big ideas

The rational case for monarchy.

“If you were to go back over the past couple of centuries, the vast majority of the most appalling regimes would be republics. Mussolini’s Italy might merit a place, and perhaps Tsarist Russia, which killed a fair few political opponents […]

fun facts

The Soviet Union once paid Pepsi with warships

I’m linking to a longer article, but quoting this tweet: “In 1989, the cash-strapped Soviet Union paid Pepsi with 17 submarines, a cruiser, a frigate & a destroyer in exchange for $3 bln worth of Pepsi. This caused Pepsi to […]