Reviewing Our Options

Mike Meyer
7 min readFeb 7, 2024

We don't need shades.

How is this going to play out? We have rosy economic news daily, with inflation reportedly under control, although a bit challenging to see daily; interest rates are expected to begin dropping this summer, wages are up, and everyone can work.

Officially, the rulers are singing The Future Is So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades, but the citizen chorus is not joining in. Is something desperately wrong with the message?

Meanwhile, our tech corporations, the one area of safe employment growth, are laying off up to 25% of their workers, and the government is committed to instigating a major war in the Middle East to protect Israel's Palestinian genocide in Gaza.

The entire Middle East War now includes major attacks on Iraq, Syria, and Yemen (not counting Somalia) while providing direct support and munitions to Israel for use against Palestine and to Ukraine for use against Russia.

Oops, Russia is not in the Middle East. That is the Eastern European War, which is currently being downplayed pending plans to close the Mexican border while concentration camps are again set up. This was the plan to fund Gaza and get the Ukraine War going again. Unfortunately, the complete dysfunctionality of the American Congress is complicating things.

We must delineate the wars to avoid confusion, mainly since none of them are wars. I don't know what to call them. I guess they are only military operations that are not open to discussion.

As you can see, there are significant problems with projecting how this will play out. As several people have said, predictions are difficult, mainly if the future is involved. Since our title here is Future Search, let's sort this out and say where it is going.

Damned if I know. But let's give it a try.

Only parts of this make sense, and that is only if you take mutually contradictory positions, deny big chunks of reality, and squint with one eye.

I can understand parts of the Israeli population wanting to kill all of the Palestinians or at least drive them into Egypt so they can take all of Palestine. After the Holocaust, no one wanted to deny the Jewish communities an open ticket to something, and something in Palestine, where they…



Mike Meyer

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