Graeme Maxton

Graeme Maxton

Graeme Maxton is a full member and past secretary general of the Club of Rome, a global network of renowned independent thinkers dedicated to addressing the challenges facing humanity. His latest book, Change! Why We Need a Radical Turnaround, will be published in 2018. He is the co-author of Reinventing Prosperity: Managing Economic Growth to Reduce Unemployment, Inequality and Climate Change, and the sole author of The End of Progress: How Modern Economics Has Failed Us. Both books were international best-sellers. He was previously with The Economist Group in Hong Kong.

Latest from Graeme Maxton

The View | How Hong Kong can put an end to protest chaos – it’s about the economy, so fix the deep divide

Hong Kong is a free market on steroids that serves the rich. As discontent over an unjust system boils over, it’s time to introduce easy policy fixes, starting with targeting oligopolies and better welfare.

Hong Kong is a free market on steroids that serves the rich. As discontent over an unjust system boils over, it’s time to introduce easy policy fixes, starting with targeting oligopolies and better welfare.

How Hong Kong can put an end to protest chaos – it’s about the economy, so fix the deep divide
5 Aug 2019 - 10:33PM
Opinion | The trade war shows China’s economic dream is dying. Beijing now has a choice: open up or stagnate

The US is demanding that China change course and, for all its growth and promises, Beijing is in no position to argue: in tech, it still lags at least 10 years behind the US and doesn’t have the depth of skills to produce its own high-end goods.

The US is demanding that China change course and, for all its growth and promises, Beijing is in no position to argue: in tech, it still lags at least 10 years behind the US and doesn’t have the depth of skills to produce its own high-end goods.

The trade war shows China’s economic dream is dying. Beijing now has a choice: open up or stagnate
11 Jun 2019 - 1:10PM
The View | What Amazon, Facebook, Google and other US tech companies are really after in China – data, not just market access

American tech companies want to offer cloud services in China so they can gain access to data on Chinese consumers’ preferences. Beijing fears, however, that this allows US firms a way to influence opinions on more controversial subjects.

American tech companies want to offer cloud services in China so they can gain access to data on Chinese consumers’ preferences. Beijing fears, however, that this allows US firms a way to influence opinions on more controversial subjects.

What Amazon, Facebook, Google and other US tech companies are really after in China – data, not just market access
23 May 2019 - 3:42AM
Why Hong Kong independence should not be discussed at the FCC under the banner of freedom of speech

China, like other nations, has limits on freedom of speech and the Foreign Correspondents’ Club should respect this by keeping independence off the table.

China, like other nations, has limits on freedom of speech and the Foreign Correspondents’ Club should respect this by keeping independence off the table.

Why Hong Kong independence should not be discussed at the FCC under the banner of freedom of speech
14 Aug 2018 - 12:16PM
As China ages, will its economy shrink?
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Beijing's white paper reasonably sets out its expectations of Hong Kong

Before we set fire to any more State Council documents, claiming they are little better than toilet paper, or get in a stew about how independent Hong Kong's judiciary is, we should reflect a little on Beijing's latest white paper on "one country, two systems".

Before we set fire to any more State Council documents, claiming they are little better than toilet paper, or get in a stew about how independent Hong Kong's judiciary is, we should reflect a little on Beijing's latest white paper on "one country, two systems".

Beijing's white paper reasonably sets out its expectations of Hong Kong
16 Jun 2014 - 3:03AM
John Tsang: mouse that failed to roar

In the brief moments I spent chatting to him last year before we both spoke at a conference, I think I can say that I liked John Tsang Chun-wah. He seemed a decent sort and well-meaning. Though he spoke in that horribly confusing style that finance ministers around the world seem to prefer, he came across as someone who was trying very hard. He was doing a difficult job, too often constrained by the political tides that dragged him to and fro like driftwood.

In the brief moments I spent chatting to him last year before we both spoke at a conference, I think I can say that I liked John Tsang Chun-wah. He seemed a decent sort and well-meaning. Though he spoke in that horribly confusing style that finance ministers around the world seem to prefer, he came across as someone who was trying very hard. He was doing a difficult job, too often constrained by the political tides that dragged him to and fro like driftwood.

