Capitol Rioters Can’t Stop the Economic Forces Undermining Their Tribe
(Common Dreams) We are entering a world that by 2030 will look very different to the one that pertained on September 11th 2001. Given that this date constitutes for many Americans the day the world shattered America's innocence, it's a good place to start.
For example, according to academic Mauro Guillen's clever new book, 2030, the percentage of the world's wealth owned by women in 2001 was 15 per cent; by 2030 it will be 55 per cent. There will be more female millionaires in the world in 2030 than males ones.
The next industrial revolutions will be in sub-Saharan Africa. There are 500 million acres of undeveloped agricultural land in Africa. That is the size of Mexico.
Today, the American and European middle class is the largest in the world, by 2030 it will be Chinese. By then the number of people entering the middle class will be 1 billion; the number of Americans who describe themselves as middle-class today is 230 million. By 2030 that American figure will be 290 million, and thus two thirds of the global middle class by 2030 will not be American.
…Cities, traditionally places of social fluidity and tolerance, where people can get on free from the stricture of their homes, will continue expanding apace. By 2030 cities will take up only 1.1 per cent of the earth's landmass but will be home to 60 per cent of the world's population.