Date archive forNovember, 2012
By Tristan Fischer On Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
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Why China could invade Taiwan – and get away with it

The story of how the Republic of China became Taiwan and its relationship with mainland China is fascinating.  How many people in the West know that Taiwan was once a Dutch colony and that it only became part of More...

By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, November 22nd, 2012
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An American parable: The rise of Venetian inequality and the decline of prosperity

A new book, Why Nations Fail: the Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, looks at the historical roots as to why some countries are rich and others are poor. As with all books of this genre, it owes a great More...

By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, November 17th, 2012
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What happens when China becomes the largest economy in the world?

According to the OECD, China is due to overtake the US economy as the largest in the world in three years.  By 2030 it predicts that China will account for 25% of the world’s economy.  That is impressive. Detractors More...

By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, November 15th, 2012
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Two key fertilisers are running out. When they are gone we will starve- Jeremy Grantham

Jeremy Grantham, the world famous financier who warned of the 1989 Tokyo stock market crash, US growth stocks crash in 2000 and the financial sector crash in 2007, is seriously concerned about climate change and More...

By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, November 10th, 2012
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Malthus was wrong. Is he still wrong?

In 2004 History Future Now went on a mission to read the most influential books on economic and philosophical theory. Books selected were deliberately from all spectrums of economic thought and included David Ricardo’s More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, November 9th, 2012
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World population since creation: 5,500BC to today

History Future Now has been researching for an article regarding global population and wanted some data about population numbers over time.  This came up, which was one of the most amazing things that I have seen More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, November 5th, 2012
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Are Europeans fundamentally racist?

Switzerland has a unique form of democracy which allows for referendums to be held on any issue so long as the proponents gather a minimum of 100,000 certified signatures supporting the referendum.  The Ecopop More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, November 5th, 2012
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Can New York Recover? Why the answer will sadly be no! Sandy

Robert Paterson has a great post today about the aftermath of Sandy on New York City, in which he argues that the city will never be the same again.  It is a good argument and worth thinking about:   50 More...