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2018 — the year that went back in time

Niall Ferguson
 

By Niall Ferguson (original source The Boston Globe)

“One highlight of 2018 was the story of the Dutchman who wanted an age change. Born on March 11, 1949, Emile Ratelband was perfectly content with that day and month. It was just the year he proposed to alter, from 1949 to 1969.

Only now, as I look back on the year as a whole, do I realize Emile is not alone. The whole world appears to want to turn back the clock.

The year 2018 will be remembered for our collective attempt to make believe that it is in fact 1973. In the United States, the administration of Donald J. Trump took several significant steps toward reenacting the Watergate scandal. Even before completing his work as special counsel, Robert Mueller was able to indict or secure guilty pleas from more than 30 people, including four of the president’s advisers and his former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen.”

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