I find this to be a common conversation starter at dinner parties these days: What the hell is going on in the world these days? Ian Bremmer takes a stab at answering that question (and what he says might ruin your dessert). The Wave to Come: “There will be many more such experiments as governments search for ways to rewrite the social contract to ease inequality. But the effort demands capable governance and the resources to construct and sustain the transition to a new world. Where those do not exist, solutions are much harder to come by–and darker alternatives beckon: to increase control, to suppress instead of liberate and to lash out at reliable enemies.”