Something is happening that points emphatically in the direction of paradigm shift.
Oil prices are the lowest they have been in ten years; lower than they were during the period of the Lehman Brothers meltdown. Chinese stocks dropped today, forcing a halt in trading. China is the engine of global economic growth. Saudi Arabia is in the midst of forcefully breaking free of the Pax Americana in the Middle East, meaning there is an even larger war to come. This does not bode well for the future of the European Union, which is already reeling from a refugee crisis. The spate of groping assaults in Cologne on New Year's Eve is certain to translate into a nativist upswing at the German polls.
In the United States, with Obama weeping in the White House over gun violence, a right-wing militia continues its armed rebellion at the Malheur Federal Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, and a reality TV star continues to dominate the presidential race (even if he isn't currently polling ahead in Iowa).
Two-thousand-sixteen promises to be the year that the dominant neoliberal paradigm of the last 40 years cracks irreparably. That's my prediction.