Peter Franklin

Peter Franklin

Peter Franklin is Associate Editor of UnHerd. He was previously a policy advisor and speechwriter on environmental and social issues.

Peter Franklin is Associate Editor of UnHerd. He was previously a policy advisor and speechwriter on environmental and social issues.

Daylight robbery: how lack of sunlight is keeping us awake

BY Peter Franklin / 1 min

There is nothing wrong with neoliberalism… as a word

BY Peter Franklin / 1 min

Could free cash fix the economy?

BY Peter Franklin / 8 mins

Late Capitalism? Don’t you believe it.

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Why would anyone buy a negative yield bond?

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Tax evading billionaires will put Warren in the White House

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

What if Germany’s economy toppled?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Are socialists liberal? A response to Maajid Nawaz

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Why does everyone hate inheritance tax?

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

How the West is winning Chinese talent

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Fake blood won’t do it: the climate change movement needs to lead by example

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Why do some people find more purpose in life than others?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How much trouble is the economy in?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

One step forward, one step back in the battle for beauty

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Five ways the Tories could lose the election

BY Peter Franklin / 6 mins

Imagine David Cameron had won his referendum

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Greta Thunberg, post-liberal prophet

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Meanwhile in America… President Yang?

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

The letter of the law versus the spirit of the constitution

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Singapore-on-Thames? Yes please!

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Don’t miss today’s good news on climate

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

How Jeremy Corbyn could get the top job

BY Peter Franklin / 6 mins

Report: Anarchists vs centrists is the new Left vs Right

BY Peter Franklin / 1 min

Meanwhile in Guy Verhofstadt’s back yard…

BY Peter Franklin / 1 min

We aren’t getting the best from our brains

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

What’s wrong with the weekend news?

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Calm down, ‘deepfake’ news is not here yet

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Don’t let the liberals write our constitution

BY Peter Franklin / 6 mins

‘Left-behind’ communities are closer than you think

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Why is the world going blind?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The nation’s twitchers are rising up

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

The schools that Britain forgot

BY Peter Franklin / 5 mins

Why we need to remember Martin Weitzman

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Toryism is not conservatism

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Are breakaway parties always doomed?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Is this a long-term age of discord?

BY Peter Franklin / 1 min

East Germany is fertile hunting ground for populists

BY Peter Franklin / 1 min

There’s no such thing as factory farming

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

The global economy has gone mad

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

What’s making Millennials so lonely?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Boris’s stimulus stunt

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

How Cornwall took back control

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Big Bezos is watching you

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Why cities are no place for kids

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

The battle for the Tory Party’s soul

BY Peter Franklin / 6 mins

The latest reason to scrap HS2

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Boris should make Britain beautiful again

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How Spain could rule the Eurozone

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The 10 brains behind Dominic Cummings

BY Peter Franklin / 7 mins

How WEIRD are you?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Are we due another recession?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

A ray of hope for a burning world

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Could Boris solve the housing crisis?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Do leaders bluff their way to the top?

BY Peter Franklin / 8 mins

Elon Musk’s extra-terrestrial threat

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Could economics explain rising birth rates?

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Why did we forget the father of science?

BY Peter Franklin / 6 mins

How sexist is your air conditioning?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

China’s great global game

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

The truth behind Trump’s victory

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

The problem with political journalism

BY Peter Franklin / 7 mins

How politics became polarised

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Sod the singularity

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The liberals are falling into Putin’s trap

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

The inevitability of debt

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Why is Zuckerberg inventing a currency?

BY Peter Franklin / 6 mins

Is too much money a bad thing?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Are we really reaching full employment?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Can we do without religion?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Is the Conservative Party brain dead?

BY Peter Franklin / 7 mins

In praise of media scare stories

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Are you ready for ‘fully automated luxury communism’?

BY Peter Franklin / 7 mins

How AI will terminate us

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Why the elites dumped on San Francisco

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How Europe smothered the radical Left

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How long will the Brexit Party last?

BY Peter Franklin / 6 mins

Is this the world’s worst housing project?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

How to beat the politics of punishment

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

York was destined to be capital

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

What’s GoT got to do with office politics?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why Britain needs a De Gaulle

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Will the EU become an empire?

BY Peter Franklin / 5 mins

Ten visitors more terrible than Trump

BY Peter Franklin / 6 mins

What Blairism shares with populism

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Will the internet reawaken the dead?

