Language and the lawn: Don’t ban it; make it seriously un-cool

by Rashmee

Posted on June 1, 2015


Language can accomplish things that the law cannot. Accordingly, consider this. Lawns don’t deserve to be banned. They should merely become unfashionable. (Like smoking in the presence of a child or a pregnant woman. Like wearing real fur. Or buying ivory.) Certainly lawns should be highly unfashionable in California, which is parched by a four-year … Continue reading “Language and the lawn: Don’t ban it; make it seriously un-cool”

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It pays to be a democracy, if you discount the chaos

by Rashmee

Posted on November 19, 2013


The most prosperous countries in the world – 27 of the top 30 – are democracies. The poorest nations on earth are not. This simple mathematical equation has led the Legatum Institute to list the democratic deficit as a sizeable handicap (the main one) for countries like Nigeria, Togo, Haiti (138 of 142 countries on … Continue reading “It pays to be a democracy, if you discount the chaos”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK