer told reporters on Thursday.

Democrats’ new line on gun control: Do it for national security | Reuters

Democrats already consider those of the right be terrorists or potential terrorists. This is just a clever way to undermine the 2nd amendment.

The psychopath in you | Lucy Foulkes | Science | The Guardian

But here’s the scariest thing of all: psychopathic traits do not only exist in people that have the full manifestation of the personality disorder. This is because, like all mental illness, psychopathic traits exist on a continuum that runs throughout the population. The vast majority of us have endorsed at least some element of psychopathy. In the general population, the distribution of psychopathic traits is skewed, meaning that most people have relatively low levels of these traits, with smaller numbers of people endorsing gradually higher levels. People with varying levels of psychopathic traits sit in our train carriages, work in our offices, and live in our homes. Psychopathic traits are not reserved for prisons or psychiatric hospitals; all of us lie somewhere on the “psychopathic spectrum”.

The psychopath in you | Lucy Foulkes | Science | The Guardian

Socialism for the Uninformed

The anti-capitalist policies in Venezuela have worked so well that the number of companies in Venezuela is now a fraction of what it once was. That should certainly reduce capitalist “exploitation,” shouldn’t it?

But people who attribute income inequality to capitalists’ exploiting workers, as Karl Marx claimed, never seem to get around to testing that belief against facts — such as the fact that none of the Marxist regimes around the world has ever had as high a standard of living for working people as there is in many capitalist countries.

Bernie Sanders’ Fans Don’t Bother to Think | National Review

Leftist Violence Against Donald Trump Supporters | Stefan Molyneux – YouTube

There are numerous new videos of white male Donald Trump supporters being attacked, sucker-punched and kicked in San Jose by mobs of angry Anti-Trump protestors waving Mexican flags.

American flags were burned and trampled as Anti-Trump protestors flashed gang signs while chanted things such as “no more hate in our state,” “Trump is a fascist,” “American was never great,” and “Bernie, Bernie, Bernie.”

As always with the mainstream media, somehow Trump supporters being attacked by an angry mob is the fault of Donald Trump. With the Regressive Left, facts don’t matter and will be explicitly ignored to suit their chosen narrative. An information war is being waged, and who exactly is on the side of the truth?

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Are you ready to take the red pill? Do you believe in evidence, reason, logic and truth? Watch this video by philosopher Stefan Molyneux.

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Large segments of society in the West are hiding behind the banner of “equality.” How often do you hear more calls for equality and more complaints of inequality? But what does this mean? And what is wrong with equality?

If you listen very closely to groups calling for equality, you will find that they are not calling for equality of opportunity – egalitarianism. No, they are calling for equality of outcome. And equality of outcome is communism. Once you understand that then everything changes. Stefan Molyneux explains a lot of this in his videos.

In the rise of modern liberalism we see the push toward equal outcome for all groups. So the modern liberal is pushing for communism. Of course, they will deny it. They just want more equality. And probably most of them don’t even fully understand what this means, but the leaders understand. More equality means that the push for equality can never stop until everything is equal. And that means communism.

Probably the biggest group pushing the West in this direction is women who are being led by the modern feminism movement. One of the founding members of modern feminism was Betty Friedan who was a Jewish Marxist. Feminists just want equality. They say they just want equality of opportunity and rights. But the reality is a little different.

Feminism: Unequal Opportunity Nagging

Why do feminists lie about the wage gap?

There Is No Wage Gap: Feminists Want Equal Pay for Unequal Work

Of course, this wage gap has been repeatedly debunked—at least among those who value fact above narrative. The fact is that a shallow comparison of median income of men to that of women shows that the latter make around 23 percent less. Feminist storytellers then loosely paraphrase that as an assertion that women only make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes for doing the same work. Since everyone knows that fairness generally requires that equal work earn equal pay, this discrepancy is touted as proof of deeply rooted sexism in the American economy.

There Is No Wage Gap: Feminists Want Equal Pay for Unequal Work

This really is a no-brainer. Different choices and babies mean a different outcome between women and men.

Why are feminists silent in the face of sexual assaults in Germany and Sweden?

What Pisses Me Off About The German Rape Attacks

The Fall of Sweden | Ingrid Carlqvist and Stefan Molyneux

Immigrants in Sweden cause crime. Sometimes this backfires as in this fight sequence: Immigration is killing Sweden.

