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, Conflicts, US

    Philip Gordon, "A Vision of Trump at War"

    Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 22 Mar 2017

    The think-tanker and former diplomat explains how the US President could stumble into conflict. There is a risk that his erratic style and confrontational policies could cause miscalculations and turn out far worse than expected. Gordon examines in detail the most likely cases where this might happen: Iran, China, and North Korea (reads in 6-8 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 24 March 2017

  • PSYCHOLOGY, Decision-making

    James Hamblin, "On Cognitive Doping in Chess and Life"

    The Atlantic - 21 Mar 2017

    A landmark new study on how “neuro-enhancement” affects the performance of top chess players comes to the counter-intuitive conclusion that thinking more effectively may mean thinking more slowly. Now the challenge is to consider how these substances will occasionally work as tools to help people in deliberate ways, as opposed to keeping swaths of people constantly enhanced or never enhanced.

    Published in Weekly selection 24 March 2017

  • ECONOMICS, Technology, Innovation

    Robert Shiller, "Robotization Without Taxation?"

    Project Syndicate - 22 Mar 2017

    Among the flurry of articles on whether robots should be taxed, this one stands out. Shiller thinks that we should not dismiss the idea out of hand: externalities to robotization justify some government intervention. He thinks that a moderate (and even temporary) tax on robots that slows disruption seems a natural component of a policy to address rising inequality. Its revenues could be targeted toward wage insurance (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 24 March 2017

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