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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Humour

When recognizing the confines of our human rationality, our automatic and mechanized daily routines, as well as our sometimes empty internal thought processes, it can be easy to enter into a dark pit of nihilism. Yet, as Camus maintains in The Myth of Sisyphus, a recognition of the absurdity of the modern human condition, can also […]

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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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iLanguage

In our age of nearly constant communication – whether it be through the mass media, advertising, or perpetual group chats and text messages – has language lost its content? Is language in our modern era, as Martin Esslin explains in the The Theatre of the Absurd, “devoid of real meaning?” It seems that as methods of communication […]

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Metadata – 21st Century Power

When the wall came down in 1989, one of the most haunting moments was when people peered into their Stasi files. Some realized that those they had loved were spying on them, that intimate details of their life were tracked, recorded, and organized without their knowledge. Some opted not too look, for fear of being […]

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Tomorrow’s Glory

Tomorrow I will post something spectacular, it’s going to be a lovely day. Update from ‘tomorrow’: As Bill Withers predicted, the weather today is certainly lovely. Yet, as I sit inside Senate House Library, reading sections of Vaclav Havel’s Letters to Olga, a series of letters that he wrote to his wife from prison between 1979-1983, […]

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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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Late Night Zinn

Howard Zinn (1922 – 2010), the influential historian and social activist, has several simple quotes that are particularly adept at explaining the role that the average citizen has played in both horrific and progressive moments in human history. The former: “Historically, the most terrible things – war, genocide, and slavery – have resulted not from […]

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