French Lessons on How to Grow the Middle Class
By Steven Pressman
As the campaign season enters its final stages, torrents of empty rhetoric and wasted column inches are being devoted to the fate of American middle-class families. Proposals ranging from health saving accounts, student debt forgiveness, even guaranteed minimum income plans have been advanced as silver bullets. Whenever a policy debate in the United States is stuck, the economist in me instinctually looks at examples of how other countries address the problem. On a recent trip to France, I was able to study and measure the impact of government support for French families firsthand…
In Some Kind of Justice, Orentlicher Assesses Record of UN Criminal Tribunal
By Aryeh Neier
It is now a quarter of a century since the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to establish the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). This decision marked the first time an international court had been established to prosecute and punish those who had committed atrocious crimes—war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide—since the Nuremberg and Tokyo tribunals in the immediate aftermath of World War II. The impetus to create the ICTY…
Understanding AI as a Business Model and the Prize in Global Competition
By Evgeny Morozov
The writer and technology critic Evgeny Morozov appeared recently at FutureFest in London for a conversation on the Geopolitics of Artificial Intelligence with John Thornhill of the Financial Times. The Spectator presents edited highlights of this landmark interview as part of its continuing coverage of the fast evolving AI terrain.
Thornhill: In September 2017, Vladimir Putin observed, “Artificial Intelligence is the future, not only for Russia but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities but also with threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.” Is he right?
Morozov: I think to a large extent…