It’s the Public, Stupid: Why You Can’t Trust People

Barney Trimble: “People like Coldplay and voted for the Nazis. You can’t trust people Jeremy.” So sayeth Simon “Super” Hans and, I’m willing to wager, every one of your friends who have seen Peep Show. Its popularity is not surprising, because it’s an amusing quote that can find itself into a great deal of conversations….

An Economic Distress Signal: Revenge of the BRICS

Callum Shannon: Ever since the end of the Great Recession, Britain’s economic recovery has been fragile and precarious. Balanced on the periphery of the ever turbulent Eurozone, most economists, politicians and journalists have kept a watchful eye on the single market, fearful that it will be the source of the next global economic crisis. It…

Long Live the Kim: Kim Jong-Il’s Secret Coup

Lucas Pearce: Kim Il-Sung was the man who began the whole sordid spectacle that is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, while Kim Jong-Un is the current figurehead who soaks up all the media attention. Kim Jong-Il, the Kim who came between them, is best remembered for his role as a puppet in Team America,…

Why I’m Pro-Intervention but Anti-Airstrikes

Joonsoo Yi: It almost seems like a total tautology to advocate an intervention in Syria, but to be fervently against the deployment of airstrikes. But, if anyone were to deliberate on this issue seriously, it won’t be so difficult to understand as to why the seemingly self-contradictory conviction is actually a pretty straightforward one. I…

Moving Beyond GDP

Oscar Pearson: Today there are very few things money can’t buy. If we’re sentenced to a jail term in California, we can actually buy a prison cell upgrade. And in Washington, long queues form for key congressional hearings. To avoid waiting in the rain, lobbyists pay companies to hire people to stand waiting for as long as…