Dealing in futures

W.R. Mead

  • The 2024 Report: A Concise History of the Future 1974-2024 by Norman Macrae
    Sidgwick, 198 pp, £9.95, September 1984, ISBN 0 283 99113 5
  • The Resourceful Earth: A Response to ‘Global 2000’ edited by Julian Simon and Herman Kahn
    Blackwell, 585 pp, £14.95, September 1984, ISBN 0 631 13467 0

For some years, 2000 has been rivalling 1984 as a golden number in the calendar of futurologists. It has now taken over. And while Europeans have been casting economic horoscopes for their continent at the dawn of the next millennium, nothing is good enough for their American cousins but a forecast for the great globe itself – hence Global 2000: Report to the President, the establishment of the Global Tomorrow Commission, and Global Future: Time to Act, with its list of a hundred recommendations. Norman Macrae’s cheerful 2024 fantasy contrives to disregard Global 2000; The Resourceful Earth offers an alternative and positive point of view.

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