The essays are some of our first steps towards an understanding of how to make today’s choices in ways that take the people of tomorrow seriously. This is not an easy undertaking. It requires the space to look beyond the news cycle, the election cycle, the business cycle, and to see the bigger picture. It requires new ways of thinking about policy, politics, and even political systems. It requires adjustments to our economic tools for evaluating future outcomes, and to our ways of forecasting longterm effects and trends.