The 2010s: The Decade in Review

12/22/201926 Comments

It's December of 2019, so you know what that means: We've arrived at that special time when newsletter writers start penning their "Decade in Review" articles and pedants vainly contend that, "aKtUAlLy, the new decade doesn't start until 2021!"

So let's ignore the pedants and get to that moment you've all been waiting for: the moment when I reveal my choice for the story of the decade.

The 2010s were obviously a rollercoaster of a ride, including everything from wars and riots to false flag terror events and geopolitical upheaval (and even the occasional good news story!). But you may be surprised that I believe that the 2010s will go down in the books as "The Decade That America Lost Its Hegemon."

This will be especially surprising if you watched New World Next Year 2020 and saw that I picked the USSA unilaterally re-asserting its Monroe Doctrine dominance over the entire Western hemisphere as my choice for the news story of 2019. After all, doesn't a story like that simply prove that America continues to see itself as the unchallenged (and unchallengeable) unitary world superpower?

No, not necessarily. In fact, I would say—echoing Ryan Cristian in a recent edition of The Last American Vagabond—"They [Uncle Sam & Co.] are losing their influence, but that's why they're wielding what they have left."

Don't believe me? Let's roll up our sleeves and take a look at some of the lowlights of the last 10 years, shall we?

Read James' hot take on how the 2010s marked the beginning of the end of Pax Americana (and what this means for the future) in this week's edition of The Corbett Report Subscriber.

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  1. Ukdavec says:

    The death of the Dollar

    I think you are quite correct in identifying this as a key factor in the previous and next decade events.

    To gain a glimpse of a potential feature of any new monetary system, I suggest the following segment of a speech in 2014 to the CFR from the ‘maestro’, Alan Greenspan.

    Have a peaceful holiday.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      Alan Greenspan says:
      “…Gold is a currency. It is still…the premier currency where no prior currency, including the dollar, can match it….”

      • manbearpig says:

        73 264 vues

        Then again, Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, doesn’t say what he should; which is what he thinks;
        He says what he thinks he should say…

        “déformation professionnelle” as the French would say…

  2. geof.h says:

    My parser detects unmatched parens in “(our interests”

  3. timwherry says:

    Hi James. Thank you for your guidance and wit through this decade, here’s to the next one!

    Have a great christmas and a happy new year.

  4. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Corbett says:
    “…In fact, the decade ahead promises to be the most chaotic, violent, transformative and—if we do not participate in the building up of meaningful alternatives—destructive decade in living memory . . . and perhaps in all of human history.”

    It sure seems that way to me.
    10 years from now, we may all look back to 2019 and say: “Those were the good ole days.”

    • mik says:

      This one resonated with me also. On the other hand, it feels to me kind of non-Jamesian.

      “Those were the good ole days.”

      A curse came to my mind: “Be blessed and live during significant times”

  5. cooly says:

    re: pedowood-

    Spending five minutes trying to understand human sexuality is five mi utes wasted.

    Happy holidays everyone. Whatever you celebrate. Myself, I don’t. All the holidays are made up nonsense. Don’t mean to be a downer, but Hallmark sells a lot of cards.


    • Stronghorse says:

      I don’t celebrate any of them either Cooly. I do cook up a big feast at Thanksgiving time, but mostly because I enjoy cooking for a good hungry crowd. My neighbors, friends and what few family members I have left seem to appreciate it, so I keep doing it.Mostly I’m just thankful that I’m still able to do so.
      Alas, if only I had had the foresight to invest in Hallmark stock in my youth.

