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New Global Crisis Is Coming, Some Experts Say


 

The very fact that more and more populists are getting integrated into the political elite all around the world is a sign that a new global economic and financial crisis is round the corner. Apparently, this is not the reason why the crisis is coming. This is just an indicator telling us just that.

 

Yet, this is not about Western Europe alone. Over the last few years, populism has become the world’s most popular political trend. But the question is, can we talk about one and the same phenomenon with common roots or can we say that the so-called global populism is nothing but fiction?

 

Populists have always come into power during crisis times in the political system as well as the society and economy. When the old school politicians cannot offer the people a distinct way out of the crisis, and plain folks are feeling scared and disoriented, when they don’t know what’s really going on, this is the time when populists start enjoying popularity.

 

Experts say that even though populism is a pretty old phenomenon, the contemporary form of populism has several distinctive features.

 

Peculiarities of today’s crises

 

Up until approximately in the 1960-1970s, all the major crises resulting in populists coming into power boiled down to the conflict between 2 major systems of values – the pre-industrial and industrial value systems.

 

The pre-industrial system of values and relations derives from an economy based on a relatively undeveloped level of commodity production. This means that the production level is low and is designed to serve purely domestic needs. The focus on redistribution rather than external trade. It’s clear that within such an environment the ultimate value is something the very redistribution of goods is based on, which is the ruler’s will.

 

As for the industrial system, it can boast decent production, and that’s why it’s superior to the pre-industrial counterpart. This means that the economy produces way more that it can consume and therefore has to export the goods and use some of the export revenues to cover the producers’ needs. This implies a network of close ties between trade partners. For those ties to work both ends and to be mutually beneficial for the participants, each of them needs guarantees. In this case, the ultimate guarantee is the private ownership right.  

 

Simply put, instead of a vertical hierarchy distributing the goods, we get an environment rich in horizontal ties between equal private owners. The environment naturally tends to go international.

 

Those 2 systems have been competing ever since they both came into existence. Moreover, within each of them, there is a fight going on to get the power and resources. That was enough to trigger major conflicts resulting in severe crises. Since mid the 1900s, a third system has been trying to come into play and dominate. This is the so-called post-industrial system of values, which emerged as the result of the increasing share of intellectual products in the global production value.

 

The thing is, intellectual products have a bunch of specific features preventing them from being included in the industrial system of values and trade relations.

 

By standing out form the crowd, the system creates a whole new ultimate value, which is the right for creative and intellectual self-expression. There is the same clash for resources going on within the 3rd system.

 

The whole point is, the world has got more complicated since there are 3 rivals instead of 2. This leads us to believe that understanding and predicting global processes, which used to be rather complicated, has now become even more complicated and less predictable than ever.

 

That’s why, amid the absence of clear and reasonable theories, most people out there get disoriented, including those who consider themselves as politicians or economists. At the same time, most of those experts keep on living with the old mindset and outlook, which is why they are basically unable to make decent decisions within a new environment and reality.

 

The economic and political picture of today’s world is in crisis. The picture describes the isolated elements of the system and therefore cannot present a complete view of what’s really going on. At the same time, the level of globalization in each and every field of human activities has gone beyond expectation. This only escalated the situation, turning everything into a permanent global economic, political, and management crisis. In its turn, the crisis resulted in permanent public discontent, promoting higher and higher demand for populism.

 

All of the mentioned systems of values are systemic, which means they penetrate each and every field, including politics, economy, etc. This means that each for them is trying to swallow the entire world. Since none of them can co-exist with the others, this is a tough fight going one at each level.

 

Experts say, that the humanity is now living the last couple of decades before facing a global crisis of values. A war for new values is coming. The war will end with one of the 3 systems dominating. No one can definitely tell which one is going to win the war. But one thing is sure, the humanity is on the verge of a new era and a new world.

 

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Text: Yekaterina Kravets
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Trump’s Policies Make USA Lose Their Leading Position in the West

More and more international experts are concerned about Donald Trump’s policies. Some of them are concerned that because of him and his actions, the USA may lose their leading role in the Western world.  

 

 

According to Fareed Zakaria, political expert, CNN host and columnist for The Washington Post, Trump’s recent political decisions have made the European Union so united that Putin could never have dreamed of. Even though he is not going to make the Western world collapse, the USA may still lose the number-one status in the Western world.

Publication date: 31 July 12:09 PM

Does China Oust Russia From Central Asia?

As the situation in Afghanistan is getting worse, this is raising a lot of concerns in the international expert community. The Islamic terrorist threat may spread from there to Russian and China, they say.

