How The Elites Are Divorcing From Reality: The Economist's "What If"

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The Western globalist elites have not digested Trump’s victory or Brexit yet. They are having a hard time dealing with their ideological failures, and when the reality dares not to comply with their day dreaming, they go online and create a parallel world, where their “expert” predictions always turn right and their failures cannot be questioned.  

The Economist‘s portal named “what if”, a neo-liberal, wishful thinking echo chamber, is the point in case.

Its latest piece attributes magical powers to the new hero of the elites, Emmanuel Macron, who soundly defeated “evil” Marine Le Pen in May. For The Economist, Macron is nothing short of Jesus as he was correspondingly depicted on the monthly’s cover walking on water:

The hypothetical scenario of Macron’s success is based on magical reforms that will somehow create enormous numbers of jobs after an initial friction and fix the out-of-control state budget. The text provides no answer how exactly all this is going to be done. The happy predictions do not stop there. Macron’s miracle, would turn France into another Silicon Valley, a paradise for start-ups. Does it not make us think back to the internet bubble of the 90s? After “making France great again” and defeating Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, Marine’s niece (who for the record has already retired from politics, but don’t tell The Economist, it’d break their narrative, they need an evil antagonist), Macron’s magic would next make Europe great again. Academic papers on the “French Renaissance” are beginning to appear, says the article’s author, an intellectual liberal himself and Macron’s flunky. He speaks of “EU-funded military operations in the Sahel”, because clearly that’s what Europe needs most. Why, destabilizing surrounding countries has worked very well so far, hasn’t it? Islamic terrorism isn’t even touched in the article, so we gather it will magically disappear as will the problems of the banlieu which do not deserve much mention either. Here, too, no solution is offered, just pure magic.

Another article,”If borders were open“, tackles immigration.2)According to the article, the world would suddenly become richer by 78$ trillion because “Mexicans in the US could make 150% more, Nigerians 1000% more”. Never mind the fact that basic economic logic says the infinite increase in labour supply sends wages crashing down to zero. It also claims that “a Nigerian in the United States cannot be enslaved by the Islamists of Boko Haram” because, clearly, mass migration to the West so far has not resulted in events related to Islamic terrorism nor separated communities. All our concerns about low wages and terrorism are are dismissed as “little besides conjecture and [have] anecdotal evidence to support it”. Reality is anecdotal evidence. The entire article is a massive exercise in intellectual dishonesty, ignoring or downplaying contrary evidence while highlighting potential and rather illusory benefits. Although it covers briefly the possibility that an ethnic group of a radically different culture could numerically overwhelm that of the host country and abolish democracy, no conclusion is drawn. And yet a “what if” scenario is important because a failure in creating a brave new world might result in an ethnic conflict the likes of which we are seeing in Syria now. But that’s not a politically correct answer and thus must be ignored. What matters is the alleged 78$ trillion, which for the record would never happen if ethnic conflicts and societal collapses erupted. The first line of the article says: “the potential gains are so vast that objectors could be bribed to let it happen” and that answers the pertinent question, who would get those 78$ trillion? The elites, and next they will bribe academics and intellectuals to post articles like that one. Indeed The Economist is owned by the world’s most elitist family, the Rothschilds. Very much like their puppet, Macron, who by the way worked for a Rothschild bank. Is this love a coincidence?

We surveyed The Economist‘s past articles. None of them actually predicted today’s world even remotely accurately. For 2015 there was a Russia break-up potential scenario a fantasy that resembles those spun by the late ideologist Zbigniew Brzezinski in his book The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives. Then there’s “The first 100 days” of President Hillary Clinton.

The prediction of Trump’s victory is the only accurate thing in the article. The conclusions drawn are all false. The subtitle hints that Trump’s inexperience would cause “real-world crises”. Once again, clearly, Hillary Clinton’s “we came, we saw, he died” about Libya did not cause a civil war, a collapsed society and an immigration crisis in the Central Mediterranean, very much like Obama and Hollande’s “Assad must go” approach towards Syria did. To say something like this would be dismissed as “anecdotal evidence”. There’s a claim that his first international visit would be to Russia; it turned out it was to Poland.

Hillary was supposedly toppled by “Russian hackers”, which only confirms that the fantasy was always present in the minds of her supporters. Too bad. The narrative has now shifted to “Russian collusion”. Russia would also be “shooting Estonian helicopters” because Russians are evil. The Russophobic narrative is The Economist‘s recurring leitmotif.

The other claims include Mexico, which would be now a “humanitarian” superpower because it won’t deport “unaccompanied minors”, also known as illegal immigrants to Central American countries, thus teaching Trump a lesson in morality. Oh no, wait, Mexico is actually considering building a wall along the border with Guatemala. What else did they predict?

