From a crowd to a mob: Trump and the politics of social cohesion
We have witnessed a dramatic reassertion of the power of the crowd by Donald Trump and his supporters. Yet, the social cohesion which underpins our stressed society is as fragile as anywhere else. Crowds can turn into mobs anywhere and can be easily manipulated by the unscrupulous.
9th Jan, 2021 - 5 min read
It has been ten months. So why do we still not understand the economics of lockdown yet?
A new year, a new lockdown. Nine months of lockdowns of one kind or another is wearying for everyone. We understand the epidemiology of a lockdown. Reducing contacts reduces cases. But why don't we understand the economics of lockdown yet?
7th Jan, 2021 - 6 min read
An activist investor is trying to break up Intel. How did it come to this – and what would it mean for Leixlip?
Intel’s technology facilitated the computer revolution. But in recent years, the company has squandered its technology lead. Activist investors are circling. What does this mean for the 4,900 workers at Leixlip?
6th Jan, 2021 - 6 min read
It is a well-worn joke among women in tech that as soon as we start to raise money, we were told we were ‘perfect for Horizon 2020’ funding
VCs backed by the state should commit to allocating 20% of a fund to female entrepreneurs to help bridge the gender funding gap. If we can do it with a cigarette ban and a plastic bag tax, we can do it for female founders.
5th Jan, 2021 - 6 min read
Property, currencies and commodities: Peter Kinsella’s guide to what will go up and down in 2021
Residential property will perform well, but commercial will not. Cryptos will continue to rise in value, while the dollar will weaken. Meanwhile, an up move of between 10%-15% in the likes of the S&P is entirely doable, with risks firmly on the upside.
4th Jan, 2021 - 6 min read
Yes, we have a deal. But, if you thought Brexit was done, think again
Brexit has already sucked up inordinate amounts of brainpower and energy at the highest level in governments and administrations around Europe. And the most heart-breaking part is that the entire exercise's purpose will be to demonstrate that, ultimately, it can’t work.