 

 
According to a Norwegian observer for Dagbladet, there exist 5 countries in Central Asia that can be seen as potential threats to Russia and China. The thing is, the Islamic terrorism may well spread from those countries to their neighbors. They say that Afghanistan is now the biggest potential threat since the amount of armed conflicts in the country are getting more and more frequent and tough. As Taliban (the local terrorist organization) is said to be sponsored and suppled with arm and ammo, the USA seems to be putting the blame for this on Russia.
Publication date: 29 July 11:53 AM

China Invests Heavily In Africa

You probably know that has been investing in a number of countries of strategical importance. There is a lot of African countries on the list. According to several observers, Chinese banks have given such countries over 77 billion euros since 2000.

 

 
Not so long ago, there was a documentary broadcast on the national TV. The documentary is about a railway line in Kenya built by China Road and Bridge Corporation. It praises Chinese engineers and tells the viewer that the Chinese government is ready to support African countries on their way to economic growth.
Publication date: 24 July 11:46 PM

Chinese Economy Is Way Stronger Than Trump Thinks

The Chinese economy has got much stronger. It can now even be compared to the American one, which is viewed to be the world’s strongest economy. Washington clearly underestimates Beijing when saying that the China has been flourishing in the international markets exclusively at the expense of unfair trade.

 

 
Publication date: 23 July 10:48 AM

British Start Getting Disappointed with Brexit, Soros Says

Last year’s Brexit referendum has become a major challenge for the British government, George Soros says. He says that more and more British citizens start getting disappointed with the Brexit.

 

 
The world-famous financier and CEO of Soros Fund Management assumes that now the economic reality starts revealing the real state of affairs and debunk their delusions related to the happy living outside of the European Union. More than 12 months ago, the advocates of the Brexit scenario were trying to persuade people that this choice won’t affect people’s standards of living. Well, since then, the government has been trying to implement this promise at the expense of increasing the internal debt.
Publication date: 14 July 02:40 AM

Two Reasons Why Russia Keeps Losing Influence Over Post-Soviet States

After the USSR ceased to exist, the Kremlin was counting on retaining their influence in the region. However, the truth is that Russia as the major successor to the USSR has been losing its influence over the remaining post-soviet states. There are 2 reasons for that.

 

 
According to the related report recently published by private American analytic company Stratfor, there is a range of new tendencies making it difficult for Russia to stay influential in the post-soviet region, especially when it comes to Ukraine. The two major reasons for that are believed to be the declining role of the Russian language in the region as well as the existing threats of mass protest inside Russia itself.
Publication date: 06 July 01:42 PM

Business with China: New Reality after Blocking Yandex and VK in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko has expanded the list of sanctions against individuals and legal entities from Russia. To be more specific, Ukraine imposed sanctions on several Russian online companies, including Yandex, which is Russia’s biggest IT company, as well as some other popular web services like VK, Odnoklassniki, and Mail.ru Group. According to the presidential decree, Ukrainian Internet providers are forbidden to grant access to those blacklisted websites.

Publication date: 06 July 01:13 AM

China Doesn’t Need Russian Gas and Pipelines

Don’t you remember how a couple of years ago Gazprom cut natural gas supplies to Ukraine a number of times. By the way, Ukraine alone used to buy 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas back then. Now Ukraine buys no natural gas form Russia at all. Apparently, Moscow keeps on looking for other outlets. There has been a lot of buzz about China as a new big outlet for Russian natural gas and crude oil. It turns out that two new pipelines should have transferred to China some 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas every year. Yet, this was the maximum amount, and it couldn’t clearly make up for the export of natural gas to Ukraine.

Publication date: 05 July 11:15 AM

Mass Media on Forthcoming Trump-Putin Meeting

For those of you who don’t know, the first official meeting between Donald trump and Vladimir Putin has been confirmed. It’s planned for July 7, during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

 

 
Some observers say that the White House did the Kremlin a favor by being the first one confirming the official meeting during the G20 summit. This announcement helped the sided to get of the rumors around the situation and helped Moscow to save face in the Russian media space.
Publication date: 05 July 06:24 AM

Putin and Trump Part Ways

According to The Daily Telegraph observer Con Coughlin, even if Donald Trump used to seek ways to improve the relations with Russia, today he is probably going to really abandon this idea. The thing is that not so long ago, the U.S. hit a Syrian fight jet, the one belonging to Bashar Asad’s troop. Since Putin and Asad are allies, this fact is definitely going to affect the process of improving the U.S.-Russia relations, and probably suspend this process for the near future.
 
Publication date: 29 June 11:50 PM