Originally Posted by nvidia2008
You guys are in some serious trouble going into this decade.
Most of the world is in trouble. There's a lot of demographic and financial factors coming to a head in a number of places in the world.
As Steve Jobs said, the divide isn't liberal-conservative, it's constructive-destructive.
I'd agree with him there but he was also a bit stuck in his ruts on thinking. As he noted, death is the great change agent of life. He could never see himself as anything other than the outsider fighting the man, even after it was very clear he was indeed the man. While he was able to personally move Apple ahead almost by shear force of will, all the many other organizations that often throw out the same sort of occasional leftist canards have suffered badly. EDIT:
As an example within the book it notes that he really felt the N.Y. Times was important and thus he wanted to help it. Yet he ended up doing a deal with Murdoch because Murdoch was willing to meet terms and make money with them.
I have a place in my heart for the USA and things need to get constructive real soon (not pointing the finger at you, just saying in general).
The U.S. might still have within it the capacity to renew and reform itself. Regardless of whether it does or not though, it is clear that Europe does not. Likewise it is very clear that India, China and others have not truly reformed themselves enough to take the place of the U.S. nor, especially in the case of China, will they be able to overcome their racial/cast and demographic troubles.
The signs are not promising. Obama was at the G20 in Cannes looking like the Euro crisis was "Europe's problem", not realising the network of US, London and European banks that now have the whole world by the balls, except for China (reading up on their financial system history will tell you why).
The only way a bank can ever control anything is with debt. Refuse to take on debt and deal with tangible and real assets and the problem for you personally is largely solved. The reason the world is propping up banks is because the world wants to continue to finance all the programs they use to buy votes and along with them, dependency.