by James Corbett
January 31, 2021
I don't need to tell you that we are living through world-historical times right now. The frequency of world-changing events is accelerating even as the impact of these events on our day-to-day lives is increasing.
As Lenin rightly observed: "There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen." Perhaps there are years in which centuries happen.
With that in mind, I am taking my annual look at the year ahead and splitting it into three parts.
The first week I looked at the tectonic shifts that are taking place in the global monetary space and considered what these changes portend for the future of the world economy.
Last week I examined the ongoing (generated) COVID crisis and what we can expect as the Era of Biosecurity continues to unfold.
This week I will turn my attention to world geopolitics, analyzing the types of conflicts that we can expect to see over the course of this year and explaining how these conflicts will set the stage for even more dramatic events over the course of the decade.
I know you've heard it before, but that's because it is relevant, it is happening, and it is momentous. The American Empire is falling.
If you want to know what it looks like when an empire falls, don't fret; we have a pretty handy template for that.
So if you're getting that fin de siècle feeling from all of this, rest assured that you're not alone. The feeling is everywhere and it's reflected in the "end of the world as we know it" stories that cross the newswires on a daily basis now:
The world economy is teetering on the edge of oblivion and it threatens to bring the entire dollar-centric monetary order down with it. In fact, those who would dismiss such observations by pointing out the myriad ways that the US Empire is at its zenith are actually helping to make the case for this being the beginning of the Great Unraveling of Pax (i.e., Bellum) Americana.
Yes, the dollar is still king, the American government can still happily issue bonds that other governments and institutional investors are happy to purchase, America's capital markets continue to be the place where hundreds of billions of dollars of (notional) wealth are sloshed around every year, and American-dominated institutions like the IMF and the World Bank continue to hold sway over the financial architecture of the planet. But as I demonstrated in the first edition of this series (and as I explored in my recent discussion with Catherine Austin Fitts), that era is coming to an end. What exactly will replace the current monetary paradigm is still open for discussion, but, as readers of my work will not need to be told, if the globalists get their way the next system will not be dominated by a sovereign American currency run by and for the people.
And yes, the American Empire has been the undisputed global military superpower for decades now. But the very fact that the US now has troops deployed in 177 countries around the world speaks less to its unquestionable might and more to the incredible expenditures of money, resources and manpower that are needed to keep the system of American hegemony functioning. The massive overextension that the US military has engaged in—from the wars of terror in Afghanistan and Iraq to the "kinetic military action" in Libya and the failed overthrow of Syria to the secret war for Africa and the Asia-Pacific pivot—has broken the spell that the myth of America! The Great and Powerful has cast on the public imagination since the end of World War II. Toto has pulled back the curtain and the man behind the curtain has been exposed for all to see. America no longer rules the world.
But if nature abhors a vacuum, geopolitics abhors it even more. So who will rush in to take the seat at the head of the table that the US is leaving vacant? Well, if you're a Democrat you think it's those evil Russkies. If you're a Republican, you think it's those evil ChiComs. But if you're a conspiracy realist, you know that absolutely all of the above (and many more) are working to create a truly global system of control.
We all know that the Democrats have spent the last four years promoting Russia as the greatest threat to free humanity. Yes, Russia. A country with a smaller GDP than Canada and a military expenditure 1/30th of the US that threatens global stability by interfering in Omidyar and Soros' colour revolution in Ukraine and by starting wars with Georgia—or maybe the war was actually started by Georgia. Whatever. Boo! The Russian Bear is after you and is going to steal your (s)elections with hundreds of dollars' worth of Facebook Jesus memes!
...Not scared yet? Well, don't worry, the Republicans are now carefully building their own version of Russiagate: Chinagate! Yes, now it's the evil ChiComs who are lurking behind every bush, ready to pounce on unsuspecting politicians and steer the great and virtuous US of A into their commie trap! Get ready for the exact mirror image of the Russiagate fiasco to play out now, with intense focus on Xi Jinping and the CCP's moves, actions and ties in the right-leaning media in the coming years.
And you know what? They're right! All of them.
