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Extreme Sportswashing and a Prince | Note 49

As the climbing community rallies to petition its governing body to examine its ethics, here’s everything that’s wrong with the Neom Beach Games


Perhaps the biggest problem with democracy is that it is not very efficient. If you want to give every eligible person a chance to have their say, things are bound to take time. As a result, we can't just fix the climate crisis or end discrimination, and our societies, especially the urban ones, are plagued with multiple problems. Luckily, solving them is much easier if you’re an authoritarian ruler sitting on the world’s second-largest petroleum reserves – and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia is just that.


The prince sees himself as a progressive liberal. His master plan, called... continue reading now →

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