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January 11, 2011

Things that make you go Hmmm….

Now that Forcing Change is entering its fifth year of operation, I thought it would be fun to highlight a few correlations. For those who may not know, Forcing Change analyzes historical contexts to understand present realities. This in turn gives a perspective on tomorrow.

Here are a few correlations among many, general and specific, that we could list. Furthermore, FC has published a ton of articles and reports that point to major religious, political, strategic, and cultural changes that are still in play. It’s interesting to see how things ramp-up ahead of the jump.

1.     Global Tax Regime.

– In 2007, Forcing Change – using research work from the mid-1990s – published “Paying for Global Governance: Ideas for International Taxation.”

– While a global tax isn’t yet in play, this topic was openly in the media in 2009 and 2010. First, in 2009, England’s Gordon Brown publically advocated a global tax on currency transactions (what FC wrote about in 2007). And in 2010, Canada’s Prime Minister traveled around the world trying to convince national leaders not to adopt a global banking tax.

HUGE NOTE: On January 10, 2011, it was reported that the European Union was in discussion with the U.S. Treasury regarding a proposed transaction tax. At this point it’s being sold as an “EU-only” tax, but it was noted that US counterparts are interested. NASDAQ news services wrote, “The European Union’s Commissioner for Taxation Algirdas Semeta said Monday that the U.S. is ready to discuss a financial transaction tax.”

2.     North American Regionalism.

– In 2007, Forcing Change published “To Conquer a Continent: Canada and the Re-Configuration of North America,” which detailed the rise of a North American regional bloc, including a continental security and economic program.

– In December 2010, the Canadian government announced it will be entering a continental-perimeter security program with the United States (earlier in the year the US and Mexico signed a similar agreement). As one critic noted: “As 2010 comes to a close, it appears as if North American integration is back on the front burner.” (Gabriel, 01/10/2011).

3.     Global Currency.

– Again, in 2007 we published a major report titled “One World, One Money.” This essay was picked up by a host of other media outlets, and in 2009 it received some historical updates (including the 1940s discussion of the Bancor), and was published in an anthology titled, A Single Global Currency: Perspectives and Challenges (Icfai University Press).

– In 2010 the talk of creating some type of international unit was back in the mix. In fact, the International Monetary Fund published a report in 2010 recommending a new global currency (likely a trade unit) called the Bancor. NOTE: There has been talk of replacing the US dollar, which is the present global reserve currency, with something else. It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out.

4.     Economic Problems.

– In 2008, before the financial crisis was in the daily news, Forcing Change published an issue detailing the economic troubles about to unfold. In fact, we published a list of banks to watch before the mainstream media even knew what was going on. Then, when the “mortgages hit the fan” later that year, I published an item titled “The Joseph Principle and Crisis Economics,” outlining the potential use of the crisis to court a global financial shift.

– Autumn 2008: The crisis hit, and the global community immediately started talking about the need for an international financial architecture. Regionalism too found traction, with South East Asia’s ASEAN playing a larger role. Today we’re still in an economic mess, and will be for some time. Moreover, talk of global banking changes, possible currency conflicts, and inflation isn’t about to go away.

5.     Climate Remains in Play.

– At the end of 2009, many commentators celebrated the apparent downfall of the climate change agenda due to the fiasco at Copenhagen and the Climategate scandal. Forcing Change didn’t. Instead, it published the article, “Welfare Earth,” which suggested that the climate change agenda would remain in forward motion, stating: “The real game is still in play: It’s not about ‘negotiations,’ but about economic and political matchmaking.” Unfortunately, FC was right.

6.     Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

– In January 2010 it was suggested in Forcing Change that the SCO would be sold to Westerners as an underutilized power bloc. Later in the year, the SCO secured a formal agreement with the United Nations, and some were calling for NATO to partner with the SCO in Afghanistan.

7.     Gold, Silver, and Food.

– In earlier issues of FC, it was suggested that you look into securing some gold and/or silver, and to store food – in other words, set up a real pantry. Back when FC talked about it, gold was in the $900 range and silver under $20. Both are considerably higher, and food too is on the rise.

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