Earth on Nautilus: The Moon Is Full of Money

Alfred, Lord Tennyson had some thoughts on buying and selling in outer space. As he saw it, when “the heavens fill with commerce, argosies of magic sails / Pilots of the purple twilight dropping down with costly bales,” universal peace would shower down as well. A foolish dream, you say? Tell that to today’s entrepreneurs [...]

Why Amartya Sen remains the century’s great critic of capitalism | Aeon Ideas

Every major work on material inequality in the 21st century owes a debt to Sen. But his own writings treat material inequality as though the moral frameworks and social relationships that mediate economic exchanges matter. Famine is the nadir of material deprivation. But it seldom occurs – Sen argues – for lack of food. To [...]

A Review of “Kickback: Exposing the Corporate Bribery Network” by David Montero

Montero has done a good job of explaining why everyone should care about corruption. It is now up to politicians, academics, and government officials to make it a priority. Otherwise, the kind of authoritarian kleptocracy now ascendant in places such as the Philippines and Russia will become ever more the global norm. Consider how even [...]

A Review of “Heineken in Africa: A Multinational Unleashed” by Olivier Van Beemen

Heineken, which is brewed in the Netherlands, is one of the most popular and widely available beers in Africa today. That ubiquity masks a darker story. Van Beemen traces the company’s unscrupulous opportunism in establishing a dominant presence in Africa. He catalogs the firm’s objectionable practices, which have included supporting the apartheid regime in South [...]