The Best Article Every Day publie un florilège de prédictions péremptoires qui démontrent, s’il le fallait encore, que la vision d’un leader est moins importante que sa capacité à mobiliser les foules. Petite sélection de mise en bouche :
« We will bury you. »
Nikita Krushchev, Soviet Premier, predicting Soviet communism will win over U.S. capitalism, 1958.
« Everything that can be invented has been invented. »
Charles H. Duell, an official at the US patent office, 1899.
« It will be gone by June. »
Variety, passing judgement on rock ‘n roll in 1955.
« This antitrust thing will blow over. »
Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft.
« It will be years – not in my time – before a woman will become Prime Minister. »
Margaret Thatcher, future Prime Minister, October 26th, 1969.
« Read my lips : NO NEW TAXES. »
George Bush, 1988.
« That virus is a pussycat. »
Dr. Peter Duesberg, molecular‐biology professor at U.C. Berkeley, on HIV, 1988.
« Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. »
Grover Cleveland, U.S. President, 1905.
« That the automobile has practically reached the limit of its development is suggested by the fact that during the past year no improvements of a radical nature have been introduced. »
Scientific American, Jan. 2 edition, 1909.
« Heavier‐than‐air flying machines are impossible. »
Lord Kelvin, British mathematician and physicist, president of the British Royal Society, 1895.
« Radio has no future. »
Lord Kelvin, Scottish mathematician and physicist, former president of the Royal Society, 1897.
« Nuclear‐powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality in 10 years. »
Alex Lewyt, president of vacuum cleaner company Lewyt Corp., in the New York Times in 1955.
« Atomic energy might be as good as our present‐day explosives, but it is unlikely to produce anything very much more dangerous. »
Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister, 1939.
« It’s a great invention but who would want to use it anyway ? »
Rutherford B. Hayes, U.S. President, after a demonstration of Alexander Bell’s telephone, 1876.
« X‐rays will prove to be a hoax. »
Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society, 1883.
« The phonograph has no commercial value at all. »
Thomas Edison, American inventor, 1880s.
Alain Van Kerckhoven