It might seem that we’re living in pretty turbulent times, but there’s nothing all that surprising about the state of the world – if you take a look at the past few decades, and the policies and the general shift in views that have lead to this point. If we know where we are, and what’s to come, then we can have a pretty good understanding of the issues that we’ll face in the future. Below, we take a look at a few of some of these issues, and how they may influence the political sphere.
It’s tempting to think of politics as something that exclusively happens at the top end of society, with the rest just living with the decisions, but this is not true. What happens to the masses is the real politics. A giant shift in how the many live their life will have big reverberations in the political world; just see how unemployment figures influence campaign trails, for example. In this regard, we’re in for a big shift. With the rise of artificial intelligence, somewhere in the region of 30 – 50% of jobs may be lost. If those people aren’t found something else to do, then they’ll be a big political headache to remedy.
The effects of technology on politics have already been felt, in both positive and negative ways. On the positive, there has been increased engagement and political accountability; on the negative, there has also been the rise of fake news and cyber interference with elections. As outlined on the Arizona Secretary of State website, there have been calls to improve election cybersecurity, with some good initiatives put forward to combat the issue. As technology continues to improve, it’ll be a matter of being one step ahead of the criminals who try to interfere with democracy.
It’s easy to turn a blind eye to the environment, but there will come a time when it’s too late to ignore. When that happens, it won’t just be rising sea levels that pose a problem – there’ll also be things like food shortages, mass migrations, and other serious issues. This will require national and global cooperation. In the not too distant future, the traditionally combative approach between nations will need to be replaced with an eye on the common good. It’s almost certainly going to pose a threat to one of the big vehicles of politics – the economy. How that’s navigated will have a huge effect on the future of the world.
Youth in Control
Millennials very often get a bad rap from the media and just about everyone else, but there’ll come a time soon when they’re in control. This will see big changes in the political climate; the youth of the day are more engaged with the issues than their parents were, and it may be that this will be represented by a more diverse political elite.
The future isn’t written, and everything’s liable to change, but as is, the above factors will likely be issues in the future!