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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 27/10/2022
  • Medium

Lessons from the twentieth century for the twenty-first

A re-examination of events.

It may be almost a quarter of a century since the twentieth century drew to a close and we crossed over into the then unknown frontier of the twenty first, though a careful examination of history reveals that many of the origins of today’s problems can be found in the twentieth century.

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  • Adam Lehodey et al.
  • 19/10/2022
  • Storymaps

Into the metaverse

The next frontier?

The metaverse has been hyped. A lot. This long-read essay collection, a collaboration with other students for a class project, explores the nature, potential, and opportunities that the metaverse presents.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 02/10/2022
  • Medium

A world where only money matters

Comparative analysis of Ellis’ American Psycho and Amis’ Money

We live in a world of hyper-consumption, constantly defining ourselves by our position relative to others and the extent to which we consume. An analysis of these two important works of literature gives us a gimpse of the implications of this.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 10/08/2022
  • Friedmanomics

The troubled foundations of Rishinomics

Sunak's leadersip plan contains many flaws

A successful political campaign has two ingredients: (1) a message that is coherent, and (2) a message that is sound. Unfortunately for Rishi Sunak, ‘Rishinomics’ delivers on neither of these...

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 08/07/2022
  • Medium

On the road: stories from an American adventure

Memories from the summer

Travelling, including 2000 miles of hitchhiking, across the United States for the past few weeks has been an incredibly eye-opening experience. I have had so many adventures, heard so many stories, and met so many great people, that I decided to document it all in writing.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 21/06/2022
  • Medium

Politics: when it works and when it doesn't

On the merits and demerits of political decision making

Political decision making appeals to activists, politicians and voters because it is quick and visible. Yet if we are to continue living in a free and open society, it is essential that we examine the merits and demerits of political decision making.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 30/01/2022
  • Medium

Critique of Debt: the first 5000 years

This popular book has many flaws

I was previously unacquainted with the field of ‘economic anthropology,’ and it was therefore with interest that I picked up David Graeber’s ‘Debt: the first 5000 years.’ Read my thoughts and critiques below.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 11/01/2022
  • Adam Smith Institute

Billionaires have the right to exist

Claudia Webbe's attack on billionaires is baseless

Claudia Webbe, the Member of Parliament for Leicester East, recently restated her dislike for billioniares in a series of tweets. Her comments are underpinned by a number of fallacies.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 09/01/2022
  • Medium

Tender is the Night

Analysis, thoughts and ideas

The sprawling and complex novel explores mental illness, the ephemerality of our experiences, but also the metamorphosis of individual relationships. For me, it is Fitzgerald's best work.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 07/01/2022
  • Adam Smith Institute

Fracking can play an important role in lowering energy costs

The Government should revisit its policy on hydraulic fracturing

When energy costs rise, people feel the hit directly. Not only do their own energy bills go up, but so too does the price of food, electronics, and almost all other goods. Hydraulic fracturing could be the answer.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 06/11/2021
  • Medium

A Letter to Great Britain

An incredible place.

There is no greater pleasure than returning home to a place you love. For me, that is Great Britain, the place of dreams and opportunity...

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 11/10/2021
  • 1828

Levelling up risks becoming Levelling Down

There are flaws to the Government's current policy

We are at risk of ‘levelling up’ becoming a proxy for one set of vested interests grabbing resources at the expense of everyone else.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 24/09/2021
  • Medium

Veblen's Theory of the Leisure Class

Summary, Notes and Critiques

Consumption is driven by a desire to illustrate power and status. This is the important takeaway of Veblen’s Theory of the Leisure Class which completely transforms how one views human decisions. Along with this summary of Veblen's work, I analyse how society has changed and in what ways these ideas apply.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 27/08/2021
  • Medium

History and Identity

Exploring the complex links between them

The trouble with history is, of course, that we can’t study everything. What we choose to study or not to study matters immensely - it one of the foundations for our identities.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 14/07/2021
  • Medium

American Psycho

Bret Easton Ellis on the American Dream

Forceful and raw, Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho certainly left its mark upon society. To call this work of literature violent would be an understatement. Yet to some extent, it's as if this was not a fictional story but a mirror held up to the societies in which we live.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 27/06/2021
  • Medium

