Over the past five years, just as we’ve seen a resurgence in the price of oil, we’ve seen the weakening of personal freedom in many parts of the world. Is this a coincidence, or is there a causal relationship? The Trends editors argue that there is, in fact, a direct two-way relationship between a country’s economic system and its political system. What are the implications? And, how will this play itself out? We’ll tell you exactly how you should be thinking about this crucial multi-dimensional challenge.