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!




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  • GEOPOLITICS, China, Conflicts, US

    Ian Buruma, "Are China and the United States Headed for War?"

    The New Yorker - 19 Jun 2017

    This is a scathing critic of Graham Allison’s book and contention that a war between China and the US is much more likely than we think. Ian Buruma thinks not and explains why. In his view, Allison underrates the many factures that could slow things down quite soon. He also comments on several other books recently published on the same subject (reads in about 5-7 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 23 June 2017

  • PSYCHOLOGY, Decision-making, Wellbeing

    Jerry Useem, "Power Causes Brain Damage"

    The Atlantic - 30 Jun 2017

    Over time, leaders lose mental capacities that were essential to their rise: a disorder of the possession of power called “hybris syndrome”. Different lab and field experiments corroborate the historian Henry Adams’s observation that power is “a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim’s sympathies.” Often, people in a position of power act as if they had suffered a traumatic brain injury, becoming more impulsive, less risk-aware, and less adept at seeing things from other people’s perspectives (reads in 6-8 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 23 June 2017


    Bruno Frey, "Economic ideas you should forget"

    VOXeu - 27 Jun 2017

    Bruno Frey is one of today’s most interesting economists, able to enrich the “dismal science” with the contributions from other disciplines. In this short column (reads in less than 5 min), he looks at some “dead wood’s ideas” that we still take for granted like: macro-economy is a system in equilibrium, GDP is the best way to measure economic progress, economic growth will eventually improve the welfare of the population as a whole and so on. A salutary read!

    Published in Weekly selection 23 June 2017

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