BY Peter Franklin / 6 mins

Which experts should we trust?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

You can keep your free money

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Could Joe Biden blow our minds?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Could we drag drivers from their cars?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

In search of the little green men

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Let’s close down open-plan offices

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Could a rentquake topple Trump?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Does Britain need a post-liberal party?

BY Peter Franklin / 5 mins

The most important policy we don’t talk about

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

How much do globalists really value diversity?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why the Matrix needs humans

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

The hideous spread of ‘spreadsheet architecture’

BY Peter Franklin / 5 mins

Who will ride the Green wave?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Ten precedents for a compromise Brexit

BY Peter Franklin / 9 mins

Crony capitalism is empowering the Left

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Why aren’t the Tories talking about economics?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Tolkien’s guide to contemporary politics

BY Peter Franklin / 7 mins

Does a big society need a Big God?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

To revive our cities we must set them free

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

What cost convenience?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

What’s really to blame for the opioid crisis?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Call yourself post-liberal?

BY Peter Franklin / 7 mins

Robots will kill us with kindness

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

How university re-establishes hierarchy

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Why low interest rates poison the economy

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Why middle England became middle class

BY Peter Franklin / 7 mins

The disruptive promise of internet voting

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

What’s the point of central government?

BY Peter Franklin / 5 mins

Does Germany have an answer to the housing crisis?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Who benefits from the Uberised economy?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why is French democracy so prone to violence?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Britain’s Brexit paralysis

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

The fall of social democracy

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

The political significance of beards

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Down and out in the Golden State

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Can you afford parenthood?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Who’s most intolerant in America?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

It’s time to overhaul economic policy

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Just how mad is the Green New Deal?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

The fall of Five Star is bad news for democracy

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Should we pity the rich?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The monopolists’ manifesto

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

What will survive global warming?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Will Spain’s working poor take revenge?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Is there anything Amazon can’t dominate?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How to make money from a housing crisis

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Are we blinded by mathematics?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The dead centre of political punditry

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

What has ‘flyover country’ got to complain about?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

The truth about inflation

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Will the NHS hold our DNA hostage?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Why high-rise farms could save the world

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Do you know where money really comes from?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

You are the next tech revolution

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

How to solve the housing crisis

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Wake up people! The sheep were right

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The consequences of cosy AI collusion

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

The irrelevant debate over the top rate of tax

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Is it all over for the big tech companies?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

What cost your free lunch?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Not a population bomb, more a damp squib

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The bitter truth about Millennial burnout

BY Peter Franklin / 8 mins

What makes languages legitimate?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Could your neighbour be spying on you?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Capitalism: where did it all go wrong?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Who would you trust with your bio-data?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Why intensive parenting causes inequality

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

This demographic catastrophe will hit us all

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why ‘peak death’ won’t solve the housing crisis

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

No, computers haven’t learned how to cheat

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

A path towards Tory detoxification

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Let’s replace the Lords with a House of Lobbyists

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

What’s bugging the Millennials?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

A Christian society should be post-liberal not anti-liberal

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

How to stop the mis-selling of education

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Is Spain’s day in the sun dawning?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The world’s most successful* people get enough sleep

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How China ditched the banks

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

So you want to write an opinion piece

BY Peter Franklin / 5 mins

Why I’m a man for more seasons

BY Peter Franklin / 5 mins

The Year UnPacked

BY Peter Franklin / 27 mins

The Year UnPacked: 10 to 1

BY Peter Franklin / 6 mins

The Year UnPacked: 20 to 11

BY Peter Franklin / 6 mins

Ten vested interests the Tories failed to tackle

BY Peter Franklin / 7 mins

The Year UnPacked: 30 to 21

BY Peter Franklin / 6 mins

The Year UnPacked: 40 to 31

BY Peter Franklin / 6 mins

The Year UnPacked: 50 to 41

BY Peter Franklin / 6 mins

Why Antifragile is the perfect read for today’s turmoil

BY Peter Franklin / 8 mins

The jaw-dropping scale of China’s global ambition

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

When eggheads are bigger idiots than meatheads

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The most dangerous thing about meritocracy

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

How the smartphone economy ate itself

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

How capitalism is killing-off the next generation of consumers

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Green taxes don’t have to hurt the yellow jackets

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Is ADHD being falsely diagnosed?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How political correctness corrupts the Right

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How gamification makes losers of us all

