The Worlds to Come: Part Four

Part Four: One world or none In 1946, in the shadow of war and in the rubble of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, civilisation had its first moment in which to consider what it had just done and what it would do next. It’s greatest minds – Niels Bohr, Albert Einstein,...

The Worlds to Come: Part Three

Part Three: Like moths to a flame we run towards war It is a very good job lizards don’t have opposable thumbs and bigger brains. That is my firm conclusion from observing the impact on the world of the lizard part of human brains, the bit which even in a...

The Worlds to Come: Part Two

Part Two: All is pure and simple until you touch it In a complicated world, aggression is always the easy answer. But when aggression is the answer the world becomes more complicated. When you look at things through a gun sight, things are simple. There is a narrow...

The Worlds to Come: Part One

Part One: Blessed be the warmakers The Reverend Mr Kiyoshi Tanimoto was “a small man, quick to talk, laugh, and cry”. He was a pastor, and that morning he rose early to help a neighbour moving furniture – in particular a large cabinet filled with clothes and personal...

Robin Ruins the World

First published by Common Weal This will be easy, thinks me. A link gets sent round our team chat. It’s a game where you have to make a series of choices and trade-offs to make the policy decisions which will save the world from climate change. Surely...

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