People have been predicting the future for thousands of years. Why? To protect themselves from what is coming? Mostly, yes.
Many of them have listened to voices they've heard, thinking God or angels are talking to them. That's never worked. Almost all of such predictions have been really screwy, usually involving massive amounts of death and destruction before Paradise reigns.
Karl Marx tried to predict the future "scientifically," yet the application of his theories have failed completely in every way, leading instead to death and destruction - literally the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Even today, people are still trying to impose socialism, ignoring its history. That's just insane.
Instead, what does work is political and economic liberty. Strictly speaking, I don't believe in "economics." It used to be called "political economy," because you can't separate one from the other. That's why it's often referred to as political and economic liberty. The more that exists, the better it is for everyone.
If I was an investor, I'd only invest in countries that had the most economic and political liberty - the U.S., western Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Australia. In other words, what has traditionally been the Christian West. I would have nothing to do with the rest of the world and don't want any of them coming here.
I have never considered China a threat, and now the place is in pretty big economic trouble. I predicted this, to the jeers of the uninformed. Russia, too, for that matter
And if Russia and China get into a war, that's not our problem, the way when the National Socialists of Germany and the International Socialists of Russia got into a war, we should have let them pound each other into the dust instead of getting involved.
Richard Maybury, who is an investor counselor and the author of several books, has pointed out you only need two basic laws to create a good society: 1): do all that you have agreed to do, and 2) do not encroach on other people or their property.
The first is the basis for tort law and the second the basis for criminal law. When enforced (or most especially when people follow them willingly), both together create political and economic liberty. Prosperity. Well-being. It's pretty simple. And when you follow those simple rules, you get liberty. When you don't follow them you get tyranny.
All of this is based on the premise law is discovered, not invented. If you believe it is invented, then it's anything you want it to be.
This Liberty vs. Tyranny is why were are getting science (and when it's application, technology) growing by leaps and bounds every day. That's the free market.
On the other hand, the State is growing, too, which is why we're getting people trying impose tyranny on people, including attempts to impose a one-world government. The whole thing is a gigantic mess and cannot continue.
Liberty or Tyranny. That, in a nutshell, is how you can predict what is coming.