Last week we thought briefly about the fault lines where the coming move deep into a negative phase of mass mood might break things apart. Things like societies, social contracts, corporations, and governments. Let's take a little more time and hunt for a few more that socionomics tells us should be lurking beneath the surface:
1. The crushing of dissent and the redefining of opposition to the goals of the political and corporate elites as "terrorism" or "criminal" behavior. The groundwork for this may be seen in the ongoing efforts to smear Julian Assange of wikileaks.
2. The cratering of local and state government budgets continues. Oregon is a great case study, but once the downtrend in mood resumes, there won't be a single state in the Union left unscathed. If you are relying on transfer payments or public monies for a significant portion of your income, please have a Plan B ready.
3. The political edifice in place since the end of World War II continues to crumble as radical candidates continue to successfully pick off mainstream candidates. I am surprised that this trend continues to have legs (as was Senator Murkowski) as the markets have held up reasonably well over the last year. That said, the anger is real. Whether you agree with the Tea Party movement/billionaire front (depending on your persuasion), this is tapping into some significant angst, anger, rear and worry. This movement, or one like it, could very well rewrite the U.S. political scene in the coming months and years. Watch how it evolves. Watch out for the scape goats that get chosen and try to make sure you either are not one, or have a Plan B to get out of Dodge.