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

  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 built for horse carts to carry endless streams of heaving lorries. We need to reform democracy substantially in order to save it. If we do [...]

September 19th, 2019|The Economist-Open Future|

Hong Kongers want and deserve a fair society

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 stasis. A future as a liberal and prosperous society is possible if it takes full advantage of the “one country, two systems” principle as a [...]

September 9th, 2019|The Economist-Open Future|

Inside the mind of Ben Shapiro, a radical conservative

  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. EVERYTHING ABOUT Ben Shapiro is polished. His answers are smooth. His appearance is neat. His academic pedigree is impeccable. He blasted into the public sphere [...]

April 23rd, 2019|The Economist-Open Future|

Capitalism is becoming less competitive

  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. Scheduled passenger airlines reported an after-tax net profit of $15.5bn in 2017, up from $14bn in 2016. What is true of the airline industry is [...]

January 17th, 2019|The Economist-Open Future|

Part III: The antidote to civilisational collapse

  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 growing rejection of that. It’s happening at the margins. The liberals don’t know how to deal with it but it’s going to change. What my [...]

December 27th, 2018|The Economist-Open Future|

Part II: The antidote to civilisational collapse

  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 all of politics. Those kinds of economic policies have a very good role to play. But in the 1990s that attitude spread and captured the [...]

December 20th, 2018|The Economist-Open Future|

Part I: The antidote to civilisational collapse

  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 of documentaries on politics and society for the BBC—and in the process, has emerged as a cult-hero to young thinkers trying to comprehend a chaotic [...]

December 13th, 2018|The Economist-Open Future|

Is technology re-engineering humanity?

  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 effect on how people live and think. Some of those changes are documented in “Re-Engineering Humanity” by two technology thinkers from different academic backgrounds: Brett [...]

November 1st, 2018|The Economist-Open Future|
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