9/11, financial crisis, #45's victory. All of those in hindsight it is easy to see the signs something big was going to happen. (news reports in 2006, 2007 of people with no job getting 300k mortgages are loud warnings) I read this about the rise of populist in Europe, how once ardent anti-communists are taking full control of levers of government and making enemies of the weak (instead of just taking advantage), the refugees from war torn middle east (Libya, Syria, Iraq). Then we have significant issues in Africa (seem more war than previous decade), Rohingi, India, China, North Korea, and of course Putin's Russia. Common thread: Nationalism and fanatical religion, and they are related. In past it was a conflict of Capitalism/Democracy vs Communism/Authority and an a tangible focus. National cooperation of years past has eroded, Brexit and recent elections in Europe have put in question the EU experiment. #45 has thrown into doubt UN/NATO/other treaties in attempting to balance the commitments. And of course what the internet has revealed. Now the situation is nebulous, but there are these signs, markers, but what will it form into? Just wondering.