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  •  Right, education is basic to US knowledge workers (1+ / 0-)
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    indubitably speaking English is to getting a job. The qualities that get jobs is character, personality, innovation.

    Nevertheless I suspect there will be generations of middle classes smoothing out to a standard a little lower that the US today but across the globe. Healthcare alone will be a gold mine with relatively virgin markets like in Africa.

    We do great disservice to our communities & states in not taking ownership of these transitions.  There's no reason to expect the federal gov't or multinational companies will do anything other than what has a negative cost or impact on our lives.  There are lots of regional opportunities to engage locally or in states and there will be global opportunities as as with global labor actions.  

    •  I certainly believe that the BRICS (1+ / 0-)
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      are in the process of acquiring a greater share of global economic power. I am less certain of what path the transition will follow in those societies.

      •  The only thing I feel certain about is... (2+ / 0-)
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        Richard Lyon, indubitably

        ...that rapidly escalating competition for resources means that the chance of transformational social or economic reform is dismal for the next 50 years and as remote as an enlightenment that triggers the US to socially distribute wealth more broadly in any significant way. Americans who are disadvantaged, in regions on the decline, or see themselves losing ground will need to rely on the fire in their own bellies and migrations, perhaps overseas, to see significant change within their own lifetimes. Otherwise, certitude is not my thing.

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