10 Trends for 2011

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by Gerald Celente: ‘Off
With Their Heads 2.0′



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

Trends we have
previously identified, and that have been brewing for some time,
will reach maturity in 2011, impacting just about everyone in the

1. Wake-Up
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….

2. Crack-Up
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, currency
wars will ensue, trade barriers will be erected, economic unions
will splinter, and the onset of the "Greatest Depression"
will be recognized by everyone….

3. 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.

4. Crime
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. When people lose everything and they have nothing
left to lose, they lose it. Hardship-driven 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….

5. Crackdown
on Liberty
As crime rates rise, so will the voices demanding
a crackdown. A national crusade to "Get Tough on Crime"
will be waged against the citizenry. And just as in the "War
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….

6. Alternative
In laboratories 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….

7. Journalism
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….

8. Cyberwars
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. Equally disruptive will be the harsh
measures taken by global governments to control free access to the
web, identify its users, and literally shut down computers that
it considers a threat to national security….

9. Youth
of the World Unite
University 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. Filled
with vigor, rife with passion, but not mature enough to control
their impulses, the confrontations they engage in will often escalate
disproportionately. 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

10. End
of The World!
The closer we get to 2012, the louder the calls
will be that the "End is Near!" There have 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….

18, 2010

Gerald Celente
is founder and director of The Trends Research Institute, author
of Trends
and Trend
(Warner Books), and publisher of The Trends
Journal. He has been forecasting trends since 1980, and recently
called “The Collapse of '09.”

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