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Containing our fears
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Containing our fears

The River Thames is empty. Tour boats lie moored in the centre of the estuary. The only moving vessels are police launches patrolling for transgressors against lockdown, and the drug smugglers.   Steve Latham   In our “splendid isolation” (a term coined to describe Britain’s diplomatic policy of avoiding entangling […]

Coronanomics: the new normal
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Coronanomics: the new normal

As states have responded to the Coronavirus, with extended powers of lockdown, and aid to business combined with increased welfare provisions, a new term has entered our vocabulary.   Steve Latham   “Coronanomics” describes this process of growing government control. In a rejection of neo-liberalism, even the Right has adopted […]

City feelings
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City feelings

To understand, and act effectively within, the city, we need multi-level empirical research: macro-analyses of statistics, figures, and algorithms; and micro-studies, from interviews and focus groups.      Steve Latham   These require integrating in a cybernetic approach to the city’s many systems: business, the arts, education, and politics. And […]

The end of globalisation
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The end of globalisation

Despite its wars (Bosnia, Rwanda), the 1990s seem, in retrospect, to have been a time of optimism and hope.   Steve Latham   As the new millennium dawned, it seemed that liberal, and neo-liberal, dreams of a one-world, globalised and democratic system, might spread throughout the planet. How far away […]

Covid’s civilisational crisis
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Covid’s civilisational crisis

Two years ago, our kids bought my wife the board-game, “Pandemic”, for Christmas. We played it several times. But now, it appears all-too-real.   Steve Latham   It seems only recently that scientists were debating whether to label our era as the ‘Anthropocene’, in recognition of the devastation our species […]