Lies about the wage gap and the strange silence of feminists in the face of sexual assaults suggests that something other than mere equal opportunity is at stake. Feminists seek equal outcome for women using various methods. Lots of nagging is one method – the phony wage gap. Another is to undermine the capitalist system via a crisis which is facilitated by bringing in lots of poor immigrants. Eventually the immigrants will vote, and they will vote for the party that gives them the most stuff. Most of this stuff is paid for by white men via income tax. Also, the cost of caring for immigrants will move the West a little quicker toward an economic crisis which will facilitate state intervention, or tighter state control on many things. This is more of a state capitalism model that China uses. Another term for this is fascism:

The main characteristic of socialism (and of communism) is public ownership of the means of production, and, therefore, the abolition of private property. The right to property is the right of use and disposal. Under fascism, men retain the semblance or pretense of private property, but the government holds total power over its use and disposal . . . .

Under fascism, citizens retain the responsibilities of owning property, without freedom to act and without any of the advantages of ownership. Under socialism, government officials acquire all the advantages of ownership, without any of the responsibilities, since they do not hold title to the property, but merely the right to use it—at least until the next purge. In either case, the government officials hold the economic, political and legal power of life or death over the citizens . . . .

Fascism and Communism/Socialism

Why Women Support Socialism

Multiculturalism is another way to move the West closer to a crisis:

The Death of Western Culture in 60 Seconds

This all leads to the conclusion that the West is finished. It is only matter of when.

Nationalism Is Rising, Not Fascism | Geopolitical Futures

Recently, there have been a number of articles and statements asserting that fascism is rising in Europe, and that Donald Trump is an American example of fascism. This is a misrepresentation of a very real phenomenon. The nation-state is reasserting itself as the primary vehicle of political life. Multinational institutions like the European Union and multilateral trade treaties are being challenged because they are seen by some as not being in the national interest. The charge of a rise in fascism derives from a profound misunderstanding of what fascism is. It is also an attempt to discredit the resurgence of nationalism and to defend the multinational systems that have dominated the West since World War II.

Nationalism Is Rising, Not Fascism | Geopolitical Futures

The Truth About Angry Birds: The Movie

Plato’s student Aristotle stated: “Tolerance is the last virtue of a dying society.”‘

“… and then I got it, and had to bow before a spectacularly confident stroke of movie-making genius.”

One of the oldest myths of mankind is that during a time of penultimate crisis, ancient heroes will return to the land in order to rescue society from its own blind and self-destructive foolishness.

For the first 15 or 20 minutes of The Angry Birds Movie, I felt bored, frustrated and alienated – and then I got it, and had to bow before a spectacularly confident stroke of movie-making genius.

What is the Truth About Angry Birds: The Movie?

The Truth About Angry Birds: The Movie

Flip-flopping Between Deterrence and Appeasement | The National Interest Blog

On the other hand, Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave in the Baltic is strategically vulnerable—surrounded by NATO nations. In a time of crisis, all Russian overland links to this region would be fully cut, while sea and air communication through international waters—used at present for military transit—could be compromised. A Russian move to force open a land corridor to Kaliningrad in time of escalating crisis with the West would make much more military sense than a presumed “corridor to Crimea.”

Today, as NATO seeks to reinforce its defenses in the Baltics, the Russian high command (the General Staff) may be in a dilemma: To sit and wait as Western battalions and brigades arrive, solidifying a barrier surrounding Kaliningrad, or do something preventively. Russian military planning tends to be extremely rational, but its raison d’être seems to constantly elude Western comprehension.

Flip-flopping Between Deterrence and Appeasement | The National Interest Blog

The liberal international order is under fire. The United States must defend it. – The Washington Post

HARDLY A day goes by without evidence that the liberal international order of the past seven decades is being eroded. China and Russia are attempting to fashion a world in their own illiberal image; Britain is debating a departure from the European Union; Austria’s front-running presidential contender espouses fear of migrants, trade and globalization; and far-right parties are thriving in Europe. The radical Islamic State group wields merciless violence on its own lands in Iraq and Syria and exports terrorism beyond. In the United States, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has attracted millions of voters by campaigning against some of the foundations of American leadership in the world such as the defense alliance with Japan and South Korea, while Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has drawn millions more with the false promise of trade protectionism.

This poses an enormous trial for the next U.S. president. …

The liberal international order is under fire. The United States must defend it. – The Washington Post

Pentagon: China is restructuring itself for war | Business Insider India

China’s military underwent a major restructuring last year in a bid to prepare its military for conflict, the Pentagon said in its latest annual assessment of the Communist Party-controlled People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

The armed forces were reformed with new military regions, a new command structure, and updated strategies to better fight regional, high technology warfare, the 145-page report to Congress says.

Pentagon: China is restructuring itself for war | Business Insider India