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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Curation of weekly selections – A distillation of the opinions that count!
- REVIEW OF BOOKS
Harold James, "Containing the populist contagion"
Project Syndicate - 24 Nov 2016
As the current wave of populism engulfing much of the rich world is exhibiting signs of contagion, the Princeton historian ponders what sort of firewall could prevent it from spreading further. Since populists refuse to engage internationally in a world where all big problems are global, he offers the intriguing idea that today’s contagious populism will create the conditions for its own destruction. Maybe regional integration and defensive regional blocs could help by setting the stage for sorely needed governance reforms (reads in 6-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 26 November 2016
Robinson Meyer, "Donald Trump Is the First Demagogue of the Anthropocene"
The Atlantic - 20 Oct 2016
… And he won’t be the last. The argument that climate change fuels populism is not as far-fetched as it seems. We live in an interconnected world in which risks conflate with each other, and a large body of scholarship now suggests that climate change could exert grave effects on international politics this century. In a nutshell, “climate-triggered environmental shocks will exacerbate the very divisions that authoritarians have historically sought to exploit”. This is a must read to understand what’s coming (reads in about 7-10 min).
Published in Weekly selection 21 October 2016
Jonathan Rauch, "How American Politics Went Insane"
The Atlantic - 30 Jun 2016
This is a long and brilliant article (reads in about 20 min) - as good as it gets to clarify what’s happening in the US (and beyond…). According to the Brooking’s senior fellow, political parties are collapsing into chaos. “Trump, however, didn’t cause the chaos. The chaos caused Trump. What we are seeing is not a temporary spasm of chaos but a chaos syndrome”. A must-read, peppered with many punchy lines such as: “There are only individual actors (no more party leaders), pursuing their own political interests and ideological missions willy-nilly, like excited gas molecules in an overheated balloon”.
Published in Weekly selection 24 June 2016
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