Ladies Home Journal, in the year 1900, predicted what the world would be like 100 years later.
The article predicts the rise of suburbia and the automobile, but fails to predict any of the downsides they’d bring along. Actually, it predicts we’d walk more, be more athletic, have improved mass transit (subways and 150 MPH high-speed rail), and have an average daily commute “from suburban home to office” of just “a few minutes.” Instead, our building patterns have lead to a decrease in walking, a lack of decent mass transit, and an average of 46 minutes per day stuck in traffic.
Also interesting are predictions about quality-of-life increasing as a result of social programs:
“The American will be taller by from one to two inches. His increase in stature will result from better health, due to vast reforms in medicine […]”
“A university education will be free to every man and woman. […] Poor students will be given free board, free clothing and free books if ambitious and actually unable to meet their school and college expenses. Medical inspectors regularly visiting the public schools will furnish poor children free eyeglasses, free dentistry and free medical attention of every kind. […] In vacation time, poor children will be taken on trips to various parts of the world.”
Instead, we have people complaining about “Obamacare” and “government hand-outs.” It makes me wonder, what would the Tea Party’s predictions for the future have been in 1900?