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Do we live in a post-truth world?

By · May 4th, 2017

Society and popular culture portrays honesty as noble and lying as immoral. We claim to hate lying politicians, but at the same time happily vote them into office without hesitation. Andrew Wong explores this paradox.

Sense over cents

By · April 28th, 2017

We all donate to charity, what impact is our money having?

Why Australia won’t ‘pivot to China’

By · April 20th, 2017

Charlie Lyons Jones explores why a ‘pivot’ to China is not on the cards for Australia, despite the increasing connections between the two states.

Who’s going to pay for climate change?

By · March 3rd, 2017

Julia Pham explores how the social discount rate is used to determine the costs of preventing climate change, and the resulting moral and ethical dilemmas that arise.


America, land of liberty? Part II: Reagan’s rise, liberalism’s fall

By · February 22nd, 2017

Following on from Part I, Yaz explores how Roosevelt’s liberalism reached its peak in the 1960s, only to give way in the years to come to Ronald Reagan’s anti-government, free-market conservatism.

The 2016 Presidential Election: ESSA Reacts

By · November 9th, 2016

We’re going to have to get used to saying President Trump. ESSA’s team of writers react to a stunning election result.

Trump: how did we get here?

By · November 6th, 2016

Matthew Rao dissects why we currently find ourselves awash in populism, from Trump to UKIP and everything inbetween.

What the economy would look like under a hypothetical Trump presidency

By · October 28th, 2016

As a Trump Presidency is looking increasingly unlikely, Julia Pham examines the GOP candidate’s economic policies and explains how we dodged a bullet.


When voters lie…

By · October 14th, 2016

When a rational American voter heads to the polls next month, we naturally assume they’ll be casting a vote for their favourite presidential candidate. Eddie Go explains how the plurality voting system used in US elections challenges this assumption and fosters the practice of insincere voting.

The 1st Presidential Debate: A setback for the Donald?

By · September 27th, 2016

A fiery first presidential debate has just concluded over in the United States. After 90 memorable minutes, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton left the stage leaving millions with lots to consider. Tom Crowley provides his hot take on the debate.

Why are my flights still so expensive?

By · September 23rd, 2016

Sky-high airfares: Eloise Hesse explores why flights still so expensive.

Democracy: a drag on economic development?

By · September 18th, 2016

We take it as a given that democracy and wealth go hand in hand. However, is this really as much of a truism as we think? Does democracy result in inefficiency and an unwillingness on the part of elected officials to make tough decisions? Quoc Anh Nguyen examines this difficult questions.


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