Contents Issue 290 August/September 2020

Cover story

The world’s 50 top thinkers

Prospect salutes a range of indispensable minds for a planet in trauma

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Up front 1 Editorial 6 Contributors 8 Letters 16 Stephen Collins’s cartoon strip

Opinions 11 Hold on to your friends 12 One struggle, two countries 13 Coup by statute in Hong Kong 14-15 The governance of Britain: No 10’s ambitions decoded ,

AT LAW 17 Slavers and lawyers

VIEW FROM BRAZIL 18 A stadium of the dead

SPEED DATA 19 How racist is Britain? &

THE DUEL 20 Should we try and return the economy to “business as usual”?

Essays

THE HISTORY WARS

34 White lies matter The war over statues is really about the myth of Anglo-Saxon supremacy

40 In place of hope White identity politics is a dangerous dead end

46 The politics of atonement Germany has faced up to its crimes. Why can’t Russia? &

50 Getting somewhere Belonging matters. It is high time economists caught up

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58 A world with less travel After months locked down, might we finally kick the flying habit?

64 I was Saddam’s prisoner How a holiday to Iraq turned into a child’s nightmare

70 Daylight robbery How cities are putting their sunlight up for sale

76 Titan of the west Ernest Bevin—from delivery boy to world-shaping statesman

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PROSPECT PORTRAIT Trump’s brain Would Attorney General Bill Barr bend any rule to win his boss a second term?

86 Zooming out Video calls have changed everything from meetings to sex—but at what cost?