War & Peace, An Awakening: Renaissance or Ruin?
by Gerald Celente
Adjusts Presidential Election Forecast
What a year
2012 was! The economic and geopolitical problems plaguing much of
the planet at the beginning of last year have, without exception,
intensified as we move into 2013.
Never in our
years of trend forecasting have we experienced a year that rang
out on such a downbeat note and a New Year that is ringing in with
so muted an upbeat.
Though we had
forecast most of the troubling trends – and are well aware of the
intransigent problems at their roots – we see positive solutions
and opportunities even as the world lurches further into crisis;
solutions and opportunities that you will read about only in The
War: Call them what you will – civil wars, uprisings, protests,
Arab Spring, terrorism, rebellions – when we add them up they equal
the "The First Great War of the 21st Century." Yet, even
now, as the conflicts proliferate, only The Trends Journal
recognizes that they are not only connected, but also cumulative.
Peace: From our trends catbird seat we see the ships of
state heading on a collision course that will wreak global havoc.
But if the Captains (Presidents, Prime Ministers, Chancellors, Kings
and Emirs) follow the course we chart, not only will much of the
world escape the worst ravages of war, we will sail toward a prosperous
and peaceful future.
The Next Great Awakening: The American Revolution had its
roots in a powerful, little celebrated religion-inspired movement
called "The Great Awakening." We, at The Trends Journal
have already determined that the stage has been set for a Second
American Revolution that will draw its inspiration from a new "Great
Awakening." However, while the "New Awakening" we
are forecasting will have a spiritual basis, it will not be "Christian
specific," and the Revolution it engenders will be fought with
hearts and minds, not bullets and armies.
A Fracking Future: Is energy independence in store for
the United States and other nations with rich shale gas deposits?
While it will certainly create the millions of high-paying jobs
that fracking proponents promise, will it also create the environmental
"Frackenstein" that opponents of fracking fear? In an
agenda-free, in-depth report, our science editor weighs the complex
pros and cons.
Millenials In Motion: The Millennials, born from around
1980 through 2000 and some 77 million strong, are slated to become
the first American generation to be financially worse off than their
parents were. We’ve labeled them "Generation
"Eff’d." For them, the perpetual growth and abundance once
perceived as an American birthright has been replaced by a bleak
future and an economy of constraint. We analyze what they want,
how to sell them, and forecast what to expect from them.
Bonds Away!: The Bond Bomb is ready to explode … threatening
to make the real estate and dot-com bubbles, even the Great Recession,
look like "market corrections." Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, economist
and former assistant Secretary of the Treasury (under Ronald Reagan),
sees a road to financial collapse that will make investors wish
that the Mayan Prophesy had come true!
New Millennium Education: The digital revolution has clearly
begun to reshape our brick-and-mortar education system. But the
New Millennium Education trend we forecast is a megatrend in the
making, one that will entirely reconfigure our schools and our ideas
about what education "looks like" and can be. While there
is general agreement that the education system must adapt to the
Digital Age, the magnitude of the coming change is not fully appreciated.
Entire new professions will develop and a range of creative entrepreneurial
opportunities will arise to meet the challenges and profit from
Secession Progression: A year ago, we forecast secession
movements springing up around the world. The trend has grown from
ripple to groundswell as citizens become increasingly hostile to
their unresponsive governments. Following the re-election of Barack
Obama in the US, over a million people signed petitions in favor
of seceding from the Union. Worldwide, there are some 250 secessionist
movements. As governments focus upon saving only the too-big-to-fail,
people will rise up against nations seen as "too-big-to govern"
and "too-broken-to fix." The evidence for a secession
trend is obvious, but the media and politicians ignore or deride
Trends 2013 in technology, the Internet, cyberspace, food,
wellness and nutrition that will present challenges for the off-trend
while presenting opportunities to the trend-savvy.
Celente is founder and director of The Trends Research Institute,
author of Trends
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.
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