Trends Issue 111 - July 2012

Commercial Space Flight Goes Mainstream

Private industry has finally begun delivering launch vehicles and orbital spacecraft to fill the void left by...

Commercial Space Flight Goes Mainstream
published on: Jul 1, 2012

U.S. Energy Independence Just Ahead

As the Trends editors forecast more than a decade ago, North America could achieve energy independence by 2015. What...

U.S. Energy Independence Just Ahead
published on: Jul 1, 2012

Defining American Capitalism

The United States is not facing the same level of impending demographic crisis as Europe or China. However, it is...

Defining American Capitalism
published on: Jul 1, 2012

The Incredible Shrinking Workforce

The complex intersection of demography, public policy, and economic cyclicality has converged to shrink the U.S. labor...

The Incredible Shrinking Workforce
published on: Jul 1, 2012

China Faces a Perilous Transition

China is one of the great success stories of the past half-century. But the export-driven formula that has worked so...

China Faces a Perilous Transition
published on: Jul 1, 2012

Personal Air Vehicles: An Idea Whose Time Is...

One hundred years ago, the automobile and the airplane began changing our lives forever. And as early as 1926,...

Personal Air Vehicles: An Idea Whose Time Is at Hand
published on: Jul 1, 2012

The Coming End of the European Welfare State...

Europe, as we have known it, is both literally and figuratively dying. Like Japan, Europe is facing “Demographic...

The Coming End of the European Welfare State and What It Means for America
published on: Jul 1, 2012