A bit of a riff on my 'hate it here' post (NB newish readers should probably see this post for a bit more on the 'hate' part).
I'm not very good at discerning the timing of events - that is, I underestimate the amount of inertia in the system, and things happen much more slowly than might be expected on abstract logical grounds. That said, these are things that I see being important over the next fifteen years or so:
- first, the whole question of Islam/terrorism, and the likely political and strategic conflicts and realignments that might come about in the Middle East;
- second, the ongoing financial crisis and deflation, leading to (probably) a shift in economic power to the East;
- thirdly, crashing into resource limits, especially the peaking of the oil supply.
Now all of these three are going to interact in multiple and unpredictable ways. What I'm pretty sure about, however, is that coming out on the other side, we will be in a very different place. Which is why a lot of the prognostications that depend upon more or less 'business as usual' seem rather unreal to me.