London Paul: Part 1 – War, New Reserve Currencies & Crumbling Empires
In this two-part presentation, Tom welcomes back Paul from The Sirius Report to begin a discussion on the rapidly evolving multipolar world. In part two, we dive further into the BRICS Currency System and why gold and silver can protect you from all possible outcomes of an uncertain future.
Paul is concerned with the unintended consequences of the war in Ukraine and the economic sanctions. The sanctions demonstrated clearly the level of ignorance within the West. They misunderstand how the Russian economy works and their alternative systems to SWIFT. Since 2014, Russia has been constructing new domestic markets to diversify themselves away from the West.
He explains the idea of the ‘Global South’ which includes 87 percent of the world’s population that exists outside Europe and North America. The rest of the world took notice when Russian assets we’re seized, and most countries are concerned they could be next.
Dedollarization is working because other nations are finding ways to use their own currencies to circumvent the dollar system. They are starting to avoid the expensive dollar by dealing directly with each other.
Europe and particularly Germany has been reliant on cheap energy from Russia. These nations could have signed long-term contracts last year for energy, but now the prices are much higher. The United States has been pressing the narrative that Russia is not trustworthy, even though they have been an extremely reliable trade partner. Countries can’t simply change energy suppliers overnight, and “It’s almost like a comedy of errors with potential catastrophic consequences.” Europe is still receiving Russian energy through backdoor channels with other nations, but at much higher prices. The West can’t change course on Russia due to the amount of political capital that has been invested.
Cooperation is happening between the global south and trade is already growing. The West doesn’t understand how China and Russia’s economies actually function. Soon, the global south will not need the west. Western politics is a constant conflict and a total waste of time. It’s just an illusion of choice, and practically nothing gets achieved.
Time Stamp References:
0:00 – Introduction
1:24 – Sanctions & Consequences
6:50 – The Global South
17:48 – Japan & Treasuries
19:07 – European Energy & Germany
28:18 – Blame Russia & Politics
32:47 – SWIFT Flight & Trade
35:34 – Economic Planning
42:29 – Ukraine in Collapse
50:17 – Russian Fixation
52:58 – Complexities
54:52 – Red Lines & Escalation
Talking Point From Part One
- The lack of understanding and consequences of Western nations regarding Russia and China.
- Why the era of cheap energy for Europe is now over.
- The lack of West to have long-term economic plans and the consequences.
- Europe’s fixation on Russia and why politically they can’t change course.
The Sirius Report is an independent website providing analysis and an alternative perspective on current affairs and global events that, we believe, are shaping a new political, economic and social paradigm. We are fully self-funded and are not backed by any third-party corporation, organization, or individual.
The site is run by ‘London Paul’ and his partner Lisa, who is the site administrator. ‘London Paul’ is a pseudonym that was first coined by long-time friend and fellow commentator Jim Willie. For privacy reasons, Paul prefers not to be known by his real name. He also feels that the primary focus should be on his work rather than on his identity.
Paul has a long track record of accurate predictions and analyses on geopolitical and economic affairs. Originally, a physicist, he was awarded a Ph.D. in biomolecular physics, after which he spent some time working in academia. He then went on to work in the financial services sector and worked in some major banks until the financial crisis of 2008, when he left the banking sector to work in the precious metals sector. In addition to his vast understanding of economics and precious metals (a friend of his once jokingly said that ‘Paul is the only person I know who really understands derivatives’), he has also always had a keen interest in geopolitics. Through years of diligent research and conversations with certain key insiders, he has been able to gain a unique understanding of a geopolitical shift towards a multipolar paradigm that is now shaping the world in the 21st century.
Paul is not motivated by party politics and does not adhere to any particular political, religious or other movement. He likes a common-sense approach to everything and sees it as his responsibility to deliver completely objective, unbiased, and no-nonsense analysis, even if that means going against popular opinion.