I’m not going to say anything about the 2008 Presidential election save one fairly obvious point. But I sincerely think most or all of the following will turn out to be right:
1. The United States will have a Jewish President and a Hispanic President before it has a black President (in particular, Condi Rice won’t be the next President). It’s entirely possible it’ll also have an Asian President before a black President, but I’m not sure.
2. By 2030, the countries that comprise the EU, or at least a large subset of them, will form a US-like federation.
3. By the end of the century, the Middle East will be seen as part of the West. Just like now the West’s religions are Protestantism and Catholicism, and to some extent Judaism, so will its religions be Christianity and Islam in 2100. None of this will materially change what are now called Western values; the Middle East will just produce a Muslim version of them in the same way southern Europe produced a Catholic version after World War Two.
4. Russia will either remain a backwater, or join the EU. It will not become a great power again, except as part of Europe.
5. Out of the next 15 Presidents of the United States, at least 5 will be female.
6. Urbanization in India will make its level of gender equality converge to at least the Western level. It’s entirely possible India will overtake Europe as the most gender-equal region in the world in this century, but I’m not sure.
7. By 2050, China’s power will give ethnic Chinese, and to some extent other Asians, the same global power that whites enjoy now. In particular, any white discrimination against Asians will have at most the same capability of oppressing as Asian discrimination against whites.
8. By 2030, non-Scandinavian Europe will overtake the US in inequality and entrenched classism. Although I suspect it’ll be both due to rightward movement in Europe and leftward movement in the US, I make no prediction that that will be the case, rather than the US moving rightward and Europe moving rightward even more.