Show Me the Man and I’ll Find You the Crime

The famous statement attributed to Lavrentiy Beria, Stalin’s secret police chief (“Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime”), is the paradigmatic example of what the rule of law is not. Mark Meadows, Donald Trump’s chief of staff, was charged in Georgia with participation in a criminal enterprise. The prosecutor, Fani Willis, used […]

Nobody Saw a Man Descend From an Ape

A recent Financial Times report (“India Drops Evolution and Periodic Table from Some School Textbooks,” June 6, 2023) adds to the bad news we have been hearing from India: India has dropped Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and the periodic table of elements from some school textbooks, part of a widening campaign by the Hindu […]

Man Is an Animal Who Says “I”, and Trades

Aligning words one after the other in correct grammatical form is not the same as intelligence and rational thinking. We have had two recent examples of artificial intelligence with Open AI’s ChatGPT and with the new AI companion of Microsoft’s Bing. With its reported declarations of love, threats of sabotage, and longing for “power and […]

Bank of Japan gets ‘ideas man’ to chart tricky path from negative rates

In his final appearance at the Bank of Japan in April 2005, Kazuo Ueda said he considered himself lucky to have been a board member at “an extraordinarily difficult time”, as the economy battled a financial crisis and persistent deflation. Now about to return almost two decades later, Ueda faces an equally daunting but different […]