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November 24, 2016

Articles are written separately, but the answer to many of our problems can be found by joining three of them in the 17 November issue: Janice Kay laments the rise of Trump (/Brexiteers), and how universities might have stopped it (“Universities can learn from Trump about how to inspire”, Opinion). A big part of the answer is teaching economics properly so that Wall Street and the City would not have been allowed to impoverish so many by stealing their money (“Economics teaching ‘far too narrow’, claims new book”, News). And the fact that they were allowed to do so is mirrored most strongly by the fact that political leaders in “Crony Capitalism” (and not only in China) tend to benefit from that, whether at the same time or after leaving office (“China’s Crony Capitalism: The Dynamics of Regime Decay, by Minxin Pei”, Books). The fixes are obvious.

Douglas B. Kell
University of Manchester


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