Down With The Royals, Up With Democracy

Pandas and royal persons alike are expensive to conserve and ill-adapted to any modern environment. This comparison of British royals to zoological specimens by novelist Hilary Mantel is but one of many ideas presented in Joan Smith's book, Down With The Royals. In three parts, Smith dissects the arguments for maintaining the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern … Continue reading Down With The Royals, Up With Democracy

Rethinking ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’

Growing up as children, we were all told to "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle." Collecting glass bottles, aluminum cans and plastic containers was easy to do and felt good. And since it was in line with this simple three-word chant, it seemed like we were doing the right thing. Unfortunately, this chant has not curbed the growing consumerism … Continue reading Rethinking ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’

Selling Off the UK Government to the Lowest Bidder

Government outsourcing--contracting private companies to provide public services--can produce amazing results. The process links government revenue with business tools. When a government's own in-house capacity is limited, contracting private companies can be an essential solution, whether it's providing stationary or building bridges. Outsourcing can also be a stressful exercise, as John Glenn, American astronaut and the … Continue reading Selling Off the UK Government to the Lowest Bidder

Rich People Don’t Create Jobs

So, if rich people do not create the jobs, what does? A healthy economic ecosystem — one in which most participants (especially the middle class) have plenty of money to spend. Over the last couple of years, a rich investor and entrepreneur named Nick Hanauer has annoyed all manner of other rich investors and entrepreneurs by explaining this … Continue reading Rich People Don’t Create Jobs

“Take Our Country Back”: The Clarion Call of Western Xenophobia

In the past weeks, there have been two major political announcements in the Anglophone world. The first was the United Kingdom (UK) referendum vote on June 23 to leave the European Union (EU), referred to as "Brexit". The second bit of news was the nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for President of the … Continue reading “Take Our Country Back”: The Clarion Call of Western Xenophobia

The Power of Humanity to Reach New Heights

The thing about new human endeavors is how easy and obvious they seem in hindsight. From sailing around the world to submerging to the bottom of the ocean, humanity is defined by inspiring people solving seemingly impossible challenges. We've designed telescopes that peer deep into the universe and particle colliders that tell us how it all began. We've … Continue reading The Power of Humanity to Reach New Heights