As Claire Melamed and others have argued, inequality can reduce growth rates, slow down poverty reduction, and increase political instability—all of which ought to matter to people working in development.– Why a Focus on Inequality in Fragile States Is Wrong
I remember these commercials from the 90’s. It’s interesting how close a lot of AT&T’s visions were: GPS, touch screen ticket ordering, toll booth sensors, remote communication on tablets, video chat. Ironically AT&T did bring much of this to us, but only through data transmission. The innovations and engineering came from companies like Apple and Google. Still, they were apart of it.
What should today’s version of these commercials predict?
Another difference is related to Julian Sanchez’s observation about the artificality of America’s bipolar two-party system and the way it flattens disparate philosophical commitments onto a single left-right axis. Because the Dutch political scene is divided between a plethora of different parties, it hasn’t become obligatory to adhere to climate-change scepticism for conservative tribal-recognition purposes, certainly not if you’re affiliated with a centre-right party such as the Liberals or Christian Democrats. The American system exacerbates these kinds of conflicts by forcing allegiances on all sorts of unrelated issues into tight alignment.– Kevin Drum
There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.– John Adams