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How Populist is the Wizard of Oz?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

German irresponsibility threatens Europe

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How we’re setting a generation up to fail

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

The revenge of the Segway

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Can China control its Protestants?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why we need a writer to run the country

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Who will save us from the vampire capitalists?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why we need to concentrate on science

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Who’s to blame for the ‘boomerang’ generation?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Two wheels good; four wheels bad

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

China: not just an economic superpower

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The ugly truth behind Amazon’s beauty contest

BY Peter Franklin / 7 mins

The surprising losers of the Great Recession

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Prepare to be microchipped

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The truth about GDP figures

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Could Generation X save the world?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How irresponsible Merkel let populism thrive

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Should you police your inner ideologue?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Global English is a force for division – not unity

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Who are the the cyber-nannies coming for?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The forgotten tragedies of the First World War

BY Peter Franklin / 7 mins

Could Britain be about to power share with Belgium?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why non-voters matter most

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Big Tech’s big power grab

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

One dead animal is an online sensation, a million is a statistic

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How the Eurozone could avert disaster

BY Peter Franklin / 7 mins

Don’t let government drug the water supply

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Boomer populism is a warning from the future

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The mystery of the disappearing pay rise

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Britain needs less speculation, not a smaller financial sector

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Five reasons why populism isn’t up to the job

BY Peter Franklin / 7 mins

The dark side of China’s Social Credit System

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Elizabeth Warren should have checked her privilege

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Lies, damned lies and energy statistics

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why we must suppress technological progress

BY Peter Franklin / 6 mins

Why are we playing games with our privacy?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why are woke liberals such enemies of the past?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

What the Right gets wrong when the Left goes nuts

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

America: the birth of two nations

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Who’s changing the political rules?

BY Peter Franklin / 6 mins

Letting the gene genie out of the bottle

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Who’ll have the guts to ban cars from our cities?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How robots could set the developing world free

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Ten vested interests the Tories failed to tackle

BY Peter Franklin / 7 mins

Blazing Arizona: why adapting to climate change is deeply immoral

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

What do Sheffield and Paris have in common?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why home ownership is the real key to progress

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Should we commit mosquito genocide?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Beware keep fit totalitarianism

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Will the Chinese economy go the way of the USSR’s?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why doesn’t geography get the respect it deserves?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The absurdity of legalising drugs

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

What’s the ideal environment for the abuse of power?

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

What’s the point of the Lib Dems?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Trumpism: America’s new religion

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Ten years after the crash, we should still be terrified

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Could Trump keep tweeting for ever?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Are low-paid workers unskilled or just undervalued?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Our ‘open’ society has shut the door on shared spaces

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Coercive federalism has doomed the EU

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Facial recognition systems will imprison us all

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

In theory, you’re a racist

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The brutal apartheid of the French banlieues

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

How sex and drugs took their toll on 21st-century America

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Would Frank Field fit in? The test we should apply to any new party

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How driverless cars could make streets safer

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

If you’re pro-immigration you can’t be anti-development

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Does liberalism need global conflict in order to thrive?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why it’s time to panic about kids and smartphones

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The permanent punishment of the Greek people

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The West divided: Populism versus liberalism in the 21st century

BY Peter Franklin / 9 mins

Why does the Left hate Tolkien?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The next tech revolution – you won’t believe your eyes!

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How a land value tax could speed up the regeneration of our cities

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Who deserves the blame for ‘bargain basement’ Britain?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How (some) economists finally caught up with financial reality

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How the robots of the underworld could turn your life upside down

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Do conservatives have a fundamental problem with diversity?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

In the age of Big Data, politicians should not believe their eyes

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

America’s other drug epidemic

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Fascism, architecture and Donald Trump

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

What’s the point of the humanities?

