Social, political, and economic unease permeates not only the US but most western democracies. The acceleration of
change brought about by Covid has the potential to make these fractures worse, especially as the hard left and hard right attract followers looking for scapegoats. Tribalism won’t help. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Raoul examines where we are and makes some suggestions about how to play a difficult hand. A manifesto, if you like. One thing we can’t afford to do: extrapolate the present into the future. Titanic deckchair shuffling. Be bold. Be clear. Carpe Diem.