2016 was officially the year of the ‘Snowflake’….
It was also the year of Brexit in the UK, the beginning of the end of the European Union, and the year in which Americans voted for the wildest wildcard in political history, Donald J Trump – to be their next President.
It was also the year in which two new words were introduced into the English language – ‘Remoaner’ and ‘Brexiteer’.
It was a year that saw the unprecedented rise of the ‘Alt-Right’ and the far right in world politics, (mainly down to the selective blindness, deafness and sheer ineptitude of the left), and the word ‘Racist’ was second only to ‘Selfie’ in the amount of times it was used by the mass media and heard on the streets of both Britain and America.
It was also the year in which mainstream politics moved so close to the centre ground, that anyone who dared speak the truth about what was happening in their own countries, or asked questions of establishment policy …. became a ‘Nazi’.
It was the year in which ‘Safe Spaces’ and ‘Trigger Words’ replaced reasoned debate and grown-up discussion in Colleges and Universities around the world, and it was the year that North Korea claimed to have tested a thermonuclear weapon.
It was the year in which more than 1,000,000 three day emergency food parcels were distributed to people in acute crisis in the UK, and also the year in which 961,000 British households had assets worth more than £1M, excluding property and luxury goods.
It was also the year in which a report was published by a charity stating that the world’s 62 richest people were as wealthy as the rest of the worlds population.
It was the year that brought us #pizzagate and #twittergate, and the #Twitterstorm, and proved beyond all doubt that the mainstream mass media (and a large proportion of the so-called ‘Alternative Media’) could not be trusted …. and that exit polls were in fact …. Shit.
It was the year in which Israel revealed that it now makes 55% of it’s own freshwater, meaning that one of the driest countries on Earth now has more water than it needs, while a water crisis threatens 35,000 Palestinians, of which, half are children.
It was also the year in which 50 ‘Celebrities’ and/or public figures passed away, and are publicaly mourned worldwide, while 55.3 Million other folk slipped away quietly, almost unnoticed, (as they do every year).
I could go on but you get the picture by now I am sure ….
So have a really great, happy and productive New Year and try not to forget to prepare for a 2017 where anything could happen – and where absolutely nothing should be ruled out.
The Outlaw will leave 2016 behind, with a reminder of the words of Confucius when he attempted to give his opinions and teachings, greater gravity and wider acceptance:
“I do not create; I merely pass on the collected wisdom of those who have gone before.”