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Robert Skidelsky

Robert Skidelsky

Writing for PS since 2003
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Robert Skidelsky, a member of the British House of Lords, is Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at Warwick University. The author of a three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes, he began his political career in the Labour party, became the Conservative Party’s spokesman for Treasury affairs in the House of Lords, and was eventually forced out of the Conservative Party for his opposition to NATO’s intervention in Kosovo in 1999.

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    Civil Liberties in a Pandemic

    Stefanie Stantcheva

    Recent surveys find that attitudes toward the trade-offs between individual rights and measures to protect public health differ across countries, and according to socioeconomic and other factors. But very few people think that individual liberty is more "sacred" than public health.

    shares findings from 15 countries on public attitudes toward the trade-offs needed to tackle COVID-19.
  2. Trump apocalypse BP Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

    American Apocalypse?

    The United States’ global image as an exemplar of democracy and the rule of law has taken a battering during Donald Trump’s presidency. If the November 3 election descends into widespread violence, protracted litigation, and a long-term constitutional crisis involving the Supreme Court, America’s most valuable asset – its soft power – would be shattered.


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