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Fast fashion and the future

Tom P. Abeles (Editor, On The Horizon, Sagacity, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 6 May 2014




The purpose of this paper is to suggest that all of the systems, education, economic and social, are caught in an ever-increasing pace, tied in large part to a set of beliefs, largely economic, that resemble a religion and for which there appears to not be a rational option to escape.


A study of systems.


It is argued that we are at a tipping point where there are too many holes in the intellectual dike, that a shift in many dimensions may not be preventable.

Practical implications

While “techno-futurists” are promoting this increasing evolution pace towards a transformational singularity, there appears to be no serious consideration that humanity may get its “wish” as did King Midas.

Social implications

There is a serious question as to whether there can be, and should be, alternatives not cast into the frame of the Neo-Luddites.


This is a contrarian view of the current effort to promote the educational focus on STEM, science, technology, engineering and mathematics, almost as a pre-cursor to being able to participate in a technology-driven societal model of the future.



P. Abeles, T. (2014), "Fast fashion and the future", On the Horizon, Vol. 22 No. 2, pp. 157-160.



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