10 Scenes From The Economic Collapse That Is Sweeping Across The Planet

10 Scenes From The Economic Collapse That Is Sweeping Across The Planet (Economic Collapse, May 13, 2013):

When is the economic collapse going to happen?  Just open up your eyes and take a look around the globe.  The next wave of the economic collapse may not have reached Wall Street yet, but it is already deeply affecting billions of lives all over the planet.  Much of Europe has already descended into a deep economic depression, very disturbing economic data is coming out of the second and third largest economies on the globe (China and Japan), and in most of the world economic inequality is growing even though 80 percent of the global population already lives on less than $10 a day.  Just because the Dow has been setting brand new all-time records lately does not mean that everything is okay.  Remember, a bubble is always the biggest right before it bursts.  The next major wave of the economic collapse is already sweeping across Europe and Asia and it is going to devastate the United States as well.  I hope that you are ready.

The following are 10 scenes from the economic collapse that is sweeping across the planet…

#1 27 Percent Unemployment/60 Percent Youth Unemployment In Greece

The economic depression in Europe just continues to get worse with each passing month.  According to the Daily Mail, the unemployment rate in Greece has nearly tripled since 2009…

Greek youth unemployment rose above 60 per cent for the first time in February, reflecting the pain caused by the country’s crippling recession after years of austerity under its international bailout.

Greece’s jobless rate has almost tripled since the country’s debt crisis emerged in 2009 and was more than twice the euro zone’s average unemployment reading of 12.1 percent in March.

While the overall unemployment rate rose to 27 per cent, according to statistics service data released on Thursday, joblessness among those aged between 15 and 24 jumped to 64.2 percent in February from 59.3 percent in January.

#2 Detroit, Michigan Is Insolvent And Is Rapidly Running Out Of Cash

I love to write about Detroit because it is a perfect example of where the rest of the country is headed.  They have just gotten there first.  At this point, Detroit is essentially bankrupt, and the new emergency financial manager is saying that Detroit may totally run out of cash next month

Detroit may run out of cash next month and must cut long-term debt and retiree obligations, according to emergency financial manager Kevyn Orr’s preliminary plan to save Michigan’s largest city from bankruptcy.

Orr’s report says the cost of $9.4 billion in bond, pension and other long-term liabilities is sapping the ability to provide public safety and transportation. He listed cutting debt principal, retiree benefits and jobs among his options.

“No one should underestimate the severity of the financial crisis,” Orr said yesterday in a statement. He called his report “a sobering wake-up call about the dire financial straits the city of Detroit faces.”

#3 Economic Despair In France

France is going down the same path that Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy have gone.  The following is an excerpt from a recent article in the Economist

HELDER PEREIRA is a young man with no work and few prospects: a 21-year-old who failed to graduate from high school and lost his job on a building site four months ago. With his savings about to run out, he has come to his local employment centre in the Paris suburb of Sevran to sign on for benefits and to get help finding something to do. He’ll get the cash. Work is another matter. Youth unemployment in Sevran is over 40%.

#4 7,000 Abandoned Buildings In Dayton, Ohio

All over the upper Midwest, there are formerly great cities that are dealing with thousands of abandoned buildings.  Dayton, Ohio is one example…

Like many urban cities in recent years, Dayton still finds itself knee-deep in abandoned, dilapidated properties as the result of the foreclosure crisis and economic downturn five years ago.

Boarded up buildings that appear to be on their last legs litter the city as it attempts to recover.

Kevin Powell, the city’s acting manager of housing inspection, says officials plan to use $5.2 million — half from the state’s Moving Ohio Forward program and a matching grant from the city’s general fund — to raze 475 abandoned properties by the end of September.

That will scratch the surface of an estimated 7,000 abandoned property problem that is growing.

#5 Overwhelmed By Squatters In Spain

In Spain, unemployment is rampant and people have become incredibly desperate.  In fact, in some Spanish cities you can now find entire apartment buildings that are being overwhelmed by squatters

A 285-unit apartment complex in Parla, less than half an hour’s drive from Madrid, should be an ideal target for investors seeking cheap property in Spain. Unfortunately, two thirds of the building generates zero revenue because it’s overrun by squatters.

“This is happening all over the country,” said Jose Maria Fraile, the town’s mayor, who estimates only 100 apartments in the block built for the council have rental contracts, and not all of those tenants are paying either. “People lost their jobs, they can’t pay mortgages or rent so they lost their homes and this has produced a tide of squatters.”

#6 The Collapse Of Chinese Power Consumption

Energy consumption tends to closely mirror economic activity.  That is why the recent collapse of Chinese power consumption is so alarming.  The following is from Zero Hedge

According to CLSA’s Chris Wood using NEA data, China’s monthly power consumption (the most accurate proxy for underlying economic strength according to the current premier) growth slowed from 5.5% YoY in Jan-Feb 2013 to 1.9% YoY in March, the slowest growth rate since May 2009 (as discussed in-depth here).

#7 Horrible Economic Data Coming Out Of The Second Largest Economy On The Planet

The economic data that has been coming out of the second largest economy on the globe has been quite alarming recently…

For starters, China’s recent economic data, as massaged as it is to the upside, is downright awful. China’s PMI numbers were the worst in two years. Staffing levels in the Chinese service sector decreased for the first time since January 2009 (remember that year).

China’s LEI also shows no sign of recovery. If anything, it indicates China is heading towards an economic slowdown on par with that of 2008. And if you account for the rampant debt fueling China’s economy you could easily argue that China is posting 0% GDP growth today.

