The myth of money and terrorism

Since the recent Paris attacks there have been a few articles (like this one) arguing that increasing foreign aid with the purpose of boosting economic development in poorer countries might be a way to battle terrorism at its roots. The first assumption here is that extremism is caused and fostered in countries with high levels of […]

Bureaucracies will grasp at anything, won’t they?

It’s undoubtedly true that the political and economic system in Russia has changed, and changed for the better, over the past 50 years. Whatever the downsides of Putinism they’re as nothing to the problems with Stalinism. However, the change might not be quite as deep as perhaps we’d all like. Another way of making much […]

Ten initiatives to help young people: 2. US/UK visa swap

Employment is a major concern for many young people, both for those who choose not to undertake university education and for those who have done so.  Because of concerns about immigration, especially illegal immigration, the governments of both countries have tightened the rules and made it very difficult for citizens of the one country to […]

To introduce you to an extended whingefest

We wish that this was satire, or perhaps even the ravings of some poor deluded soul well outside the mainstream. Unfortunately it is neither: this whinge that Bill Gates really shouldn’t be spending his own money how he wishes is meant to be a serious contribution to the debate: Is the most effective philanthropist a […]

On those new UN development goals

We’re having a slightly hard time getting our collective head around the Millennium Development Goals and their successors, the SDGs. For we’re seeing people like David Rieff making what to us are the strangest arguments. To go back a bit, the MDGs were the idea that we could make the world a nicer place by […]