“History never repeats itself, but it rhymes.” The purported quip by Mark Twain leads us to ask if the 2020s will rhyme with the 1920s, a decade of booms and busts, tremendous economic expansion and dislocation, and dramatic changes in social mores and fashion.
Like the 2020s, the 1920s began with great uncertainty about what would follow the Great War and the Spanish Flu, which together killed approximately 40 million people. Like the 2020s, the 1920s stumbled out of the gates with sickening stock crash and a “mini depression” that lasted seven months.
Former Forbes publisher and now editor-at-large and futurist, Rich Karlgaard, will speak to Whittier Trust clients on the hope and fears of the 2020s, using the 1920s as a guide.
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