Faster than the Speed of History

Just a reminder. At the beginning of 1989 it seemed like the division between the Western and Soviet spheres was stable and going to last forever, or least for decades. But by the end of the year the world had completely changed. Once world events start gaining momentum, the world can change pretty thoroughly and pretty fast.

I won’t pretend to know exactly what direction things are headed and whether it will ultimately be for good or ill, but I’m fairly sure that by the end of 2017, 2016 will seem like 1988 did at the end of 1989 – a lost world.

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