One of the most unnerving aspects of the apocalyptic conditions we must all and in our own ways somehow survive, is the inevitable tendency of the Big Players to pull every lever they have, act without warning, and generally lash out in all directions. They are, after all, trying to save their skins - and they still have some big levers within reach.
I point to just a handful of momentous recent actions, (and in my unseemly haste must leave readers to google the details for themselves - apologies, we normally offer a better service I know).
1. Chavez recalling his gold bullion from London
2. The IEA countries dumping their crude oil reserves
4. Switzerland holding a gun to its own head and daring the FX markets to do their worst (which unsentimentally they will)
3. The establishment by the Chinese of their new Pan Asia Gold Exchange, which seems to me the biggest signpost of all: they have in mind the Doom of the Dollar - and the means to bring it about.
When the elephants dance, ants and the humble punter can easily be crushed. The only upside as these developments explode around us is that sometimes they take a while to play out. But what do they mean ? I expect we all have our favourite theories and conspiracies.
In any event, the sands are shifting, the plates are moving, old certainties have limited shelf-lives, and instincts that have served well may no longer be enough.
How Marx would have enjoyed living today.