[Marxism] Fwd: The global paradox | Michael Roberts Blog

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Feb 14 06:21:10 MST 2017

Most people missed it but America’s intelligence services also looked 
recently at developments in the world economy.  The Office of the 
Director of National Intelligence (DNI)  published its latest 
assessment, called Global Trends: The Paradox of Progress, which 
“explores trends and scenarios over the next 20 years”.

The DNI concludes that the world is “living in paradox – industrial and 
information age achievements are shaping a world both more dangerous and 
richer with opportunity. Human choices will determine whether promise or 
peril prevails.”  The DNI praises capitalism over the last few decades 
for “connecting people, empowering individuals, groups, and states and 
lifting a billion people out of poverty in the process.”

But American capital’s eyes and ears are worried about the future. 
There have been worrying “shocks like the Arab Spring, the 2008 Global 
Financial Crisis, and the global rise of populist, anti-establishment 
politics. These shocks reveal how fragile the achievements have been, 
underscoring deep shifts in the global landscape that portend a dark and 
difficult near future.”  All these developments are bad things for 
global capital and American supremacy, it seems.  And the DNI reckons 
that things are not going to get better.  “The next five years will see 
rising tensions within and between countries. Global growth will slow, 
just as increasingly complex global challenges impend.”

full: https://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/the-global-paradox/

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