The Future in Plain Sight
A Look at Our Planet in the Year 2050
For more than half a century, our planet has enjoyed a prolonged period of privilege and stability. Recent decades have seen some of the most extraordinary prosperity in all of human history, and we have come to view this as the norm.Preface
But what if instability returned?
And what can we do to prevent that from happening?
In The Future in Plain Sight, author Eugene Linden lays out the nine factors that are symptomatic of instability in today's world. They include overpopulation, the widening gap between rich and poor, the resurgence of infectious disease, and the effects of a changing global climate. Linden explores these and other destabilizing forces and tells us what we can do to plan and prepare for life in an unsettled and unsettling universe.
From crises in the world's financial markets to the breakdown of natural systems that support human life, The Future in Plain Sight is a powerful look at what lies in store for us in the coming decades.
Part I: Nine Clues to the Future
Part II: Scenes from 2050
Part III: The Case for Instability
Afterword to the Plume Edition
"May be the most important book of the decade."
"A highly interesting look at things, not so much as they will be, but as they might become."
"A novel and interesting way of looking at world events."
"Linden brings wide learning, acute judgement, and great imagination to his evaluation of destabilizing forces. His close-grained, evocative descriptions of possible futures in specific places suggest more about where we may actually be headed than any other book I know."
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