No progress in two and a half millennia?

Posted by Graeme in Politics at 10:09 am on Sunday, 29 October 2023

This passage from (Pseudo-)Xenophon’s Constitution of the Athenians, the last sentence in particular, could have been written today, and it seems we cannot run things better now than then. (more…)

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Racism is not one thing: experiences of different cultures

Posted by Graeme in Politics at 11:02 am on Saturday, 26 August 2023

I have lived in two countries, and worked in another, on different continents, and been obviously ethnic minority in all three. I will start with my own birth certificate. It states my race. It states my parents races. This was regarded as normal and necessary until just three years ago. (more…)

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Why CO₂ emissions will keep rising.

Posted by Graeme in Economics,Politics at 12:17 pm on Wednesday, 29 March 2023

We have had many climate change agreements that have not changed anything. The greenwashing was inevitable and to be expected. This graph from Our World in Data says it all: there has been no change in trajectory.


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Climate treaties cheat the environment.

Posted by Graeme in Economics,Politics at 11:06 am on Friday, 13 July 2018

Climate treaties suffer from a problem that is pervasive in our society. It is the same problem that is destroying British state schools, makes public sector out-sourcing fail, and cripples businesses. Once you set a numerical target, the metric becomes more important that what it measures. (more…)

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Not just a CO2 shortage – the economy is broken

Posted by Graeme in Business & Investment,Economics,Politics at 9:27 am on Thursday, 12 July 2018

Shortages happen. A shortage of a gas that is vital to the manufacture of everything from beer to pain killers may look like just another unfortunate occurrence, but it is really a product of the way a “neo-liberal” economy works: globalisation and centralisation. (more…)

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Trump’s immigration policy compared to the UK’s

Posted by Graeme in Politics at 12:27 pm on Sunday, 5 February 2017

There has been near universal condemnation of Trump’s immigration policies, but it seems to be that they simply do in one stroke what most European countries have done incrementally. The UK is a fairly typical European country in this respect so lets see how it compares. (more…)

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What has the EU ever done for us?

Posted by Graeme in Economics,Politics at 10:15 am on Sunday, 5 June 2016

What has the EU ever done for us? Mostly, a lot of harm.

Consistently favoured corporate interests over public interests

The EU is far more insulated from public pressure than national governments but even more prone to listening to corporate lobbyists. It is not transparent enough about lobbying for us to even know what the real expenditure is, but we know it a lot.
The greatest single case of this is in the supposedly free trade, but really corporate welfare, TTIP treaty which the EU is pushing hard, despite widespread public opposition. Who wants the treaty? Corporate lobbyists. It also binds countries permanently to particular policies, undermining democracy.


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The philistines are running the asylum

Posted by Graeme in Politics at 11:05 am on Monday, 18 August 2014

This post was sparked off by a comment a teacher made about the British government’s education policy, but the point I want to make is that this is the result of a globally accepted change in values. There is a link between education policy, how prisoners are treated, arts policy and more. (more…)

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How to fix the deficit, immigration and growth.

Posted by Graeme in Economics,Politics at 12:28 pm on Monday, 18 March 2013

My idea, intended for the UK, but possibly applicable elsewhere, will generate a huge amount of government revenue, complete change immigration, and stimulate economic growth. The idea is a very simple: auction residence visas. (more…)

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Alcohol deaths public health and fuzzy thinking

Posted by Graeme in Health,Politics,Wrong at 11:38 am on Wednesday, 22 February 2012

This article arguing (yet again) for the government to introduce minimum prices and other strict controls on alcohol consumption. As usual, it contains fallacies, fails to provide important information, and is generally rather vague.


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