Russia is not a shining beacon of freedom and prosperity. President for Life Putin is an old KGB thug and New World Order advocate who rose to power on the back of false flags staged by his FSB pals, is besties with the worst globalists in the world and seeks to limit freedom of speech in Russia and generally control his citizenry.
Nor is China a valiant crusader for peace and prosperity on the world stage. President for Life Xi heads a Chinese technocratic dictatorship that controls its citizenry with the latest whizzbang surveillance technology tied into cashless payment systems and social credit scores. As such, he serves as a hero to the politicians who are trying to normalize lockdowns, reeducation camps, social credit scores and other aspects of technocratic tyranny in the West.
Choosing between a world led by Russia and China or one led by the US and its allies is like choosing whether to eat excrement pudding or a feces sandwich. In other words, it's no choice at all.
As I have pointed out many times before (but apparently not nearly enough), the players at the global geopolitical table all have the same vision for the future: a world where a handful of oligarchs use a technocratic managerial class to rule over their compliant populations.
No better demonstration of this simple reality could be provided than the madness that has unfolded across the globe over the past year. Lockdowns of entire cities, regions and—with the latest crackdown on international travel—even countries. Brutal crackdowns on protest and blanket censorship of dissent. Politicians arbitrarily deciding which businesses can operate and which ones must shut their doors. The foisting of untested medical technologies on the public and the complete erasure of any pretense that you can control what happens to your own body. This is the world that the technocrats and eugenicists have always wanted to bring about.
And now that Pandora's Box has been opened and the biosecurity paradigm has been unleashed, we see that all of these governments are, at base, exactly the same. China, Russia, the US, the UK, Australia, Germany, South Korea, the Netherlands, Iran and nearly every other country you can think of has adopted the WHO's casedemic guidelines, embraced the lockdowns and surveillance of their population, brutally put down all dissent and scrambled to secure enough doses of the COVID "vaccines" to inject each and every one of their tax cattle.
There are so few examples of governments that have not leapt on the opportunity to introduce some form of medical martial law and jump on the vaccine bandwagon that you could count them with one hand. And, sadly, even those countries like Japan that have not engaged in the lockdown insanity are vying to outdo the rest of the world with their Orwellian vaccine compliance and registry schemes.
The world of COVID-1984 is what the future looks like to these technocrats, regardless of whether it's Uncle Sam in the driver's seat or Uncle Xi or any of the other misleaders.
Having said that, there is a war going on right now. At one level, it is a contest between the various players in this geopolitical game to secure themselves a better seat at the table of global power in the coming biosecurity age. But, as I have pointed out before, at a deeper level it is a war on you. It is a war on me. It is a war on all of us.
The difficulty for most of us is in understanding this war and the forms that it takes. It does not correspond in any way to what most of the public imagines warfare to be. There are no soldiers lining up on battlefields to shoot at each other. This is warfare of a fundamentally different kind.
The War on You that constitutes the real Third World War takes many forms. Understanding these forms is essential to understanding the real nature of the threat facing free humanity.
The battle lines between the (faux) contestants in the emerging biosecurity battlespace are already being drawn. The first indication of what this war will look like emerged, predictably enough, in the battle to field the first vaccine.
As I detailed last week, this is leading the world to the brink of the drawing of a New Iron Curtain. This Iron Curtain, however, does not divide NATO-dominated Western Europe from Soviet-controlled Eastern Europe. Instead, it threatens to take the form of what the Great Reset-ers at the World Economic Forum have referred to as "gated globalization," a system wherein countries form trading and travel blocs based on ideological affinity.
This could mean, for example, that the BRICS countries might mandate the Russian COVID injection for international travelers and refuse to accept travelers who have had the Pfizer/Moderna/AstraZeneca injections. The NATO countries, conversely, may mandate the opposite, effectively barring travel between the two blocs. One could imagine similar measures to restrict trade and commerce between nations on the other side of the New Iron Curtain, effectively forming a new geopolitical order based on two (or more?) competing power blocs.
Meanwhile, residents on either side of that curtain could expect largely the same thing. A "new normal" where all "non-essential" travel is tracked and regulated, vaccinations and experimental medical procedures are mandated, and all dissent is branded as a risk to public health and brutally suppressed.
