20th Century Liberalism is dying, there is no third way (and there never was)

For those who perhaps haven’t been following the US primaries too closely (although I doubt it on this site) the election came alive on Tuesday night. Whilst the Republican contest is still all to play for – with Cruz, Trump and in spite of everything, not least himself, Jeb Bush all in with a reasonable shot at victory – the Democratic race is now far more interesting, and frankly significant. A week after failing to grab Iowa, as I thought he probably needed to he, not only did Bernie Sanders win in New Hampshire – but he won by a … Continue reading

Is Africa’s success story over?

The most impressive person I met in Botswana barely said a word. She was an older woman, small in stature. We were sitting next to each other at a table during lunch at a conference about Botswana’s economic model. In a quiet voice, she told me that she was a former government minister. We talked briefly about the conference, neither of us saying anything particularly memorable. Then we were both drawn away by other conversations. I learned later that Gaositwe Chiepe was the first woman to serve as a government minister in Botswana, the large but sparsely populated country just … Continue reading

Basic income: communism for capitalists

Last week, it was announced that Finland is set to introduce a citizen’s basic income. It’s said to be around €800 a month, which would be provided universally and without any conditions to all Finnish citizens. It will replace all previous benefits. This is just the latest experiment with the idea. Several Dutch cities are about to introduce the measure too. Many European countries are debating this notion. The case can be understood by anyone who has ever lived off of a student loan. A guaranteed baseline can free up individuals to pursue their own endeavours, whether they be cultural … Continue reading