Emulate Australia? It’s not that easy

Many countries want to imitate Australia’s success. But its values and governance are eccentric—and may not travel

Editor’s Picks

Thousands of new French windfarms — but no reduction in carbon emissions

‘Wind and solar power make it impossible for France to close down its remaining fossil fuel power stations’

Dread, time and the pandemic

Søren Kierkegaard’s reflections on worry are useful reading for those in lockdown

Staking claims on thin ice: the new Silk Road

Shipping routes are opening up in the Arctic due to climate change. This is a development fraught with environmental and geopolitical risk

Books

Minds of their own

Contagious curiosity about the way consciousness works

Testing positivism

"The Murder of Professor Schlick" brilliantly illuminates an ambitious movement in philosophy

Counterpoints

Civilisation

The year of viewing dangerously

Television in 2020 has been prescient, poignant and palliative

The great communicator

Barack Obama was a political superstar who overcame astronomical odds, but he was also the product of a ruthlessly professional operation

Minds of their own

Contagious curiosity about the way consciousness works

A lost paradise of purity

Terror and transcendence in the late masterpieces of Schubert
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