This is not to say that biological hazards do not pose a real threat that can be exploited by the technocrats. In addition to the 5G, GMOs, endocrine disruptors and various other pollutants and toxins that are being pumped into our environment on a daily basis, there is always the threat of false flag bioterror, pathogens released from the government's own military laboratories for the purposes of keeping their public afraid and compliant. This could very well be used as a way of keeping the momentum of the "Great Reset" going even as more begin to question the scamdemic narrative.
In case you missed it, our new self-appointed overlord Klaus Schwab has already declared that the next big threat is likely to be a "cyber pandemic." Make what you will of that interesting concatenation of concepts, but it doesn't appear to be too difficult to read between the lines here. The next major false flag event could be the long-planned cyber false flag. In short, a major, disruptive "i9/11" type event could be used as the excuse to pass the cyber equivalent of the Patriot Act, which would drastically change the way we access and use the internet.
Although my regular readers will be sick of hearing about it, I feel compelled to remind everyone once again that this is no mere theoretical threat. At a tech conference in 2008, Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig informed the audience that there was indeed an "iPatriot Act" waiting in the wings, ready to be unleashed on the internet in the event of a major cyberterror event. The specific provisions of that act are unknown to all but those who wrote it, but one hardly has to go out on a limb to guess that they involve severe restrictions on internet access and the erosion of any pretense of online anonymity.
When and if the "cyber pandemic" is unleashed, it will undoubtedly be blamed on the "enemies" in the New Cold War and used as an excuse for escalation of real world hostilities. This is the beauty of virtual false flags; the only physical evidence of what happened that will ever exist will reside in the servers of those who were attacked, and those servers will never be yielded up for outside inspection. It is the perfect excuse to say "The Russkies did it!" or "The ChiComs did it!" or "Those dastardly North Korean hackers did it!" and to push that narrative on a credulous public through the usual mouthpieces and repeaters in the dinosaur media.
As always, any such cyber disruption—however fake and staged that disruption might end up being—will have very real consequences in the real world. It is not hard to imagine that—in the wake of a concerted cyberwar—the long-planned "driver's license for the internet" will be implemented and sites like this one will have their domains seized. (Did I mention my website server address is 184.108.40.206 and my IPFS backup is here?)
It is increasingly likely that the various firewalls that are going up to create country-specific, carefully gatekept "splinternets" will dominate in the future. As always, there will be technical workarounds for those who bother to learn them, but the online pirates of the future will be few and far between as the masses are herded into more and more carefully controlled lanes of the once-ballyhooed "information superhighway."
Outer space presents yet another venue for geopolitical conflict to emerge, and it is likely to take a more prominent role in the coming years. As Bloomberg Businessweek observes: "President Biden will have to choose whether to confront China on its space initiatives or find ways to ease tensions and even increase collaboration." Hmmm. I wonder which he'll choose. Real stumper there.
Remember when the US began injecting billions of dollars into a "space war center" to "gird for a space war" with Russia and China? And remember when NATO declared that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's "operational domain" now includes outer space? And remember when Russia warned that US weaponization of space would lead to a spare war ? And remember when Trump confirmed that fear by creating the Space Force?
Yes, in case you haven't figured it out yet, space is becoming the next battlespace in the (phoney and rigged) battle between the "great" powers. Which of course means that it's the next convenient excuse for the military-industrial contractors to continue their never-ending multi-trillion dollar boondoggle of the planet.
Just last year, NASA tried to cement its space takeover into international law with the Artemis Accords, an attempt to allow countries and companies to establish exclusive zones on the moon. The extraterrestrial land grab was called out for what it is by the ChiComs through their Global Times mouthpiece: "The US is developing a new space version of an 'Enclosure Movement,' in pursuit of colonization and claiming sovereignty over the moon."
And now, with China having successfully landed on the dark side of the moon, set their own plans for manned missions to the moon and mars, and started construction on a space station that is slated to be completed next year, the ChiComs and the Americans will be able to engage in the exact same game as the Soviets and the Americans did 60 years ago. That game, in case you missed it, is to sink massive amounts of money into the crony-connected aerospace industry contractors even as each country advances their ICBM weaponry and other military gadgets in the name of the "peaceful exploration of space." All the while this exercise in fleecing the public will be cheered on by flag-waving patriots who believe it's really a contest between two opposing ideologies.
