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Welcome to the Paleofuture blog, where we explore past visions of the future. From flying cars and jetpacks to utopias and dystopias.

The Vanity of Human Wishes (1970)

The Vanity of Human Wishes (1970)

Russell Kirk [wikipedia.org]The April 3, 1970 Ada Evening News published a piece by conservative writer Russell Kirk in which he becomes perturbed that the study of the future -- which was beginning to be accepted in mainstream academic circles of that time -- may be driven by humanism rather than some exploration of a divine plan. You can read the entire piece here, but it's the last sentence of Kirk's piece that I find most interesting:

If the people of the year 2000 ever bother to read our predictions for their time, probably they will acquire a lesson in the vanity of human wishes.

Supersonic Jet Set May Land at Sea (1967)

Supersonic Jet Set May Land at Sea (1967)

Televox Entertains High School Students (1930)

Televox Entertains High School Students (1930)