If money does not make the world go around, it certainly moves it forward. Therefore, the greatest international threat over the next decade is the prolonged deflationary recession of debt laden developed nations. The threat comes from both the burden of debt itself, which subjects nations to undue influence by their creditors, as well as the potential for exploitation by every ilk of bottom feeder in existence wanting to seize upon the opportunity to advance their agenda during the economic maelstrom.
The susceptibility of nations to social volatility during a sustained period of economic downturn is perfectly illustrated by recent events in the United States. Social mood pushed the pendulum further left in 2007 than it had been since the late 1970s, then fully recaptured the period with an accelerated swing back to the right in less than two years. The speed of this mood swing is remarkable and accentuates the tumultuous double edged sword of pure capitalism during a prolonged economic downturn.
Additional capitalistic openness of US society puts us at risk in an economic downturn. Due to the lack of financial limits on total campaign funding and a free-for-all revolving door policy between regulatory agencies and industry, sponsorship bias exists for elected officials and industry favoritism for regulators. This is another example of the double edged sword of unadulterated capitalism since industry and special interests may not align with the Federal Republic in a prolonged economic downturn.
Exploitation of religiosity is of particular concern during periods of prolonged economic downturn. Religiosity in the United States is significantly greater than the vast majority of developed countries in the world, and when measured in “number of people” it is greater than or equal to all of them combined.
A severe economic depression combined with natural disasters of a cyclical nature, like earthquakes and powerful solar storms capable of disrupting computers and communications, and other natural disasters stemming from global warming, such as flooding and drought, all of which are predicted by scientists over the near term, could produce a formula for apocalyptic fervor.
The term “scapegoat” stems from religion, both literally and etymologically. It is a favorite method of exploitation used by provocateurs for political change, gain, or disruption within a nation. It can quickly and easily turn into human rights abuse. Current scapegoats within the United States include Muslims, Gays, Indians (Asian), Hispanics and comedians.
A scapegoat can be externalized as well, for example a nation or movement will blame their downtrodden existence on a particular country, region, religion, government, culture, or race. For example, the United States is a popular scapegoat of Islamism and many other anti-capitalist movements throughout the world. The rhetoric of Islamism toward the “Great Satan”, which is primarily used to preside over their own, is in turn amplified as a threat and device for political gain by movements within the United States. A continued global downturn of developed nations could provoke an escalation of rhetoric on both sides and lead to armed conflict.
Continued economic malaise significantly amplifies the opportunity for exploitation by faith based radical movements both foreign and domestic, other anti-capitalist movements, nationalistic movements, and those who are only interested in exploiting the disrupting nature of changes wrought by movements for profiteering.
In a continued economic downturn, the potential exists for a movement to exploit previously moderate members of developed nations, who recently led comfortable lifestyles and feel that the rug was pulled from under them, and accumulate windfall support. This could dwarf plodding gains previously made of exploiting a narrow stratum and catapult an extremist movement to wield significant power overnight.
When the economies of developed countries stop moving forward, in a sense, the world does stop spinning. However, it is during these times that the ideological spin to capture your brain reaches a fever pitch. It is possible that a change in your economic status makes you vulnerable. The bottom feeders are vying for your brain. I am only trying to make it hurt with this article. Vote.