This article was originally published by Arc magazine on 30th October 2020. Elections always seem to demand that candidates show a slightly different face to different sections of the public. Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is no exception. In his case, this dynamic has been most interesting in the realm of foreign policy, where we find … Continue reading Biden versus Beijing
So the polls were wrong, again. Just how wrong remains to be seen, but by my calculations, Joe Biden’s advantage was overestimated by more than 5 percent in numerous battleground states. This comes after similar mishaps not just in the 2016 presidential election, but also in several recent UK elections, most notably 2017. Pollsters are … Continue reading Are voters lying to pollsters, or to themselves?
This book review was originally published by Arc Digital on August 31st 2020. As the world reels from the chaos of COVID-19, it is banking on the power of innovation. We need a vaccine, and before even that, we need new technologies and practices to help us protect the vulnerable, salvage our pulverized economies, and … Continue reading The Last of the Libertarians
This article was originally published by The Critic on August 4th 2020. “We have great ambitions for night trains in France,’ said transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari in June. It was a curious statement. When it comes to infrastructure, the language of ambition is usually reserved for projects that convey scale, speed and technological prowess. Europe’s … Continue reading Train-splaining a new world order