Debt jubilees and hyperinflation – why history shows that this might be the way forward for us all

Government debt levels in the United States, European Union and Japan are at all time historic highs, after decades of borrowing money to pay for regular annual expenditures, regular military interventions and multiple bailouts.  Working out what will happen next is a matter of great speculation, but history can provide us with some pointers about More...

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By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, September 27th, 2012
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The Crisis in Higher Education – Technology Review

Higher education is absurdly expensive and no longer good value for money.  Many programmes focus so much on the “lifestyle” aspects of University that they are more akin to country club resorts for More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, September 21st, 2012
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Why Western managers are incentivised to outsource overseas and why this is bad for society

I met with a partner of an accounting firm recently who said that his partners had concluded that most of the accounting work that is not face to face with their customers can be done anywhere in the world. With More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, September 21st, 2012
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European Union Break Up

Very funny, very clever 8 minute short about the relationship between Germany, Greece, Spain and the UK. In place of countries are a Greek man and German woman having a domestic argument about money.  Very worthwhile More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
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History, Future. Now. Podcasts are now available

History, Future. Now. has started a series of podcasts, highlighting the most popular articles that have been commented on over the past few weeks. This is a great way to help put current events into a historical More...

By Tristan Fischer On Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
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Dancing the night away while bombs exploded, then a walk in a minefield

With Syria in the news, it is worth getting a historical perspective of what was going on in 1958.  Extract from Fleeting Moments by Gordon Fischer, my father: JUNE 1958:  After I had been expelled from the More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, September 10th, 2012
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News flash: bad things happen, even to English speakers

Native English speakers are a blessed lot, and yet most of them do not even realise it.  For over 250 years English speakers have mainly been victorious, militarily, socially, politically, economically and culturally. On More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, September 10th, 2012
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Why the loss of middle class jobs will usher in the rise of political extremism

Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs. After four years of recession in Western economies, a new theme is beginning to emerge: this time things really are different. It appears that we are not witnessing a conventional recession More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, September 7th, 2012
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Standing on the shoulders of toddlers- why we have never grown up and what this means for our future

Once upon a time, you were a toddler. By the simple act of covering your eyes with your hands the people around you would cease to exist.  By lowering your hands they would, miraculously and to great amusement, More...