A Transport Revolution? Don’t Bet on It

Take-off from London Heathrow (Source: Benson Kua)

“The biggest road building program since the Romans”, the “most extensive overhaul of our railways since the Victorians” and “modern aviation fit for the modern world”. Sound familiar? These are just some of the bold claims politicians have pedalled over the years about the need to modernise transport infrastructure in the UK. Unsurprisingly, the reality… Continue Reading ➤

Fawning over the Saudis is weak. But a working relationship is necessary

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi King Abdullah in January 2014 [Source: US Department of State]

When King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died of pneumonia last week at a ripe 90, the Western response was ridiculously gushing. Barack Obama cut short a visit to India of enormous geopolitical significance (especially for a President who has made pivoting towards the Asia-Pacific region – and away from the Middle East – the supposed… 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 ➤

Not the time to sabotage relations with Iran

The recent agreement between Iran, the United States, and five other world powers over Iran’s nuclear program is the most significant breakthrough in diplomatic relations between Iran and the West for several decades. Both the Obama administration and President Rouhani deserve credit for turning their backs on historical antagonism and bringing a pragmatic approach to… Continue Reading ➤