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Looking toward the Future in a Rear-view Mirror

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Posted in 2016 elections, 2020 elections

Fifty people who shaped a decade” appeared in the  Financial Times Friday. It was an engaging year-end feature, headlined “Politicians, business leaders, economists, activists, artists and sports stars who changed the world around them in ten years marked by austerity, populism and the march of technology.” At the end of the online version, the editors asked, “Who did we miss? Who would you add?” Two names immediately came to mind: Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, and Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilian president and despoiler of the Amazon rain forest. That got me thinking about the ways in which looking back