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
Bloomberg - 22 Jul 2017
The conviction that Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook have become too big and too powerful is gaining strength. Economists see their market concentration as the culprit behind some of the US economy’s most persistent ailments—the decline of workers’ share of national income, the rise of inequality, the decrease in business startups, the dearth of job creation, and the fall in research and development spending. Will these mammoth companies be broken up? (reads in 5-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 28 July 2017