Are the Rich Embarrassed by Their Riches?

October 15, 2021

The rich have always flaunted their wealth. It was rarely good enough to enjoy financial success, you had to be conspicuous about it. They build enormous homes for everyone to gawk at. They throw lavish parties. They commission paintings, statues, biographies. They endow institutions so that their...

Education’s Struggle to Make Sense of Language

October 05, 2021

The economization of every aspect of life in today’s consumer society has had a particularly pernicious influence on public education. At the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, society saddled education with the task of infusing respectable knowledge in young people’s heads. Politicians...

Cashless Economies Raise Ethical Concerns About Inclusion

October 04, 2021

The global health crisis has led to an increase in going out cashless due to fears of transmission of the coronavirus. Yet this has had an adverse impact on social and economic inclusion. It has also exacerbated the so-called “digital divide” over who has access to the internet and can buy...

An Indian Journey From School to Homeschooling

September 21, 2021

Even as a 13-year-old, I had strong views on education. I had the opportunity to study in two countries with entirely different education systems. I began my education in India and studied for five years in Ahmedabad. My father then moved to the United Kingdom and I studied in a London-based...

The Raucous Sound of AUKUS

September 20, 2021

The European Union received a serious shock last week that confirmed the seismic shock it received a month ago when US President Joe Biden made good on his decision to unilaterally abandon the 20-year NATO military campaign in Afghanistan. France had a more specific reason to complain. As AP...

Tony Blair’s Stand-Up Number

September 09, 2021

Is there any reason to pay attention to what Tony Blair, the British prime minister between 1997 and 2007, has to say after the Afghan debacle? The former member of the comedy duo, composed of George W. Bush (the inarticulate gaffer) and Blair (the sanctimonious moralizer), that performed...

Stopping at Diego Garcia Raises Questions for Germany

August 25, 2021

The frigate Bayernset sail for the Indo-Pacific at the beginning of August, as a German contribution to upholding the "rules-based international order." Germany increasingly views the rules-based international order as under threat, not least through China's vast territorial claims, including...

Negotiating the End of Brexit

August 25, 2020

It is increasingly likely that, unless things change, on January 1, 2021, we will have a no-deal Brexit. That would mean the only deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom would be the already ratified EU withdrawal agreement of 2019. There are only around 50 working days left in...

How Global Britain Confronts the Asian Century

August 21, 2020

On February 3, Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid bare his long-awaited vision of a “global Britain” in a world after Brexit. Speaking amidst the imperial grandeur of Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, Johnson’s message was that the United Kingdom, liberated from the...

Brexit Is Heading for the Cliff Edge

May 04, 2020

The European Union’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, gave a stark warning recently about the lack of progress in the post-Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom. But now, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come back to work after his battle with COVID-19, the disease caused by the...

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