Philip Howard’s Pax Technica

The subject of Philip Howard’s Pax Technica — the emerging “internet of things” — could not be more timely and important; and its central premise — that this new stage in the evolution of the web has political implications that will match or even outstrip its commercial ones — is both striking and convincing.

I reviewed Pax Technica for the Financial Times on May 20, 2015.  You can read my review here.

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Douglas McWilliams’s The Flat White Economy

I reviewed Douglas McWilliams’s new book, The Flat White Economy, in the latest New Statesman.  You can read my review here.

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Watch out for whales…

The US — finally — is back. Strong growth, falling unemployment, rising confidence and a buoyant stock market all say so. The rest of the world, meanwhile, seems stuck in the doldrums. Should this divergent dynamic concern investors?

I think it should.  You can find out why in the Markets Insight column I published in the Financial Times February 16, 2015.

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The oil price collapse

The past few months have brought a spree of frightening developments in the global economy. There’s been the slow crash of the Chinese property market, the eurozone’s slide into deflation and the relentless strengthening of the US dollar, to begin with.

But there is no doubt what the biggest and most baffling development of all has been: the collapse in the price of oil, from more than $100 per barrel as recently as last September to less than $50 per barrel today.

Why has it happened – and what does it mean?  You can read my best guesses in an Observations piece I just published in the New Statesman here.

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David Gelles’ Mindful Work

David Gelles’ Mindful Work is a fascinating new book about the growing adoption of mindfulness and meditation by Western businesses as a tool, ultimately, to boost the bottom line.

My review of it for the Financial Times was published on January 22, 2015.  You can read the review here.

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Are Markets Moral?

On January 14, 2015, Robert Skidelsky and I appeared at the London School of Economics in conversation on the topics covered by Are Markets Moral?, a new book edited by Robert and his son Edward Skidelsky.  A podcast of the event is available here.

My contribution to Are Markets Moral? is an essay called “The Meaning of Money”.  It is available in pdf format here: The Meaning of Money.

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Martin Wolf’s The Shifts and the Shocks

I reviewed Martin Wolf’s new book, The Shifts and the Shocks, in the latest New Statesman.  You can read my review here.

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