  6. manbearpig says:

    “…French intelligence officers discovered this plan shortly after the current rebellion began, and this was one of the
    factors that influenced President Nicolas Sarkozy’s decision to commit France to the attack on Libya. According to these
    individuals Sarkozy’s plans are driven by the following issues:

    a. A desire to gain a greater share of Libya oil production,

    b.Increase French influence in North Africa,

    c. Improve his intemai political situation in France,

    d. Provide the French military with an opportunity to reassert its position in the world,

    e. Address the concern of his advisors over Qaddafi’s long term plans to supplant France as the dominant power in

    Francophone Africa…”

    That wikileaks doc speaking about Nicolas Sarkozy’s motivations for going to war with Libya reminded me of the former French president’s direct ties to the Carlyle group who, itself, was a primary player in Libya’s Oily financial affairs.

    Indeed, as most here probably know, Nicolas’ half-brother, Pierre-Olivier or “Oliver” was the Managing Director of Carlyle’s Global Financial Services Group from 2008 to 2016. Gaddafi met his grisly end in 2011.

    Furthermore, as most Corbetteers know, Pierre-Olivier’s step-father was a certain Frank Wisner Jr.

    “…Frank G. Wisner Jr. is not known to the U.S. public either as a diplomat or as a master spy, but as an unscrupulous financier. He was part of the Enron power elite involved in the fraudulent bankrupcy of the corporation that ruined countless small investors and, later, as Vice Chairman of American International Group whose share prices plummeted by 95% during the 2008 financial crisis, prior to its bailout with taxpayers’ money…It was he who introduced then-teenage (Nicolas) Sarkozy to CIA insiders and facilitated his entry into French political circles.”

    Junior’s own father, Frank Wisner Sr. was a founding pillar of the CIA as early as the OSS. Early 2011 Junior would go on to bungle his diplomatic mission in Egypt tasked by Obama with obtaining Mubarak’s resignation during the Egyptian “Arab Spring”.
    Julian Assange from interview:
    “…When we were dealing with Egypt we saw the Mubarak government cut off the internet and we saw only one – there was one ISP that quite few of us were involved in trying to keep its connections open, it had maybe 6% of the market. Eventually they cut.. eventually the Mubarak government also cut off the mobile phone system. And why is it that that can be done? People with mobile phones have a device that can communicate in a radio spectrum. In a city there is a high density… there is always, if you like, a path between one person and another person. That is there is always a continuous path of mobile phones, each one can in theory hear the radio of the other.

    You could form a peer to peer network…”

    So like Julian Assange who’s proud to claim Wikileaks decisive role in the Arab Spring, the Wisner-Sarkozy family were also key players in fomenting the generalized mayhem that reigned in the Middle East at that time.

    [SNIP – Please keep comments to 500 words or less. -JC]

  7. wylie1 says:

    Thanks for the informative info links:
    re: SCAN; word analysis tool that multitudinous law enforcers use.

    Scary stuff, since the way I write on occasion would have them determine me to be immediately guilty. It seems anyone not wanting to be too repetitious in the use of any words would be deemed guilty of a crime, rather than guilty of variety. Also, not wanting to sound too pretentious using I did this and I did that and I… by omitting the I.

    Interesting that some learned folks have shown that Mr. Sapir’s SCAN analysis tool is exactly wrong about certain phrases that he thinks indicates guilt, when in actuality those phrases typically indicate innocence.

    Mr. Sapir’s evidence-less promotion of SCAN is not surprising. Often is the time when people will lie to make money. Nor is the response of those who have been propagandized into thinking it is a great tool despite no real evidence. Have seen such in other fields first hand, time and again.

    Propaganda works.

    However, that is not the worst of it. Far too many prosecutors and their colluding/conspiring judges could care less if a person is actually guilty or not. Many don’t follow the law any more and just simply ignore exculpatory evidence as if it didn’t exist. They would rather see someone rot in jail than be proven wrong. As far as I can tell, the county they work for gets a cut of the money the state provides the prison for each prisoner. One wonders if they get pay increases or bonuses.

    I know a couple people who are in prison that are not guilty. If it can happen to them, it can happen to anyone. Jurors should be required to take a class on prosecutorial misconduct/fraud/tricks and scams before being allowed to sit on a jury. Far too many of them don’t have enough clues to know they are clueless.

