In today’s hyper-connected world, analysis has become a mere commodity. Retrieving it – let alone information – is like drinking from a fire hydrant. For example, Googling “global economic growth" yields 61 million results; “Eurozone deflation”, 1 million; “tensions in south-east Asia”, 2 million, and so on... It should therefore come as no surprise that we get easily lost in this myriad of information and analysis.

In the face of analysis overload, it becomes invaluable to sift, select and frame the issues and opinions that matter. This is why The Monthly Barometer came up with a Weekly Selection of op-eds and articles. Each week, we select just five of them (out of hundreds that are sent to us by our network) that we frame in two or three sentences. These five pieces convey in a succinct and accessible manner the thinking of people whose opinions matter the most in a variety of macro fields: economics, geopolitics, society, environment, technology and psychology. They constitute a “formidable” shortcut to complex analysis by offering insights and snapshots that can be read in just a few minutes and are easy to digest. For those keen to make sense of today’s world, The Weekly Selections are a must-read. They constitute the best antidote to information and analysis overload.

As a new service, The Monthly Barometer is now offering to its subscribers, and a potentially much larger group, a curation of all The Weekly Selections. On any given macro issue, it will be possible to access the best thinking at the tap of key.  This service should therefore be of particular interest to researchers and students enabling them as it does to grasp with ease “who said what and when”.

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  • SOCIETY, Democracies/autocracies, PSYCHOLOGY, Human condition

    Sami Karam, "Capitalism Did Not Win the Cold War"

    Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 19 Jul 2017

    According to Karam, cronyism (which occurs when government officials and business elites collude to benefit themselves) was the real victor of the cold war. It has in effect captured an ever-increasing share of economic activity around the world, so it is cronyism, not capitalism, which has ultimately prevailed. This system of collusion, now pervasive in the Western world as much as in emerging markets, undermines both democracy in government and competition in business (reads in 6-8 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 21 July 2017


  • SOCIETY, Democracies/autocracies, Social unrest

    David Frum, "Western liberalism is under siege"

    Vox - 6 Jul 2017

    This is a rich, dense conversation between David Frum (the editor of the Atlantic) and Edward Luce (a FT columnist who’s just published “Liberalism Under Siege”) about the uncertain future of Western-style democracy. Luce argues that elite complacency and contempt for the disadvantaged have weakened democracy to a point where it is “far closer to collapse than we may wish to believe;” but Frum thinks this may be more about the retreat of Anglo-American liberalism (reads in 12-15 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 7 July 2017


  • SOCIETY, Democracies/autocracies, GEOPOLITICS, Technology, Internet

    Andy Greenberg, "Russian Hackers Are Using “Tainted” Leaks to Sow Disinformation"

    Wired - 25 May 2017

    The evidence regarding the Kremlin’s strategy of weaponizing leaks to meddle with democracies around the world is becoming incontrovertible. A new report by a group of security researchers digs into a most troubling layer of those “influence” operations: Russian hackers alter documents within those releases of hacked material, planting disinformation alongside legitimate leaks. It’s easy to imagine how mixing fakes into leaks could expand beyond politics and could soon affect business and the markets (reads in 3-5 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 26 May 2017


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