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This article gives a real “helicopter view” of the world. Yesterday, US intelligence agencies released a report showing what the world will be like by 2030. It predicts that the end is nigh for US global dominance; that the middle classes, globally, will grow; that individuals will have increasing power when compared with states –  and that there will be a fight for decreasing resources. Sadly, it seems, the heady days of pre-2008 are not coming back. It’s a fascinating look at where the world might be going.