Is there “a bigger picture”?
It think it was Pablo Picasso who, when asked by an admirer what he was trying to say in a new canvas, replied “I don’t know, it’s not finished yet”. Degas also said similar things: indeed, he had the unnerving habit of, while round at a client’s for dinner, taking one of his paintings off the wall as he left “to finish it”.
There is a bigger picture behind the great majority of world events in 2015, but nobody knows what it is yet, because it’s a long way from finished. At this point – it sometimes seems to me – it is little more than a preparatory series of sketches. I do not and never will buy into the World Conspiracy tripe, be it about Jews, Islamics, the Pentagon, Putin or the EU/banker/Wall Street axis, because these are at best very loose and occasional cooperations. Most of the time, sharks do not like sharing their prey: a squabble breaks out and there’s a feeding frenzy, but by the end of it they’re as likely to turn on each other as the victim. Islamists split into literally dozens of sectarian groups, Wall Street hates the City, most Russian oligarchs don’t like Putin, the European Commission distrusts the ECB, and a helluva a lot of Jews are either way about Israelis. Continue reading