AEON Magazine - 5 Sep 2017
The director at Demos (a think-tank) offers a provocative argument (and a lot of food for thought in the process): “Nation-states came late to history, and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest they won’t make it to the end of the century.” He asserts that a world without countries is possible as nation-states are increasingly out of step. This conviction is based on the premise that if a nation cannot defend or control its border, it ceases to exist in any meaningful way. What will replace nation-states? The city-state looks like the best contender (reads in 8-10 min).
Published in Weekly selection 15 September 2017
The Guardian - 28 Jul 2017
An increasingly influential group of thinkers - “The New Optimists” - insists that humankind has never had it so good. The facts and the data vindicate their position, but should we assume that the situation will continue to improve? This article sheds some interesting light on this fundamental question and the arguments of the opposite camp who worry that the world we have created is so complex, volatile and unpredictable that catastrophe might befall us at any moment. Dense and rich – reads in 12-16 min.
Published in Weekly selection 4 August 2017
VOXeu - 10 May 2017
This piece of research describes how labour-saving technology played a key role in one of the most dramatic cases of labour unrest in recent history: the Swing riots in England during the 1830s. It serves as a powerful reminder of how technological disruption can entail social and economic disruption. The point to remember: there is a causal connection between the introduction of new technologies and social unrest (reads in 7-9 min).
Published in Weekly selection 12 May 2017