The scenario is a mainstay of science fiction: Humans engineer themselves into obsolescence, creating a vast class of unemployable people. In the optimistic scenario, we spend our time reading, painting, and enjoying each other. In the darker version, we sink into permanent poverty as the owners of the machines keep all the wealth to themselves. […]
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How did globalization create such discontent in developed and developing countries alike? Nobel laureate and INET grantee Joseph Stiglitz explains. Stiglitz says that a corporate-driven policy agenda and the distorted economic views bolstering them have deepened inequality and undermined social stability in regions across the world. Economic theory is actually much more qualified in its […]
Addressing the changes and the fracture in the relationship between the citizen and society has been a matter of great importance for me throughout my Presidency. It is a relationship that was fraying long before the onset of the Global Financial Crisis, but it has markedly lost cohesion in these last ten years, aggravated by […]
On “a very sad day for Poland” and the rule of law four leading political scientists and experts on post-communist eastern Europe discuss the country’s further move towards authoritarianism/”illiberal democracy” at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard on October 24 2017.
Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator of the Financial Times, at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, in mid-October 2017
Pankaj Mishra, the Indian thinker and writer, has a unique perspective on what is called the populist uprising around the globe: He sees the roots and causes of the present turmoil in the contradictions of the modern project since its inception at the time of Rousseau, Voltaire and Montesquieu 300 years ago. For democracy to […]
Twitter started off as a radical free speech experiment, but widespread harassment is forcing the social media giant to rethink what kind of platform it wants to be.
What is populism? Where does it come from; where is it going? What does it mean for the world’s institutions and what can be done about? asks Dani Rodrik in introducing the inaugural talk by the Weatherhead Center Cluster on Global Populism with Tim Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford, […]
Peter Pomerantsev uses his deep insights into the nature of digital propaganda and the authoritarian threat to democracy to come up with a surprising and rather bold analysis of the way politics works. From Brexit to Trump and possibly soon in a parliament near you: It is politics as carnival, as he puts it, a […]
Martin Wolf talks about the state of democratic capitalism today and its impact on the future.
The collapse of Venezuela and President Maduro’s rise to dictatorship. Venezuela was once the richest country in Latin America. It has the largest known oil reserves in the world. And its democratic government was once praised world wide. But today, Venezuela’s democratic institutions and its economy are in shambles. The country has the highest inflation […]
Professor Reich talks at Google about the impact of automation & artificial intelligence on our economy. He also provides a recommendation on how we can ensure future technologies benefit the entire economy, not just those at the top.