The seeds for this change were sown in the early 1970s. Since then, a combination of the actions of politicians and central bankers and the impact of rapid technological change has driven us to where we are today. We will look at these ideas in more detail later. For now, it is enough to understand that this game change in finance and economics has already had a huge impact on politics and society, and the pace of change is only going to increase. If you aim to survive and thrive in the years ahead, you will need to get to grips with what is going on and you will need to take action.