I really hope the world financial system does not collapse…

…as it has in so very many science fiction novels. Of course, at least that will mean that we won’t become a balkanized world of corporate enclaves a la Snow Crash or Neuromancer (since corporations clearly cannot do shit without government help).

And, even if the world financial system does not collapse, I really hope that America does not lose its economic and cultural hegemony. Not because I’m ideologically wedded to the notion that we’re so great we deserve to be in charge, but because I am completely incapable of learning a new language.