Monday, February 27, 2017
  1. Innovation & Technology

    A Tax on Robots?

    Yanis Varoufakis
    Innovation & Technology

    A Tax on Robots?

    8

     has an alternative to Bill Gates's recent suggestion for offsetting the social costs of automation.

    Shangai robots
    Bill Gates thinks that, to ease the social costs implied by automation’s displacement effects, robots should be required to pay taxes. But why make life under capitalism more complicated than it already is, when there is an alternative to a robot tax that is easy to implement and simple to justify? READ MORE
  2. World Affairs

    The Threat of Threats

    Dominique Moisi
    World Affairs

    The Threat of Threats

    2

     argues that Europe should tackle the risks it faces lucidly and consistently – and simultaneously.

    Far right Poland Pacific Press
    Not long ago, the EU was a model of reconciliation, peace, and prosperity; today, it is a model of fear – and it is scaring others. If Europeans cannot develop – with lucidity, firmness, and dedication – enlightened solutions to the threats they face, who can? READ MORE
  3. World Affairs

    Realism About Trumpism

    Joschka Fischer
    World Affairs

    Realism About Trumpism

    1

     laments that the new administration is confirming everyone's worst fears, and counsels resilience.

    Trump GOP
    Any hope that the demands of office, or political and economic realities, would persuade US President Donald Trump to adhere to political and foreign-policy norms should now be cast aside as wishful thinking. Worst-case scenarios are now baseline scenarios. READ MORE
  4. Business & Finance

    Don’t Cry for Corporate America

    Stephen S. Roach
    Business & Finance

    Don’t Cry for Corporate America

    4

     debunks the Trump administration's claim that the US economy needs tax cuts and deregulation.

    Park Avenue NYC
    In an ideal world, it would be nice to streamline, simplify, and even reduce tax and regulatory burdens on US businesses. But business is not the weak link in the US economic chain; workers are, because economic returns have shifted dramatically from the providers of labor to the owners of capital over the past 25 years. READ MORE
  5. Culture & Society

    Refugees as Weapons of Mass Destruction

    Ricardo Hausmann
    Culture & Society

    Refugees as Weapons of Mass Destruction

    0

     explains US President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban in terms of recent psychological research.

    Syrian refugee Amer Almohibany/Stringer
    Two possible reasons, based on recent advances in psychology and neuroscience, may explain why Americans and Canadians are reacting so differently to asylum-seekers. In particular, US President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban on Muslims may be less related to its expressed justification than to unconscious considerations. READ MORE

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