Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Economic Prophit

I would like to make a prediction. I don't do this very often, as most predictions end up being wrong. However, I feel this one might be fairly accurate. So accurate, in fact, that if it doesn't happen in this universe, the next one over definitely has it. So what is my prediction?

In the near future, we will no longer have currency or trade.

A bold statement, I know, but it has the benefit of being possible, unlike quite a few other predictions or prophecies. This prediction has all of the best parts of any good prediction. It has a set goal, an approximate time frame, and is bold. “In the near future” means anytime between now and the distant future, so history can look back on this when the event eventually happens and say I was right about everything. Neat, huh?

I'm sure, however, that you are wanting more information. After all, an event of this magnitude is bound to have an effect on all of those who read this, if for no other reason simply because you read it. So, for your sake, I will be kind enough to elaborate a bit. Just be sure not to quote me, as the rest of this isn't officially part of the prediction.

So, how near of a future are we talking about? A few days? Months? Years? My lifetime? Well, as I said, there is no exact date. However, for the sake of the conspiracy theorists, apocalypse nuts, and argument, let's say it'll happen... late 2012. Around the time of the next presidential election. Wait... that may have been a bit too much... Oh well, I might as well give the rest away now, you've probably already guessed it anyway.

In 2012, against all odds, Sarah Palin will be elected as the next president of the United States. I know, I know, it seems ridiculous. I wouldn't believe it myself if I hadn't figured it out. Think about this, though. If she does get elected, don't you think that'll have serious repercussions on the economy? If you think the drop when Bush took office was bad, this one will make it look like the toss of a coin. EVERYONE in America will pull back their money from the banks, all at once, buy personal safes and store all of their money in those. People will come up short at the bank, panic will spread about the US being out of money, people will start to save rather then spend, and the economy will CRASH. With how bad it is now, this will be significantly worse than the Great Depression.

Without money and with widespread panic, the citizens of America will begin stealing and looting, just to survive. After a little while they will get accustomed to stealing and looting and be more comfortable with bigger, more luxurious items, like refrigerators and ovens. Eventually everyone will be taking anything they want. Where will the law enforcement and army men be when all of this happens? Looting, of course. Only the die hard patriots with any guts will be willing to defend the nation from thievery and they would be easily outnumbered by the rioters.

By this time, the rest of the world is feeling the burden, too. Whether America is the greatest country or not, no one can protest that it is one of the biggest spenders and one of the main cogs of the world's economic machine. So, the entire world would enter a depression, except for the third world countries. In the midst of this crisis, the third world countries, having not felt very much of this, will take this opportunity to attack the first world countries. This will cause many wars around the world to be fought at the same time, including America for a short period before the rioters and looters get too crazy to be controlled. These wars will stimulate the economies of some nations but destroy the economies of most, resulting in the inevitable, worldwide economic collapse.

So, no economy, looting and rioting around the globe, and not enough resources or control to properly start a war, let alone fight it out. Eventually everyone will calm down, realizing that everyone can have everything by just taking it. Survival of the fittest will take over for the government for a little while, then replaced by survival of the smartest, then replaced by survival. There will be brief moments of order, where the people choose someone to lead , but they will be dealt with when the people get bored of them and revert back to anarchy.

At some point, everyone will notice a peculiar thing, they'd gotten so used to the anarchy that they hadn't even noticed that there was no longer any chaos to it. Everyone did what they pleased and took what they wanted, but they are all nice about it.

People will begin producing things just to give them away to other people. In an effort to make this easier, they will make automated factories that will mass produce their product and automated delivery services so people don't have to drive so far. All products will be created in the most pleasant and efficient way, rather than the way that brings the most sales. And, eventually, everyone will be happy, and no one will have any currency or trade to get in the way of that happiness.

Over time the countries will resettle themselves and elect ambassadors to speak for them, but they will be carefully watched and moderated by the people so that they are never ruled again. This will bring the world closer together and eventually unite everyone on the planet. This ideal society will carry on as we explore the galaxy and the universe, which will take a huge leap forward without a budget to get in the way of the materials they need. As a result, the ambassadors will be brought back to coordinate with the other planets and colonies.

And, having orchestrated this entire miracle from start to finish, I will finally fulfill my dream of being President of the world.

… Wait...

Forget you read any of that.