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    The Economist Asks: Martha Nussbaum

    The Economist Asks: Martha Nussbaum

    Has the #MeToo movement run into trouble? The renowned philosopher and author of “Citadels of Pride: Sexual Abuse, Accountability, and Reconciliation” talks to Anne McElvoy about the moral complexities of mass-sharing experiences of sexual assault and shaming of alleged perpetrators. Also, can rules of consent keep up with behaviour? And, as a music buff, what’s her favourite philosophical opera?


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    Bench marks: weighing recent SCOTUS rulings

    Bench marks: weighing recent SCOTUS rulings

    The court’s term is not quite over, with contentious rulings still pending. We examine the latest decisions to gauge how its new conservative justices have affected its ideological bent. As a former Mauritanian president heads to jail we examine the country’s efforts to tackle corruption and bridge deep societal divides. And the long philosophical reach of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s only book.
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    Money Talks: The Empire of Son

    Money Talks: The Empire of Son

    How has the world's biggest technology investor Softbank ridden the wave of the pandemic?
    And, the surging threat of cyber-heists—the methods and menace of the new bank robbers. Also, survival of the fittest in economic theory.
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    Hunger strikes: North Korea’s food shortages

    Hunger strikes: North Korea’s food shortages

    An admission that the country’s food situation is “tense” is a rare glimpse into the compounding effects of pandemic policies and crop failures. Adherents of wild conspiracy theories in America tend to be white, and often evangelical. But Hispanic Americans are getting conspiracy-curious too. And the moonshine that’s made from an Indian flower with a deep history.
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    Babbage: The other environmental emergency

    Babbage: The other environmental emergency

    The loss of biodiversity poses as great a risk to humanity as climate change. Catherine Brahic, The Economist’s environment editor, investigates whether technology can help to monitor, model and protect Earth’s ecosystems. Also, do conservation scientists need to employ a new approach to work better with technologists?


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    Drop it when it’s hot: the Fed’s consequential hint

    Drop it when it’s hot: the Fed’s consequential hint

    The merest mention of future interest-rate rises from America’s central bank sent markets into a tizzy. We consider the merits and the effects of signalling early and often. Europe’s drug use dipped when the pandemic began, but soon rebounded; we examine the rising potency of the continent’s drugs and drug syndicates. And data reveal what makes work-from-home productivity so low.
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