6. Weekend Reads

Here's a few longer reads on economic, political and social issues from around the world for your weekend. Enjoy.

This headline is a truly scary thing from the New York Times and the story explains why Justice Kennedy's retirement from the Supreme Court is so important. Trump Gets Chance to Influence American Life for Generations Through Supreme Court Pick

Here's more from John Cassidy in the New Yorker: As Kennedy Retires, the Supreme Court’s Attack on Labor Unions Is a Sign of Things to Come

Americans are truly desperate for anyone popular and with authority to oppose Trump, yet there's no clear leader in the Democrats. New York Magazine: Where Is Barack Obama? The most popular American, whose legacy is the primary target of Donald Trump, has, for now, virtually disappeared from public life.

The detail in this New Yorker piece by Jane Mayer about the people behind Trump is astonishing. It is as if we have jumped into a virtual Alice in Wonderland scene. A Parlor Game at Rebekah Mercer’s Has No Get Out of Jail Free Card

For China watchers, this piece from Kelsey Munro in the The Guardian is well worth reading. China’s social credit system ‘could interfere in other nations’ sovereignty’

The New York Times reports on a story that isn't heard about much here, but which is a hot topic in the rareified world of consultants. How McKinsey Lost Its Way in South Africa

Away from the world of politics (or at least government politics), here's a useful piece from the Harvard Business Review on how to protect high performers from burnout.

Also in the corporate world, although this issue is a much wider one, Geoff Mulgan and Rosalinda Baker write at Nesta about ways to use data and AI to connect people and their skills with jobs more successfully. A big part of the future of work discussion.