Meanwhile, those who would be best situated to understand and call out this massive charade are being psyoped into believing that the earth is flat and that space doesn't exist. Chalk up another victory for the information warriors who are playing the online conspiracy reality community like a lute.
The most important aspect of this New Cold War / WWIII / war on humanity is the infowar. This should be readily apparent to readers of these pages, but the past year provided ample evidence (if any were needed) that control over the public narrative is tantamount to control over the direction of humanity. If you can convince enough of the population that there is a new Black Death going around and that you have to lock them in their own homes, shoot them up with experimental gene therapy technologies and track and trace their every movement for the rest of the lives "for their own good" then there is almost nothing you can't accomplish.
The worst part is that you think you've already seen the worst of online censorship, what with the purging of the American president from Twitter and the shutdown of Parler and other social media theatrics. But you haven't seen anything yet.
In the latest sign of what is to come, everyone's favourite comic book supervillain, Bill Gates, has emerged from his crime lair to issue a new pronouncement that he is shocked (shocked I tell you!) to discover that he's the subject of "really kind of evil" conspiracy theories that dare to point out that he has profited from the pandemic and even accusing him of being behind the scamdemic. I mean, of course he demonstrably has profited from the pandemic, has steered every aspect of the global public health response to it and was a co-sponsor of the Event 201 that was simulating just such a global pandemic at the very moment we are asked to believe it was breaking out, but come on! Didn't you hear? He called that "conspiracy theory" so it's automatically wrong!
But you may have missed the most chilling part of his latest media blitz: "We're going to have to get educated about this over the next year and understand, how does it change people's behavior."
There it is in his own words. A promise to "get educated" about these theories, how they spread and how the change people's behaviour over the course of this year. And what will Bill and his co-conspirators do with this information once they "get educated" about it? Well, he has suggested that "working with the social media companies" may be necessary, and I think we all know what that means.
We are heading into a new digital dark age. They have not rolled out the "domestic terror" propaganda and created such hype around online extremism and the dangers of COVID conspiracies for nothing. By the end of this year the world wide web may look like a very different place. And remember: this is a literal (not figurative) information war, employing real military cyberwarriors whose mission is to shape public perceptions and control the online conversation in the ways they are directed. And if you are reading these words, then you are the target of these cyber soldiers.
Yes, we have entered into a new phase of global geopolitics. This phase will be dominated by "gated globalization" and the solidification of competing power blocs. The narrative of the "New Cold War" is only going to be picking up steam from here. But that narrative is largely designed to hide the fact that the war is already engaged, and that you are the designated enemy combatants that the globalist technocrats are setting their sights on.
As you may have noted, all of these new forms of warfare that we have just explored as potential avenues for the New Cold War share some key characteristics:
Yes, we are the ultimate targets of this aggression. We are the real enemies to the technocrats waging this New Cold War. The geopolitical theatrics are largely for show and meant to keep the population in line by actively rooting for further restrictions on their basic freedoms in the name of winning the "war" against the "enemy."
This war is not starting now. It will not be completed this year. It has been developing for years if not decades now and will take years to play out. But this year very well could be a pivotal one. It is absolutely imperative that we do not lose sight of who the real enemy is in all of this is. It's not the average Chinese citizen living under the yoke of the Chinese government, or the average Russian living under the yoke of the Kremlin, or the average American living under the yoke of Washington or any other average person.
The real enemies are the technocrats themselves who are steering their respective countries into the same ditch. They will not rest until all of their citizenry are tagged, tracked, vaccinated, compliant cattle living on the new global plantation. Our job is to maintain our humanity. To withdraw every ounce of support that we can from this system and to demonstrate—not through our words but through our actions—that another way of life is possible.
It's time to recognize the geopolitical shadows on the cave wall for what they are and start enacting new modes of living for all to see, next door neighbours and people halfway around the planet alike.
2021 is the year for turning off the propaganda, tuning out the would-be dictators and playing a different game entirely. Who's with me?
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