Is 2020 the future of the future?

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.

Matthew Wright

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.

Photo I took on 3 January of haze across the foreshore in Napier, New Zealand, from Australian bush fires burning some 2000 or more kilometres distant.

The larger economic problem as 1999 drew to a close was less the loss of…

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