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I often agree with British journalist and military historian Max Hastings. But not with his remarks in this interview with Tobin Harshaw: MH: One of the things I've learned as a historian is that one should never listen to anybody who uses the word "...

Clive James writes:[W]e tend to believe that there is some natural state of justice to which political life would revert if only the conflicts between interest groups could be resolved. but whatever justice we enjoy arose from the conflicts betwee...

The title of an article in last week's Economist itself gives cause for concern: Counties that voted for the president get more in disaster reliefThe article is referring to the federal aid that United States dispenses following natural disasters. I...

Whose goals?

on Oct 25, 2017

There are two main elements to the Social Policy Bond idea. One is the injection of market incentives into all the processes necessary to bring about our social goals. The other is the focus on these goals themselves, and my contention that they be g...

Philip Salzman writes: Peace is not possible in the Middle East because values and goals other than peace are more important to Middle Easterners. Most important to Middle Easterners are loyalty to kin, clan, and cult, and the honour which is won...

Peter Arnold writes: Mimicking ‘the Trump phenomenon’, Emmanuel Macron did not win the French presidential election. The politicians who had, for decades, governed the country, lost. Mark Rutte’s governing party lost seats in the Dutch parlia...

Emotion-based policy

on Oct 12, 2017

What drives policy? And what should drive policy? Two entirely separate questions. What actually drives policy today is largely emotion, which seems to be supplanting other policy drivers, and is easily manipulated by large private- and public-sector...







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