The Period of Greatest Risk is Now
The movie Valhalla Rising is a gut-wrenching character study of a violent Viking slave called One Eye. In the beginning, we find the main character in chains and used for the purpose of fighting other slaves for the benefit of the owners. Each fight ends with him violently defeating his opponents. The heathen Vikings who hold him prisoner consider him to be a product of hell and have a well-rehearsed process of managing One Eye and ensuring he doesn't get free and turn his violent tendencies on them.
Of course, before long One Eye does get free of his chains and murders his oppressors, all but a young boy, who now attaches himself to the violent warrior for survival purposes. Both eventually meet up with a group of Christian warriors who are attempting to travel across the sea to Jerusalem to fight in the Crusades. The Christians can sense that One Eye is a man of extreme violence but feel he can help them fight in the Holy War.
The long drawn out movie is filled with amazing cinematography which creates an atmosphere of dread and delirium. The men almost die upon the sea and eventually come to land further from Juresalem than when they started. It is a more savage world they now find themselves in but it is an environment where One Eye's violent nature gives him an advantage over the other men.
Slowly each of them is killed by an invisible and silent enemy which remains hidden and off-camera until the very last few shots of the movie. These American natives are aware of the enemy which has come ashore upon their lands and can see, with a sort of future vision or genetic instinct, that these invaders need to be killed before taking root and establishing a religious home or the early seeds of a nation.
After killing all the Christians the natives finally appear on camera and surround One Eye and the boy. The boy is spared but the hateful nature of One Eye cannot be allowed to remain, as it is apparent the savage and violent man can never live without the hate the Christian men attempted to sooth.
Valhalla Rising is a masterpiece of a film but is most likely too violent and slow-drawn for most tastes. For those who appreciate deeper works of art, the movie showcases primordial symbolism and how the beginnings of nation-building and wars take form around early socioeconomic structures which were based more on chance and happenstance as opposed to design or intended engineering. The enslavement of One Eye for the economic benefit of others is apparent, but the socioeconomic undertones continue throughout the movie as extreme violence, in the form of One Eye, is both accepted and ultimately encouraged, as those around him know that his nature can be harnessed for the benefit of both religion and nation-building, which are, in the end, methods of centralizing economic wealth and potential.
From afar the natives observed the internal struggles of survival taking place within the strange group of men and understand that the economic threat must be eliminated, especially One Eye, who posed the greatest threat of all. The movie from Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn tells a very simple and barbaric story which also lays bare the complex nature of man and the attempts to build systems of governance around himself. One Eye represents the violent and hateful nature of the raw world and was used by other men through different means but for one purpose, to ensure survival and expand economic potential. One Eye was the man who could do what other men could not, which is to kill without remorse and disembowel the worlds of others without regret.
There could be ten thousand words written about One Eye and the movie Valhalla Rising, but this brief summary should suffice in our attempt to better understand the instinctual driving forces in our modern world. It is telling that the tribal native Americans were not shown as peaceful but were accurately portrayed as equally barbaric and violent, and could also show no mercy when their world was threatened by outside forces. Under this analogy, we can place the American empirical power in the role of One Eye and the banking, business, economic, military, religious, and academic interests, like the Viking slave owners, which control those empirical forces, are the ones who control One Eye. But over time the power and influence of One Eye was able to become free and took control of the world once owned by its previous masters.
The nature of man the animal is meant to be subdued and evolved into a finer being alongside the mental and emotional states of man which become aligned with his spiritual destiny. Man the animal is blind in one eye and cannot see the other states of existence which swirl about him. Allowing the instincts of man the animal to determine and direct the course of the world is a travesty of biblical proportions. But this is in fact what man has been doing for thousands of years. Even today, there is a complex nature of man the animal which has taken root in the world and is still dictating the management of that world. Though not as simple as the world of One Eye, the same foundational structures of fear, hate, and violence exist in our world, and the socioeconomic and geopolitical complexities continue to expand as our world again comes to an ultimate point of evolution or devolution.
Over the last week, it has been reported that global liquidity is collapsing and global trade is now at the lowest level since the Great Depression. There are two underlying causes of these economic and monetary retractions. One is built right into the architecture of the USD hegemonic reserve system which has been managing the movement of global wealth and trade in various forms since the Bretton Woods agreement of 1944. An argument can be made that the second contributor to these ongoing events is rooted in the foundational structure of the central bank model itself. The USD hegemonic system operates and functions within the much larger and older central bank model. Both are now at the end of their lifecycle.
This is not just another microcycle which is about to end or transform, but a collective of microcycles in the form of a macrocycle which is about to shift into a new macrocycle. There is no order or repeated timeframe to these cycles, they are random and filled with chaos. Both micro and macrocycles can be anywhere from 7 years to 7000 years, depending on the level of chaos and evolutionary state of man during each. Those attempting to define a pattern in these cycles of chaos and order will fail for the reason that these cycles are more influenced by mans inner world and state as opposed to the outer. Manifestation is an outward process which begins within.
