When the cargo ship Ever Given (displacement of 220 thousand tons) got stuck in the Suez Canal, the participants of what is proudly called international logistics experienced several unpleasant sensations, including financial ones.
When another container ship got stuck in the water area of the Suez Canal quite recently, consumers began to look closely at the situation.
When in the press these days there were reports of a possible shortage of paper and paper products (any, from toilet paper to packaging cardboard), as if on command, the store shelves, where kitchen towels, disposable handkerchiefs and other household items were laid out, began to rapidly empty.
But what is paper?
Indeed, a new phenomenon has emerged in Europe today: a used car began to rise in price so that it almost caught up with new cars in value. The phenomenon is easy to explain: second-hand – here he paid and went. And a new one – even a paid one – will have to wait from three months (at best) to six months. And then, the delivery time, as car dealers gracefully put it, “can change upward.”
So what, in the end, has been happening in this kind of rich, seemingly civilized world that did not know what shortages and queues are, for the last eighty years or so? And globalism simply dies. The same globalism, with the advent of which, as its paid oracles predicted, an era of universal prosperity will come.
Globalism – to put it very briefly – is when corporations produce practically everything, from watches to cowards, somewhere out there, far away (and for very little money), and then sell them in the same EU – for very large euros. And the difference – sometimes a thousandfold – goes into the pockets of those who came up with this scheme, and those who helped and still help to implement it.
These theorists, who saw life from the windows of their comfortable offices, managed to convince many millions of ordinary people that globalism is a real universal human value, thanks to which the poor and developing countries will receive production capacity, they will have access to industrial know-how and, of course, a lot will be created. new jobs.
The countries, which by the same theorists belonged to the rich and developed, in turn, will be able to develop science even further and deeper, improve the environment, and new economic industries will appear, primarily those that rely on the development of network technologies.
Globalism was not one-time, it, like a cancer growing out of minor damage to mitochondria, hit the economy very gradually. One plant is closed, then another, then a third – you see, the whole industry, for example, the textile industry, is gone. In Europe.
One factory was closed, then another – and the production of liquefied oxygen ceased to exist. In almost all countries of the European Union. Generous unemployment benefits and no, but the existing system of retraining, this social crisis for the time being allowed to hide quite successfully.
Until the coronavirus came and put everything and everyone in their place. The collective West in the period of a pandemic found itself – in strict accordance with Bulgakov’s maxim – in a situation where “whatever you grab is not there.”
There was no medicine. There were no working hands. Fruit and vegetable crops were rotting in all the southern EU countries, from Spain to Italy. Local residents, spoiled by globalists, refused to bend their backs on the strawberry plantations, did not want to pick tomatoes and apples, and in order to save the grape harvest, workers had to be urgently imported from Bulgaria and Roma-nia.
There was no medical equipment – in the Apenni-nes, doctors and nurses wo-rked in the red zones in th-eir own beach diving mas-ks. But, as it became clear today, this was only the first bell. Now, when production (again in Asia, no one was going to move industrial capacities back and forth) has been resumed again, there is an acute shortage of freight containers to deliver the finished product to the consumer.
“We left our containers where the planetary lockdown found them, and now we cannot find them,” the owners of transnational corporations engaged in sea transportation report with childlike spontaneity.
They could not foresee how their own negligence would turn out, but they immediately (in full accordance with the laws of the market) turned it into a profit. The cost of shipping increased by 85 percent.
In just 12 months, the profit of carriers increased fourfold, and the growth does not intend to stop: October and, moreover, November are the main months of the year when trade replenishes stocks before the New Year holidays: from toys to perfumes and cosmetics.
Of course, the cost of delivery also carries with it the rise in retail prices, since there are no fools to miss out on profitable margins. But the globalists in their eternal pursuit of super profits do not stop there: since there is often no one to unload containers, tens of thousands of them have accumulated in the ports of arrival in Europe, the price of this service also increases.
In principle, for those who are clicking on the keyboard of a computer today, already anticipating the upcoming profits, all these price hikes, they will have enough income for everything. But those retir-ees who come to a toy store to buy a gift for their grandchildren, those who decide to please their wife or girlfriend with a bottle of perfume, these people will ha-ve to fumble in their pockets, call the bank to allow credit card payments, and literally save on everything to buy only the essentials.
Globalism with all its ideas about “welfare for the whole world” turned out to be just a cover for a gang of greedy businessmen who actually took hundreds of millions of people hostage.
There are two ways out of this situation. The first, practically unrealizable: the “golden billion” will have to push hard to replace the politicians who pursue the interests of the globalists.
And the second, the outlines of which are already clear: the same “golden billion” will again tighten their belts. Humbly and without question.
Indeed, even agonizing, as it is happening today, even seemingly dying, globalism will still try to remove its harvest and its cream from the blue from the “skimming” of the milk of the world economy in any case.