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  • Writer's pictureMichael Sales

Ian Bremmer: Anthropocean de Jour!

Ian Arthur Bremmer (born November 12, 1969) is an American internationalist trained in political science. He is the founder and president of Eurasia Group, a political risk research and consulting firm. Ian is a wunderkind who entered college at 15 after having grown up in housing projects in Chelsea MA. He is the author of 11 books, including the bestselling Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World and The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? Bremmer is a speaker in many contexts and a frequent guest on news programs.

Examples of activities that make Ian a card carrying Anthropocean:

  • Contending that the planet faces three fundamental threats: health emergencies, climate change, and technological revolution

  • Asserting that we live in “G-Zero,” his term for a global power vacuum in which no country is willing and able to set the international agenda.

  • Proposing the creation of a “World Data Organization” to unravel the pressing need for collaboration between governments, advanced industrial players, corporations, and a diverse spectrum of stakeholders in the Artificial Intelligence domain.

  • Framing the power of international technology firms in our “technopolar world” where they are similar to states that possess “digital sovereignty over a rapidly expanding realm beyond the reach of regulators: digital space.”

  • Describing his Eurasia Group as being “irreverent, authentic, fearless, creative…and endlessly curious about how the world works. and doesn't.

  • Developing a plan to massively increase recycling through much better waste collection and sorting systems while also pushing technical boundaries to extend and decarbonize the processes employed.

I established a Google Alert for Bremmer because I find his views of how the future is likely to unfold to be stimulating and based on strong evidence and logic.

Here’s something he wrote on his Facebook feed that I agree with:

mcconnell, feinstein, biden, trump are all too old for another term in office.

we all know this.

i’ll still vote for biden over trump presuming that’s the choice because trump is singularly unfit for office.

but none of these people should be running.

I wish Anthropoceans like Ian were on the ballot; he gets it (or at least he gets some of it!).

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