John Tsang: mouse that failed to roar
27 Feb 2014 - 4:06AM
In Hong Kong, there's still freedom in the air

I was in Admiralty this week and took a detour to talk to some of the HKTV protesters, to hear what they had to say. I found people heartfelt in their views, willing to sleep on concrete to have their voices heard. They talked about censorship and a lack of democracy, about the need for more openness in government, about wanting less influence from Beijing. It was about freedom of the press, they said.

I was in Admiralty this week and took a detour to talk to some of the HKTV protesters, to hear what they had to say. I found people heartfelt in their views, willing to sleep on concrete to have their voices heard. They talked about censorship and a lack of democracy, about the need for more openness in government, about wanting less influence from Beijing. It was about freedom of the press, they said.

In Hong Kong, there's still freedom in the air
20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
No way to stop the climate change we have unleashed

We want to live in a world without limits. Like long-distance runners and racing drivers, humankind is always trying to overcome limits to achieve more.

We want to live in a world without limits. Like long-distance runners and racing drivers, humankind is always trying to overcome limits to achieve more.

No way to stop the climate change we have unleashed
20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
Stop the rot
3 Jul 2012 - 12:00AM
Euro bogeyman
14 May 2012 - 12:00AM
Bully in a China shop
3 May 2012 - 12:00AM
Will they miss the boat?
27 Feb 2012 - 12:00AM
Thrust issues
20 Feb 2012 - 12:00AM
Never the twain shall meet
13 Feb 2012 - 12:00AM
Not all boom and gloom
6 Feb 2012 - 12:00AM
Resistance is futile
30 Jan 2012 - 12:00AM
Let China grow its own way
16 Jan 2012 - 12:00AM
Time to stop the tech giants snooping on us
13 Jun 2013 - 2:19AM
Climate change a clear and present danger
2 Nov 2012 - 3:56AM
Foreign makers beware - China wants Chinese cars
18 Mar 2003 - 12:00AM
Fertile ground for change amid the rot of the West's free-market democracy

They drive big black cars and look out from behind darkened windows. The people inside are dangerous, watching everything, protected behind thick steel doors.

They drive big black cars and look out from behind darkened windows. The people inside are dangerous, watching everything, protected behind thick steel doors.

Fertile ground for change amid the rot of the West's free-market democracy
3 Sep 2013 - 3:37AM
Anti-Russia tirade deflects scrutiny of US misdeeds

The mind-modifying machine is being cranked up and the sound of nasty news is getting louder. Russia is being demonised again and for reasons that are less than just.

The mind-modifying machine is being cranked up and the sound of nasty news is getting louder. Russia is being demonised again and for reasons that are less than just.

Anti-Russia tirade deflects scrutiny of US misdeeds
15 Aug 2013 - 4:16AM
Seven reasons why claims of PLA hacking fail the test

Recently, a US company few of us had heard of gained instant fame for saying the People's Liberation Army was behind a lot of computer hacking. That may be. But the claims made by Mandiant should also be treated with caution, and not just because they have been vigorously denied.

Recently, a US company few of us had heard of gained instant fame for saying the People's Liberation Army was behind a lot of computer hacking. That may be. But the claims made by Mandiant should also be treated with caution, and not just because they have been vigorously denied.

Seven reasons why claims of PLA hacking fail the test
4 Mar 2013 - 8:39AM
Tired ideas won't save ailing Western economies
15 Oct 2012 - 1:53AM
West has no reason to be smug
18 Aug 2012 - 4:47AM
Best days of the free market are over

The free market has been a wonder of our age. Its ideas have been like some remarkable scientific breakthrough that transformed the world. The free market propelled America and the West to global economic dominance, and allowed hundreds of millions of people in China and elsewhere to prosper. It won the 20th century.

The free market has been a wonder of our age. Its ideas have been like some remarkable scientific breakthrough that transformed the world. The free market propelled America and the West to global economic dominance, and allowed hundreds of millions of people in China and elsewhere to prosper. It won the 20th century.

Best days of the free market are over
12 Feb 2013 - 2:45AM