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The year the world turned upside down

The year the world turned upside down

Looking back on 2015, it can be remembered as a year in which conventional wisdom and expectations were inverted on an astounding number of fronts.

THE RISE OF THE POLITICAL OUTSIDER: People are so fed up with the establishment that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has been able to maintain a wide lead by ripping up the traditionalWashington playbook. This phenomenon will last as long as people aren't beholden to the kind of fear that makes them reach for a more conventional security blanket.

PERENNIAL OIL BOOM GOES BUST: For decades it was the easiest way for a country to get (and stay) rich: Drill holes in the ground and watch liquid cash shoot out of...