Trust might be one of the most valuable assets a society can have. David Halpern of the Behavioural Insights Team summarises the evidence that: Levels of social trust, averaged across a country, predict national economic growth as powerfully as financial and physical capital, and more powerfully than skill levels – over which every government in […]

David Papineau has written a piece arguing that international sporting events like the ongoing Winter Olympics can encourage “a better kind of nationalism”. In his view, “international sport can’t help but boost understanding and counteract chauvinism”. This, he claims, is because all sporting contests imply recognition of the other side as moral equals. It presupposes […]

The Conservative MP Nick Boles generated some headlines before Christmas for his denunciation of a universal basic income: the increasingly fashionable proposal that all citizens should receive a fixed cash benefit from the government. His argument is fairly glib (I have to wonder if he genuinely believes he’s satisfactorily dealt with the issue in just […]

I had fun last December listing my favourite things of the year, so I thought I’d do it again in 2017. Here’s what I enjoyed over the past 12 months BOOKS Books I read for the first time in 2017 1. The Power by Naomi Alderman A brilliant piece of science fiction. An imaginative and […]

So, this was exciting! A couple of weeks ago I had my highest profile publication to date, an article for the New Statesman blog. I wrote about my experience of working in a high paying job so as to give money to charity: It was 2012, and I was in my final year of university. […]

I came across this piece by Rikk Hill on Jeremy Bentham today, and just wanted to repost it in full, alongside some of my own thoughts, because it’s excellent: I’d like to talk a little bit about moral philosopher Jeremy Bentham, and why he has a weird level of celebrity status among people who think […]

A thought occurred to me listening to the discussion of value added tax on Vox’s the Weeds podcast this week: how lucky I am that I have to spend so little time thinking about paying tax. I’m not poor or financially insecure enough to have to scrutinise each pay slip and watch the money into […]