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Predicting the future in China
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Predicting the future in China

Up until recently, China was tipped for world supremacy during this century. Now it’s commonplace to pour scorn on that expectation, as its economy slows its growth.   Steve Latham   In the longterm, it is likely that China’s rise will continue, and that it will challenge US global hegemony, […]

Postmodern city
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Postmodern city

I was sitting on the train in Clapham station, and had a moment of epiphany, not religious revelation but an urban realisation.     Steve Latham     I turned from the shopping centre to the south, and looking northwards, through the grey misty drizzle, I saw a series of […]

Sex famine
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Sex famine

We are used to cultural conservatives bemoaning the ‘hook up culture’. Usually it’s also older people criticising the young, for enjoying pleasures they can no longer experience.   Steve Latham   The accusations are familiar: more promiscuity, sexually transmitted diseases, using social media like Tinder and Grindr for casual sex, […]

My daughter explains things to me
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My daughter explains things to me

Finally, the shoe is on the other foot, as a generational shift takes place. Instead of me taking time to teach my daughter, she is assuming the role of teacher.   Steve Latham   It’s a reversal of Rebecca Solnit’s ironic essay, “Men explain things to me”, exposing men’s practice […]