"Explains why we in the West, live in the political times we do; a moment of historical time arising from systemic dynamics that have wrought predicaments to confront and not problems to be solved. A retrospective and predictive account of the political shocks of 2016 and onwards, and how the specific consequences of the structural historical forces at work are ongoing and in good part inexorable. Argues that these political times arise and disruption will continue from the intersection of fault lines generated by a geopolitical cycle that has been disrupted, but is not over"--Publisher's description.