    My prediction for the next decade. With the many Soros backed minions filling prosecutor positions, an even higher percentage of innocent people will end up in jail/prison and the actual criminals will be let go to terrorize the populace. Think Antifa and similar brown shirts.

  8. Libertydan says:

    I can see where certain circles would view much of this article as Anti-American Talk. They did silence Julian Assange, by way of trumped up charges, for exposing the truth (leaked Classified truths, but still the truth). I believe it was the video of the U.S. Military Drone Operators with audio, that exposed their callas attitude toward killing unarmed civilians, and went viral, that put Assange in their crass hairs. Wow, that short video was so powerful it could have stopped the invasions had enough people seen it.
    Wikileaks, Wikileaks, what happened to Wikileaks?
    It appears that an Empire built on lies and deceit could not handle the truth, so it silenced Wikileaks.

  9. mik says:

    Next decade….turbo-environmentalism, XR.

    Youtuber science entertainer pimping some fake science, spiced with XR.

    Is hydrogen the future of flight?

    At 6:30 he said something like: it’s hard to get hydrogen explosion unless there is specific mixture with pure oxygen.

    In truth, wide variety of mixtures are explosive.
    “Hydrogen gas forms explosive mixtures with air in concentrations from 4–74%[16] and with chlorine at 5–95%. The explosive reactions may be triggered by spark, heat, or sunlight.”

    One thing for sure, in case of leakage, you can get really good bang for a buck.
    Nice example is start of rocket Delta IV Heavy and learn also about hydrogen as fuel.

    Explaining the Delta Rocket Fireball

    p.s. Leakage, unburned, also means this hydrogen is lost forever, it goes to space.

  10. HomeRemedySupply says:

    – Non Sequitur to Corbett’s article –

    Try the new drink,‘Cyanora’!
    Influencers Were Invited To Endorse Poisonous Cyanide Drink, And They Said Yes
    (See VIDEO in article)

    A group of reality TV stars turned Instagram influencers have been duped into promoting a fake diet drink laced with cyanide.

    The prank was carried out by the BBC as part a TV show called Blindboy Undestroys the World, which is hosted by Irish comedian Blindboy Boatclub. The program aims to expose celebrities who probably do not use the products they endorse…

    …The three were secretly filmed in a staged audition to be the brand ambassador of ‘Cyanora’, the made-up drink….

    (Hat tip to Hank for forwarding this story.)

  11. HomeRemedySupply says:

    – Non Sequitur to Corbett’s article –

    Well made Sci-Fi Short Film “Regulation”
    11 minutes

    Story line:
    In the future, by law, every child has the right to be happy.
    A young social worker travels in a driverless car to a small community to administer behavior-modifying “patches” that guarantee happiness for the wearers.
    She must decide what to do when a precocious girl refuses to accept the patch.

    Definition of “precocious” – exhibiting mature qualities at an unusually early age

    (Thanks to D.R. for passing this along.)

    • manbearpig says:

      Oh! That was a really nice gift, HRS! Perfect for digesting a couple dozen (more or less) compliant oysters! The little girl was absolutely beautiful and I love the other actress for her role in Mr. Robot! (…also kinda reminds me of when I had to adamantly refuse microdoses of “regulating” substances…) Conformity loves company!

      All I can think of to offer you in return as another delicious non-sequitur, is a short film of the very same length that I may already have linked here, (can’t quite remember) called
      “The Oppressed Minority”:

      Bon appétit et merci encore!

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        ha!…I loved it! The irony, the paradox, and the acting was great!

        • manbearpig says:

          Jeepers friggin’ creepers!! Rereading myself I realized I have a decided knack for mis-citing the titles of excellent movies; short or documentary!!

