Fig. 1: Clients queuing to withdraw their money from Northern Rock in September 2007 (McGrath, 2019) Bear with me as we go through some of America’s recent economic history. Following the Second World War, there was a twenty-five-year period of (everyone’s buzzword) *unprecedented* economic growth. Whilst the US didn’t grow as quickly as its EuropeanContinue reading “The Problem at the Core of the British Housing Market”
Originally published on February 10th, 2021 Former President Donald Trump was impeached for the second time on the 13th of January by the House of Representatives, and his trial for inciting insurrection began in the Senate on the 9th of February. Before raising the issue of whether such a trial is constitutional, and why thatContinue reading “Archived: How to Discipline Your Misbehaving Former President – Fred Alldridge”
Originally published on November 3rd, 2020 As of writing this, the polls have opened in Vermont, the small community of Dixville Notch has cast its all-important five votes in New Hampshire, and election day is upon us. Biden is in a more favourable position than President Trump. He has been playing attack the last 6Continue reading “Archived: The Rust Belt and the Sun Belt – Fred Alldridge”
Originally published on October 2nd, 2020 In presidential campaigns in recent history, there has been an ‘October Surprise’, an event or revelation (sometimes deliberately timed) that shocks the masses and can decisively swing the polls days before election day. In 2016 there were Hillary’s emails and Trump’s Hollywood Access Tape; in 2012 Hurricane Sandy ravaged theContinue reading “Archived: October Surprise – Fred Alldridge”
Originally published on: July 20th, 2020 Fig. 1: Stores burning in Chicago after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 (Briscoe, Olumhense and James, 2018) The first impression Alexis de Tocqueville had about the United States in the 1830s was one of chaos, compared to the rigid social structures in Europe. However,Continue reading “Archived: Echoes of ’68 – Fred Alldridge”
Originally published on: May 24th, 2020 Boris Johnson announced lockdown to the British public on March 20th. Stating that it ‘seems to go against the freedom-loving instincts of the British people’, he nevertheless used his ministerial powers to close pubs, clubs, and restaurants. These restrictions were then extended to a wide range of businesses, smallContinue reading “Archived: Birds i’ the Cage: Freedom and Lockdown – Oli Banks”
Originally published on May 17th, 2020 Fig. 1, Baran’s illustration: types of network organization In a locked-down world, society has become atomized. For those that can work remotely, the household has become the workplace. Rather than congregate in large and central locations, our working environments are now small clusters of individuals – the “node size” of theContinue reading “Archived: Decentralisation is the Future – Oli Banks”
Originally published on May 4th, 2020 In my last piece I introduced the Rumsfeld Matrix, which was most famously used as a framework to help make the case for US entry into Iraq following the 9/11 attacks in New York City (Justo, 2019). However controversial this application may be, at its base, it is useful for comprehending uncertainty (Tercan, 2019) and for choosing which variables to analyse when considering a complexContinue reading “Archived: Unknown Knowns – Public Sector Debt – Fred Alldridge”
Originally published on April 17th, 2020 Every day, the UK government releases new information about COVID-19. Millions of people tune into radio, TV, digital and print broadcasts to hear the latest advice from deceptively earnest-looking health officials, ministers, and leaders. The extent of the coverage of the virus is astounding: not only has virtually everyContinue reading “Archived: Pandemics and Propaganda – Oli Banks”
Originally published on April 13th, 2020 As the world surpasses 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, we have been gripped by fear. Panic and panic buying are rife. The media has capitalised on this by affording little airtime to any other coverage – despite the fact that deadly conflicts rage on in multiple regions across the world. GovernmentsContinue reading “Archived: The Oil Price Crisis may be Bigger than the Coronavirus – Oli Banks”
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