I’m David Hugh-Jones, a social scientist currently working in an economics department. This newsletter focuses on my interests, including social science, genetics, history, culture and politics. The drunken ramblings of two Tang-dynasty poets may also feature. I aim to be sometimes serious, sometimes entertaining, and sometimes both at once.
Western societies have some problems, including political extremism, declining trust, and behavioural issues like the opiate and mental health crises. These problems did not come from nowhere: they have roots in the dramatic cultural changes of the late twentieth century. To understand them, we must rethink our own history.
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Inside the incompletely-baked establishment conspiracy to foil Brexit — in which the author attends a conference of Bremainers and gets drunk. ‘Someone said, “I don’t see why we can’t use the Single Transferable Vote.”
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