Are you ready
for a 2012 that will be "Good" for the well-prepared,
really "Bad" for wishful thinkers, and very "Ugly"
for the see-nothings and do-nothings — those with their heads in
the sand who blindly trust their leaders?
A few weeks
ago we sent you a recap of the Trends Journal's "Top
Trends 2011" forecasts. There is very little in today's headline
news that was not in last year's Trends Journal
The newly released
Top 12 Trends 2012 cuts through the hype, confusion
and political baloney. This Trends Journal provides directions
for navigating through the turmoil along with practical advice on
how to capitalize on the positive trends-in-the-making we have identified.
Top 12 Trends 2012 runs the gamut from "Economic
Martial Law" to "Safe Havens” to "Going Out in Style."
Economic Martial Law: Given the current economic and geopolitical
conditions, the central banks and world governments already have
plans in place to declare Economic Martial Law … with the possibility
of military martial law to follow.
Battlefield America: With a stroke of the Presidential
pen, language was removed from an earlier version of the National
Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), granting el Presidente
authority to act as judge, jury and executioner. Citizens, welcome
to “Battlefield America.”
Invasion of the Occtupy: 15 years ago, Gerald Celente predicted
in his book Trends 2000 that prolonged protests would hit
Wall Street in the early years of the new millennium and would spread
nationwide. The “Occtupy” is now upon us, and it is like nothing
history has ever witnessed.
Climax Time: The financial house of cards is collapsing.
In 2012, many of the long-simmering socioeconomic and geopolitical
trends that Gerald Celente has been accurately forecasting will
come to a climax. Some will arrive with a big bang and others less
dramatically … but no less consequentially. What’s next for the
world? Are you prepared?
Technocrat Takeover: "Democracy is Dead; Long Live
the Technocrat!" A pair of financial coup d'états in
Greece and Italy have installed two unelected figures as head of
state. No one yet in the mainstream media is calling this merger
of state and corporate powers by its proper name: Fascism, nor are
they calling these "technocrats" by their proper name:
Bankers! Can a rudderless ship be saved because
a technocrat is at the helm?
Repatriate! Repatriate!: It took a small, but financially
and politically powerful group to sell the world on globalization,
and it will take a large, committed and coordinated citizens' movement
to "un-sell" it. The "Repatriate! Repatriate!"
trend will pit the creative instincts of a multitude of individuals
against the repressive monopoly of the multinationals.
Secession Obsession: Winds of political change are blowing
from Tunisia to Russia and everywhere in between, opening a window
of opportunity through which previously unimaginable political options
may now be considered: radical decentralization, Internet-based
direct democracy, secession, and even the peaceful dissolution of
nations (a “Genteel Revolution”), offering the possibility for a
new world “disorder.”
Safe Havens: As the signs of imminent economic and social
collapse become more pronounced, legions of New Millennium Survivalists
are, or will be, thinking about looking for ways to escape the resulting
turmoil. The "on-trend" have already taken measure to
implement Gerald Celente's 3Gs: Gold, Guns and a Getaway plan. Where
to go? What to do? "Safe Havens" will
guide the way.
Big Brother Internet: The coming year will be the beginning
of the end of Internet Freedom: a battle between the governments
and the people. We predict in 2012 governments will propose legislation
requiring Internet users to present the equivalent of a driver's
license and/or bill of health to navigate cyberspace. For the general
population it will represent yet another curtailing of freedom and
level of governmental control.
Direct vs. Faux Democracy: In every corner of the world,
a restive populace has made it clear that it's disgusted with "politics
as usual" and is looking for change. Government, in all its
forms — democracy, autocracy, monarchy, socialism, communism — just
isn't working. The only viable solution we foresee is to take the
vote out of the hands of party politicians and institute Direct
Democracy. If the Swiss can do it, why can't anyone else?
Energy 2012: After decades of lofty promises and trillions
spent to bring clean, cost effective, sustainable alternative energy
to market, the bright future envisaged has not lived up to expectations.
In the near-term future, we'll be relying on conventional energy
sources that now are undergoing their own technological transformations.
We identify them in the Trends Journal.
Going Out in Style: In the bleak terrain of 2012 and beyond,
"Affordable Sophistication" will direct and inspire products,
fashion, music, the fine arts and entertainment at all levels. US
businesses would be wise to wake up and tap into the dormant desire
for old time quality and the America that was.
is founder and director of The Trends Research Institute, author
2000 and Trend
Tracking (Warner Books), and publisher of The Trends
Journal. He has been forecasting trends since 1980, and recently
called “The Collapse of '09.”