Spin a coin on the next crisis area.

One-dimensional thinking is no longer enough.

That Ideology, Mammon and religion are really three sides of a four-dimensional coin was made very clear in the opening hours of this new week.

You can either dump ideology and become an empty technocrat – or embrace it to the exclusion of all others. Nick Clegg awards himself a new ideology about once a month, and his new one is ‘the right government at the right time’. To what extent the Liberal Democrat conference will buy that remains to be seen, but as The Slog noted yesterday, Clegg is heading for a well-deserved spell in the wilderness.

Coming out of the wilderness from the Far Right is Jimmie Akesson, leader of Sweden’s anti-immigration Party. Akesson has done what the BNP is always talking about doing but never quite manages it: have some clever people framing policy, and dump the suit-muscles in favour of a strong mainstream appeal. His Party focuses on the data correlation between immigrants and crime in Sweden; and after yet another dead-heat, Akesson’s group the Sweden Democrats – which won Parliamentary seats for the first time – finds itself in a pivotal role.

The Establishment Parties, of course, don’t know which way to hold Akesson up, but as the far Right starts to emerge as an if not influential then at least ‘respectable’ political factor, it is bumping into fascist Islam at every turn.

German business author (Mammon again) Thilo Sarrazin, was forced to resign from the board of Germany’s central bank recently, because he had the audacity to write what Reuters’ Bernd Debussmann called ‘an argument against a combination of flawed immigration and social welfare policies that, according to Sarrazin, have tended to attract a sizeable number of immigrants more interested in living off generous government handouts than in finding a place in the labour market, climbing up the economic ladder and integrating into German society.’

Needless to say, Establishment Germany has had an attack of the vapours, which I’m afraid continues to be the standard reaction to uncomfortable facts about Islamic immigrants with a penchant for extremism. I say ‘afraid’, because only frank discussion will stop the topic finally landing in the manifesto of a very unpleasant Party: then of course, all the ordinary Muslims who just want to get on with their lives will suffer – and equally inevitably, the Establishment Left will demonise and exaggerate the Right’s power….and round and round in circles we shall go again.

Debussmann makes mention of the changing political spectrum in the Netherlands, where the shift to the Right has been very noticeable in the wake of yet more Islamist atrocity and violence. I have a personal interest in this, because my old friend journalist Leo Jacobs was tangentially involved. The murder in 2002 of Pim Fortuyn (by a Dutchman who objected to his criticism of Muslim immigration) and subsequent ritual slaying of filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a Muslim extremist have changed the Party landscape in the Netherlands. Socially too, there has been a backlash against the unreal ideology of multiculturalism….as indeed there has in Britain.

It is ironic, I think, that as Islam immigrates into European society (but fails to integrate) everyone changes their view about almost everything, but Islam itself continues unchanged, certain as always that it is absolutely right, and all other ways of life are absolutely wrong.

The Chinese ideology too has adapted dramatically over the years, and morphed into a quasi-nationalist economic imperialism. Mammon is never very far from ideology – and again, as we predicted last week, currency wars are spilling over into a war of words. Last night the Beijing mouthpiece Global News went into threat-overdrive against Japan.

The Japanese have arrested a Chinese seaman for some piffling offence, but the real problems started when China neatly switched debt ownership from the US to Japan, thus with one throw chucking a potentially large spanner into the works of two of its mercantile competitors.

China has in my view got this very badly wrong. As a nation, its growth depends on exports far more than any other nation apart from India. Currency wars will inevitably lead to all-out protectionism, and more and more heated words being exchanged as global capitalism goes into a full scale blamestorming session. Then China will be up the Yangtse without a paddle.

At the start of this brief ramble, I referred to a four-dimensional coin. There is indeed a fourth dimension: but nobody in a position of power has to date used anything beyond one-dimensional thinking about the crisis. The world crisis developing on a dizzying number of dimensions is really about two things: discernment of reality, and ability to adapt.

Currently, each member the Mammon Club (the US, EU, US, China, Japan and India) refuses to accept the reality of a profound problem, and so their ability to adapt is nearly zero. This terrifies the populace – but the political elite is so out of touch with that electorate, it too cannot spot these changes and analyse how to respond to them. Much sticking of fingers into ears then follows.

Among that population has arrived a religion whose ability to adapt is 0%. Sensible people are waking up to this, and frightened people are getting angry about it.

Like I said, three sides of a coin – and the fourth dimension remains as elusive as ever. My bet (but I could well be entirely wrong) is that something will come in from science’s left-field to change everything. Neuroscience, physics and genetics are the most likely sources of a curved ball – there’ll probably be more than one – and the only thing right now of which we can be certain is that Mammon, religion, and ideology will completely fail to grasp its importance.

By then, I might in turn be in the Fourth Stage of dementia and thus unable to grasp anything beyond a spoon. We shall see.