AHA from Interesting Times Magazine asked for some 2010 predictions for the next issue.
This is what I sent him:
2010 doesn’t look too good.
More unemployment in 1st world countries, more social problems and an increase in crime.
People that used to live in places where they didn’t even lock the doors will now suffer home invasions and either adapt to the new reality or become victims.
Friends and relatives that had high standards of living are now poor.
More people on the streets, more families dumpster diving.
The wave of people in Europe that lost their jobs in 2009 are now running out of “el paro”, the unemployment bill the government gives them, this will probably cause protests and maybe even some social unrest.
More people will return to their countries of origin as the 1 world countries they went to now lack job opportunities.
In USA the government will desperately go out hunting for tax money. 2010 will likely be remembered as a year of increased taxes as well as new ones. Fines and such, they will all go up in price to round up money to pay for the bailout and free healthcare.
Government control and invasion of privacy will become a more serious problem as the authorities try to control every aspect of people’s lives, and their spendings.
It’s not all bad. It will also be the time for business opportunities. Those that understand the new needs and new social sectors may find ways of making good money.
Even more people will be moving back to their parents and families living together chipping in all together to make a living.
The grandparents are now sought after for their nanny capabilities, saving money for the family doing such job.
There will be a reduction in the leisure market. People will be buying some luxury items but even the higher classes will become a bit more careful about spending in general.
Throwing money ridiculously wont be fashionable any more, and different groups and non profit organizations will be formed, not to save the whales or rainforest, but to feed the new generation of poor children.
There’s going to be an increase of small, home based business and companies, started by ex-unemployed.
2010 will still be a complicated year for most people, mostly reagrding unemployment, poverty, inflation and a new problem: higher rates of violent crime.
By the time we start 2011 we will have both a more solid economy and society. By 2011, the main problem wont be the economy, but governments that now have too much power, power that was granted to them to get the people out of the crisis.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre