The World in 2013

Friday, December 07, 2012

Daniel Franklin, editor of The World in 2013, The Economist’s annual publication focused on the trends, issues and ideas that will shape the year ahead, discusses the most pressing issues of 2013, the major predictions for the year ahead, which well-known individuals are making them, how this year’s global election results affect the rest of the world.


Daniel Franklin

Comments [12]

Jf from Ny

Lets not make earthquakes and poison the water supply with fracking. Lets not destroy americans mountains with coal. Lets not destroy the earth, atmosphere, make hurricanes and drought. A big spill from solar energy is a nice day.

Dec. 07 2012 12:53 PM
Aaron from Brooklyn

Growth is such a nebulous word. We're led to believe that 'growth' is always good but what do the economists really mean by growth. A increase in health care costs, and profits for the industry industry? We've had 'growth' in the US continuously for 30 years but real wages for the middle class are stagnant..and now unlike before Reagan it takes two incomes to support a family. where's the growth except in the take home payof corporate CEO's and their cohorts?

Dec. 07 2012 12:34 PM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

The new Chinese leader is supposedly banning long speeches and plans to trim the entourages of mid level party types.

Dec. 07 2012 12:33 PM

Britain's biggest under-reported scandal is that finance is so corrupt in the UK that it could not find ONE Briton to take over at the Bank of England. Instead, Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of Canada will be the new Governor of the Bank of England.

Chalk up another success to conservative economic irrationality.

Dec. 07 2012 12:30 PM

It seems that the "dream" of Europe that would end, is the dream of bankers running the continent through an undemocratic framework they built into the system.

Dec. 07 2012 12:26 PM
Geoff from West Orange

I'm referring not just to growth over the next few years, but over the long term. This planet cannot sustain indefinite growth, and until we give up this "growth at any cost" mentality, we doom our future generations to sheer exhaustion of resources.

Dec. 07 2012 12:23 PM

The "street" wants an end to austerity, which has proven to be a disaster. Funny how the the people on the correct side of economic fact on the ground are dismissed as "the street" when they disagree with the elite.

I love how the same sort of people who foretold Iceland's disaster according to their allegedly impeccable economic reasoning, are now threatening countries which wish to follow Iceland's path with similar disaster.

Dec. 07 2012 12:22 PM

Daniel Franklin's response to Geoff betrays the essentially classical (read, conservative) economic outlook of The Economist. It sounds to me that Geoff's question is motivated by the biologists'/environmentalists' frame of mind. It's nice that so many economists are convinced that growth must continue without limit. Mother Nature doesn't think the same way, and we're seeing the results.

Ask Franklin what he thinks of Paul Krugman's comments about "austerity bombs."

Dec. 07 2012 12:21 PM
Geoff from West Orange

Why is growth for growth's sake such a holy grail? We cannot sustain perpetual growth indefinitely, it's a dangerous objective. Why isn't maintenance a goal?

Dec. 07 2012 12:14 PM
John A.

And abortions went up under Bush, and he "created" a war out of whole cloth, bringing death to tens of thousands, and ignored the environment in a way that endangers island nations and seacoast dwellers everywhere. Look elsewhere. We need a more responsible Republican party for starters. Divisiveness is ruining everything.

Dec. 07 2012 11:28 AM
Peter Talbot from Harrison, NJ

Given that we have a fanatical propertied pseudo-intelligentsia that decries inclusiveness and equal opportunity as immoral, and that their millenarian delusions extend to all manner of events natural and political, we'll be lucky if we make to 2013 without extensive opportunities for comedy, etc., which there is already in Congress, of course, not to mention the hand of Providence in the demise of teabaggery as a Republican pastime.

My prediction: America will be forced to adopt serious broad-based protectionist measures to revivify and repatriate thousands of industries to the USA to prevent the financial carpetbaggers and military hardware profiteers from continuing to impoverish American working families by outsourcing the life blood of the nation in the name of unthinking "globalization". This will involve heavy tax breaks for corporations that manufacture goods for at least 20% of every market in every product deemed to be of the national interest by a new Congressional joint committee directed to oversee this project. Of course in this we will simply be echoing the more successful "capitalist" strategies practiced by such lightweights as China, Germany, Russia and most sentient life forms.

But this will not happen before we fall over the fiscal cliff which will hurt republican red states far more than democratic blue ones since they are so much more dependent on knee-jerk continuance of military spending on a wartime basis that should have expired twenty years ago.

And the moral of the story to the Heritage Founders, McConnell, Boehner and the rest of the Republican neo-conservative Ayn Randian flounders: be careful what you wish for.

Dec. 07 2012 10:54 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Given that we've elected a president who supports seriously immoral things, and that disasters would follow, and are following, we'll be lucky if we make it to 2013 without a serious war, etc., which there is already in Syria, of course, not to mention the economic disasater.

Dec. 07 2012 05:50 AM

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