It’s been an interesting few weeks. A friend of mine, Uli Kortsch (you will hear more about him as time goes on), spent the first part of December in Europe. There, he met a gentlemen from Israel named Arie who just so happens to be very good friends with the author that has greatly influenced my thinking about what money can and should be – Bernard Lietaer. The next thing I know, I’m having a Skype call with Arie, and the direction it takes is interesting to say the least.
Arie and a group of developers in Israel have created a blockchain (Ethereum actually) based platform whereby you can create both a marketplace and currency to use within that marketplace. Now, those of you who have followed this blog through it’s on-and-off evolution over the last several years know that money and monetary system reform is at the very core of my passion. So to get involved with Arie and his group to help people understand that we can change the very nature of what our money is and the system it is used within… Well, let’s just say it helped make my Christmas more hopeful.
Tonight I sat down to write with a specific topic in mind. It is just by coincidence(?) that my family decided to watch “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” About 20 minutes into the movie it hit me. That is a perfect title for this article. We are all about to go on an unexpected journey.
At some point in the next few years, every one of us is going to have a Bilbo Baggins experience. Drafted by circumstances into an adventure that we didn’t choose but cannot avoid. We will have a similar choice… to not sign the contract and let circumstances decide our future, or to engage with people we have not met and go on a seemingly impossible quest.
The dialogue in our heads is similar to what Bilbo asked Gandalf…
In lieu of a post this week, I’ll pass on some thoughts from my time at OneThing this week. You will have to go to the site to view the video, or go to my Facebook page. Have a safe New Years’ Eve celebration.
This week has been a difficult week to write. I’m fully aware it is the Christmas season and your attention has rightfully turned to your family. I don’t want to detract from that. However… the secular Progressives don’t care one bit about Christmas, and there are events occurring that are of concern. So I’ll just have my say today in a lengthy but important post (this is by far the longest one I have ever written). Barring a significant event, the posts through the rest of the year will be pretty short.
With that said, I’m feeling a little froggy as I write this (you will learn that on occasion that happens). That simply means I feel led to speak my mind without regard for feelings (but always with respect).
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.
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 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.