Educating myself with The Economist

Lately, I have spent a decent amount of time reading or listening to The Economist, a weekly news publication, focusing on business and politics around the globe. I have known about The Economist for a long time, and have occasionally read an article or two, but it was only earlier this year that I really understood its greatness. Some of the material are available for free on their website; I have student access to everything relating to the publication,

First and foremost, the articles are often brilliantly written, in fact, many of them rank fairly high on my list of enjoyable non-fiction. They make good use of vocabulary and are also resourceful and witty. English being a second language for me, this is a great source of good grammar and useful words. The audio edition is adeptly performed, with skilful readers and comprehensible structure, which further adds to the value.

Furthermore, The Economist is outspoken in its liberal views and does not hide its opinions. I prefer this way of writing about politics and economics, since all authors have an agenda and it is thus more honourable to openly declare what it is, rather than to hide it. Through short and powerful articles, anonymous authors educate the readers about the world, fighting a somewhat uneven war against ignorance (remember Schiller: Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend).

During our courses concerning North-East Asia, I have felt my interest for world affairs gradually increasing. I am especially interested in East Asia, but this increase in interest is palpable elsewhere as well. The Economist therefore satisfies two needs I seem to have developed lately: excellent English and understanding about the world.

In short, I really enjoy The Economist, even though I skip most business related material (which constitutes a surprisingly small part of the publication). What remains consumes about five hours each week and it is worth every minute. I highly recommend The Economist to anyone interested in world politics, business or both.

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  1. ojhan’s avatar

    underbart att lara sig engelska, ett av mina intressen

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