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"History is the study of other people's mistakes"
— Philip Guedella

Organised Crime On Wall Street

Banks rig markets, defraud clients. They are felons, like thieves or drug dealers. But unlike drug dealers, banks are treated with respect. They plead guilty as “a symbolic act”. They pay negotiated fines, get waivers from the regulators, return to business with reputations more or less intact. Governments fear the cost of shuttering a bank. But until that happens, the banks will not change. As things stand, the bad bankers have won (1,000 words)

Ta’izz

Travel notes from Yemen. “The horn is an essential part of Yemeni driving, and in skilled hands becomes an instrument of great subtlety. It can mean ‘I’m coming up behind you’, or ‘I’m about to turn left across five lanes of traffic’ or ‘I’m passing on this blind curve’. Drivers use it to communicate their intentions to the three-year-olds playing unsupervised in the street, and even to dogs and pack animals. Everyone speaks car horn” (4,700 words)

In Defence Of Napoleon

Napoleon deserved to lose the Battle Of Waterloo, and Wellington to win it. But if the battle had never been fought, if the Allies had accepted Napoleon as emperor of France instead of making war on him, “European civilization would have benefited inestimably”. With Napoleon defeated, the reactionary rulers of Russia, Prussia and Austria were free to crush liberalism in continental Europe for another century (4,600 words)

Does Colour Exist?

What is colour? The question is still open. Are colours out there in the world, or imagined in our heads? If the former, what explains The Dress? Philosophy professor M. Chirimuuta says we should think in terms of “color adverbialism”: I don’t see the brown dog, I see the dog brown-ly. “From an adverbialist position, The Dress isn’t black and blue or white and gold. Some people see it one way, some people the other” (1,635 words)

Can Bad Science Be Fixed?

The editor of The Lancet says that standards in science have collapsed: “Much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness” (PDF) (715 words)

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