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

How low-paying businesses profit from us all

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

The deeper meaning of Open and Closed

BY Peter Franklin / 12 mins

The rise and rise of Open and Closed

BY Peter Franklin / 9 mins

Open vs Closed: The rise and fall of Left and Right

BY Peter Franklin / 10 mins

The battle for Britain’s countryside – the other Brexit debate

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

A disturbing post-script to the royal wedding

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Why air-conditioning is making us hotter

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

China: the hype vs the reality

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How new technology could topple the tech giants

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

One way to bypass a driverless future

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Boo! Why populists keep surprising liberals

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Full employment, decent pay and affordable housing: choose two

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Is there anyone else out there?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Platform cooperativism – an alternative to technopoly

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The false promise of the vertical city

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How the liberals invented Donald Trump

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

When communities take on the tech lords and win

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Would you trust a robot to build your house?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Jordan Peterson for President (yes, I know)

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Are traffic lights really “un-Conservative”?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

What’s so monstrous about Ayn Rand?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why don’t we talk about television anymore?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The great British cock-up: ten times the state got it catastrophically wrong

BY Peter Franklin / 9 mins

An expensive house is no place for a child

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The French ‘internet’ – when state innovation goes wrong

BY Peter Franklin / 5 mins

The Amish: America’s most sophisticated users of technology

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

If you’re reading this on the train to work, go home!

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Do you have to be rich not to have a smartphone?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

June 23rd – an anniversary for George Osborne to celebrate!

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

What the Amish and the Shakers can teach us about demographics

BY Peter Franklin / 5 mins

Why much of genetic engineering remains a mystery

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Is Europe on the brink of a new Thirty Years’ War?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How Thatcher’s heirs can revive popular capitalism

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

The bureaucratic fracturing of government can destroy lives

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How to introduce a Land Value Tax tactfully

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Will China overtake America in a driverless car?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

What will ‘deep fake’ imagery do to politics?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Are centrists a threat to democracy?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

What if we were to lose the last ten years of technological progress?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Flyover France – the forgotten frontier

BY Peter Franklin / 7 mins

‘Unconscious bias training’ doesn’t work

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Could the Chinese Communist Party win votes in the West?

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Chained to a lunatic: the shocking secret at the heart of politics

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Should the rich be allowed to destroy their own wealth?

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Free speech, blasphemy and structural discrimination

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

The most influential religion you’ve never heard of

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The tragedy of the ‘gammons’

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Chinese capital flows – the ‘dragon energy’ of globalisation

BY Peter Franklin / 6 mins

What’s the point of the Intellectual Dark Web?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why trade deals are murder

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why rationing air travel is the same thing as taxing people out of the skies

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

China is railroading its exports through Europe – literally

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Vanilla liberalism is past its sell-by date

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Alexa, how do we disrupt the tech lords?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Is there anything that Jordan Peterson can’t disrupt?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The worse our politicians get, the more we indulge them

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

From Cultural Revolution to cultural appropriation: a brief history of that dress

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Should we be bowing to social media?

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

We must stop tolerating terrible architecture

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Blue Labour versus the Accelerationists: Round Two

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The three-way relationship that brought about Brexit and Trump

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

And finally: the good news from flyover county

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

You wait ages for an electric bus, and then three hundred thousand turn up

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Whatever happened to the human clones?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why does a new middle-of-the-road party have to be a liberal one?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Who’s that watching your every move? Don’t worry, it’s only everyone…

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

More community land trusts could transform the housing debate

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Have our scientists run out of steam?

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Don’t believe what those idiots are telling you about echo chambers

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Brexit Britain must take back control of its countryside

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

To close the gender pay-gap we need a family-friendly work culture

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How online retailers are incentivised to wreck our roads

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

U OK Hun(gary)?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Washington DC vs Silicon Valley: America’s Athens and Sparta

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The east is well-read: Chinese scholars know more about us than we do about them

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

A cashless society could curb criminals – but also our freedom

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

“Sneckdowns” and desire lines: A parable for the big data age

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Russia and China get cosy over energy supplies

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Will big tech bankrupt the banks?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The cost of property may slowly kill Silicon Valley – but a Land Value Tax might give it new life

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

In the race to become the AI superpower, Europe is losing to China and America

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Radical leftwingers must recognise ‘legitimate concerns’ or they’ll cause widespread destruction

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

New evidence on race and inequality in America

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Decarbonising the economy: now for the hard bit

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Who wants to buy the products of ‘Beijing Analytica’? Many of us (probably).

