What we can learn from private schools

As long as I have been in the UK, and have been old enough to pay attention to politics, private schools have always been an issue for the left in general and for the Labour Party in particular. This has never been clearer than during the last election, when the former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn … Continue reading What we can learn from private schools

Nicola Sturgeon and her hostility to Westminster

As we all know, the Scottish Government under the Scottish National Party (SNP) has tried to prove that they can deal with Covid-19 in their own way. This has led to the leader of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon, to take strong action, attempting to lock down the country quicker than the rest of the UK. … Continue reading Nicola Sturgeon and her hostility to Westminster

Policy of Stupidity

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity". This simple idea, commonly known as Hanlon's razor, is a golden rule when it comes to judging people's behaviour in the world. Especially when it comes to politicians and their failed policies. As much as we would like to think that the people who … Continue reading Policy of Stupidity

Politik der Verbreitung: Was Covid-19 über unsere Identität verrät

Während der vergangenen Monate hat Covid-19 uns viele Dinge gelehrt, die unseren Blick auf die Welt zukünftig verändern können. Unsere Haltung gegenüber China, Black Swan-Ereignissen, hoffentlich die Einstellung zu Hygiene für einige Menschen… Dringend benötigtes Wissen. Die neueste Erkenntnis verbirgt sich in der Art wie wir Informationen verarbeiten und Strategien entwickeln. Jeden Tag sind die … Continue reading Politik der Verbreitung: Was Covid-19 über unsere Identität verrät

Public Policy of the Spread: What Covid-19 Reveals About our Identity

In the last few months, Covid-19 has taught us many things, which can change the way we see the world in the future. Our approach to China, black swan events, hopefully the views on hygiene for some people... Much needed knowledge. The newest lesson lies in the way we process information and approach policy. Every … Continue reading Public Policy of the Spread: What Covid-19 Reveals About our Identity

Das Corona-Virus in Zahlen und Fakten: Hält der Lockdown, was er verspricht?

Während die COVID-19 Pandemie in vielen Ländern ihren Höhepunkt erreicht, werden die Reibereien über die besten Strategien zunehmend ernster. Erst kürzlich sprach sich Elon Musk gegen die Fortsetzung des Lockdowns aus und wie andere, die es gewagt haben, sich gegen den Lockdown zu äußern, wurde er dafür von einer lauten, zur Diskussion unfähigen Meute scharf … Continue reading Das Corona-Virus in Zahlen und Fakten: Hält der Lockdown, was er verspricht?

Coronavirus Numbers and Facts: Are the Lockdowns Worth It?

While the COVID-19 pandemic reaches its peak in many countries, the row over which policy tools to use seems to only get more vicious. Recently, Elon Musk stood up against the continuation of lockdowns and, much like anyone else who dared question the lockdown policy, got immediately lambasted by hordes of screeching boneheads incapable of … Continue reading Coronavirus Numbers and Facts: Are the Lockdowns Worth It?

Counter-Terrorism & Security Opinion: How to Eliminate Al-Shabaab and Save Somali Innocents – A ‘Books-Not-Bombs’ approach to US Foreign Policy in the Horn of Africa

As former undersecretary of state Wendy Sherman said, 'The US believes a stable, federal Somalia with a credible national government in Mogadishu is in the best interest of all Somalis' (USIP 2014)[1]. US Security policy in Somalia is complex and vast. No matter the issue, whether it be: political corruption, humanitarian crises, or terrorism - … Continue reading Counter-Terrorism & Security Opinion: How to Eliminate Al-Shabaab and Save Somali Innocents – A ‘Books-Not-Bombs’ approach to US Foreign Policy in the Horn of Africa

Libertarian Paternalism: A Revolutionary Resolution or an Ostentatious Oxymoron?

Libertarian paternalism, a term coined by behavioural economist Richard Thaler and legal scholar Cass Sunstein, is an idea that assumes it is possible to direct consumer behaviour in a positive way without encroaching on their freedom. This can be accomplished through what the behavioural science calls 'nudges' - indirect suggestions and reinforcements that influence our … Continue reading Libertarian Paternalism: A Revolutionary Resolution or an Ostentatious Oxymoron?