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If only we listened to the experts

Economist and commentator Shamubeel Eaqub recently wrote an impassioned column, urging experts to bridge the communication gap lest the disaster of majoritarian rule ensue.Undercutting his piece was the message that if experts just used smaller words, or spoke slower, disasters like the Global Financial Crisis and Brexit could have been avoided.With all due respect to Mr Eaqub, who I know on a first name basis, a great dollop of humility might be a better tonic. Read more

Jason Krupp
Insights Newsletter
24 February, 2017
Beach

Pretty people to blame for inequality

Over summer, I’ve been disturbed with how many people shamelessly flaunt their inherited assets. These people are born with a certain privilege. They didn’t work for it, they just have it. Yes, I know The New Zealand Initiative has previously written about how inequality has barely changed for decades. We’ve argued that many reports on inequality trends, and the likely causes and consequences are often overblown. Those conclusions remain. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
20 January, 2017
US vote

Dr Oliver Hartwich - The year that was 2016

2016 has delivered some immense political shocks, raising the question just why are our politicians and institutions, and everything we once trusted, now so on the nose? To analyse this and to offer some expert forecast, Phillip Adams is joined by Greg Sheridan from the Australian, Laura Tingle from the Australian Financial Review, Dr Oliver Hartwich from the think tank The New Zealand Initiative and Beatrix Campbell, British journalist, author and playwright. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
ABC Late Night Live Radio
8 December, 2016

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