The ideas that will shape the coming year, from the Alzheimer's economy to the end of genderby Prospect Team / December 10, 2015 / Leave a comment
Published in January 2016 issue of Prospect Magazine
Recovery—but for how long? And where? Britain and the US will begin the new year with growth that is the envy of much of the world. Not least the once-praised Brics—Brazil, Russia, China, whose economies are struggling (although India, the fourth, is doing alright, despite suggestions of structural weakness and unreliable government data).
Wages are even rising faster than inflation in the Anglosphere, breaking the pattern of years, although inflation may catch up, and there are many good questions about whether the phenomenon is temporary. Cities—and city regions—are thriving, although devolution works best for areas that are already doing well.
But there’s a new atmosphere of fear, concern and defiance, provoked by terror and disintegration of countries in the Middle East. In Britain, a new focus on assimilation is replacing the celebration of multiculturalism.