The Daily Paradox

Our small corners

Why has the world taken against globalisation? And so quickly? As recently as two years ago the economic scene looked set for expanding international trade, increasing travel and a world fraternity that if not federal was more open to discussion than to war. In a spectacularly short time people have turned protectionist. The price of…
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Are we living in a golden age?

Three weeks ago, Chris Dixon identified eleven reasons to be excited about the future of technology. As a whole, they make a case for why we can be hopeful about the overall wellbeing of our species. Swedish author and vocal libertarian Johan Norberg’s latest book also puts forward ten “reasons to look forward to the…
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Good actors

A good actor exaggerates his gestures so that they reach across the footlights and connect with the audience. From clear enunciation and raised voice to emphasis just a little stronger than you would find in real life, she or he ensures that you don’t miss a trick. Those wishing to communicate well should watch good…
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Loneliness – ‘the horror not to be surveyed’

Loneliness leads to despair. It can be self-inflicted by people who don’t want to make the effort or who are too scared to walk into a group they don’t know. It can be caused by lack of money to travel to see others or to join groups that ask for payment. It can be the…
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The one in my arms

Good Pope Francis has proclaimed Mother Teresa of Calcutta to be a Saint. I shouldn’t think there is a living soul who would quarrel with that decision. The simple, touching ceremony in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican was more than Mother T would have wanted but less than she deserved. In other words, they…
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The Apple Tax

The majority of taxpayers, in my experience, are decent, law-abiding citizens, willing to pay their dues. They will probably plan their life to avoid paying more tax than they have to. Not to do that would label them ‘daft’. Having settled on the rules, most taxpayers obey them. I wish governments and central bankers would…
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Do we need to read more books?

When books first came on the human scene they were always read out loud. We might think that a bit strange today because a book is the epitome of private learning, experience and joy. As a British Prime Minister used to say “Nothing I like more than settling down with a little Trollope”. He meant…
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Giving must become thinking

The “giving programmes”, now widely developed by Social and Charity Organisations, are a major contribution to easing the trauma of changes taking place all around us. Singapore’s approach of individuals creating “Idea by idea” is right. Step by step is how things get done. Ideas generated and volunteerism thus enlisted are critically important in many…
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We can handle anger and confusion

When people are angry they want two things – someone to blame and someone to put right the cause of their discontent. It is natural that they should turn to their politicians, the people who asked to be – and got – elected to run the order of the country. If the political system cannot…
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Society’s rights and the drugs problem

What have cash and antibiotics to do with harmful drugs? In 2007/8 the world’s financial system was on the brink of collapse. A decision was made to create money. It didn’t even need to be printed. Central banks could simply say it existed and use it to buy debt and debt equivalent. It was a…
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