Trump won’t pass his “Muslim ban”; the travel ban has actually been passed. There will be a trade war with China; there is none as yet. Deportations of illegal immigrants won’t happen; arrests are actually up 40%.

In short, none of The Economist‘s predictions have come true. It must be Russia’s fault or anecdotal evidence.

Liberal intellectuals are too busy living in a parallel world to notice their miscalculations. Are they then worth listening to?

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Cup of Espresso's picture

This ridiculous cover seems to contradict assertions that the "Economist" is not really controlled by the R0thschilds... But there is a method to their ridiculousness.

jeff montanye's picture

not much more subtle or unbiased than the prior one with trump using a kkk hood as a megaphone.  

p.s. why has the u.s. embassy stopped issuing non-immigrant visas except in moscow, especially now that the personnel there is being reducedl?

chubbar's picture

It's a full spectrum effort to discredit Trump, don't believe ANYTHING you read unless it's from the white house. Remember how credible the polls were (are) leading up to the election? Nothing is beyond corruption any longer, look at the news networks,  we are way down the rabbit hole.

opport.knocks's picture

"Nothing is beyond corruption", including Trump. The US swing voters, many of whom were just "anyone but her", have realized that Trump was just a vote pandering fraud faster than the same voters realized Obama was a vote pandering fraud. 

Crazy Or Not's picture

Cover should read:

"Have faith in the bubble" ... "the bubble is safe" ..."Invest in the bubble"

If Merkel/Macron/EU/ECB are successful in distancing Europe from any Trump war like policies (imposed on him by Deep S./ behind the curtain types), EU bubble markets should pump well (until decided pop moment)....

Crazy Or Not's picture

I'm expecting (Soros) Jihadi White Van types are sitting quetly in Moscow/St Petersburg suburbs now, waiting for 
2018 FIFA World Cup to decimate the Russian Tourist dollar.... 
I also hope Putin catches them all. sick fucks.

HenryKissingerBilderberg's picture

aren't both the ECONOMIST and MACRON fruits from the same ROTHSCHILD???

Crazy Or Not's picture

Are you saying "The Bubble is engineered!" ...shock horror! (sarc)
Yup ... I should say they are ;)

Son of Thor's picture

I’m making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do…

JRobby's picture

While it is important to read the ememy propaganda and be aware if it's subverting messages, I think it is important to provide ownership information when referring to any "publication" because mamy don't get the propaganda wars yet

Economist and FT are particularly offensive as they are Rothschild owned.

CheapBastard's picture

Many of these EU rags are totally out of touch with reality the way they treat our president and also the way they describe the joys of islamification of Europe.

JRobby's picture

To deny the egregiously negative impact the Rothschild's and their like have had on this planet is to deny Satan.

holgerdanske's picture

Th French seem to have a solid reord of choosing idiots to lead the country.

And they are VERY slow to learn.

First Zarkosy was elected and everybody were dancing in the street, later not so much, they could not wait to get rid of him.

Then Hollande next, and the same thing happened, and now Macron, and he is already an utter failure as well..

The French are mad.

Come to think of it, reminds me of what is going on in the good old USA.

Maybe this is the beginning of the end for the thing they tell us is "democracy"


JRobby's picture

Sarkozy - Clearstream "Affair"

dogismycopilot's picture

Has anyone else noticed that around the world, when people stand up agains the corrupt politicians, we are labled as 'populists' and 'nationalists'?

They think they are the 'gifted ones' and we are too stupid to manage ourselves.

Colonel's picture

"They think they are the 'gifted ones' and we are too stupid to manage ourselves."

That's the lie the "elite" and politicians tell themselves, that people need "managing", when in reality all they are doing is stealing and extracting wealth from the populace.

Blue Steel 309's picture

It is hard to say if that kind of thinking comes more from the Talmud or from monotheism in general.

Sanity Bear's picture

It comes from the religious visions that result from me fucking your mom.

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

Didn't you get the memo? The terms "Populists" and "Nationalists" are out. "Nazis" is in.

Crazy Or Not's picture

Does that mean... Globalists are now...
Global Supremicists ... that fucking figures!

CheapBastard's picture

The soros team is coming up with new trigger slogans every day to pinch the little minds of the lefties.

otschelnik's picture

... and racist -islamophobe - mysoginist - supremist.

Look how the Lame Stream Media and snowflakes reacted when DJT called out the equivalency under the law of cultural marxism with white supremicism.  They went ape-shit.

With the Russian collusion fantasy collapsing in front of them they'll blame the alt-right with the traditional racist meme.  I'm wondering what else they have left? 

