Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Post-Abundance Era

The future, for the first time in centuries will now be defined by having less than previous generations did.

Found at Crooks and Liars:

Ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union, foreign policy analysts have struggled to find a term to characterize the epoch we now inhabit. Although the "Post-Cold War Era" has been the reigning expression, this label now sounds dated and no longer does justice to the particular characteristics of the current period. Others have spoken of the "Post-9/11 Era," as if the September 11 attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon were defining moments for the entire world. But this image no longer possesses the power it once wielded -- even in the United States.

I propose instead another term that better captures the defining characteristics of the current period: the Post-Abundance Era.

1 comment:

North of 49 said...

That's a gloomy article. But he's right: it's going to be an era of post-abundance in everything -- except people, greed, stupidity and fear.

On the other hand, hard times force hard choices, and maybe offer the impetus to chuck old ways and try something new, even if only out of desperation. So perhaps we're not totally, completely, irrevocably in the cart yet.

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