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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Fareed Zakaria, "Populism on the March"
Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 1 Nov 2016
Populism is now capturing the public’s attention almost everywhere, but particularly in the West. In this article that reads in less than 15 min Fareed provides a crash course about this rising and troubling phenomenon: what is it? What is its agenda? Why is it rising so fast at this particular juncture and in the West? And so on. He concludes “optimistically” by highlighting that the generational divide about the most divisive issue (immigration: young people are less anxious about it) might allow populism to wane.
Published in Weekly selection 21 October 2016
Joseph Nye, "Putting the Populist Revolt in Its Place"
Project Syndicate - 6 Oct 2016
This is another contribution to the analysis of the roots of populism. The US “sage” of geopolitics argues that it is premature to declare that globalization is retreating and that we should be wary of attributing populism solely to economic distress. He cites studies showing that support for populism is a reaction by once predominant sectors of the population to changes in values that threaten their status. In a nutshell: there is more to the resurgence of populism than just economics (reads in 5-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 7 October 2016
Cathy O’Neil, "How algorithms rule our working lives"
The Guardian - 1 Sep 2016
This is an extract from a new book: “Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy”. Increasingly, algorithms predict our trustworthiness and calculate our potential as students, workers, lovers, or criminals… Employers, in particular, are turning to mathematically modeled ways of sifting through job applications. Even when wrong, their verdicts seem beyond dispute. As this article explains, they tend to punish the poor and therefore contribute to the rise in inequalities (reads in 8-12 min).
Published in Weekly selection 9 September 2016
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