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

TV can’t ignore flyover country – but nor can it look it in the eye

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Don’t monkey around with the borders of humanity

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Singapore shows there’s more than one way of doing capitalism

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Why we need a moratorium on manned spaceflight

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

You’ll never guess which is the most densely populated country in Europe

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Communist China’s class-ridden society

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

The post-work society is already here

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Italy versus the EU establishment: now who’s being irresponsible?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Self-driving cars are a chance to rehumanise our streets

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Why ‘enough’ is the most dangerous word in economics

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Advanced economies shouldn’t depend on cheap labour

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Pinkerism, populism and progressophobia

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Thirty-somethings need home ownership options – and fast

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How Dr Internet got smarter than the real thing

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

The threat of ‘fake news’ isn’t fake, but nor is it new

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How the Left destroyed its voter base

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Screen addiction has killed the bookworm

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Accelerationism, Blue Labour and the future of work

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Proof that a global city can build enough new housing

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

The idea that liberals aren’t represented by the party system is the opposite of the truth

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Free minds: Jane Jacobs, a fearless foe of all things prefabricated

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How small bureaucratic hurdles can be big barriers for the poor

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

British universities should disrupt the US model of gated access to higher education

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

The ideological battle over classroom seating arrangements

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Trump, truckers and the automation paradox: robots could lead to labour shortages

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Why are politicians ignoring what housing markets are telling them?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The innovation game: Can China regain its lead over the West?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Loss of community places a heavy burden on young families

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Is Amazon’s attempt to disrupt the healthcare industry heroic or villainous?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How common is ‘digital self-harm’ and what explains it?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Driverless cars are on a collision course with the property market

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Is America a failed state? Or is liberalism a failed ideology?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Never mind UBI (Universal Basic Income), what we need is UBV (Universal Basic Vegetables)

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

What government can do about the winner-takes-all economy

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

New gene editing techniques could multiply the dangers of GMOs

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why wealth taxes are a political graveyard

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Great Britain: Not in fact an island of greedy, selfish xenophobes

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

One industry where capitalism is going in the right direction

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Geoengineering: Another fine mess not to get into

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Europe no longer exists – our future is Eurasian

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

What does the ‘charging elephant’ – also known as Amazon – want? Only everything (and beware of getting in its way)

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why religion is more important in China than in the West

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The digital revolution: a disaster for progressives and conservatives alike

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Rogue landlords are a poor solution to the housing crisis

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Don’t sweat the small stuff, or why the ‘New Optimists’ are only half right

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why do some countries have strong populist movements but not others?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Only lateral thinking can save us from economic stagnation

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

What the story of early capitalism can teach us about ‘late capitalism’

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

If governments do raise taxes on wealth, what should be done with the revenues?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Trees or farmland? ‘Agroforestry’ could mean nations like Britain would not have to choose

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The debate over immigration ignores half the issue

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How Brexit Britain could help China build a new world

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Is there really someone for everyone? Not if we undermine monogamy and a balanced gender ratio

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Higher education should be making a bigger difference

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

It’s official, we really are dumbing down

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

We need a richer conversation about wealth inequality

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

Brexit isn’t Europe’s biggest challenge, but economic inequality between east and west

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

If you want people to make more babies, build more houses

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

If we want a more productive economy, we must let our cities grow

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why Sunday closing reveals the deepest divide in politics

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How to save your career from the march of the robots

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Environmentally-friendly farming doesn’t have to be technologically backward

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Pro-Trump intellectuals – yes, they do exist

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Does capitalism have an answer to ‘fully automated luxury communism’?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

What you need to learn about machine learning

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Marriage is a uniquely stabilising force: are liberals finally getting the message?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Jeremy Corbyn is right: a ‘post-neoliberal world order’ is coming (whatever that means)

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

China’s taking a quantum leap in its tech rivalry with the West

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Return of the genetically modified rats

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Around the world, our precariously-balanced household finances need salvation

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Are ‘cyberslackers’ destroying the economy? 

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Will Elon Musk drive a truck through the oil industry?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Meghan Markle (so I get your attention!)… and Sufi Islam and the dangers of religious illiteracy

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

To boost productivity, just do what Henry VIII did

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The news IS covering Trump’s circus. It’s not covering his administration particularly well.

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why making poor people richer can push up the poverty rate

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

A plan to rid New Zealand of rats and other predatory mammals would spread across the world…

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The argument that robots won’t take our jobs isn’t all that reassuring

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Wanted: a government willing to perform experiments on us

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Putin has new friends in the West. But what have his interventions cost him?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

We’ve been underestimating the genetic differences between men and women

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Fighting behind closed doors is stifling your kids’ creativity

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The full effects of automation will be way more disruptive than globalisation

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why religion retains its relevance – even when belief in God wanes

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Will driverless cars save our cities, or ruin them?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Granting planning permission is better for the economy than printing money

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why the price of oil has been so hard to predict – and why that might change

BY Peter Franklin / 9 mins

‘Alexa, are you turning my kid into a brat?’

