It's an eye opening, yet sobering read, especially for those who hold on to the notion that our economy is recovering, the world remains stable, and that those in the upper echelons of power put our interests first. This, of course, is a ridiculous idea given the current global state of affairs, but it's one that has led to the demise of hundreds of societies and millions of people throughout the course of human history. Today we stand on the very precipice of another Fourth Turning – a generational cyclical trend that has been proven accurate time and again. Though we can't possibility predict how all this will end, if cyclical history is a guide, the world is preparing to enter a period of widespread instability, uprising, famine, and war.
In retrospect, the spark might seem as ominous as a financial crash, as ordinary as a national election, or as trivial as a Tea Party. The catalyst will unfold according to a basic Crisis dynamic that underlies all of these scenarios: An initial spark will trigger a chain reaction of unyielding responses and further emergencies.