#210 - No country for neutrals | Curio

#210 - No country for neutrals

21 mins | May 16, 2022

Today's episode from 16th May 2022. We start the week with utterances of a revolutionary idea in Switzerland- to no longer be a neutral state. Famous for fence-sitting, we explore how some in the European country are leaning towards the west and NATO, to protect themselves from Putin. Then later, is behavioural science unwittingly damaging society? Academics suggest that an influential 2008 book got it wrong about societal issues and how we need to look again at systemic influences on our choices. As the Russian-Ukrainian war continues to rage, a noticeable shift occurs in Europe, with traditionally militarily neutral countries like Finland and Sweden considering NATO membership to help protect their borders. Although not under immediate threat, Foreign Policy'S Caroline de Gruyter discusses how Switzerland's politics and media are alight with the neutrality issue, leading to their announcement that they're now considering a closer relationship with NATO. Behavioural scientists have a dangerous habit of diagnosing problems in the same way. However, many fail to realise that most societal issues are systemic, not individual, and therefore nudges, at best, are ineffective. For The Financial Times, Tim Harford looks at Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein's 2008 bestseller Nudge to break down the positives and negatives of behavioural science. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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