Rights, Freedom, and the Welfare State

All rights are based on a social contract

Does a gazelle have a 'right' not to be eaten by a lion? No - because rights are things we have created, based on a social contract. Here, I explore the relationship between rights, freedom, and the welfare state.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 29/05/2021
  • Medium

On the creation of wealth

Wealth and money are often conflated, but very different

The origins of wealth are often misunderstood. Many believe the only way to become wealthy is to exploit or take that wealth from somebody else. Yet this premise is deeply flawed.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 21/05/2021
  • 1828

The Conservatives' worrying move away from economic liberalism

The way forward: markets and trade

To truly deliver on the ‘levelling-up’ agenda and create opportunities for all, the choice is clear: we must embrace trade, markets, and the freedom to choose.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 14/05/2021
  • Medium

Tyranny can't stop climate change

The troubling rise of neo-luddism

Building a better, greener and cleaner world to enable us to live meaninfully and enjoy our lives will require co-operation and depend on technology. It can't be solved by coercion.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 08/04/2021
  • Medium

American Dream

How to live the good life

What is the American Dream? The embodiment of hope and opportunity, or a failed idea swallowed up by Corporate America?

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 24/02/2021
  • Medium

Postcard from Mexico City

La vida está buena.

México, mi amor. It’s a city full of life, of spirit, of joy. Se puede vivir, no sólo existir. Here, one feels the richness, the wholeness, of our existence, in all its splendour.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 05/01/2021
  • Medium

We must wake up to Britain’s disastrous policy on cannabis

Prohibition has always done more harm than good.

The clash between reality and the ideal is not a new one. It is present throughout history, and in all aspects of life and culture. In contemporary Britain, nowhere has this done more harm than in the current policy on the prohibition of marijuana...

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 09/11/2020
  • 1828

US Elections: There’s a Lot to be Optimistic About

A turning point in US politics

It's official: Biden has won the US election and is set to become the 46th President of the USA. Although America remains divided, there are many reasons to be optimistic, and his Presidency could mark the start of a new era in US and international politics.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 31/10/2020
  • Medium

Long Live Liberalism!

Despite its flaws, it's still the best system we've got.

When a wave of populism swept through the world in the mid-2010s, some considered liberalism to be dead. Whilst not all the predictions made about liberalism’s fate came true, the Coronavirus is undoubtedly the greatest challenge it has faced since World War II.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 20/08/2020
  • 1828

Education reform is the key to social mobility

Social mobility in the 21st Century

Such a large part of social mobility and equality of opportunity lies in education, that we need to ask ourselves how best to improve the system to tap into the full potential of the thousands of children going through it each year.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 05/08/2020
  • 1828

How to reinvigorate our cities

Build back better.

With with thousands of city workers being ordered to work from home when the coronavirus pandemic hit, our use of land has changed drastically. In light of this, it is worth assessing why we live in cities in the first place, and what the future challenges will be.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 24/06/2020
  • 1828

Why vaping could be a silver bullet

The evidence looks promising.

If we are serious about improving our health outcomes after coronavirus, it is essential that we take action to combat nicotine-related deaths. Fortunately, we already have the answer: e-cigarettes.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 19/12/2019
  • Medium

The History and Future of Smoking

LONG READ: Examining the roots and next steps.

It’s the largest preventable cause of death, amounts to millions of hours of lost productivity, and costs our health systems billions. Where did it start, why is it actually bad for you, and how can we end nicotine related deaths for good?

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 26/01/2020
  • Medium

Inequality in a Meritocratic World

How to reconcile the two?

Inequality poses numerous problems: social unrest, the rise of extremist parties, and some would say, moral issues. How to deal with the problem of inequality in an increasingly meritocratic world? What does meritocracy even mean?

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 19/12/2019
  • Medium

Inside Amazon

Taking a look inside one of the tech world's largest giants.

In November 2019, I toured Amazon's second largest Fulfilment Centre (FC). Upon arrival, it felt like I had teleported to the year 2100...

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 19/12/2019
  • Medium

On Minimalism, Part Two

Digital Minimalism

How can appyling the philosophy of minimalism to our digital lives improve our productivity and make us happer and better people? explore the ideas of 'Digital Minimalism' in this article.

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  • Adam Lehodey
  • 19/12/2019
  • Medium

On Minimalism, Part One

There's a better alternative to the way we live.

Minimalism is not about owning a set number of items. It is about mindfulness, focussing on what truly matters, and not being constrained by material possessions....

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