Musing Toward 2017 and Beyond

It’s been an exceedingly busy week. With Christmas coming on, my wife and I have purposed to spend more time with our family. It’s a priority that I neglected for far too many years. With all the changes that are looming, I want to make sure my relationships are solid first and foremost. Everything else rests on that.

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I’ve spent considerable time in thought – and prayer – about where to take this blog in 2017. I’ve created a newly designed web site. It’s close, but doesn’t yet say everything that needs to be said as we enter the teeth of the Great American Reset.

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

One area that I am certain about is that come 2017, my content will be decidedly more overt in connecting the principles of my Christian worldview to the economic, political, and cultural events that will unfold before us. Let me also be clear. This won’t turn into a bible study with lots of Scripture and expository teaching (at least not most of the time).

The Future May Be Too Different For Comfort

The robolution is underway according to one author

The Great American Reset is all about change.  Too Different for Comfort, by Louis-Vincent Gave brings us face to face with the reality of how technology is set to dramatically reshape the global economy. While he presents some challenging facts, it is far from a “doom and gloom” diatribe. Gave points out that we live in the age of “creative destruction.” Technology is advancing at such a rapid rate that many of the new jobs being created are completely restructuring the economic foundation of the country – and the world. That means many of the jobs being destroyed are not coming back in their same form. He calls this a “robolution” – a revolution of economics that is driven by robotics.

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Gave quotes Ronald Reagan’s favorite economist, Frederic Bastiat, to make a very important point.  “There is what we see and what we don’t see.”

  • We see jobs being destroyed.
  • We also see jobs being created.
  • What don’t see the shift in the types of jobs being destroyed vs. those being created.

In his book, Gave breaks down jobs into 4 categories:

The Grey Champion and the Fourth Turning

I had planned to write this week about the role technology will play in the coming Reset.  However, sometimes you come across an article that explains something important and you simply must pass it on. Part 1 of this article fits the bill. The rise of a “grey champion” during The Fourth Turning has significant implications for the Great American Reset.

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Please do not constru my passing on this article as some form of “doom and gloom” forecast. Part 1 is a very good summary of our present situation and that is why I am recommending it. Part 2 identifies many of the challenges we face. However, the author of this article believes a dark outcome is our only option and frames those challenges as insurmountable. I don’t agree. However, we also have to be realistic in that some of it isn’t outside of the realm of possiblity.

I read The Fourth Turning several years ago. As it says in this article, “The saecular winter [Fourth Turning] can hurry or wait, but history warns that it will surely be upon us.”  It may be short or long, harsh or mild. A lot of that depends on how we respond. 

Lightening has struck and the truce has ended.

A nation in transition...

You have to hand it to the Progressives. They fight for what they believe in. And they are seasoned street fighters. For the past twenty years, they have crossed over and supported their fellow laborers in causes they may not personally be passionate about because they know if they show up and lend a hand, their actions are reciprocated when needed. That is why the end of the “truce” between the secular and Judeo/Christian worldviews is a major factor in the Great American Reset.

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The Great American Reset Now Begins

The truce between worldviews is over

So it now begins. After the most bizarre election season in modern history, tomorrow we will have a new President elect. I’m writing this today because regardless of who wins, in the next few weeks it will become evident the degree to which our world has changed. In so many ways, things will never be the same. Whether that is a good thing or not is up to you and me.

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It’s probably past time to explain just what I mean by “The Great American Reset.” Simply put, it is the massive transformation that is going to occur over the next five to ten years in this nation and the world in the following three areas:

Beyond November 8, 2016

The Propaganda Machines Have Been Exposed

This week has been something to behold. The email and sex scandals that have plagued this presidential election have done a great deal of harm to this country. However, one positive is that it has laid bare the propaganda machines of the world.

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Propaganda: Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

The world systems are almost entirely controlled by those who hold a secular worldview. And they spend untold resources brainwashing us with its presuppositions and propaganda. The “Affordable” Care Act is turning out to be anything but, with premiums rising by 15% to over 100% in 2017.

Predicting How The “The Great American Reset” Will Unfold

Or on second thought, maybe not...

A couple of years ago I wrote that anyone who said they knew exactly how the next period of instability was going to unfold was engaging in a fool’s game. That statement came from a position of experience, and not a pleasant one. I played that game between 2006 and 2012 – and lost. It was because of a sense of pride that crept in due to having a little success predicting the Great Recession. I needed (and received) a lesson in humility.

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Election Madness And What it Reveals About Our Core Principles

Do you know the principles that guide you?

Seriously… Whoever thought we would see this kind of chaos in our Presidential election?  OK. I admit it, I expected a high level of confrontation, but not this intense and not in this cycle. This confrontation has spilled into the nation at large and most definitely into the Christian community. If there is one statement that I’m hearing over again, it’s, “I’m standing on my principles!”

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Finding Your Feet

What do you really believe?

There are many reasons why only one out of ten thousand people who begin martial arts training obtain their black belt. One of them is that good instructors relentlessly drill their students until they “find their feet.” That is because unless you are solid and balanced on your feet, nothing else that follows matters. Now… there is a life principle worth understanding.

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What to Expect from DougTjaden.com

Because I am just getting started, I want to set expectations on what you will receive when an update lands in your inbox. I understand that it is not pleasant to expect one thing and get something entirely different. In fact, I have a formula that I use to define it. It will help you understand why this is the topic of my second post…

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