Junious Ricardo Stanton
Prediction: to declare or indicate in advance especially: foretell on the basis of observation, experience, or scientific reason - Merriam Webster Dictionary
Every year I offer predictions about what we will see and experience in the coming year. I am not especially clairvoyant, I’m not a seer, prophet or oracle; nor do I claim or pretend to be any of these things. I make my predictions based upon current and past trends, events and my observations by studying them, but most importantly by discerning the consciousness, values and motivations of people.
Human beings are creatures of habit. We repeat things over and over again often unconsciously, without thought or preparation. However there are those among us who are exceptionally greedy, evil and megalomaniacal. Current events are rarely random, spontaneous or unprovoked and even when they are, there are always causative factors. Human beings like most mammals are hierarchical beings, there is always a pecking order, an interpersonal and group power dynamic involved; whether it is based on charisma, beneficence, competence, cunning, brute force or all of the above. This is how we have ordered society from time immemorial. We always had, will have leaders, influencers and check holders even in informal groups. Often the real leaders are behind the scenes. Today we often refer to them as the shot callers or the powers that be (TPTB).
Behind most of the major events occurring in the world today are the powers that be. Based on this reality and the fact humans are creatures of habits molded by people in “authority” whether they are out front and transparent or covert and clandestine we can predict future events and trends; so here are my predictions for 2023.
Last year I wrote: “Prediction: the price gauging by Pfizer, Moderna and J&J in particular and Big Pharma in general will continue into 2022 and beyond. These inoculations can not, will not eradicate COVID, the fear porn and hysteria will continue. The media will continue to suppress the fact Coronaviruses mutate which is why vaccines can not and will never eradicate them! Look for the Pi Rho, Sigma Tau variants in 2022.”
In 2023 I predict Big Pharma, the government, media and the powers that be will continue their fear porn campaigns about omnipresent contagious pathogens, they’ll continue to push vaccines and boosters while totally ignoring the proven science about the human immune system as a powerful protector and healing agent.
I predict the powers that be will continue to gaslight us about their mRNA concoctions being safe and effective despite the overwhelming evidence and increasing studies proving they are directly related to death, massive harm and adverse health effects to millions of people!
Last year I predicted inflation would continue to soar, I wrote: “We are being lied to; it is not supply chain disruptions causing escalating prices, it is the increased money in circulation which is devaluing the currency whereby the increase in the money supply lessens the purchasing power of the dollars in existence. Inflation is actually caused when the Federal Reserve Bank (a consortium of privately owned banks) increases the money supply in circulation!”
In 2023 I predict the inflation rate will continue to rise, that the policies of the Federal Reserve Bank will not dampen inflation and their interest rate increases will cause economic decline (stagflation and recession) and suffering for the working poor and middle class. We will continue to experience the disastrous effects of economic policy on our purchasing power and our ability to keep up with the rising costs of living.
Full disclosure, I did not foresee the US withdrawing from Afghanistan in 2021 after twenty years of occupation, nor the Russian “Special Military Operation” in Ukraine in 2022. However I do now believe both of these events are directly related. The US has been trying to weaken Russia politically and economically since Putin stopped the US and NATO from doing to Syria what they did to Libya and Iraq.
In 1967 Martin Luther King Jr. said, “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government.” That trend will continue as the US becomes more and more directly involved in the Ukrainian conflict. In 2023, I predict the US and its NATO lapdogs will escalate the “proxy war” in Ukraine to the point it spirals into a regional conflict. I predict many of the troops that left Afghanistan in 2022 will be redeployed to Eastern Europe in 2023. How intense this escalation will be or how long it will last I cannot say. I will say it will be just as if not more perilous than the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis that almost plunged the world into a nuclear holocaust.
In conjunction with this trend, I also predict the world will continue to choose sides. The US/NATO/Israel alliance is not the team most of the world will chose to play with or for. More and more nations will choose the BRICS alliance; more will partner with Russia and China which will in turn create more tension and angst in the West in general and the US in particular. I hope saner heads prevail but that has not been the trend in recent years otherwise we wouldn’t be where we are now.
Fratricide, homicides, mass shootings and interpersonal violence were off the hook in 2021 and 2022. Sadly I predict this trend will continue in 2023. Mental illness, substance abuse and suicide are rampant in this country! The misery index is sky high. Nevertheless, I am an optimist at heart. I believe we can do and be better personally, as a people and as a nation. Pray for Peace, wisdom, sanity, optimum health and prosperity in 2023, we’ll need it!