Category Archives: Blog

The Uneven Growth of Capitalism in India

Following the neoliberal reforms of the early 1990s, the Indian economy has consistently witnessed impressive GDP growth rates. The last-half century of the colonial rule—the notorious ‘British Raj’—generated an almost zero-growth economy, grinding poverty levels for the population, a stagnant agrarian setting, and a highly uneven industrial base. Once the British Raj was over, the post... Read More

Exxon versus Clean Energy

Environmentalists have long been pushing for a transition from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energies. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has said that people are running “the dumbest experiment in history” by continuing to burn oil, coal and gas. He argues that even if we find new ways to extract oil in tar sands or in the ocean, fossil fuel must come to an end either when they have... Read More

A Comparative Analysis of Climate Change Performance: Democracy versus Authoritarianism

Assessing the influence of democratic and authoritarian regimes on mitigation efforts

 The impact of anthropogenic activity, both at the industrial and private level, continues to exacerbate the issues surrounding climate change in today’s society. The possibility of future progress grows breaker due to limited action by nations to thwart the detrimental effects of c... Read More

DONALD TRUMP: BUILD NUCLEAR PLANTS NOT COAL MINES

The nuclear energy dilemma in Trump’s era

Introductions: context, debates, and urgency

After the Fukushima Daiichi disaster of 2011, nuclear energy has been facing challenge after challenge: global public support for nuclear energy generation has decreased, major countries with significant nuclear capacity have announced phase-outs or complete shutdowns of existin... Read More

Is Democracy Intrinsic to Economic Development?

Over the past three decades, debate around the trade-off between democracy and development has acquired more visibility in academic circles—more so, in light of the spectacular economic growth rates that the authoritarian regimes in East Asia witnessed since the 1970s. Indeed, the impressive success of development on aggregate scale in undemocratic countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, Singa... Read More

Ballet Companies: Do They Make Sense?

Since its conception as an art form in 15th century Italy, ballet has grown to encompass a prominent sector of the performance industry, while acquiring a rapidly growing presence in popular media. The New York City Ballet, one of the most elite ballet companies in the world, hosts an annual Fall Gala that is one of the most high-profile, anticipated performing arts events of the year attended ... Read More