Greece is just the start of the global insolvency crisis
Thursday, February 5, 2015, 4:54 PM
- Which countries are next in line to "go Greek"?
- Which major countries will be hit by deflation next? Which will instead see massive inflation?
- How individuals should start preparing
- Why huge massive losses and wealth transfer are inevitable for many
If you have not yet read Part 1: Greece Exposes The Global Economy's Achilles Heel, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.
At a high level, the suite of predicaments we face are as obvious as they are serious.
Perhaps the largest predicament we face is that infinite economic growth on a finite planet is an impossibility and yet that's exactly what our monetary and banking systems require.
Not merely because the bankers and politicians want it, which they do, but because that's how the system itself is designed. When you loan money into existence, you get an exponential increase of that money over time. Actually you get an exponential increase in debt too, only at a faster pace which translates into larger quantities.
For as long as debts are growing at an exponential pace, everything is fine with the world, the economy hums along, politicians get re-elected and the big banks churn out profits year after year.
However, when the debt growth stops, financial panic sets in, the banking system threatens collapse, and the fiscal and monetary authorities pull out all the stops in their efforts to prevent these various ills from getting any worse.
What the political and banking folks are desperately seeking to prevent is nothing less than a Great Unraveling.
Their task is impossible.
The Great Unraveling will be a set of related economic and financial crises that end up taking inflated expectations and reducing them to match reality. Perhaps this process will take years, or maybe it will take decades, or maybe it will take months. Nobody knows. But the longer that... » Read more