Friday, January 21, 2011

Plutocracy, Philanthrocapitalism and you in the Year of the Cat.

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới,  Beijing, New York, Mumbai, London, 1976, Al Stewart, Year of the Cat, Global view, World view, Many are running to dictionaries right now to figure out what the first two words of the sentence above mean. In short, but not literally, they mean the world we live in today. They are a description of the times. As Glen Hutchins, co-founder of the private-equity firm Silver Lake, explains in this month's Atlantic magazine, "The circles we move in are defined by interests and activities rather than geography: Beijing has a lot in common with New York, London, or Mumbai - We are engaged as global citizens in crosscutting commercial, political, and social matters of common concern." That is, those of us who work in or with more than one country.

I have no predictions for the Year of the Cat but I've read the entire article above and that helps give me an idea of at least the atmosphere in which things might happen. As a New Year's treat I've included a download of Al Stewart's classic 1976 album, 'Year of the Cat'. You can download the title song, or the entire record. I recommend the latter, a firmly rolled spliff, and a little trip 25 years back to ponder just exactly what might happen in the future. Chúc Mừng Năm Mới. everyone. What may be, may be.

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