          The title of this short film is NOT the “Oppressed Minority” but

          “The Oppressed MAJORITY” !!!!! 8-/

          So glad you enjoyed it though! 😉

  12. HomeRemedySupply says:

    – Non Sequitur to Corbett’s article –

    Natural Mosquito Repellant

    From “The Sun” on December 10, 2019
    Man whose deadly farts ‘can kill mosquitoes hired to create Mosquito Repellent made from his intestinal gas'”

    Reprint here –

    The odd job man says no one in his home village has ever contracted malaria because his powers knock out insects over a six mile radius.

    If true, that would make his fallout zone larger than that of the atomic bomb which destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.

    Local barber James Yoweri said: “He is known all over the city as the man who can kill mosquitoes with his farts.

    “When Joe is around we all know that mosquitoes will vanish.

    “He is respectful of people around him and will only fart when there are mosquitoes around which bring malaria. His farts gets rid of this disease.”

    A Local chief who knew Joe, when he was growing up as a child, said he took him in to live with him during the malaria season and claimed no one nearby caught the disease.

    The chief said: “I heard about Joe’s gift and I took him in to help mop out the mosquitoes infesting our surroundings.

    “He respectfully drops these bloomers and it helped eradicate the insects. He does his thing and they drop – like flies.”….

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      December 16, 2019 from “The Sun” by Colin Maximin

      GONE WITH THE WIND Correction: Mosquito repellent

      On 10 December we published an article headlined “GONE WITH THE WIND Man whose deadly farts ‘can kill mosquitoes hired to create Mosquito Repellent made from his intestinal gas'”.

      We now understand that the story originated on a news parody website. Mosquito repellant companies have not expressed interest in working with a man whose flatulence can kill mosquitoes.

      We are happy to set the record straight.

      • generalbottlewasher says:

        Homey, you must be patient and check the mail box regularly, also the phone , they may call! Who you ask? The Nobel Prize Committee on universal law.
        You have been nominated for your ground breaking discovery of ” THE LAW OF 7 ELEVEN ” Perhaps the greatest discovery in modern times.

        Press release : The Sun- UK 12-28-2019 Saturday Special Edition.

        In the secluded sanctimonious caverns of Texas this new law was revealed to the world. As in golden olden times as described by the Greek philosopher Playdo, in his “Allegory of The Cave” describes the premise for the cultivation of such a revolutionary environment that gave birth to HomeRemedySupply’s New Law. ‘THE LAW OF 7 ELEVEN’ … HRS explains the geniuses approach to discovery and the outcomes of his work. ” once the enlightened where thrown out of the cave , it gave me the quiet enviroment to gather my thoughts. It just came to me in a flash, from the missed meal cramps”
        It is also reported first here, the by-product of such genius in action. The cave as you may already know was later to be renamed “Texas” and all the outcasts crossed the blood red river Stix and called that place “Oklahoma”.

        • HomeRemedySupply says:

          That was a classic rendition. You had me grinning.
          ” Greek philosopher Playdo”
          “the blood red river Stix”

          I thought of you the other day up there in the Land of Frking Earthquakes and Casinos.
          I figured you might be able to get in a little golf with the mild Christmas weather.

          Down here in the Dallas area, it was 70 Degrees F (21 C) on Christmas Day.
          It reminded me of swimming in the Brazos River of Palo Pinto County one Christmas school vacation around 1970.

  13. zyxzevn says:

    Telecom worker destroys cell towers to warn public

  14. scpat says:

    From Recommended Reading, China Is A Technocracy:

    Even more remark­able, the paper [Trilateral Commission, Triangle Paper 15] envis­ages that Com­mu­nist China will return to an expan­sionist aggres­sive policy under two conditions:

    1. as Com­mu­nist China “gets stronger,”
    2. if rela­tions with the Soviets are “normalized.”

    Relations have become more normalized between Russia and China as they are now more allied than ever against Western aggression. Can we say they have been driven into each other’s arms? Intentionally? It appears a strong possibility.

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