I just watched Keith Hart at Cambridge talking about the diffuse nature of Cambridge networks and the implications of that for the possibility of radical change and a real and sustained attack on global inequality (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsGfDU1gATU&feature=relmfu). It is nice to listen to my esteemed colleague who sees the world as I do, but who seems more optimistic. His glass seems three-quarters full. We need that, because I am less optimistic and need all the encouragement anyone can muster. I was part of that Cambridge diaspora of foreign students that began to pour into Cambridge even before the establishment of the EU and it has certainly exploded since. However, all of the non-UK students who went home after getting exposed to Cambridge went home to a growing inequality. I got my PhD at Cambridge in 1974, so I hit a society that was about to experience Ronald Reagan as the UK was to suffer under Maggie Thatcher. I am less hopeful that our seeding of the world with Cambridge graduates will usher in progressive change than I am about Hart’s point that the shift of the power center back to Asia will destabilize the West. But will that usher in a world of greater progressiveness and equality? Doesn't the power structure in China seem the very antithesis of the diffused innovative networks in Cambridge? I suspect that the world is in for a long period of entrenched inequality and one can only hope for an evolution that leads toward a progressive light at the end of that long tunnel. But then evolution is not teleological, is it? One must hope anyway.