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The Good, The Bad, and the Weird: Tax Edition

When we think of tax, there are a few contemporary ones that come to mind, like income or sales tax. But have taxes always been this sensible? Join Domenic as he explores various taxes in world history – the good, the bad, as well as the weird.

Once upon a time in Babylon

Law and order are a common feature of everyday existence. But how did it come to be this way? Join Domenic as he ventures to Babylon and uncovers the very beginnings of law in the world.

Empires on which the sun will never set

How does history prescribe the narrative of changing world powers? What traits and attributes allowed nations to become empires so vast that ‘the sun never set’ on their lands? Join Felix in this second instalment of his three-part series to journey through history for answers to these questions.

The Swedish Brains Behind the Welfare State

Few places in the world have managed to maintain strong economies with high tax rates and welfare spending. Eddie Go delves into the Swedish origins of the unique Scandinavian model.

This article first appeared in Short Supply 2016 – check out the full magazine via the Short Supply tab at the top of this page!