#8 One Out Of Every Five U.S. Households On Food Stamps

Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps.  Today, even though we are supposedly in the midst of an “economic recovery”, food stamp enrollment continues to soar to new highs.  The following is from CNS News

The most recent Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) statistics of the number of households receiving food stamps shows that 23,087,886 households participated in January 2013 – an increase of 889,154 families from January 2012 when the number of households totaled 22,188,732.

The most recent statistics from the United States Census Bureau– from December 2012– puts the number of households in the United States at 115,310,000. If you divide 115,310,000 by 23,087,866, that equals one out of every five households now receiving food stamps.

#9 Child Hunger In America

Those that work for the big banks on Wall Street may have no problems feeding their children, but overall there is a rapidly growing child hunger crisis in America today.  Just check out the following statistics from one of my previous articles

*For the first time ever, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless.  That number has risen by 57 percent since the 2006-2007 school year.

*In Miami, 45 percent of all children are living in poverty.

*In Cleveland, more than 50 percent of all children are living in poverty.

*According to a recently released report, 60 percent of all children in the city of Detroit are living in poverty.

#10 The Tremendous Suffering Of Hundreds Of Millions Of Desperately Poor People That We Never Hear About

There are billions of people around the globe that are deeply suffering but that do not have a voice.  We usually never hear about the desperate poverty that these people are living in, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t exist.  The following statistics that Stephen Lendman recently compiled should shock and alarm you…

At least 80% live on less than $10 a day. Over three billion people live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 80% live in countries where income disparity is increasing.

The poorest 40% of world population has 5% of global income. The bottom fifth has $1.5%. The top 20% has 75%.

According to UNICEF, 22,000 impoverished children die daily. They “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.”

An estimated 28% of children in developing countries are underweight, malnourished and/or stunted.

How can so many people be living like that in a world with such wealth?

Sadly, things are going to get much worse.  The economic and financial systems of the world are rapidly breaking down, and in a few years these are going to look like “the good old days”.

And a growing number of people are starting to realize the direction that things are headed.  For example, according to a survey that has just been released, 48 percent of all Americans believe that the best days of America are now behind us.

So what do you think?

Are our best days behind us, or are they still ahead of us?

Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below…

2 thoughts on “10 Scenes From The Economic Collapse That Is Sweeping Across The Planet”

  1. We are experiencing the collapse of a would-be world empire. Great empires of the past, ancient Egypt, Rome, Aztecs and Mayans also vanished without a trace. The reason I say would-be is because a global world government will never happen……we are about out of time.

    Economies rely on the people running them to a certain extent. If they are greedy corporations such as we have now, it is short sighted and destructive.

    Economies rely on what they produce, and who wants and needs their products. China is in trouble financially because:
    #1: Their entire economy has practiced Enron Accounting, it is far less robust than they claim. They have ghost towns to prove it. Riots for employment averaged over 100 a day a couple of months ago. I have seen nothing to tell me it is getting any better.
    #2: Their economy has relied on exports to keep it growing at the insane figure of 10-12%……..but people are no longer buying as they were. Exports are not the most reliable source of income, it relies on the economies of it’s customers. When customers don’t have money to buy, it hurts everyone. They don’t buy, people don’t sell, and it becomes a downward cycle.
    #3: We all rely on the food and water we produce from the planet. Air, soil and water supply quality make a huge difference. China has a terrible pollution problem, and diseases are breeding quickly from them.
    This only covers three areas of Chinese problems .

    65% of the USA is in drought. Our crops are not producing as they were. There are areas in this nation approaching Dust Bowl levels of drought. We are quickly losing our status as the food basket of the world.
    One in 5 Americans are on food stamps, down from 2 out of 100 in the 1970s. Meanwhile, the quality of our food has diminished.
    The ongoing global heating may be coming from the radioactive poisons from Fukushima, and other leaking nuclear plants around the world. We have two here on the West Coast, one in Washington State, another in San Diego. We have ones with similar problems in LA, and other East coast locations. Governments work together to keep these truths hidden. Does anyone believe the rapid melting of the glaciers has no connection with these man-made radioactive volcanos………I am no scientist, but it is pretty obvious to me. We cannot stop them, we don’t know how.
    The rising sea levels are already forcing communities to relocate. I read here that a community in Alaska is next. All of these things that were gaged to happen in 100 years are happening now.
    Mankind’s biggest mistake is in believing we run the planet. I lived in a coastal rainforest for 12 years, and it taught me how small we are in the scheme of things. I had a thousand year old pine tree on my property, Indians wandered under it long ago. Compared to that tree, we are here for a few minutes.
    The planet is very alive, and it can wash us away as easily as we might a few ants on a sink. Somehow mankind thinks we are in control…….and we are not.
    None of us alive today know what it is like to experience severe food shortages, to struggle for clean water……so many things we take for granted. The French Revolution was started due to hunger riots. The top 1% had everything, everyone else had nothing. Hunger is the #1 cause of revolution.
    We are quickly losing control of the world in which we live. Economies respond to things like droughts, food shortages, not enough water, etc.
    The worst part to me, is that fools are in power, and they will only speed up the decline because they are too greedy and self-serving to see the pending disasters that are gathering today.
    Perhaps this is always the way, I don’t know.
    We rely far too much on technology. Much knowledge is now stored on computers. If we lose our power sources, we are all in trouble. It isn’t smart to do it this way, but that is what is being done.
    Thanks for a good article.

  2. The Keynesian Endpoint

    The Keynesian endpoint is when the entirety of government tax revenues has to be used for paying interest on the public debt.

    At this point a sovereign feels compelled to monetize an exponentially increasing debt load and/or default.



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