Our politics fails us, so here’s what to do

By |2020-09-17T16:09:19+03:00September 19th, 2019|The Economist-Open Future|

  We can re-engineer the system to create a new political centre, says Charles Wheelan of Dartmouth College and a former candidate for Congress   I. The problem DEMOCRACY HAS always been an imperfect way to govern. But today we are pushing the system to breaking point. It is like expecting a sturdy wooden bridge [...]

Hong Kongers want and deserve a fair society

By |2020-09-17T16:12:59+03:00September 9th, 2019|The Economist-Open Future|

China needs to take risks and accept the “political middle,” says Christine Loh, a former Legislative Councillor   This is a by-invitation commentary in a series on “Hong Kong’s Future,” part of The Economist’s Open Future initiative, which aims to foster a global conversation across the ideological spectrum on vital issues. Hong Kong’s problems arise from [...]

Inside the mind of Ben Shapiro, a radical conservative

By |2020-09-17T16:20:51+03:00April 23rd, 2019|The Economist-Open Future|

  The controversial commentator talks to The Economist about Western values, disappointment with Trump and moral clickbait Editor's note: This article has been changed. A previous version mistakenly described Mr Shapiro as an "alt-right sage" and "a pop idol of the alt right". In fact, he has been strongly critical of the alt-right movement. We apologise. [...]

Capitalism is becoming less competitive

By |2020-09-17T16:24:42+03:00January 17th, 2019|The Economist-Open Future|

  How different countries are tackling a growing economic problem Competition in America: Where capitalism has become far less healthy  AMERICA’S airlines used to be famous for two things: terrible service and worse finances. Today flyers still endure hidden fees, late flights, bruised knees, clapped-out fittings and sub-par food. Yet airlines now make juicy profits. [...]

Part III: The antidote to civilisational collapse

By |2020-09-18T12:07:14+03:00December 27th, 2018|The Economist-Open Future|

  An interview with the documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis  | PART III The Economist: Why are you optimistic? Mr Curtis: Because I think that human beings, in themselves, are dynamic. They’re born, they live, they die. We’ve got the idea of a dynamic thing built into us. At the moment, everything seems stuck but there is a [...]

Part II: The antidote to civilisational collapse

By |2020-09-18T12:10:43+03:00December 20th, 2018|The Economist-Open Future|

  An interview with the documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis  | PART II The Economist: Well, it’s not very romantic and it doesn’t create very compelling interview copy, but throughout recent history, incremental changes have made a lot of people’s lives a lot better all over the world. Mr Curtis: I’m not denying it. But that has colonised [...]

Part I: The antidote to civilisational collapse

By |2020-09-18T12:18:01+03:00December 13th, 2018|The Economist-Open Future|

  An interview with the documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis  | PART I   “It’s ‘fuck off’ to everything,” says Adam Curtis, describing public sentiment today. The British documentarist sees himself as an optimist amid dystopians, and as a classical journalist whose medium happens to be film. For 30 years he has produced a rich body [...]

Is technology re-engineering humanity?

By |2020-09-18T12:21:41+03:00November 1st, 2018|The Economist-Open Future|

  An interview with Brett Frischmann, co-author of “Re-Engineering Humanity”   “We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.” This truism—by the media-scholar John Culkin about the work of Marshall McLuhan—is more potent than ever in the age of data and algorithms. The technology is having a profound [...]

Can white people experience racism?

By |2020-09-18T13:23:55+03:00September 27th, 2018|The Economist-Open Future|

  Accusations of “reverse racism” haunt an American professor   START with this truth of American society: disparaging remarks about white people as a whole that would be simply impermissible for other sets of people are largely permissible and carry few repercussions. This fact seems to enthrall the left and enrage the right. Sarah Jeong, [...]

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