As a critic of the 2012 circus, should I add more fuel to it or should I not? I have already suggested that 2012ers should look at 2027 if (or rather when) nothing happens later this year. 2027 is when the Aztec Calendar Round comes to a full circle next time (and the 2027ers can actually use the Aztec calendar stone without making the same mistake as the 2012ers do).
In any case, here is my fuel to the 2012ers. BBC reports on an analysis made by the bank Barclays Capital that shows an “unhealthy correlation” between the building of skyscrapers and the following financial crashes. The tallest buildings are usually the main examples of a much grander building boom which reflects a poor allocation of capital.
Examples brought up are the first skyscraper, the Equitable Life building in New York which was completed in 1873, just before a five-year recession, the Empire State building constructed before the Great Depression in 1929, Sears Tower in Chicago which was finished in 1974 and coincided with an oil shock, the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur which is correlated with the Asian financial crisis in 1997, Burj Khalifa which was completed just before Dubai’s economic decline in 2009. It is basically the speculation regarding property that drives the buildings upwards.
India has 14 skyscrapers under construction, including India Tower which will become the second tallest building in the world. Today China constructs 53% of the world’s skyscrapers. Even Chinese villages construct 300 m tall buildings. Chinese property market may drop by as much as 20% in value during this year and the next.
So, what is the connection between these tall buildings and financial crashes and 2012 and the Maya? Some people, including myself once upon a time (but no longer), argue that construction booms in the Maya area (and other parts of Mesoamerica) followed the periodicities of their calendar. On this blog there is a post that refers to an article I wrote in relation to the millennium about what I called “Baktuniarism”, a form of millenniarism related to the Long Count. I argued that great changes occurred around the Baktun endings in 354 BC, AD 41, 436, and 830 (according to the GMT correlation). Around these periods constructions of major buildings occurred and in some cases, economic declines occurred afterwards. If one ignores the period endings, there are notable changes in some polities after they constructed major buildings. Some of the tallest buildings at Tikal are quite late in the site’s history, which also is the case for Late Formative El Mirador. If we make analogies with other parts of the ancient world we notice that the pyramid projects in the 5th and 6th dynasties of the Old Kingdom of Egypt were considerably smaller than those built during the 4th dynasty, probably the result of economic stress. Today I would not make much noise about these speculations apart from giving 2012ers some ideas.
Hence, for you 2012ers out there, think about it. Your assumed “end” of the Maya calendar coincides with an economic crisis, and man’s desire to build towards the sky (or down into the earth), are modern towers of Babel. China is on the rise as the world’s leading economy. Is it pure coincidence that the Chinese New Year (January 23, 2012) initiates the year of the Dragon to be followed by the year of the Snake in 2013, creatures which clearly are the same as Quetzalcoatl? And we all know that Quetzalcoatl is Satan don’t we? Remember that McKenna, by using the Chinese I-ching, already has established that all that remains after December 21, 2012 is change. Remember where you read these groundbreaking news first!