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Inevitable decline isn't inevitable

Updated: Nov 17, 2022

Terrific article in today’s O'Reilly Media Next Economy Newsletter ( Reflecting on the writings of historian Timothy Snyder ( “Snyder argues that different understandings of the past—the myths, histories, and memories that blend into a story we tell ourselves about our world—create different politics (policies) that both define us and keep us from examining other perspectives… We’re also confined by our own Western mythos—"a sense that the future is just more of the present, that the laws of progress are known, that there are no alternatives, and therefore nothing really to be done"—which Snyder calls 'the politics of inevitability' … And then we fail to notice, what has been the case for the last 15 years or so, that the world is actually moving away in a very pronounced and easily observable way”.

Interview with Snyder is on The Ezra Klein Show (

This is the striking point that Industry Reimagined 2030 has been emphasizing. When a major social condition has existed for a generation, it becomes the only world that people know and the only world that people see. This is the worldview of US industry in Inevitable Decline. You have to challenge yourself to see, feel, sense this inevitability in order to transform it. Listen for ‘inevitable decline’ in conversations with others, in the media and with your own internal dialogue. We are swimming in a sea of “inevitability decline” conversations.

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