International Man: It’s no secret that the media has applauded countries that engaged in the strictest lockdowns.
As a reward for their obedience to the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, their governments are promised generous IMF loans and recovery packages.
Do you think this is a new system for the US government to exert influence and control over foreign countries?
Jeff Thomas: Yes, although I don’t see this as a US-only effort. I see it more as one of many efforts by those countries that are central to the New World Order. Certainly, it’s interesting that the breakout of COVID occurred in several cabal countries at the same time, early in 2020, as opposed to slowly expanding outward from its supposed origin, as viruses normally do. The fact that this happened – a batch of countries in North America and Europe all experiencing a pandemic within a two-week period–provided tremendous shock value. And since all those countries acted more or less in unison with lockdowns and other restrictions and all posted false numbers and false death numbers, it’s not surprising that the rest of the world fell into step within a month or two, imitating the measures adopted by the cabal countries.
The initial months were a well-coordinated takeover of essential freedoms. But, curiously, in the latter months, the cabal have not maintained that consistency, and that has led to more and more people questioning whether this is a real pandemic or just another seasonal flu that’s been exaggerated by the principal countries. In fact, we’re beginning to see some real cracks in the dyke.
International Man: Almost every country put some sort of restrictions in place during the pandemic. The impact on their economies, local businesses, and everyday life has been significant, especially in developing countries.
What second and third order effects do you see?
Jeff Thomas: The COVID scam runs on fear. Even those who believe that it’s likely to just be a seasonal virus that governments and the media have exaggerated are unsure, so fear makes them comply with the significant loss of freedoms being demanded. But, in recent months, this fear has been going into remission, and The Powers That Be are beginning to lose their hold on populations throughout the First World. At this rate, they’ll have a real problem on their hands by this fall if they don’t invent a variant that’s rumoured to be worse than the original. Unless they create a Nagasaki bomb to follow the Hiroshima bomb, citizens worldwide will increasingly reject the draconian demands of their governments.
International Man: In what way will that be different from the initial scare in early 2020?
Jeff Thomas: Well, in the US, there is now a democratic president who will be less likely to honour states’ rights. A Presidential Declaration of Emergency would allow the present government to take over decision-making that’s presently in the hands of state governors. That would bring about a national plan for control and eliminate independent actions by states. So, there would no longer be any states embarrassing the federal government that their retention of freedom was resulting in fewer positives and fewer deaths. It would also allow them to limit movement from place to place by people, especially those who have not been vaccinated. It wouldn’t be surprising for the federal government to state, “This second wave is worse than the first, so while we’ll not demand that all persons are vaccinated, in the public interest, we can only allow those who have been vaccinated to go to work, shop, travel or otherwise go out of their houses.” This would be imprisonment by default, and it will only be pulled off if the population is sufficiently terrified by the claims, should there be a second major ‘pandemic.’
International Man: Prior to the pandemic, a number of European Union member countries had growing movements to leave the EU.
Do you think that this trend will continue to pick up momentum? Or has COVID snuffed it out?
Jeff Thomas: Human nature being what it is, I believe that European citizens will divide even further than before into two camps. Those who, above all, seek safety and hope that their government will provide it will foolishly welcome the further removal of freedoms. On the other hand, those who were fed up with the loss of freedoms before COVID will redouble their ire.
But the fundamental problem will remain. Since only four of the members of the EU were net providers, whilst the other twenty-four were net receivers, the exit of a net provider – Britain – is simply unsustainable. The remaining three will ultimately be unable to keep the EU Titanic chugging along, following the hit by the Brexit iceberg.
International Man: What do you think will happen next to EU member countries like Greece, Cyprus and others that were already in need of constant bailouts?
Jeff Thomas: Their situations will worsen, much to the anger of the populations of net providers, particularly the hard-working German people who are increasingly footing the bill for a comparatively lazy Mediterranean lot. The question is not whether the EU is sustainable – it’s not. The question will be how long they can limp along before fragmenting or falling apart entirely.
International Man: The economic house of cards was already on very shaky ground for a long time. The government response to COVID has made the problem even worse.
Is there any chance governments can print their way out of the coming economic crisis?
Jeff Thomas: Not in the long term, although they can continue performing sleight-of-hand tricks like the introduction of digital national currencies and IMF currencies that have the potential to buy them a bit of time. But ultimately, the ship is going down.
International Man: How does this play into the geopolitical landscape? Will the US and Western European governments maintain and grow their influence?
Jeff Thomas: Only briefly. This is what the collapse of an empire looks like. It’s not the first time in history this has happened, by any means. We’re looking at all the classic symptoms that were demonstrated by former empires as they self-destructed. It’s likely to be a long, drawn-out affair. If I had to make a guess, I’d say that, by 2030, the dust will have, for the most part, settled on the collapse. Of course, it’s always unwise to put a date on any prediction, as events have a nagging tendency to drag out longer than anticipated, but by 2030, I think it will be evident what the other side of this crisis will look like.
Editor’s Note: 2021 is already shaping up to be an increasingly volatile time. More governments are putting their money printing on overdrive. Negative interests are becoming the rule instead of the exception to it.
More governments are putting their money printing on overdrive. Negative interests are becoming the rule instead of the exception to it.
One thing is for sure, there will be a great deal of change taking place in the years ahead.
That’s precisely why legendary speculator Doug Casey and his team released an urgent new report titled Doug Casey’s Top 7 Predictions for the Raging 2020s.