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    Previously
    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
    fashions.

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

    1. Wake-Up
    Call
    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
    2011
    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
    Waves
    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
    Energy
    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
    2.0
    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
    and….

    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….

    December
    18, 2010

    Gerald 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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