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By Robert Skidelsky - Mar 25,2024
LONDON — In 2003, the literary critic Fredric Jameson famously observed that “it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism”. For the first time in two centuries, he noted, capitalism was viewed as both destructive and irreversible.
By Robert Skidelsky - Feb 23,2024
LONDON — Following months of speculation and infighting, the United Kingdom’s Labour Party has officially abandoned its pledge to borrow £28 billion annually to invest in green-energy initiatives if it wins the next general election.Although the British media quickly dubbed it th
By Robert Skidelsky - Jan 21,2024
LONDON — A new TV drama has brought to light one of the greatest injustices in the history of the United Kingdom, prompting a long-overdue public reckoning and raising hopes for much-needed institutional accountability.The Post Office Scandal, as it is known in the UK, invol
By Robert Skidelsky - Sep 23,2023
LONDON — Anthony Sampson’s Anatomy of Britain, published in 1962, was a profound and scholarly work that appeared at a time when the perception that the United Kingdom was in decline was undermining confidence in British institutions.
By Robert Skidelsky - Aug 28,2023
SALZBURG — In 2009, while the world economy was still reeling from the global financial crisis, Nobel laureate economist Robert Lucas observed that “everyone is a Keynesian in the foxhole”.
By Robert Skidelsky - Aug 23,2023
 LONDON — Nigel Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the driving force behind the campaign for the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, recently caused an uproar when he revealed that his bank accounts were closed two months earlier, al
By Robert Skidelsky - Jul 06,2023
LONDON — In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, scientist Victor Frankenstein famously uses dead body parts to create a hyperintelligent “superhuman” monster that, driven mad by human cruelty and isolation, ultimately turns on its creator.
By Robert Skidelsky - Jun 27,2023
LONDON — One of the regrettable consequences of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was the advent of the pseudoscience known as geopolitics.
By Robert Skidelsky - May 29,2023
LONDON — With investors pouring billions of dollars into artificial intelligence (AI)-related startups, the generative AI frenzy is beginning to look like a speculative bubble akin to the Dutch tulip mania of the 1630s and the South Sea Bubble of the early eighteenth century.
By Robert Skidelsky - Mar 28,2023
LONDON — In 1969, the British financial journalist Samuel Brittan published a book called Steering the Economy: The Role of the Treasury.



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