• Making Art: Solving the Automation Problem

    Making Art: Solving the Automation Problem

    As increasing numbers of jobs look to be under threat from automation, the time has come to think about the distribution of wealth in a world without work. In the first part of this series on the future of humanity and technology, we make the case for the widespread private ownership of software and robotics – and the new institutions

  • Liberty and Lawlessness in Detroit

    Liberty and Lawlessness in Detroit

    In 2013, James Shaw made the trip to Detroit, Michigan to see if it was possible to be enjoy liberty in a place without laws. What he found was a city ravaged by globalisation to the point of anarchy.

Politics

The Presidency: too big for democracy?

Posted on June 29, 2017
In the weeks following Donald Trump’s ascension to the Presidency, there was every reason to fear that the Constitution might be stretched to breaking-point. On his route to the White House, Trump brazenly defied political orthodoxy at every turn, while making clear he had no plans bend to the conventions of Washington DC. Republican successes

The State of Jefferson

Posted on March 17, 2017

CANZUK After Brexit

Posted on March 5, 2017

Sport

NBA playoffs

The NBA’s playoff problem

Posted on March 25, 2017
The world of sport is replete with absurdities, but right now the NBA is suffering from one of the biggest. While not be quite as illogical as, say, staging a World Cup in Qatar, or indeed the very existence of Scottish football’s third and fourth tiers, the fact that more than half of teams in
Theatre of Dreams

Time is up on the 3pm Blackout rule

Posted on March 11, 2017

The Atlantic Football League

Posted on March 5, 2017
Floyd Mayweather boxing belts

A Single Governing Body for Boxing

Posted on February 5, 2017
Curry Warriors 3 pointer

Move the three-point line in the NBA

Posted on January 29, 2017

A Permanent Home for the Olympics

Posted on January 28, 2017

Economics

Five ways to revitalize Detroit

Posted on April 13, 2017
In July 2013, the city of Detroit declared itself bankrupt and reached its nadir. Four years later, the once-great Motor City looks set for a revival.

Passporting after Brexit

Posted on March 17, 2017

The four-day work week

Posted on February 6, 2017

Tech

APT: The Tax to End all Taxes?

Posted on March 27, 2017
The Automated Payment Transaction Tax is a single uniform levy on all transactions, set at 0.35%. If implemented, the APT could replace all existing forms of taxation.
Sam Harris talks Artificial Intelligence at TED

A Manhattan Project on AI

Posted on February 4, 2017

Building HS3 before HS2

Posted on January 21, 2017

Features

The Rustbelt and the Future of the Electoral College

Posted on April 21, 2017
For anyone with an interest in the longevity of the Electoral College system, it might be tempting to view the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election as the death knell for what is perhaps the most innovative feature of the United States Constitution. After all, Democratic voters – who, ostensibly, make up a clear majority of the electorate
Brexit campaign sign

Brexit: A Story of Virtue and Corruption

Posted on February 26, 2017

Highly controversial

Detroit-only green cards

Posted on January 24, 2017
The idea: Issue an extra 50,000 EB-2 green cards to high-skilled foreign workers and investors on the condition that they spend a set number of years in Detroit or start companies with investments of at least $500,000 and at least 10 employees.