Like a new car once it’s spent a few weeks ferrying the kids to school and soccer practice, 2010 no longer feels like such a fresh and shiny new year. Our new year’s resolutions aren’t surviving that much better than the ones for 2009 or 2008 did, for that matter, and the holiday season feels like it was over eons ago as winter stretches bleakly ahead into the indefinite future.
This is not my favorite time of year.
But the new decade is still just starting out, and it’s a useful exercise to think about what kinds of problems and opportunities it is likely to bring. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been writing about some of the major global trends that are likely to be driving events in the new decade. Now I want to shift gears and write about America’s situation going forward.