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  • ECONOMICS, SOCIETY, Social unrest

    Chandran Nair, "If We Want A More Equal World, We Need To Dispel These 5 Economic Myths"

    The Huffington Post - 12 Jul 2017

    The founder and CEO of GIFT gives us food for thought by arguing that the escalation of social unrest can only be prevented by questioning five economic givens (1) Free market-driven development is the best mechanism to build vibrant economies; (2) Countries should sustain their development through FDI; (3) Large-scale urbanization is necessary; (4) The best way to understand productivity is to measure it as how quickly and how cheaply we can produce something; (5) We can fight climate change through the free market and technological innovation /reads in 8-10 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 14 July 2017

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  • 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

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  • ECONOMICS, Employment/unemployment, Inequalities, SOCIETY, Social unrest

    Yuval Noah Harari, "Are we about to witness the most unequal societies in history?"

    The Guardian - 24 May 2017

    The historian argues that biotechnology and the rise of AI have the potential to split humankind into a small class of ‘super-humans’ and a huge underclass of ‘useless’ people. Once the masses lose their economic and political power, inequality levels risk spiraling alarmingly. He warns us that: “As we enter the post-industrial world, the masses are becoming redundant”, which will lead to the emergence of a “useless class” (reads in 6-8 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 26 May 2017

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