Backward-looking, reactionary, left behind by the pace of change and resenting the modern world. But enough of those demanding a rerun...
It feels like the end of Calvin and Hobbes spliced with the end of that Fawlty Towers episode with the ‘forgotten’ anniversary. (My hunch is that had things gone the other way I’d have been citing the end of The Graduate... but we’ll never know.)
The obvious and immediate effects are political and economic, but there’s a visible ripple effect in the epistemic realm that holds so much else aloft: new fractures appearing in conceptual models of how the world works, how to manage it, and what counts as having credentials to do so. Exhilarating or traumatic or both, according to your taste and circumstances.
I wonder what the old Nudge Unit people make of it all. Political science has crashed into the art of politics.
Sell stock in knowingness, assuredness, and this guy. Buy assets in curiosity; this could be a great time for big ideas.