Category Archives: politics

Don’t tell me what you don’t want

When rejecting something is not enough “Tell me what you want, what you really, really want”, the Spice Girls sang in their catchy hit Wannabe, 22 years ago. They were not (to the best of my knowledge) a bunch of … Continue reading

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More power to the imagination

(featured image credit: Motihada) In praise of an underrated and underused mental instrument in decision-making There is more to economics than the economy. Much of human interaction is a form of trading: we give something up, and we get something … Continue reading

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How difficult can it be?

(featured image credit: Torbein Rønning CC BY) We all need a little faith, once in a while, when we’re faced with a difficult problem and we don’t know what is the best solution. But it’s best not to use it … Continue reading

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Choosing and using identities

(featured image credit: Jenny Scott CC BY) Identity is strong, and can trip us up in two ways. Who are you? That’s a pretty existential question. It is quite hard to come up with a quick and concise answer – … Continue reading

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Surreal choices

When decisions look bizarre, it may be because they involve unfeasible trade-offs Belgium is often associated with surrealism, not just thanks to renowned surrealist painter René Magritte was Belgian, but also because of its somewhat idiosyncratic politics. With six governments, … Continue reading

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Pernicious zero-sum thinking

(featured image credit: Jason Rowe) The assumption that buyers are losers and sellers are winners is a hardy perennial, and risks making us all into losers Here is a puzzle (it’s based on an old one, as you can tell … Continue reading

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Nationalization or privatization?

(featured image credit: Krahsman) Do private and public organizations (and their employees) make inherently different trade-offs? Todd Dewey is on his way from Winnipeg, Canada to North Spirit Lake, 500 km to the north east. He is one of the … Continue reading

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