Colonel's picture

" I'm wondering what else they have left?"

Plenty, they will just project all their criminality onto DT.

doctor10's picture

The intolerance is that of the Anglo-American Left and their incapacity to address the failure of 70 years of their ideology of distilled Bolshevism-and its consequent social, political and economic failures.

Their ego's prevent both seeing and admitting what is obvious to the deplorables. Evidently an OxBridge-Ivy League has become so divorced from reality that only mass hysteria can explain the insanity of their insisting upon doing the same thing over and over and over again, expecting somehow different outcomes.

new game's picture

soon these smart fuks will need to mange 1300 fps projectiles...

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Sometimes the old ways are best.  Roiund 'em up, let 'em think about their crimes for a few nights, then cart them to the gibbet for their grand public final appearance.  I'd add some hungry hogs at the end of the line, so they may know in their final minutes that their remains will go to something useful.  Every night, a pig roast and merriment for the plebes!

raybies's picture

They do think that, but for good reason.

Batman11's picture

Angela Merkel keeps getting voted back into power as she does a good job of running the German economy.

Nothing succeeds like success.

The age of austerity isn’t what most would call success and economists aren’t going to gain any credibility with performance like this.

The new normal of secular stagnation is just not good enough.

Respect is earned by doing a good job.

That is all there is to it.

Today’s experts seem to think that they have been anointed by God and deserve to be respected as experts when they do a really bad job of running the economy.

Buck your ideas up.


In 2008, the Queen visited the revered economists of the LSE and said "If these things were so large, how come everyone missed it?"

How bad can it get?

East Indian's picture



JohnGaltUk's picture

How could  anyone have missed the GFC 2007/8!!!!!! It was painted red and had bells all over it. 

If you can not see the next one you must be operating with one brain cell. The water has started to go out and we are begining to see the swimmers with no cloths on.

Crazy Or Not's picture

wasn't she told some bullshit like "inherent instability" .... like that would wash!!!
Banksters fucked the Queen? or was she given a zeroday backdoor pass?
She kept Scotland ....
oh and the "Diana problem" went away...

4freedom78's picture

Europe is fuck, world is going back to a new dark age 

Byte Me's picture

Oh grow up. This is just prelude. If you feel "let down" the poor bastard who self immolated in Tunisia might give you a clue.

"Europe is fuck, world is going back to a new dark age "

Defeatist prat.

JRobby's picture

Paid to look the other way. And the Queen knows it. Just a PR op for "Her Majesty"

JohnGaltUk's picture

The west is collapsing. We are too busy watching X Factor and worrying about our lactose intollerence to notice.

Here in England I already have my pitch fork ready.

2banana's picture

You are going to need a bigger pitch fork...

CRM114's picture

I suggest you get an offshore yacht ready, or know where to nick one.

Batman11's picture

The mainstream neoclassical economists have dug a very big hole for themselves.

Neoclassical economics doesn’t look at private debt.

The UK and US looked economically successful as the private debt built up out of sight.

The US:

The UK:

You can only saturate an economy in debt once.

Well the US has done it twice and it took them along time to forget the Great Depression before they did it again.

The economy relied on the thing it hid (debt) to work and now we’re full up on debt.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein.


Batman11's picture

"Another Payday loan Sir?"

"How about a sub-prime auto-loan?"

"Perhaps, a sub-prime mortage?"

I'm maxed. out on the current repayments, fuck off.


CRM114's picture

"Not a problem Sir, we have just the product. Reduce your monthly repayments with a sub-sub-prime loans loan - no credit check necessary, just initial this box that says I'm a Good Boy, Really. - and you'll then be able to afford this new $80,000 dollar truck, zero down, easy payments over a 999 year term"

"What's this about souls, first-born sons and kidneys?"

"Don't worry about that Sir. Just small print. Same as the Apple User Agreement"

Offthebeach's picture

Ut is easy to sell your kids, grandkids into debt sefs via Treasurys.   Have them pay what lefties spent today.

backspaceone's picture

misleading title 

BritBob's picture

Argentiana - always divorced from the reality

 Falklands- Never Belonged to Argentina (1 page):


How long will it last?

Crazy Or Not's picture

always divorced from reality ..... That's fucking precious!

I'm sure you're down in the front row singing your heart out and bobbing up and down like a cock...

Sugarcandy Mountain's picture

Malvinas. You stand corrected.

Colonel's picture

"For The Economist, Macron is nothing short of Jesus as he was correspondingly depicted on the monthly’s cover walking on water:"

 One thing you can be sure of Macron is going to turn out to be the EXACT opposite of saviour. They tried attributing messianic symbolism to Obozo and look how that turned out. Maybe Macron is the Anti-Christ?