Sensuality & Objectification (Week 8) (Last)

Can one be sensual and appreciate others’ sensuality without, in doing so, objectifying oneself or others? Is your behaviour influenced by your interest or disdain of either sensuality or objectification? Polite notice. This post is severely not safe for work (NSFW). Very sensual videos, to say the least. Videos Recommended Readings Cowen, N. (2016). Millian…

Religion & Reality (Week 7)

Are you a religious person and therefore think reality should conform to values, goals, and standards that non-religious people consider imaginary? How does being religious or non-religious affect your life, and what does this mean vis-a-vis politics and/or economics? Videos Recommended Readings Carlisle, C. (2019). Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard.…

Fear & Courage (Week 6)

Are you scared of life or do you take it by the horns? Populists and manipulators alike exploit fear but, as it turns out, also hope and courage. Do we live in a world of pure manipulation and populism? Is there an escape? Videos Recommended Readings Wodak, R. (2015). The Politics of Fear: What Right-Wing…

Equality & Discrimination (Week 5)

Sometimes it seems like the world is driven by various forms of discrimination such as racism or xenophobia? Could equality ever become the norm rather than the exception? Videos Recommended Readings Becker, G. S. (2010). The Economics of Discrimination. University of Chicago Press. Link. Kleinberg, J. Ludwig, J., Mullainathan, S., Sunstein, C R. (2018) Discrimination…

Blame & Avoidance (Week 4)

Many situations in life and politics involve the need to accept or avoid blame. However, some politicians master the art of avoiding blame to such a degree that it often seems as if the very promises they made were vacuous and meant to be broken. Are politicians bound to break their promises and not take…

Payback & Forgiveness (Week 3)

Do you forgive and forget in life? How about in politics? Should you, instead, live and vote to avenge past injustices? Videos Recommended Readings Hinton, A. L. (1998). A head for an eye: Revenge in the Cambodian genocide. American Ethnologist, 25(3), 352–377. Link. Rosenbaum, T. (2013) Payback: The case for revenge. University of Chicago Press.…

Optimism is KEY to managing uncertainty (even in public policy, even for coronavirus)

I have been meaning to write something about the uncertainty that seems to surround anything-coronavirus. I want to complement rather than repeat what other (more famous) people have said already, so I will not be comprehensive. Instead, I’ll focus on two points that, while known, deserve a brief mention, and add a consideration about the…

My job at the LSE, in a nutshell

My position at the LSE is part of a collaboration between the LSE’s Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) and the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA). I undertake research projects to support the FSA’s goals and, in the process, increase my academic understanding of how regulatory organisations do what they do. More…

Greed & Poverty (Week 2)

Is life in a modern capitalist society best described as a struggle for survival, pursuit of excess, or something in between? Videos Recommended Readings Eckard Jr, E. W. (1980) The Free Market Incentive: Self Interest vs Greed. Business Economics, 15(4), 32-35. Link. Ravallion, M. (2015) The economics of poverty: History, measurement, and policy. Oxford University…

Freedom & Control (Week 1)

Is modern society a place where regular people like you and I are free to pursue their interests and desires? Videos Recommended Readings Mill, J S (1859) On liberty. John W Parker & Son. Link. Buchanan, J.M. (1975) The limits of liberty: Between anarchy and Leviathan. University of Chicago Press. Link. Havighurst, H.C. (1979) Limitations…