The Trust Deficit

Trust is essential to democracies. Without trust, politicians cease talking to each other, banks stop lending to each other, and citizens cease to respect the police. Worse, the erosion of trust in political and social institutions eats away at our sense of identity. We moderns like to think of ourselves as trustworthy. We like to be…

Excuse me for being sniffy about ‘man flu’

Is any disease more widely derided than ‘man flu’? To those born with two X chromosomes, man flu is a figment of our imaginations, an excuse for XYs to wallow between the covers while soliciting endless cups of tea. Man flu, it is often claimed, is nothing more than a fancy word for a cold,…