One could say that the entire new issue of The Socionomist answers the question above — and not with a single article, but several. Each one memorably illustrates what an independent mind can do by thinking outside the confines of conventional wisdom.
In fact, the issue is so strong – and so worth your time – that we want to give you a few highlights from each one of the issue’s three articles
1. Democracy Under Attack
“Where will politics end up after a historic bear market?”
Not only is The Socionomist the only publication that asks that question today — Its commentary and unique “Nolan Charts” amount to a singular study of the answer.
- Should you assume that democracy, at least in its current form, will survive? Political questions don’t get more serious than this, dear reader, and The Socionomist gives it the consideration it deserves. Don’t assume you know this question’s answer until you also know the degree of the wave of social mood that is now in force.
- The current generation of political protesters: Do they really differ from the participants in earlier protest movements, such as those from the 1960s or even the 1930s? Or is there a common denominator among all such movements – including even the Tea Party protesters of a year ago)? Hint: As The Socionomist says, this generation and the one before it “are all homo sapiens – and have the same brain structures.” Still, something changed with the top in 2008. What was it?
- Have you noticed how many politicians, policy makers, and people on the street now openly question whether “democracy works”? The swelling trend extends far beyond the U.S. and other countries in the West. It shows up from Israel to India and beyond. Why? What’s behind this sudden questioning?
- “Political norms” are in fact a moving target: If you understand that the idea of normal is itself constantly changing, you will then grasp why political gridlock in Washington is at its most intractable in 80 years (and likely to get worse).
- The six-stage Nolan Chart first published in the April 2010 issue: It appears again now with the “Democracy Under Attack” article, which gives it new relevance and urgency. The commentary includes a “You Are Here” update on Western Society’s ideological decentralization process, comparing and putting into perspective the internal fragmentation within both the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party sub-groups.
2. Shechtman Scaled Wall of Skepticism En Route to Nobel Prize
Imagine a story that begins with a scientist being told to leave his job because he is “a disgrace,” and ending 29 years later with that same scientist winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry!
There’s no imagining necessary, however, because this story is true. It describes the real-life experience of now-renowned scientist Daniel Shechtman, who indeed did receive the 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry. What’s more: The work that led bosses to consider Shechtman a “disgrace” in 1982 eventually proved to be the very breakthrough discovery that led to his Nobel Prize.
Here again is a wonderful example of what it means to “spot the impossible.” Shechtman discovered quasicrystals, which contain spiral arrangements and reflect Fibonacci mathematics — the same mathematics that govern Elliott waves.
- The Socionomist describes and illustrates the quasicrystals that Shechtman discovered, and tells how they displayed properties which a 70-year scientific consensus claimed was literally “impossible.”
- “New science breaks old paradigms” is the core truth behind Shechtman’s accomplishment: The Socionomist offers deep respect to the courageous independence he showed in the face of years of rejection, until his moment of vindication finally came.
- More than a decade before Shechtman’s Nobel, Bob Prechter had cited Penrose Tiling’s similarity to the Fibonacci sequence, “in that it contains no repeating patterns and is generated by two simple rules.”
As if those two articles alone were not worth subscribing to The Socionomist, this issue also gives you:
3. A Pattern of Monumental Shifts
Does the socionomic insight shed light on news and culture every day?
Indeed it does, but only when you work from the premise that socionomics can equip you “to spot the impossible.”
Consider these recent examples of what appeared to be random events — that is, until the Socionomist shows how they all fit the pattern of today’s social mood.
- Finance: Seven years ago (in 2004) the idea was “crazy.” But today it’s an almost commonplace observation: Financial markets across “all asset classes” are moving in the same direction. Bob Prechter & Pete Kendall called the trend “all the same markets” in Barron’s magazine, years before anyone else even knew to look for such a relationship, much less predict it and delineate its implications. Bob and Pete’s insight was all about the role of social mood and the coming seismic shifts in the financial landscape.
- Trade: The recent massive shift in mood was indeed global, a truth that will become more conspicuous by the week. Discover why outbreaks in protectionism may be the indicator to follow.
- Fashion: Just how broad is the influence of social mood? Broad (and powerful) enough to literally “Bend Gender Lines,” certainly in the fashion realm. Gender-bending is an observable influence we have long forecast, and now it’s happening right on schedule — including with “today’s hottest model.”
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