Wealth Inequality

“Today’s high levels of wealth inequality are not inevitable, they are a political choice”  – The Independent  In 2017 more than 70 percent of the world’s adults own under $10,000 in wealth. This 70.1 percent of the world holds only 3 percent of global wealth. The world’s wealthiest individuals, those owning over $100,000 in assets, […]

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The Search for Security

““It is urgent that, collectively, we put in the work necessary to produce a 2019 Clock statement that rewinds the Doomsday Clock. Get engaged, get involved, and help create that future. The time is now” – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 2018 With the famous ‘Doomsday Clock’ set at ‘two minutes to midnight’ in January […]

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The Wealth of Nations [Theory]

In 1776 Scot Adam Smith composed what is perhaps the most famous economics manifesto ever created, The Wealth of Nations. In the eighth chapter of the first volume Smith outlines his belief that when a business owner makes more money than she/he requires, they will logically reinvest this money into their productive assets (capital), in […]

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The Security Dilemma

The two most famous strands of international relations theory – realism and liberalism – dictate that the international system is characterised by ‘anarchy’. In 1951 John Herz published a book entitled Political Realism and Political Idealism in which he coined the famous term ‘The Security Dilemma’. “A structural notion in which the self-help attempts of states […]

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The Tyranny of Convenience

“We must never forget the joy of doing something slow and something difficult, the satisfaction of not doing what is easiest. The constellation of inconvenient choices may be all that stands between us and a life of total, efficient conformity” – The New York Times It seems now more than ever that the right choice […]

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Money is Time

I’ve always thought the phrase ‘time is money’ is a bit of a stupid one to be honest. Why would time be money? The common understanding seems to be that in the time that you have, you can make money, so don’t be wasting that time doing something else because you could be making money […]

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Ahoy-hoy

When Alexander Graham Bell first invented the telephone he proposed answering it with Ahoy-hoy. What an absolutely lovely thought. My personal preference is the more colloquial ‘a ding-dong’, which I find quite neatly breaks down the initial anxiety of telecommunication.

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Discriminating by Geography

‘It [Brexit] was a vote to restore, as we see it, our parliamentary democracy, national self-determination, and to become even more global and internationalist in action and in spirit’ Theresa May – 17th January 2017 The decision of the British public on the 23rd of June 2016 to withdraw from the European Union brought the […]

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The History of a Generation

“When the true history of our generation has been written . . . the tale will not be told in the terms of the tawdry and conflicting interests about which politicians quarrelled in the periods between the wars or of the small ambitions and the small achievements of which they thought. It will be written […]

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The Montevideo Criteria

The Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States was signed in Uruguay in 1933. Signed by 19 countries of North, South and Central America, the Convention proclaimed in ‘Article 1’ the qualifications required to posses the title of ‘nation-state’. The magnitude of the current immigration debate, the receding relevance of borders in the era […]

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