The Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank on Saturday night was packed. The stage oddly sparse and brightly lit. The band entered and took up their place and then a man, […]
Economist, data scientist, entrepreneur, author. Fascinated by the frontiers of human progress: innovation vs ignorance; wealth vs poverty. Oh, and coffee. @GavinChait and https://gavinchait.com
Cigarette sellers and ticket touts: our strange relationship with entrepreneurs
I am not, ordinarily, afraid of rising early. However, when it is winter and 4am and one of the mizzly-drizzly-dawns where the fine rain settles into every warm crevasse, nestling down and […]
If I wanted America to fail…
On Earth Day (which was Sunday – keep up) the inchoately titled Free Market America … er, foundation, released a video entitled, “If I wanted America to fail” in which they tackle […]
Why Obama warning the Supreme Court is a "bad thing"
A country’s highest elected representative warns its most important judicial body that their review of a controversial piece of legislation against the terms of the constitution is judicial activism and an attack […]
In 1995, only a year after South Africa’s first democratic election, I was working at a community centre in Nyanga, a shanty-town alongside Cape Town’s international airport. The centre had started a […]
Politics, the Devil’s Excrement and remaking the 99%
There are still nights when the nightmares take me. I am in the shop I made, standing behind the till. My wares are on the shelves and I wait for customers who […]
You are the one percent.
“Prices are set on the margin,” goes a general statement in economics and finance. It sounds a bit glib as an explanation for the current abject state of the global economy. How […]
Terry Pratchett and the redemption of the Orcs
It was Sun Tzu who said, “Always leave an escape route for a surrounded enemy, for a soldier with no prospect of escape will fight with the strength of ten men.” A […]
Obama can't do "math"
Speaking in urgent tones from the Rose Garden at the White House, Obama rejected Republican arguments that his proposals amount to “class warfare,” saying it comes down to “math.” “It is wrong […]
Eager Keynesians vandalise and loot stores across Britain in order to stimulate economy
Samuel Maynard Hicks is a skinny and shy-looking youngster, yet his eyes burn with fervour in a face mottled with ash and dust. His fingers are blackened; soot and grime mark out […]