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(Dis)honest ways to make it rich

(DIS)HONEST WAYS TO MAKE IT RICH. Money. In a world where most things come with a price tag attached, we are all obliged to try and acquire the stuff. This can be achieved through fair means or foul. But what … Continue reading

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THE SINGULARITIES

THE SINGULARITIES In 1993 the science fiction author Vernor Vinge wrote a paper in which he predicted a coming event which would radically change life as we know it. “I argue in this paper”, he wrote, “that we are on … Continue reading

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BANKING THE UNBANKED

BANKING THE UNBANKED INTRODUCTION It is difficult to imagine going through life without relying on banks and the services they provide. We use such services every day. Our wages get wired to our accounts, we regularly use credit cards to … Continue reading

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Thoughts On the Baby Boomers (part two)

THOUGHTS ON THE BABY BOOMERS (PART TWO) HERE COMES THE NEW BOSS, NOT LIKE THE OLD BOSS In part one, we saw how historical events early in the 20th century lead to lower inequality and greater opportunity for the post-war … Continue reading

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Thoughts On the Baby Boomers (part one)

THOUGHTS ON THE BABY BOOMERS (PART ONE) INTRODUCTION In a letter submitted to the Daily Mail, Dorothy Dobson responded to an article, published in the same paper, which attacked the Baby Boomer generation for being one that enjoyed privileges no … Continue reading

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Thoughts On Command Economies

THOUGHTS ON COMMAND ECONOMIES Non-capitalist ownership of the means of production and reliance on a command- rather than a market- economy were among the defining features of Communist states. COMMAND AND MARKET ECONOMIES The difference between a market and a … Continue reading

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Thoughts On the Cold War

THOUGHTS ON THE COLD WAR From 1950 to 1990, a state of Cold War existed between East and West. At its heart, this simmering tension centred around an ideological question: Who should own capital? The ‘West’ represented US-led ‘free enterprise’ … Continue reading

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