How Democracy Ends:
COVID19 policy shows a (potential) path to the end of America
The pandemic events of 2020-2021 outline a potential pathway for a future democratically elected President of the United States to systematically end democracy. The course of events leading to this outcome need not be a repeat of the direct assault on the Capitol, but a distortion of risk of illness as a justification for military force and suspension of democratic norms.
Sometime over the next quarter century, it is inevitable that America, and all nations, will experience a cold and flu season above average. In a typical season approximately 40,000 Americans may die, but it is possible an above average season may see 80,000 or more deaths.
Inevitably some location(s) in the country will experience a surge in cases. Television news will show overworked hospital workers, and report that Intensive Care Unit beds have nearly run out– of course, ICU’s often operate near capacity, so this finding alone may not be that noteworthy, but in our attention economy, it may be sensationalized. Some afflicted individuals will be young children– typical for the flu, and these anecdotes will surely be emotionally salient. A video of a young boy or girl on life support machines may be used to show how dire things are. These events will then serve as an opportunity for a strong federal response…read more.
Look, we all know that past success in investing doesn’t guarantee future returns. But have you seen some of the results from last year’s World Outlook Financial Conference? I mean c’mon! Take 2 minutes and check out some highlights from 2020. Then you’ll understand why I say you can’t afford to miss our 2021 keynote speakers and industry experts on Friday and Saturday.
If you haven’t purchased your codes there is still plenty of time. And just a reminder that the new online broadcast format means you can log on anytime Friday and Saturday to watch the scheduled presentation (full agenda here) AND be able to watch everything that has been aired up to that point. PLUS every pass includes unlimited access to the on-demand archive – so no matter what your schedule Friday and Saturday everything from the broadcast, including ALL our industry workshops, will be accessible starting Sunday afternoon.
There are speakers I invited because I want to hear their global market and economic forecasts to understand the potential impact to my long-term financial health. There are speakers I invited because I want to hear specific stock recommendations that I could add to my portfolio Monday morning! And there are workshop speakers who will show me opportunities in Precious Metals, Small Cap Stocks, Real Estate, Private Equity and Money Management Services.
The 32nd annual World Outlook Financial Conference broadcast starts at 4:10pm pacific time Friday February 5th, 2021. I hope you’ll be there! (well, not really there – from the comfort of your home, in your favourite chair, in your cozy clothes, with a cold drink and snacks at hand – you get the idea.) CLICK HERE to order your access pass.
All the best.
Thank goodness the new quarantine rules for international travel weren’t in place when our politicians “my tan is essential” were travelling around Christmas.
You won’t hear any of the politicians who are promising economic recovery tell you about this:
The World Bank ranks Canada 23rd (and falling) for ease of doing business. I can hear entrepreneurs saying “no kidding, Sherlock” while millions of Canadians are saying “what’s your point.” But sure, we care about the economy. How do I know? Our politicians who make business so tough to do, told me so.
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury.”
~ attributed to Scottish Academic, Alexander Fraser Tytler, 1786