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In today's polarised political climate Social Policy Bonds suffer by being seen as a 'right-wing' way of achieving 'left-wing' goals, in that they use markets to achieve social and environmental objectives. Rather than appealing to both political ide...

Will replacing vehicles powered by internal combustion engines (ICEs) by those powered by renewable electricity reduce greenhouse gas emissions? It depends on too many variables to justify the actios taken by governments worldwide. A researcher for J...

Who wants it? Ordinary people, mostly. It's difficult, though, for them to express that preference. We're all susceptible to anger and impulse, to propaganda and, especially, emotional television pictures of conflict, and it doesn't help that the...

Henry Kissinger is supposed to have said: One of the greatest dangers to democracy is the growing gap between those who can win elections and those who can run the state.Quite so. I think there's also a growing gap between those who can win elec...

The coolness factor

on Apr 27, 2021

The 'coolness' factor: not the coolness that describes 'an aesthetic of attitude, behavior, comportment, appearance and style which is generally admired' but rather the coolness 'marked by steady dispassionate calmness and self-control' at times of h...

Basing policy on current science and technology is fraught with difficulties. I have written about the problems of legislating to limit those gases currently thought to contribute to the greenhouse effect, and advocated instead rewarding people for a...

Social Policy Bonds are poorly received by some, partly because they depend absolutely on markets. Markets have a bad reputation, especially in left-leaning circles for one reason that's justified, in my view, and two that aren't. Market forces...







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