Water Privatization

A new European proposal would make it easier for municipalities to privatize vital water services. But market logic doesn't always mix well with human rights.

The Boiling Point...

England’s water consumers are being ripped off. High leakage rates and the privatization of the water supply have provoked a price explosion. Time to bring the water supply back into public hands.

Twenty Years of Dogma...

Some of the world's best water companies are public – and so are some of the worst. The public-private debate is driven by ideology and emotion, not by sane reasoning.

In Defense of Pragmati...

The jury is still out on the economic consequences of water privatization. Instead of fighting ideological wars, city councils should follow a simple rule: Do the sensible thing.

Against Commodificatio...

Market logic is threatening the status of water as a fundamental human right.


Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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