Great post, thanks Matthew. At the beginning of the 21st Century I was quite positive about our direction but I must say my optimism has faded as this Century has unfolded.
The year 2020 is upon us. It seems incredible that it’s 20 years since the turn of the millennium – a socially-defined key date in western society where the predominant beliefs were always millenarian, although we have to accept that a ‘millennium’ was sometimes figured to be other than a thousand years, hence the social panics back in the early 1660s. You know, 1666 wasn’t far off… But I digress.
It’s also twenty years since the ‘year 2000 bug’ was supposed to destroy the banking system and lose everybody’s money – a fate that was avoided only because of some very hard work ahead of time by computer programmers.
The larger economic problem as 1999 drew to a close was less the loss of…
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