Then and Now

By Eleanor Haas

A friend’s astrologer reported that the heavens are aligned
the way they were at the time of the American and French Revolutions.

An interesting parallel: 
toppling of the existing power structure and a redistribution of wealth
so it reaches more people.

Then it was triggered by violent upheaval.  Now the developed world has systems in place
so that we have a collapse of some financial practices and institutions with
government intervention, in effect, taking power from the handful of
super-beneficiaries of the old system and redistributing it more widely.  We also have an election coming up for which
unprecedented numbers of underdogs – young people and ethnic minorities – have
registered.  If Obama wins, we’ll have a
descendant of a race that was enslaved less than 150 years ago in the highest
office of the land and one of the most powerful in the world.

At the same time, we have the continuation of the Internet
revolution and changes in business operations, market structure and the pace of
change.  The Internet also topples the
existing power structure because it redistributes information so it reaches
more people.

Also the same time, we have violent upheavals in the


, which have toppled the existing power structure.


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