People like Donald Trump and his right-wing populist ilk are easy to condemn, as they should be. They are so utterly at odds with the modern world, and it is obvious than sooner or later they will become irrelevant.
The same should go for their left-wing counterparts; for every Trump and Bolsonaro, there are extremists at the other end of the political spectrum.
Continue reading Beware extreme populists on all sides
For years, extremists and populists of every ilk have enjoyed quite unprecedented levels of power and influence, at least in traditional liberal democracies.
Joe Biden’s victory in the US is a step in the right direction, but lessons must be learned. Otherwise, free societies will struggle.
Below is a timely intervention and some prescient advice. Anyone with even a passing interest in politics should read this article.
Continue reading Liberalism must reinvent itself and conquer extremism
“The French parliament on Saturday, April 11th, voted to abolish certain domestic air routes that can also be made by train in less than 2.5 hours. This is just one of the many propositions in the government’s flagship climate bill currently under scrutiny by lawmakers”.
Step by step, people are beginning to act. Of course, we need much more of the same.
You can read the rest of the news here.
“Sleeper trains in Europe are poised to make a huge comeback after four national railway companies announced new routes that will link up 13 cities across the continent. The announcement marks the biggest extension of the European night train network in years – it was just four years ago that Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s state railway, sold off all its sleeper cars, declaring them unprofitable because of low passenger numbers”.
This is truly excellent news, and we need much more of the same.
Read more here.
Although all the focus is rightly on the coronavirus pandemic at the moment, we should not disregard our long-term challenges.
Food production and food security are crucial for our future. As societies, we should know more and pay far more attention. The bad news is that if we continue to mistreat and abuse the environment, and if the temperatures continue to rise as a result, the consequences are likely to be unimaginably dire. Continue reading We are playing with our future and this has to change
We are going through extraordinary times. The outbreak of coronavirus has put virtually everything else on hold and we need to respond.
Continue reading In these times we need cooperation, solidarity and empathy more than ever