Evergiven, Evergreen, Evergrande. Are you spotting a trend yet?
Let’s take a look at a few notable media stories of 2021. A ship blocks the Suez canal and massively disrupts global trade. A truck blocks a Chinese motorway. A supposedly closed down CIA front company that even Wikipedia states was used to transport top secret cargoes around the world re-emerges again and in this moment, a Chinese property company experiences financial difficulties. Few things in life are coincidences, less so when it comes to word games and numbers. Think of life as a series of subtle and direct attempts to hijack your mind, simultaneously trying to both modify your perceptions of the past and prepare you for a future you might otherwise not accept.
For a real insight into what may be going on here, let’s travel back in time to 1907 and take a look at the curiously-named Knickerbocker Trust. Back then, a new economic superpower was on the rise, one unaware of it’s strength, but already flexing muscles in Cuba and the Philippines. It’s people free, economically productive and quite probably proud of their achievements since independence from the current world superpower almost 130 years ago. Best of all, this country had no central bank, no income taxes and transacted using sound money – gold and silver. In a short space of time, the Knickerbocker trust went bust, dragging many banks and depositors down with it. Visualise the Mary Poppins Bank run and you perhaps get some idea how it probably was for many, but with no happy ending. Official story says financier James Pierpont Morgan came along, rallied the political and financial forces of the time and saved the day. This 1907 crash was heavily used as evidence of the need for a US central bank to manage a sound currency and provide a backstop against future failures. It only took six years and lo and behold, with a top secret clandestine meeting on Jeckyll Island, the federal reserve bank was formed. On those original simple metrics, you may wonder if it has succeeded much since but it’s certainly made a select few very rich.
Hop in the time machine to 2021 and there’s a new economic superpower on the up, one that after a period in isolation is growing, trading and allowing it’s citizens the freedom to accumulate wealth. Meanwhile, this nation accumulates gold and silver reserves, perhaps in preparation for a new currency based on sound money principles. What odds then, that someone, somewhere fancies undermining them and taking a cut for themselves? what better way to do it than a financial mishap, one that loses a lot of people a lot of money and sharpens the mind, as if it was a pencil, ready for drawing in their version of a new financial era instead?
Just as then, back in the 1900s, there’s no doubt a major war is not just brewing, but actively occurring. For now it’s done with financial and cyber terrorism, by dark forces that are perhaps not the ones you are led to believe they are. Deals done in darkened boardrooms or even via secure messaging software, by entities that have, quite possibly, never met in the physical world and never will. Entities that often share different or even opposing aims, but are content to ally with their opponents to achieve shorter term mutually beneficial outcomes. Who can make sense of it all? All we can probably know is that at some point this quiet, almost phoney, war will boil over into physical conflict of some type and scale, quite probably unlike the way prior wars have been fought. Don’t forget it only took 7 years from 1907 for a colossal conflict to begin.
As an aside, let’s not forget Matt Groening and his creation, The Simpsons. Do you remember the address of the Simpson’s? 742 Evergreen Terrace. Even now, as the memory whirrs, remember this song from the 1970’s? Yes, Evergreen has been exactly that, with us all year and every year.