This is a spin off from two threads "The New Normal" and "Financial Condition" threads. The problem simply stated is that the product life cycle is continuing to speed up but policy is still largely stuck in the 80s or even earlier. That behaviors have not caught up with the changes has spawned a growing library of books but the only one I've seen that tries to survey the whole subject is "High Wire" by Gosselin. So I started this thread to pick brains about when: Government crises are likely to cause widespread failure. At what point will it become obvious that brain-draining the rest of world to stick everyone else with the education costs for transient technologies is the best way to go. What behaviors will be best rewarded. And how to best profit from the changes.