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Ins and Outs

Friday, 6 October, 2017

According to the analyst Henry Olsen, we need to reset the binary political dial. Left vs. Right is history and Ins vs. Outs is reality. He makes his case at Unheard in the form of nine slides, which is innovative and suited to the tastes of the infographic consumer. His warning conclusion:

Rising global economic integration will continue to put downward pressure on income and opportunities for people in competition with the new workers whose skills are being rewarded with investment by Western multinational companies and with access to Western markets. Falling costs of transport along with the rising populations and continued conflicts in countries like Syria that do not yet benefit from membership in global economic arrangements will continue to drive their populations West in search of better lives. Economically depressed people tend to become generally depressed people, dropping out of society and losing the sense of citizenship that ties them to others. We are not near the beginning of the end; we are not even at the end of the beginning.

Ins vs. Outs

Leaders who close their eyes to these trends will be like the conservatives at the turn of the 19th century who failed to see that rising education, industrialisation and urbanisation were producing a much greater demand for welfare and for democratic regulation of factory owners. Those leaders ended up being swept aside, often violently, while wiser heads adapted to the times and forged the liberal, capitalistic democracies that we live in today. Adaptation of some sort is our only course forward. Pray that today we choose wisely, and work to bring in the Outs before it is too late.

“In, damned Out! In, I say!” (After Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 1).


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