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Truth, Errors, and LiesPolitics and Economics in a Volatile World$
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Grzegorz Kolodko

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231150699

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231150699.001.0001

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The Uncertain Future

The Uncertain Future

What Awaits Us in the Near and Distant Future and What Say We Have in It

(p.338) Chapter Ten The Uncertain Future
Truth, Errors, and Lies

Grzegorz W. Kolodko

, William R. Brand
Columbia University Press

This chapter illustrates the Twelve Great Issues for the Future, which are the things that people must keep examining while trying to peer into the future. What happens next will depend on things that happen at the same time. These twelve compass points are: the rate and limits of economic growth; the evolution of values and their cultural implications; the institutionalization of globalization versus the growing chaos; regional integration; the role of nongovernmental organizations; the natural environment; demographic processes and migration; poverty and social inequality; the knowledge-based economy and society; scientific and technical progress; the evolution of networks; and conflicts and security (war and peace). The essence in seeing all of these lies in the fact that, as humanity edges forward over time, we will see something new and different each day. It is always better to see than not to see, to understand more rather than less.

Keywords:   economic growth, evolution of values, globalization, nongovernmental organizations, natural environment, demographic processes, poverty, scientific progress, evolution of networks, conflicts and security

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