The West’s romance with Free Trade is ending. Why?

Donald Trump is marching the US into a trade war with China.  Markets are rattled.  China is rattled.  American companies are rattled.  After 100 years of promoting free trade as a way of enriching everyone, the West is having a rethink: is free trade really that great? This History Future Now article looks back at Western trading practices from More...

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By Tristan Fischer On Sunday, December 4th, 2016
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Leaving the EU Part 1: What can history teach us about the possible outcomes of Brexit? 

There is a lot of confusion in the UK about what Brexit means and what the implications will be for the country over the next few years and decades beyond.  For some, those that opted to vote remain, leaving the More...

By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, July 9th, 2016
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Brexit has highlighted those that were left behind by globalisation

HFN thinks that leaving the European Union would be a mistake.  It is likely, however, that it will happen.  So be it.  The world will not end. However, Brexit has highlighted a serious problem that threatens More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
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Why I am voting to Remain in the EU on Thursday

I will be voting Remain tomorrow. This is why. I love being part of the EU and our lives have been enriched by being part of it. I like having people from all over the EU coming to live in the UK.  I like the More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, February 1st, 2016
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History Future Now – the book – available on Amazon

  History Future Now has been turned into a hardback, with previously unpublished articles.    It is available to buy from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Lulu. Amazon buyers can click here: Amazon.co.uk Amazon.com Amazon.ca Barnes More...

By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, October 26th, 2013
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What are all these people all going to do? Youth unemployment in Europe is critical. But Africa is going to get even worse.

In much of southern Europe the unemployment rate for young people under the age of 25 remains stubbornly high – at over 61% in Greece and 56% in Spain.  This is not just a disaster for countries on the European More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, April 26th, 2013
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Jobs: First, get rid of expensive Westerners. Second, get rid of people entirely

The Great Recession has been going on since 2008, with no end in sight. A great part of the problem is financial: we borrowed too much money for too long and now don’t have the ability to pay off our debts. More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, February 15th, 2013
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Crisis: or an explanation on the origins of the decline of the West

Christopher Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus was written around 1592 and was based on an earlier German work about Dr Faustus, a talented German scholar at Wittenburg University who was frustrated by the limits More...

By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, November 10th, 2012
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Malthus was wrong. Is he still wrong?

In 2004 History Future Now went on a mission to read the most influential books on economic and philosophical theory. Books selected were deliberately from all spectrums of economic thought and included David Ricardo’s More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
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Dealing with the consequences of climate chance inaction: the impact of food

In a previous article History Future Now admitted defeat: climate change is happening and there is no viable political solution which will enable us to stop it from getting worse.  Global average temperatures will More...