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Untying the Knot

A new book untangles historical confusion and contemporary anxieties about marriage

Thou Art Anxious

Decisions, decisions

Keep in Touch

Why digital connections can’t sustain health, happiness or politics

John Hancock

John Hancock works at the World Trade Organization, where he has served as policy advisor to the director general, head of investment issues and representative to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. The opinions expressed are his own, not those of the WTO or its members.

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John Hancock

Be Careful What You Wish For

How developing countries helped shape the post-war global economy. April 2015
Toward the end of the Second World War, at a conference in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, the United States put forward a radical—some said utopian—plan for world peace. Having watched the worst war in history follow on the heels of the worst economic crisis in history, American policy makers were convinced that the answer to global peace lay in spreading global…

The Capitalist Revolution

Together with rapid growth, dazzling technologies and widening circles of development, global capitalism is delivering a turbulent, unequal, out-of-control world. Just as we demanded December 2011
Capitalism, not communism, has delivered Karl Marx’s predicted world revolution. No other system generates such enormous material progress through such enormous upheaval. The same forces that produce ever-increasing productivity and wealth—innovation, competition, the destruction of the old to make way for the new—necessarily also produce incessant change, perpetual turmoil, the permanent disruption of economic and social…