Our Nostradamus


The passage below is not from a recent New York Times or Wall Street Journal reporting on "Occupy Wall Street" – it was written in 1995 by Gerald Celente. In Celente's best-selling book Trends 2000 (Warner Books,1997), he predicted a watershed event that lay a decade and a half in the future:

"They flooded the streets. Day and night, they marched … As the demonstrations mobilized and gained momentum, the students were joined by their uncollegiate peers – the unemployed, the underemployed, the unemployable…

No one was sure what had turned the protestors into marchers, or what had pointed them in the direction of Wall Street. All that was known for sure was that a mob of adrenaline-pumped young people funneled into the narrow streets of the Financial District…

In his prescient forecast of the march on Wall Street, Celente not only recognized, but analyzed what today's editorial writers and TV pundits are currently debating.

America was not supposed to be a country where the rich grew richer and everyone else grew poorer. Finally the well-publicized income disparity between the rich and the shrinking middle class and growing underclass served as the predicted flashpoint…"

Also in 1997's Trends 2000, Celente envisaged a new, Internet-based network he named "Technotribalism," which was "capable of uniting and galvanizing the world electronically."

"This time the news was posted on the StudentNet. Sympathy protests simultaneously combusted on college campuses and in cities around the nation."

Celente's "StudentNet" forecast would eventually surface as the social networking megatrend we now know as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.


In the Summer 2010 Trends Journal, Celente forecast a 21st century variant of "Workers of the World Unite."

"The people are fully aware of the enormous bailouts going to the u2018too big to fails' that they are being forced to pay for. We will see social unrest growing in all nations which are facing sovereign debt crisis, the most obvious being Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, the Ukraine, Hungary, followed by the United Kingdom and the United States."

And in the December 2010 Trends Journal, he wrote:

"The well publicized news of bank bailouts, billions in executive bonuses, and a spectrum of financial hardships heaped upon those who could least afford them – by those who could easily afford them – had the public seething … especially the young … They're mad as hell and aren't going to take it anymore."

Celente has been so right, so often, about so many trends, it's no wonder the New York Post said, "If Nostradamus were alive today, he’d have a hard time keeping up with Gerald Celente."

But since Nostradamus is long dead and since Celente has out-predicted him in unambiguous, quatrain-free language, it's easy to understand why so many people turn to him for insights into what in world is going to happen next.

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.”