Wednesday, August 3, 2016

224 year political cycles - USA ad UK

US-224 Yr 1775-1999
Obama is now reviewing the ban on military weapons for police after the deliberate attacks on police. Instead of considering prosecuting the bad police, they are preparing to dig their heels in and arm the police to escalate the confrontation between the people and the police. This, unfortunately, is also how Rome ended. It was not that the barbarians invaded, it was the the armies turned inward and began sacking their own cities whoever showed any resistance toward the government (emperor). Once you fragment society and divide the people turning the State against its own, then end is not far behind. This weakens the bonds of civilisation and set the tone allowing the barbarians to invade for society broke apart. Within the period of 235AD to the collapse of the monetary system in 268AD, those 33 years saw 14 emperors.
The 224 Year Cycle of Political Change for the United States peaked in 1999 with Bush, Jr. coming to power which marked effectively a puppet President as Dick Chaney really held the reins of power. The slide down was hard and Obama has also been largely an absentee President missing more than 60% of his morning security briefings being more interested in playing golf. The 2016 turning point may mark the shift in power from the Bureaucrats back to a central figure. Keep in mind that certainly Trump will not be like Bush or Obama. Even Hillary will treat the bureaucrats as hired help. So either will be more assertive than what we have seen since 1999. Even gold bottomed in 1999 and has risen since because it is a hedge against government – not helicopter money etc.
UK-224 Yr 1690-1914

Looking at this same model even on Britain, from the very day of the victory of William III at the Battle of the Boyne where he defeated James II, to the very day we have the start of World War I which ended Great Britain as “the” financial capital of the world displaced by the United States, which had been virtually bankrupt in 1896 just 17.2 years before. Note that the declining wave is 72 years. The first low came when Britain abandoned the Gold Standard during the Sovereign Debt Crisis of 1931. There was a modest rebound, but World War II prevented any sustained recovery. They in 1949, Britain was compelled to devalue the pound from $4.03 to $2.80. The next devaluation came in 1967 from $2.80 down to $2.40. Then the pound collapsed to par in 1985.
PlazaAccord-1It was at this time that for the next 4.3 years, Margaret Thatcher saved Britain from being drawn into the euro, which was an idea put forth at the Plaza Accord when the birth of the G5 was established. The idea was that the dollar was too high and that its strength was because it had emerged as the only major world currency. The idea was born that if Europe created a single currency, then there would be a rival to the dollar. This was really hatched in France. Germany saw this as a means to an end to expand its own exports throughout Europe by eliminating the currency risk for its manufacture base.
Thatcher saved Britain but it caused dissent within her cabinet. There were members such as Nigel Lawson who had been at the Plaza Accord who supported moving into a single currency and surrendering the British pound. However, Lawson was a closet Bretton Woods guy at the time who felt strongly that currencies had to be fixed. He was not so much a goldbug, but wanted a fixed currency and that would be the ERM followed by the end goal – the Euro. Geoffrey Howe (1926-2015) was another key cabinet member who clashed with Thatcher also over the Euro. He masterminded the development of new economic policies embodied in an Opposition mini-manifesto. In June 1989, Howe
and Nigel Lawson, secretly threatened to both resign over Thatcher’s opposition to British membership in the exchange rate mechanism of the European Monetary  system. Both Howe and Lawson were sold on the ERM and the coming idea of the Euro. They effectively forced Thatcher out of office over this very issue in 1990 and wanted to surrender British sovereignty altogether. Fortunately, they lost and with BREXIT, Britain will not be dragged down with France and Germany.

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