Explanation for Contemporary Pessimism, and Finding More Inspiring Scenarios

"Perhaps the cause of our contemporary pessimism is our tendency to view history as a turbulent stream of conflicts — between individuals in economic life, between groups in politics, between creeds in religion, between states in war. This is the more dramatic side of history; it captures the eye of the historian and the interest … Continue reading Explanation for Contemporary Pessimism, and Finding More Inspiring Scenarios

Pessimistic, But Not Pessimistic Enough About America’s Future, in 2004. Are We Now Too Pessimistic?

Rereading a quote I posted on my blog in 2004, with hindsight I realize the pessimistic columnist was not pessimistic enough. In 2004, the US economy was doing much better than just four years later. Americans are by nature an optimistic people, and yet we are currently, in November 2014, going through a round of … Continue reading Pessimistic, But Not Pessimistic Enough About America’s Future, in 2004. Are We Now Too Pessimistic?