The things we do for growth

2 Apr

Week one of lockdown in the UK was also the first week of Spring — and this year it felt like it, weather-wise. There was something special about the sunshine. Not a mere winter’s end, but a quality of light that struck me as out of the ordinary. It could be just my imagination. These […]

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Can your ideology cope with coronavirus?

24 Mar

How prepared were we for this pandemic? Not very. Be it financially, logistically or medically, we’re scrambling to increase our resilience. Ideologically, however, a lot of people seem to have everything they need — not least, a limitless supply of easy answers. Phew! The coronavirus may be wreaking havoc elsewhere, but to those of a […]

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Why had we never heard of Wuhan?

17 Mar

We’ve all heard of Wuhan now. But before the virus, who had? Well, Chinese people, obviously. As for us in the West, though, I have my doubts. China has scores of major cities with millions of people that most westerners have never heard of. Wuhan, for instance, is home to around ten million people, larger […]

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Ten woke ways to shut down debate

10 Mar

Suppressing free speech has a long and bloody history. To see how violence and intimidation can be used to silence opponents, just look at the record of any tyrannical regime that’s ever existed. And then there are more subtle methods. ‘Cancel culture’ is spoken of as if it were something new. It isn’t. You don’t […]

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Are humans heading for the knacker’s yard?

4 Mar

In A World Without Work, Daniel Susskind asks a very important question: “will there be enough work for everyone to do in the twenty-first century?” “No”, he answers — the threat of technological unemployment is now real. Susskind isn’t the first to write a robots-will-replace-you book. He won’t be the last. But he does set […]

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