"We must run like the plague from any sense that history is on our side, that the good society is certain to come, if only x or y. History is on no one's side. A century from now, our descendants may regret all that we have done. We have at best a 50-50 chance of creating a better world-system than the one in which we now live. But 50-50 is a lot. We must try to seize Fortuna, even if it escapes us. What more useful thing can any of us do?"
Immanuel Wallerstein, 2009