10 Wild (and Occasionally Mild) Business Predictions for 2012

Yesterday, we asked you to help us come up with ten outrageous predictions about 2012. Why outrageous, as opposed to, say, responsible? Well, the thing about predictions is that they don't come true very often. Thinking responsibly isn't terribly rewarding. So when predicting the future, you might as well live on the wild side.

Atlantic writers survey the biggest stories on their beats See full coverage

These business predictions are a little more off-the-wall and specific than we've done in past years. Everybody knows that Europe is going to hell in a hand-basket. But what if the euro crisis disappoints with its drama next year? It's pretty clear that it will take a few shocking events to keep Mitt Romney from ultimately winning the GOP nomination. But how does the public policy debate change if Rick Perry steals Iowa and snatches the nod from his fellow governor? Understanding that most predictions about the future turn out to be terribly wrong, we chose to go out in style. Here are 10 predictions about the business world in 2012

>

Presented by

Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.

The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it. They are repulsed by it."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."

Video

What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.

Video

Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

Video

Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

Video

How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

More in Business

Just In