1. Final stages of the debt supercycle
2. Decay of the social order/social contract
3. Social controls: Surveillance capitalism, China's Social Credit system, social globalization
resolving every crisis of over-leveraged speculative excess, evaporation of collateral and over-indebtedness by radically increasing debt eventually leads to an implosion of the entire credit-based financial system.
The final stages of the current debt supercycle are manifesting all sorts of interesting cross-currents: de-dollarization and the unprecedented expansion of debt in China to name just two.
describes the efforts of many nations to reduce their dependence on U.S. dollars for trade and reserves. Since the USD remains the largest reserve currency in both trade and reserves, this trend threatens to reorder the entire global financial system, with potentially disruptive consequences not just to the USD but to a variety of institutions and norms.
This is of course only a rough estimate, as China's enormous Shadow Banking System is famously opaque, as are many of its institutional and corporate balance sheets.
China has embraced the narrative of "growing our way out of stagnation by quintupling debt," but the banquet of consequences of this speculative orgy is finally being served: China's dramatic slowdown in 2018 is just the appetizer course of the banquet of consequences.
This excerpt of a recent (and immediately censored) talk given by a Chinese economist illuminates the result of debt-fueled mal-investment and speculation on a grand scale:
The politically invisible / financially vulnerable have declared to their globalized elite aristocrats, and this rebellion against elite domination and profiteering is being demonized by the corporate-state media as populism rather than what it really is: .
via ramped up official propaganda, Social Credit Scoring in China and private-sector Surveillance Capitalism in the U.S.
, alternative sources of information, alternative narratives and financial independence: hence the sudden eltist interest in Universal Basic Income (UBI) and similar central-state dependency programs: nothing suppresses a working class revolt quite like free money for keeping quiet, passive and obedient.
But some sectors of the working class are not willing to accept the bribes; they're holding out for actual political power, and this is why the ruling elites of France have responded to the yellow vest movement with such savagery.