Why Western Democracy is in crisis.

Western democracies today are not functioning well, are unable to plan for the long term and are highly unstable.  In survey after survey people living in democracies all over the world are showing record levels of dissatisfaction with how their countries are run.  This is not just in countries that have recently shifted to democratic systems but More...

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By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, July 9th, 2016
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Brexit has highlighted those that were left behind by globalisation

HFN thinks that leaving the European Union would be a mistake.  It is likely, however, that it will happen.  So be it.  The world will not end. However, Brexit has highlighted a serious problem that threatens More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, January 20th, 2014
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The way the middle class has managed declining incomes is no longer working. What next?

In 2013 Robert Reich, the former Labour Secretary under President Clinton and currently a professor at University of California Berkeley, released a documentary called “Inequality for All” during which he highlighted More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
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Why is bisexuality becoming mainstream?

Grey’s Anatomy, a TV series set in a Seattle hospital, has a senior female surgeon hopping into bed with a male colleague and then hopping into bed with a female colleague, whom she eventually marries.  Scandal, More...

By Tristan Fischer On Sunday, November 10th, 2013
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What does it take to get Europeans to have a Revolution?

In a recent article about the youth unemployment crisis in Europe and Africa  HFN asked a question: “What are all these people going to do?” to which a reader responded: “If you look on the street, More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, November 1st, 2013
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Dont confuse what is legal with what is morally right

Most people think of themselves as being “law abiding” citizens.  They admonish those that break the law and feel that it is reasonable that if you break the law you should pay the consequences.  Broadly More...

By Tristan Fischer On Sunday, October 27th, 2013
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A frozen society: the long term implications of NSA’s secrets

HFN has been thinking about the historical and future implications of Edward Snowden’s NSA files that have been leaked bit by bit over the past few months.   HFN is very worried. Edward Snowden’s act of More...

By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, October 26th, 2013
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What are all these people all going to do? Youth unemployment in Europe is critical. But Africa is going to get even worse.

In much of southern Europe the unemployment rate for young people under the age of 25 remains stubbornly high – at over 61% in Greece and 56% in Spain.  This is not just a disaster for countries on the European More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, October 21st, 2013
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What the history of immigration teaches us about Europe’s future

Immigration is a political hot potato. It is hard to talk about it in the West without appearing to be uncaring at best or racist at worst.  That is a problem as it is an important subject: not discussing it does More...

By Tristan Fischer On Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
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Lets talk about Sex: Does the separation of pleasure and procreation mean the end of people?

Everybody knows that the world’s population has increased dramatically since 1930 – population 2 billion – to today – population 7.1.  Most people also know that, excluding immigration and More...