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LIBERAL POLITICAL ECONOMIES?

Rafiq Jumabhoy When I was speaking to John about my thoughts during the pandemic, he said, “put it on paper!” So, with the proviso that these are my random thoughts and not claiming academic rigor, here goes. Many watched with horror as “democratic” countries legislated draconian measures to wrest control over the public narrative whilst…
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Getting it right

Any thinking employer is already dedicated to the welfare of his or her staff. It is common sense to be so. Tolerance of the mental and physical stress caused by Covid-19 is a prerequisite for any boss who hopes to retain and retrain his people. All this is management gospel for 2021, 2022 and beyond.…
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A fight to live

Watching a nature programme that I enjoy, I saw two mountain rams fighting it out. Their beautiful, fully curled horns clashed on the steep slopes they had chosen for their battle. The crash of their headgear was enough to make anyone wince, but I didn’t. They were taking good care of each other, even in…
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‘Commit or quit’

The material cost of Covid can be – sort of – measured; the emotional cost cannot. That it is big and highly significant nobody denies. But we do not know the full personal extent of it. Nor do we know if some of the problems people are finding were there long ago lurking in the…
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The Sunset Part 2

My Daily Paradox of 20Sep21 (Too busy doing what?) advised looking at the sunset. It struck a  chord with a great many people. While watching “a promise of tomorrow” – as I define a sunset – I have four questions it is worth asking yourself. It may be tempting to give short, smart answers but…
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Too busy doing what?

The sources of pressure increase unremittingly. They have been variously ascribed to The Climate Crisis, Covid-19, the Delta Variant, The Shortage of Chips, Mail Order Purchasing Growth, WFH, Draconian Privacy Laws, Former President Trump, President Biden, The Rarity of Rare Earth, The Collapse of The Hospitality and Travel Industry, Too Many EMails, Too Many WhatsApps,…
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In the wake of a disaster

The dangerous and self-destructive withdrawal from Afghanistan by the US is exactly what we did not want from a new President struggling to right many of the wrons left by his predecessor. Its coincidence with the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre Twin Towers reminds us of the major starting…
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Mental health

The rush of recognition of the mental health problem, always with us but precipitated by the pandemic, has led to a plethora of articles on the subject. I haven’t read them all but I have read several of them, from the great consultants to the local newspaper reporter’s offering. On the whole they are disappointing.…
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“…scared to our bones.”

“We are all scared and we are scared to our bones.” – The BBC, 19 August 2021, quoting a young female Kabul University student. I am not going to write a lecture on blame. The exit of American and British and other troops from Afghanistan had to take place sometime. Whether now was the right…
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The Future of Money by Sandy Oh

What is ‘money’? At its most basic, money is a technology that stores and transfers value over time and space. To do this effectively, an ideal money should be durable, portable, fungible, divisible and scarce. The type of money societies choose to use over time is an evolutionary process judged along these desirable traits –…
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