What Liz Truss is really doing

Rishi Sunak is plainly the obvious choice for successor to Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party and, by implication, the United Kingdom — sometimes described, not entirely inaccurately (albeit forgivably imprecisely), as a one-party democracy. But he has a surprise contender — Liz Truss, favourite among Party members but not the best sell … Continue reading What Liz Truss is really doing

‘Treasure Planet’ and how trade causes war

The 2002 film ‘Treasure Planet’ opens with a portrayal of merchant ships carrying crates of gold, until they were sabotaged by pirates. The rest of the movie depicts the conflict over said gold. The hero graduates from his family’s bed and breakfast to a quest for a greater prize of trade: the excesses of commercial … Continue reading ‘Treasure Planet’ and how trade causes war

Climate, China, Capital: The triple crisis of the twenty-first century

The world is undergoing a period of profound instability. At such a time it is easy to distract ourselves with frivolities. But underneath the froth of our moral malaise is a deep conflict of interests, along ecological, geopolitical, and economic lines. Let me explain. Planet Earth: There is only one. The first issue is climate … Continue reading Climate, China, Capital: The triple crisis of the twenty-first century