Since the beginning of the central bank model in 1603, the monetary world has been structured around Western interests, as the most powerful central banks were developed in the West before spreading to the East. Because of that, Western nations experienced the industrial revolution first and built global systems of management around their own currencies and banks to ensure that the centralization of power and wealth remained where it originated. There is nothing conspiratorial about this, as it is in man's instinctual nature to secure access to resources and economic wealth, such as the Vikings did by keeping One Eye (mans animal nature) imprisoned and used for their own economic purposes.
It is important to understand that the central bank model is now no longer able to meet the liquidity demands of a growing world economy. Those who have harnessed the power of this system for centuries for their own purposes are now faced with the realization that change is coming whether they want it or not. All shores of the world have now become one and vast peoples, which were once separated by vast oceans and cultural barriers, are now demanding a shared framework which will benefit all, not just those who have traditionally controlled the levers of global trade and commerce.
In the 2017 article The Great War for Eurasia we covered how this tension is playing out on the continent of Eurasia as Russia and China, with allies Iran and India, are attempting to build a trade alliance which removes American and USD interests (not all USD interests are American) from the bargaining table. It's not so much that those USD interests don't want the dollars standing in the world to change, as it is understood that this must change, but it has more to do with ensuring those interests retain access to raw resource deposits and existing and developing trade routes.
Consider that 80% of the world's resources are found on the Eurasian continent, and it becomes apparent why American and USD interests are attempting to ensure such access. Once the existing USD hegemonic reserve system shifts to a new multilateral one, or new world order, it is possible that these interests could find themselves locked out from the wealth and resources of the Eurasian continent.
It was not long after the Asian currency crisis of 1997 and 1998 that it was recognized that a non-sovereign, or non-domestic, currency, was needed to serve as the global reserve currency. The imbalances that the USD system under Bretton Woods created was discussed back in 1944 with the original agreement but was debated at that time and after. Once the financial crisis of 2008 hit in full the need for an alternative was openly being discussed by global institutions and nations around the world, such as China.
The whole of the USD framework which was built after World War Two is in the process of being restructured. This includes trade agreements, political alliances, shipping lanes and ports, economic zones and currency exchange arrangements. The Trump agenda is all about supporting this transformation and re-engineering America to share economic and military power around the world while retaining access to resources and critical infrastructure required to maintain economic growth and potential outside of its natural North American sphere of influence.
For sure there are competing interests within America and its partners around the world which are all vying for control and influence of the empires changing position in the world and within the nation itself. All of these interests understand the larger game but all are attempting to maintain dominance within the structure itself. This accounts for the different power players that are now battling it out politically within America's domestic governance systems while these same powers are fully aligned on the foreign policy objectives which have developed around military deployments and proxy wars, with minor deviations in such areas as trade wars with China and other nations, the funding of NATO and objectives of the United Nations. It's a tangled ball of yarn for sure, but there is some form of pattern in the events which can be trended. (More on this can be read in the POM article War and Peace with America published on July 31, 2017.)
Largely there is agreement on the end goal of multilateralism but the details on the road towards that new order is where the concerns are found. Both Iran and China interests were aligned with those interests associated with American interests under the Clinton and Obama sphere of influence. The election of Donald Trump shifted this alliance and is forcing all the players to accept new alliances which are more reflective of a different form of globalism which strengthens America's domestic economy as opposed to weakening it further.
This is, of course, a simplified explanation of something which is complex enough to require a book-length exploration. What is important to focus on is the window of greatest risk which now exists. The increasing probability of war between America and Iran is reflective of the need to finally deal with longstanding hostility in the Middle East region between Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. It's possible that an agreement between all three can be made, but the likelihood is not looking good at this time. Add in the issue of Palestinian statehood and things become even more problematic.
The Trump strong-arming of China on trade and open access to the South China Sea is another area from which a large military exchange could take place. Pushed far enough I believe the Chinese domestic economy could collapse which would cause an almost instant revolution amongst the people against the communist government. This could be the game plan as it would erode any further Eurasian integration and cause an end to the New Silk Road Initiative which is, for the most part, funded by China's attempt to internationalize the renminbi.
Under Trump, America is pushing strategically against Russia in Eastern Europe, against China on multiple fronts, both economically and militarily, and against Iran on all strategic fronts. This isn't to keep the dying USD framework alive, but to ensure America still has economic independence and shared military supremacy when the full monetary realignment takes place. Not having the USD as the global reserve currency and being able to use the SWIFT international payments system as leverage over nations which won't agree with America on trade and economic terms will require something to replace it which can ensure security in the future.
It's my opinion that the monetary and financial worlds are moving forward with full adoption and integration of the new digital asset class as the decentralized core of this new system. As written in the posts The Geopolitics of XRP and XRP - The Standard, a strong case is developing to support the rise of digital assets to offset the erosion of liquidity in the old system.
The world is now in the endgame of the machinations which have run the systems of the world since the 1600s and there is great risk involved as the gears of the world change direction. Unlike One Eye, will man be able to rise above his animalistic nature to create a different type of world for the future? History has shown us that man will die for traditions and the control of others for the purpose of economic survivability. There is much to consider but the summer months of 2019 will tell us a lot about which direction the world will go. The potential of digital assets to align with new technology can bring the world into a new golden age of life and liberty, or it can be used to tighten the grid of control and enslavement of the masses under an extensive worldwide social credit framework which would be greater than anything the Vikings of old could have dreamed of. - JC
JC Collins can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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