Indie

Lana Del Rey [source: petercruise]

“Indie” is a cultural punching bag. Everyone loves to hate indie people and almost nobody would self-identify as one, though they might admit to being a fan of the genre. The steady drumbeat of magazine articles and blog posts dismissing the indie outlook as content-lessand paradoxically conformist is proof enough of this,  although relatively few… Continue Reading ➤

Should scientists bother to engage with skeptics?

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While the Globalist would not go so far as explicitly endorsing the sentiment, Salon writer Jarret Ruminski summed up the recent clash between American science educator Bill Nye and Founder of the Creation Museum Ken Ham pretty well: In the annals of great American nuttiness, the recent live-streamed creation vs. evolution debate between former kids’ television host… Continue Reading ➤

When should governments intervene to protect, subsidise or promote culture?

Matthew Ridley When should a government intervene to protect culture? The case for intervention does not only rest on a culture’s value to society. Culture should only be subsidised or protected if there is an externality present – if that value to society is greater than the amount people are, in total, willing to pay… Continue Reading ➤

Passing The Buck: Can democracies ever handle debt?

Source: Jay Mallin, Bloomberg News

The ability to raise capital by issuing debt is a double-edged sword for democratic governments. ‘Sovereign debt’ can finance national-building investments, or buy immediate popular support by putting off painful fiscal choices. The line between the two can be difficult to draw. However, recent American paroxysms over the debt limit and the rolling Eurozone debt… Continue Reading ➤