Between a third and two-third of the Republican Party's voters are the sort of business-friendly soft conservatives or moderates who frown on making anger and resentment the centerpiece of the party's appeal...
A YouGov poll published last month found 44% of American Millennials would rather live in a socialist country, compared to 42% who would pick a capitalist one, and young Britons are similarly more disposed towards socialism, with more 18-24 year olds describing themselves as socialist than capitalist.
Quantitative easing (QE) has been a boon to the wealthy. The Bank of England’s extensive QE programme has inflated the value of financial assets, with 40% of the gains of rising share and bond prices going to the richest 5% of households
Between 1983 and 2010, almost 40% of wealth growth went to the top 1%, three quarters went to the top 5%, as the bottom 60% saw their wealth decline
Now might be the time to scale down our strategic nuclear deterrent. Possessing capability is the most important aspect of deterrence; the perceived willingness to use that capability is of the same order
The services in their present shape have been cut so deep in the past twenty years that there is no longer any margin for error
There is a fast and diminishing will and ability within the contemporary media to commit the resources needed, both financial and intellectual, to sustain campaigns that tackle serious injustices – particularly when it comes to financial fraud.
The UK has made great progress in tackling pensioner poverty over recent decades. But vast swathes of those currently in their 40s and 50s are heading towards retirement with no pension savings.
If I see an interesting retweet in my timeline, I may well follow the originator. If that’s how most people follow new accounts, and men get retweeted disproportionately, then they’re likely to get followed disproportionately, thereby biasing the whole process against women.
It's not as simple as devilish commercial advertisers versus angelic paying readers... it becomes tricky for The Times, for example, to do anything other than back Remain when that was the view of about three-quarters of your readers. When Guardian readers and supporters are enthusiastic about Jeremy Corbyn it’s commercially dangerous to suggest his Left-wingery could be a bit too Left-wing.
Brexit shouldn't be used as an excuse for less social reform. 'Leave' won the referendum because millions were desperate for fundamental change.
All technological change happens in a broad social context rife with vested interests – from brewers to labour unions – all capable of playing on unrelated anxieties
Not much of this debate is informed by historical knowledge of how technological change is received in complex societies
Prophets say that Industrial Revolution 4.0 will create a shiny utopia. The reality may be pockets of that, walled off from the decay and degradation beyond, as more and more people are ‘left behind’ in ‘flyover country’
From the Waltons of Wal-Mart to the chairman of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, the backers pledge not only financial help (the fund consists only $150m to start) but also advice, knowledge and contacts that might be beneficial to would-be entrepreneurs.
If globalisation and the freer flow of goods, capital and people is benefiting the populations of China and India it is not obvious that it is benefiting the citizens of Belgium or Britain
Only 13% of the public think that the world is getting better. The most positive public in the world was in China
More important than this prediction lies the fundamental idea that machine intelligence is superior to human intelligence, and that we humans should be looking forward to living digital lives.
The vision set out in the World’s Fair motto is, frankly, chilling. And the tendency of the digital revolution to encourage conformit both captures the World’s Fair vision and actually makes it creepier.
Middletown’s population has been declining for nearly twenty years, and the people who remain often engage in the sort of self-destructive behaviors, such as opiod addiction and drug use
“Ethical investing 2.0” is increasingly popular, particularly among millennials who want to make a difference as much as make money.
By 2050, Muslims are likely to make up 11.2% of the European population - and, according to projections from the Pew research organisation, possibly 14%
In countries as different as America and China the growth of household debt, if you offer people credit they will take it. Megan McArdle blames a consumerist arms race – most households are borrowing not to fund basic needs, but to keep up with the Joneses (or the Changs).
It is the rural communities and Victorian industrial and resort towns that are going to suffer the consequences of this decision the most. Not only do they already have the fewest banks per square mile, but they also have higher numbers of retirees and the elderly, many of whom don’t have smart phones and internet banking.
Imagine yourself a twenty-something graduate; on the table lies your unopened mail: student loan due, and a final demand from your rich-as-Croesus landlord. I think even Alexa would be able to predict your vote.
The UK needs a vision for its future to match the revolutionary zeal of its young people, something more exciting than the old lecture on how socialism tends not to turn out awfully well...
The richest 5% of households will receive 61% of Trump’s tax cuts by 2027, with the middle fifth getting just 8%. The bottom 60% of US households will share just 14% of the cuts
"I am not able to cast aside my fiscal concerns and vote for legislation that... could deepen the debt burden on future generations," said Bob Corker, the only Republican senator who ultimately refused to back the legislation
Substantial aid flows achieve the opposite of their aims by compromising institutions, contaminating local politics and undermining democracy.
This simple and obvious fact - that politics lies at root of many woes - is often ignored in the debate over development... Torrents of Western aid are at best an irrelevance, and at worst corrosive by propping up despotic regimes while hampering democracy.
“…workers who get interrupted by external stimuli (e.g. message notifications) are significantly more likely to later go on to ‘self-interrupt’ – stop what they’re doing and switch to something else before reaching a break point. In other words, if you keep getting distracted by external stimuli, your mind’s more likely to wander off on its own accord.”
Stanley Baldwin, three-times prime minister between 1923 and 1937, was personally devout – convinced, indeed, that he was an instrument of the Almighty, though as several writers have remarked, what the Almighty used him for was not so evident to others.
England had a right to be suspicious of leaders who believed they were ordained by God (Cavaliers) or compelled by Him (Roundheads). Some 200,000 men, women and children out of a population of 3.75m had perished during the English Civil War (1642-51), a conflict with, at its heart, the question of Divine authority exacerbated by sectarianism.
Voters had a terrific platform and person in Moore; casting their ballot, for the first time in years, would feel good
India’s remarkable 2014 trip to Mars came in at around one-tenth of what it would have cost the U.S. to do the same thing.
The Australian example of blue-collar populism has particular instructive value for leaders elsewhere as the nation has not experienced a recession for over 25 years. If a rapidly growing economy still produces strong pockets of regional malaise, then the standard economic recipe preferred by the global “Ins” will not stem the populist tide.
Hanson’s One Nation received nearly 14% of the primary vote, more than Germany’s AfD, Britain’s UKIP, or Geert Wilders’ PVV received in the elections that made them forces in their countries’ politics.
The finest civil service minds in Dublin and London will spend years pondering how to tax a ‘silver bullet’ tanker of Guinness – and its ingredients – as it traverses the inner Irish border
The British government will issue a ‘binding’ commitment to a minimal inner-Irish border – though technologies may or may not work seamlessly, if the example of Norway and Sweden is any guide
Sinn Fein has warned of civil disobedience campaigns about a 'hard border'. Pity them huddled around braziers with their placards on one of 300 minor country roads when winter comes
Try asking a British person to locate one of the UKs borders on a blank map. One placed Dublin inside Northern Ireland