Here’s a true story: By Simon Black

This is the first in a series of messages I promised on How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Turmoil…

I was in Paris recently, in a park near the Louvre museum enjoying a
lazy summer day. I wasn’t the only one with such a great idea, there
were probably a few hundred others enjoying the sunshine– children
playing football, kissing lovers entwined on the grass, businessmen
on a lunch break…
You can imagine my surprise when I looked up and saw a squad of
French infantry troops on patrol through the park, brandishing assault
rifles at the ‘ready’ (essentially holding the weapon in a fire position
with index finger over the trigger).
The only thing missing to complete the picture would have been Taliban
forces and the Afghan countryside.
I was SHOCKED at the display, wondering what possible threat could
necessitate sending infantry troops through one of the world’s most
peaceful city parks. Even more, though, I was shocked that no one
else seemed to be shocked.
This sort of security charade has become commonplace. Ridiculous and
unnecessary shows of force are simply accepted in today’s world; our
governments blame faceless, conceptual enemies like ‘terrorism’ and
have convinced everyone that such measures are for the common good.
Think about it– when taking public transportation or patronizing public
buildings, how many times do you see signs or hear announcements that
start with, “Ladies and gentlemen, for the safety and security of all
passengers…”
This wasn’t the case 10-years ago. If French troops went marching through
Paris in 2000, the whole city would have gone nuts. In fact,

Consider How the World has Changed Drastically Over the Past 10 Years…
1) The endless War on Terror and the rise of police states around the world
2) ELIMINATION of any semblance of financial privacy
3) The BURSTING of four major bubbles– stocks, credit, derivatives, property
4) Developing nations’ increasing economic dominance
5) The end of America’s economic and diplomatic primacy
6) The greatest global economic decline since the Industrial Revolution
7) Rising world population coupled with food and water shortages
8) Loss of confidence in major institutions: government, banks, corporations
9) The growing, addict-like social dependency on technology
10) Central planning in the world’s most “free” economies

Lying there on the grass in Paris hoping to not get clipped by a negligent
discharge, I started thinking about the boiling frog.
The allegory illustrates that when you throw a frog in a pot of boiling water,
he IMMEDIATELY senses danger and jumps out. When you put him in cool
water and slowly bring it to boil, the frog won’t sense danger until it’s too
late.

A Period of Dramatic Change…

The changes over any decade are remarkable, but what’s happening now is
vastly different. In the next ten years through this period of dramatic
change, your country, your business, your neighborhood will look nothing
like they do today.
In the past, the world ran on a system of endless debt and consumption;
everyone played a part. Students would rack up huge debt at university
and in turn enslave themselves immediately to corporate jobs in order to
service the debt.
Social reinforcement was a POWERFUL mechanism, encouraging people to
indebt themselves further through mortgages, car loans, and credit cards.
Conspicuous consumption became a social tradition, and corporate profits
surged as people filled their McMansion garages with useless imported trinkets.
For those who got in early and played by the rules, the system was very
generous. In exchange for unwavering trust in the system and continued
indebtedness, people were rewarded with large salaries, excellent standards
of living, soaring investment returns, home price appreciation, health benefits,
and generous retirement plans.
In fact, the baby boomer generation, which rode the bulk of this tide, is the
most prosperous generation to have ever existed in the history of the world.

UN-Sustainable Fiscal Responsibility…

Little by little, though, this system has been changing. We have spent decades
living in a period of unsustainable fiscal irresponsibility. The crisis is
accelerating and the consequences are now being realized.
These economic consequences will drive future political decisions, geopolitical
tensions, social stability, demographics, crime rates, resource availability,
immigration policy, police activity.
They will even affect the reliability of our infrastructure, utility grids, and food
transportation networks, leading to a significant reduction in standard of living
for hundreds of millions of people.

The Age of Turmoil…
Undoubtedly, we have entered what I consider to be the Age of Turmoil –
a time that is marked by exceptionally rapid change and fluctuating crises.
Many people will resist the change and instead cling desperately to the old system-
the cycle of debt and consumption that provided jobs, stability, and prosperity.
These people will have their lives turned upside down because that system is gone
forever.
The game as we know it is being reset, and the new rules have not yet been
written. For those who are well prepared, this is a time not of fear, but of
once in a century opportunity. During this rough period, the die shall be
cast for generations. Fortunately, we can see what’s coming and there is still
a bit of time to act.
You can survive and thrive in the Age of Turmoil and over the next several
days I intend to lay out a set of core principles which, when adopted, can shelter
you from most of the pain, and position you and your loved ones to reap great
rewards.
I sincerely believe this series of dispatches are the most important I’ve ever written
so please stay tuned
Do you agree that we’re in the initial phases of the Age of Turmoil?
If you answered “YES,” and you’re ready to do something about it, I recommend
you check this out NOW:

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