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Towards the tolerance civilisations
The trouble with foresight, to paraphrase Michel Godet, is that when things are going well decision makers think that they can manage without it, and when things are going badly it is too late for them to see beyond the end of their noses. Thus it seems surprising that, just when France seems to be in turmoil and in need of greater vision, it is effectively scrapping its state foresight mechanism, le Commissariat Général du Plan. In this issue, Jacques Richardson briefly explores whether the decision should be seen as a rejection of centralised state planning, or rather whether the French government has tired of le Plan’s pessimistic outlook.
Nothing illustrates the tendency for head burying and short-sightedness more clearly than the planetary clash of civilisations in which we are now locked. Of course over the past 14 centuries it is not easy to point to times when things could have been said to have “been going well”, but it is essential that we now