The British magazine came out with a new prophecy-a rebus for the next year. We asked the experts to decode it.
This year, the first page decorated in the style of the works of Leonardo da Vinci, but with a modern twist. In the style of the Renaissance depicts Donald trump, Vladimir Putin, Mahatma Gandhi and Angelina Jolie.
The change of epochs
In the center of the composition is the famous Vitruvian man by Leonardo da Vinci, on which the artist put on either night vision, or virtual reality goggles. In conjunction with the fact that almost all writing on the cover is made in mirror image, as it liked to do Leonardo, it becomes clear that everything in our world is not as it seems at first glance. But experts saw the overall picture of the symbols of the change of epochs.
— The key to remembrance is the drawings in the style of Leonardo da Vinci, what should be understood as the end of the age of Renaissance and the transition to a volatile and unstable period «Baroque» when will disintegrate solid and reasonable view of the world and the understanding of man as a rational being.
— Now, in the words of Pascal man is aware of himself as «a cross between everything and nothing», «those who catch a semblance of phenomena, but not able to understand neither their beginning nor their end.»
Almost all experts point out that The Economist predicts global changes to the role of the States in the future world.
— In global terms — the strengthening of the Western civilization and the cooling capacity of the «Eastern» empires such as China, Russia and Arab countries. Profile of the tramp — as an allusion to the possibility of impeachment, the four horsemen of the Apocalypse against the background of Putin — as the expectation of the global meltdown due to the political cycle in Ukraine.
Pinocchio with a long nose looks like a symbol of information warfare, pervasive simulacra and lies.
English bulldog in North America as a symbol of the Kingdom completely disconnected from the EU.
Behind this picture is philosophically observes Walt Whitman, the greatest American poet and the author of the epic cycle, «Leaves of grass» in which he sang the emerging power of America. Although in this case, a new allusion, from the poem of the poet, dedicated to the slain President Abraham Lincoln, «O captain! My captain»: «Wake up, dad! My hand rests on your forehead, And you’re on the deck asleep, As if dead to the world». I think this is an eloquent symbol of «dying» American dream…
But some experts see a picture differently, paying attention at all to other parts.
— A portrait of the President of the United States trump eyes turned to the East, the portrait of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin looks to the West, and between them nestled a symbol of China – Panda — a Little way to the left and below we see the English bulldog, above Panda and Putin — Japanese Shrine, mount Fuji.
How will be resolved and will be resolved whether it is a trade conflict between the US and China, will depend on the growth rate of the world economy as a whole. A preliminary agreement at the G-20 summit in Argentina about the introduction of a temporary truce in 90 days is not very inspired financial markets. Still waiting for more concrete solutions.
— The probability of signing a peace Treaty between Russia and Japan for the first time since the end of world war II, linked to the transfer of two Islands. Perhaps The Economist believes that the contract will be signed and this fact will certainly go down in history. But the signing of the Treaty will not pass by the United States, as evidenced by the opinion of the President of the trump.
The problem of a British exit from the European Union completes the picture. The mood at the British bulldog is clearly unhappy, but the bulldog is nice is the fact that not releasing the prey from his teeth. It is obvious that the British government, Theresa may, will bring the matter to the end. What will it be – will find out after March 30, 2019, when the deadline occurs on Brexia.
About the economy
Economic symbols of the experts saw it differently. Although the topic of the global financial crisis in rebus found without exception.
— Striking the electric car as a symbol of a systemic change in demand for traditional fuel.
— Battleship — as a signal of a possible crisis in Brazil, which activates the destruction in the segment of developing countries, the elephant with tusks-arrows — as a signal that the emphasis in the third world will shift from China to India.
A Panda in Greenland confirms this — China will be very «cold» in the financial plan. There is growing threat of the credit crisis and the slowdown of the Chinese economy close as ever.
The figure of a man in glasses with the leaves of cannabis and iPhones in hand — a symbol of total emancipation «of the sign» from «things» on the theory Batiara (theory of consumption – ed.). Everything becomes simulation, even work. Will happen the global fusion of Freudianism and Marxism, the inability of representative democracy under the domination of simulacra.
Well, the Fuji on top of the covers as a hint to the fact that only Japan in this paradigm will retain internal consistency.
It seems I see another difficult year, and other analysts.
— In the center of the cover – version of Vitruvian man from The Economist in which the symbols of the modern era. This digital technology. I think that cannabis represents the extension of the list of countries where is legalized the sale of marijuana. And stand out clearly scales with decreasing bowl — hinting at a likely financial crisis. Lots of talk about this lately, and it specifies a number of signs which appeared on the market for the first time since 2007. We are talking about the overheating of the us stock market and the uncontrolled growth of U.S. government debt.
— There is at least one of these segments to collapse – state avalanche of defaults can cover the whole world. No accident under my left arm Vitruvian man two boxes with the flags of developing countries as a hint to those who may suffer in the first place. But let’s hope that the negative scenario will not be realized and the company to the top of the picture find the correct way to solve the world’s problems.
The refugee crisis and the flight to the moon
But not as bad. In a global sense to mankind new horizons.
— I think that the authors allude to space travel to the moon and Mars, and new horizons of space research. Also the increasing role give cannabis and its legalization, as happened in Canada. Stork – it’s a reference to the birth of the first test-tube babies with modified genetic code.
By the way, DNA theme played on one of the arms of the Vitruvian man. But the stork with a bar code may indicate that the service is for replacing the DNA and will be paid initially will be available only to the rich people.
It is not excluded that the four horsemen of the Apocalypse could mean natural disasters. – In the hands of the main figure is seen a smartphone with a QR code. In fact, this shows even more mobilization. Face metrics in the upper right corner is the face recognition technology and surveillance, that the mass will be implemented in 2019. Libra people in the hand, to symbolize the migration crisis, the division of people into «good» and «bad».
The woman at the bottom, composed of Angelina Jolie, this is another hint for refugees.
The struggle for women’s rights
Another trend, which analysts omitted, but are unable to get around we may be hostage #MeToo, which went viral on social networks in October of 2017 after allegations of sexual harassment film producer Harvey Weinstein. In fact, this may indicate the increasing intolerance of the society towards sexual violence, especially against women. Interestingly, this hashtag is the only inscription that is written correctly and not mirrored.
As if in confirmation of this is shown below portrait artist of the 17th century of Artemisia Gentileschi that a teenager was raped by a teacher of the arts. In court she was subjected to a humiliating physical examination and torture, to prove the veracity of their statements, before her abuser was convicted. In the modern world Gentileschi became a symbol of the struggle for the rights of women who have been sexually abused, it is even called the symbol #MeToo.
By the way, a self-portrait from the cover of The Economist was sold for a record for works by Gentileschi 2.18 million dollars. Perhaps the authors are implying that the struggle for women’s rights next year someone will make a good profit.