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From a Martin Gurri piece at Mercatus: “When populists are accused of being offensive or unethical, we must keep in mind that their accusers—establishment media and political actors—have already been judged and found guilty by the public. For this to change, the elites have to change. Somehow, those at the top have to regain their good character in the eyes of the public. They must discover ways to win respect in the… Read More

Worthwhile to check the last page of this McKinsey research. Lessons and practices for leaders, to go back to every now and then.

Great piece from Steve Blank explaining why large companies do “Innovation Theater” instead of actual innovation.

Pax Americana in a Chinese world Our modern day addiction Brooks on our Second Mountain

Had to catch up with my to-reads, here’s this week’s digest: The Chinese mayor John Bolton: is Trump’s “bloodsucker” now the adult in the room? Bullshit is the junk food of experience The economic miracle is over. And that’s fine And watch Macron go on for hours

Twee keer over duurzaamheid van het (nationaal) populisme, uit Engeland (Matthew Goodwin) en uit Frankrijk (Christophe Guilluy) National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy Elite legt het af tegen het populisme en hoe babybooomers het in de VS hebben verpest  van de briljante alleskunner Steven Brill “Yet key measures of the nation’s public engagement, satisfaction and confidence – voter turnout, knowledge of public-policy issues, faith that the next generation will fare better… Read More

Tyler Cowen arguing against the art of storytelling

What’s the Difference and Why Does it Matter? Read it in this Farnam Street blog  

Bruno Maçães calls for a far more aggressive European foreign policy. “Crises and challenges unaddressed by an active foreign policy make themselves felt later in the domestic context. That’s how so many Commission proposals come to be: on relocating refugees, on blocking Chinese investment, on countering Russian fake news.” Read the full article here.

How Trump’s ideas are hurting exports

Very true, and cannot be said enough

Deep state or corrupt government? Tyler Cowen and Nassim Taleb on the trouble with education Kurt Vonnegut on how to write good short stories How D-Day was planned Fifty lessons from the Gulag Can Europe save the world? Addiction & Fortnite

“Vice to which great powers easily succumb in a multipolar world is inattention; in a bipolar world, overreaction; in a unipolar world, overextension.” Isn’t that precisely what we have been witnessing? Convincing Foreign Policy piece from Stephen Walt on why thinking as a realist in (geo) politics is the best way to enhance the prospects for peace.    

Part of  Snyder’s interesting mini YouTube lectures, I recently discovered.

De nieuwe darling-politicoloog, de ietwat alarmistische Yascha Mounk vindt van niet en maakt zich zorgen. Tom van der Meer (van het onvolprezen blog Stuk Rood Vlees) weerlegt dat onderzoek, breed uitgevent door de NY Times. Het het valt allemaal reuze mee: de democratie is bij de neiuwe Europese generatie in goede handen.  

Surprisingly enough, Europe is lagging all American states economically

Yascha Mounk interviewed by David Frum in the Atlantic, on populism, the trouble with illiberal democracies and America’s role. An excerpt: “The first is that we need to fight for an inclusive nationalism. This means that we oppose any attempt to identify the nation with a particular ethnic or religious group (as parts of the current U.S. administration consistently do). We must do what we can to protect vulnerable minorities from attacks. But… Read More

Two of the greatest minds alive (and authors of some of my favourite books) discuss anti-fragility, globalisation, the economy, fuck-you money, moral hazard, Prometheus, probability and washing machines. Somewhat awkward, never a real conversation  – yet always interesting. Just watch & enjoy!

Muslims are projected to increase as a share of Europe’s population – even with no future migration. Read the full Pew Research report: http://www.pewforum.org/2017/11/29/europes-growing-muslim-population/

Democracy on its own does not consistently lower inequality, Walter Scheidel argues in the Atlantic, only catastrophe will. As “inequality has been written into the DNA of civilization ever since humans first settled down to farm the land. Throughout history, only massive, violent shocks that upended the established order proved powerful enough to flatten disparities in income and wealth. They appeared in four different guises: mass-mobilization warfare, violent and transformative revolutions, state… Read More

Saltwater economics vs. freshwater economics: the battle is on. New Keynesian macroeconomists (saltwater) fail to acknowledge radical uncertainty in their models, and still can’t to explain why banks underprice risk worldwide. But has the other side a better model? Read this interesting article by Robert Skidelsky for Project Syndicate.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, is doing things his own way. He’s running the company differently from his famous predecessors, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, transforming not just the business strategy but the culture at Microsoft. And it works, according to this great Fast Company article.

Well, try the guidebook of the cigarette industry, writes ‘ Undercover Economist’ Tim Harford. Applicable to Brexit campaigns, Trump news conferences, Russia state propaganda and Facebook filter bubbles. False claims stick……..fact checking doesn’t work (not in the least because facts are boring)……..distraction does work………….as does some level of ignorance…………and polarisation. How to solve this problem? Through curiosity and storytelling (think Hans Rosling)  

The read of the week: an essay on why Francis Fukuyama is still so widely misunderstood and the high level of accuracy his predictions had, including the rise of Donald Trump…25 years ago. An appetizer: “The spread of egalitarian values that went along with secular democratic politics would open up spaces of severe resentment – especially, we might now postulate, among those who had lost their traditional places at the top of… Read More

Heel interessant voorstel voor een CO2 belasting uit onverdachte hoek. Ondere uit de koker van Hank Paulson, minister van Financien onder George W. Bush en oud-topman van Goldman Sachs. Benieuwd of de nieuwe Republikeinse president er wat in ziet… Larry Summers is ook een voorstander.

Stijlelementen zorgen voor herkenning, door middel van ‘discriminative learning’: mooi werk van Google.  

…according to the International Crisis Group. From Turkey to Congo, the world still is a turbulent place. Read more here

Highly original article on the rise of Trumpism – taking us back to Hunter S. Thompsons’s book on motorcycle guys. The ethics of the Hell’s Angels is still alive; and widespread.