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The unhappy homes that helped put Trump in the White House

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

China’s sinister Social Credit System

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Robots are coming for our low-skilled jobs. They’re coming even quicker for our skilled jobs.

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

School vouchers were supposed to revolutionise educational choice. So did they?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Click here for details on a free trip across America!

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Enough said: How social media is turning young people off free speech

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Building a wall in the sky might help climate change. It might also create new problems

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Loosening the Metropolitan Green Belt would make Britain fat

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

We’re going to ban human-operated cars. Yes, all of them.

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Project Loon is the upside of Google’s increasingly global reach

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

It’s not simply low income that ends marriages. It’s economic instability.

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Why more people die as the economy grows

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How to eat from the magic money tree (which happens to have the same initials as ‘modern monetary theory’)

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The new political correctness: not a fad, but a deep cultural shift

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Help the world’s poorest people by giving them secure rights to their land

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Many in the tech industry are avoiding their products. Should we do the same?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The opioid death toll: a real American horror story

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

In the future we won’t have to work and the state will give us money… it’ll be awful

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Tech companies need their own tax regime – but not one of their choosing

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Yimby-ism could transform the landscape(s)

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

No need to buy. Once cars are fully automated, they’ll all be taxis anyway

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Will we die from being kinless?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

It won’t be computers that kill us. It’ll be the software

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Westminster’s broken: To rescue our British parliament, establish an English parliament

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The enemies of renewable energy have lost – they should be delighted

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

It’s not just Catalonia: Who has the right to break away?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Was it whiteness that won it for Trump?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Forget politics: To save conservative values, fund universities instead

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Taxing robots: a 20th century solution to a 21st century problem

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Kiss your privacy goodbye – CCTV is just the beginning

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The power of political storytelling: A response to George Monbiot (part two)

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The power of political storytelling: A response to George Monbiot (part one)

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Watch out, tech companies – your free pass is about to expire!

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

We won’t fix capitalism until economists fix their broken theories

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The new world order: safe for markets, but not democracy

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Easy money: How have the central bankers got away with it?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The human staplers of Silicon Valley

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Epidemics of addiction may be created by deliberate supply not uncontrollable demand

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

How cheap labour undermines economic productivity

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Rampant Germanophilia merits closer examination

BY Peter Franklin / 4 mins

The political centre is not where liberals think it is

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Could genetically selective societies breed themselves into crippling uniformity?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

You don’t have to be old and uneducated to be an extremist

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Facebook, Jesus and the serpent of social media

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Silicon Valley goes hypersocialist (as long as they don’t have to pay for it)

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

There’s no need to fear a robot taking your job – not if you become one yourself

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

How to create a drug epidemic

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How the radical left has it both ways on Brexit

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Massively dangerous technologies that could destroy us all: How about no?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Is America facing its ‘Suez moment’?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How smartphones make our young people unhappy

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The hermit generation: The young aren’t rebelling against society, but hiding from it

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How groupthink distorts economic policy and puts downward pressure on wages

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The unpalatable truth about socialised medicine

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Economists are clueless about the demographic disaster awaiting the global economy

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

To get Britain moving again we must get Britain moving house

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your food! 

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Control mass immigration? Europe can’t even control mass tourism

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Wanted: some serious conservatism in the media

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How ‘speech codes’ discriminate against vulnerable people

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Human progress is real but so is our vulnerability… because the same tech drives both

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Artificial intelligence without the hype

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Lessons from the first attempt at a European union

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Aircraft carriers would be no match for a robot pigeon

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Is capitalism ‘productive’ or a city ‘diverse’ if they don’t leave room for children?

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

How racist is your computer?

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

To solve the housing crisis we must stop the speculators

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How your ‘digital twin’ could get you into trouble

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

How the decline of American Christianity helps Donald Trump

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Are you on CRISPR? You soon will be…

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

The myth about the sovereignty myth

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Adultery greater among older Americans than young – and is the crash the reason?

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Beneath the cladding: Why did Britain build so many tower blocks?

BY Peter Franklin / 2 mins

Believe in open borders and taxing wealth? Good luck!

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins

Get ready for Prime Minister Corbyn… and President Sanders…

BY Peter Franklin / 3 mins