Mass hysteria and lawlessness during disasters are remarkably rare, contrary to Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's prediction of anarchy when Cape Town's taps run day.
What does it mean to have a cosmopolitan identity?
Making self-interest seem normal and a commitment to fairness an elite aberration has been a long-term project.
We should be wary of simplified and sweeping explanations about the scope for potential social and political reforms the middle classes can promote.
Over the past 300 years, Western educated elites have debated, founded and expanded the right to vote.
A survey shows that candidates who exploited populism in one way or the other during the first round of the French presidential election captured about half of the vote.
New measure of 32 countries' economic balance places UK and US near bottom of the pile.