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What educated people from poor countries make of the “brain drain” argument

  Halting emigration is no way to fix dysfunctional countries   HIGHLY skilled immigrants from poorer parts of the world tend to be welcomed by most rich countries. In the debate about migration in the West, foreign surgeons and software engineers are not maligned in the way that farm workers and waiters frequently are, even though they have been migrating in ever greater numbers. In the decade to 2010-11 the number of university-educated migrants in the G20, a group of [...]

August 30th, 2018|The Economist-Open Future|

Why competition matters

  An interview with Barry Lynn of the Open Markets Institute Part of The Economist’s Open Future initiative looks at what has gone wrong with modern capitalism, and what can be done to put it right. One of the big themes we will examine is competition. There are fears that in recent years, capitalism in the rich world has become less vigorous. As part of our week-long debate on whether capitalism is rigged in favour of elites we spoke to Barry Lynn, the [...]

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

Toward defining privacy expectations in an age of oversharing

  Our digital data deserves protection, writes Margot Kaminski, a law professor What assurances of privacy do we have in this digital age? Until this year, the quick answer was: effectively none. We share personal data with companies, who in turn share it with other companies and the government, with few if any legal means of individual redress or control. But if 2018 will be remembered as the year of Cambridge Analytica—a British data-mining company that allegedly influenced both British [...]

August 23rd, 2018|The Economist-Open Future|

How free expression is suppressed in Saudi Arabia

  A self-exiled journalist reflects on his country’s direction   A year ago Jamal Khashoggi (pictured), a prominent journalist and past newspaper editor, left his home in Saudi Arabia for the last time. He is now in self-exile, living in Washington, DC, fearing that he will be arrested for his political views if he returns to his country. Unlike other figures the Saudi authorities have targeted, such as the writer Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for allegedly [...]

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

The dark side of peace on the Korean peninsula

  Rapprochement has not helped those fleeing North Korea TALKING about the Korean peninsula at the moment inevitably means talking about the flurry of diplomatic efforts towards peace. Following a series of summits involving the leaders of North and South Korea, China and most recently the United States, things are a far cry from last summer. Back then Donald Trump, America’s president, threatened to rain “fire and fury” down on the North, scaring the living daylights out of many South [...]

July 31st, 2018|The Economist-Open Future|

How work kills us

    A book excerpt and interview with Jeffrey Pfeffer of Stanford University, author of “Dying for a Paycheck”   RONALD REAGAN once quipped that they say hard work never killed anyone—“But I figure why take the chance?” Yet things have changed since “the Gipper” pretended to loaf in the Oval Office. Toxic work environments are as dangerous to health as second-hand smoke, argues Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, in his latest book, “Dying for [...]

July 26th, 2018|The Economist-Open Future|

Europe’s civil war of sovereignty is tearing its soul apart

  Goodbye illiberal democracy, hello authoritarian kleptocracy   EUROPE has slipped into a form of “civil war,” fears Emmanuel Macron, France's president. The trenches have been dug, the weapons loaded, the front lines drawn. On one side stand the defenders of Europe’s liberal order, fighting for progress, openness and the values embodied in the mission of the European Union. Opposing them stand supporters of an earthier politics, grounded in tradition, wedded to nation and suspicious of change, especially if it [...]

July 24th, 2018|The Economist-Open Future|

Bullshit jobs and the yoke of managerial feudalism

  Populism, pointless work and panicked youth: an interview with David Graeber of LSE   Not since Dilbert has truth been spoken to power in soulless work settings. But the cartoon character’s successor may be David Graeber. In 2013 he achieved viral fame with cubicle zombies everywhere after he published a short essay on the prevalence of work that had no social or economic reason to exist, which he called “bullshit jobs”. The wide attention seemed to confirm his thesis. [...]

July 23rd, 2018|The Economist-Open Future|
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